Tuesday Morning Recap

Gentlemen,

Tuesday we continued our series on Galatians with a discussion of chapter 2:1-14.

We discussed why Paul confronted Peter and what gave Paul the authority to confront Peter.

Paul and Peter were both apostles so why was Paul able to correct Peter? Bob noted that Peter was wrong. Peter would eat with the gentiles except when the Jews were present. Bob noted that God had made clear to Peter that the gospel was for all. Therefore, when Paul corrects Peter Paul is not relying on his apostolic authority but on the authority of the word.

We agreed that if we are to be true disciples of Christ we must submit to what the Bible says.

Joe pointed out that the trick is being able to correctly inturpret the word.

In this instance the Bible is clear. Christianity was to be open to all people and Peter, by his actions, was saying that to be Christian you had to follow the Jewish law. Jack Walsh, the former CEO of GE says that in business culture is more important than numbers. If your culture is good the numbers will follow. If an employee does not fit the culture then the CEO must confront him publicly so the entire organization will see the importance of adhering to the culture.

In this case the ‘Christian culture’ was based on inclusion, therefore, Paul needed to confront Peter publicly. It is interesting to note that Peter appears to accept that he was wrong.

Next week Galatians 2:15-21. Consider the following questions:

1) Why Can’t we be saved by works?

2) What does it mean to be ‘crucified with Christ’?

3) What does it mean to have Christ living in us?

See you Tuesday.

John

 

 

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