Monday, February 8, 2010

Fighting for Freedom

Part 4 of a series through Galatians

Text: Galatians 2:1-10

In chapter 1, Paul demonstrated his independence from the other apostles. They did not teach him the gospel; he received it directly from God. Now in chapter 2, he shows his unity with the apostles. They are in agreement with him about the gospel.

Paul's interactions with the false teachers (Judaizers) and the apostles show us how we should deal with differences among professing believers:
  1. We must be stubborn about the truth of the gospel. Paul did not "give in to [the Judaizers] for a moment" (v. 5), and the apostles "added nothing to [Paul's] message" (v. 6).
  2. We must be flexible about matters of lesser importance. The apostles understood that there can be diversity of mission when there is unity of message (vv. 7-9). "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity."

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