As we move into Galatians chapter two, the apostle Paul is still making his argument against the Judaizers, those holier than thou enemies of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. He has spent the first chapter defending himself against their false testimonies, and now he brings out the big guns in chapter two, and proceeds to shoot holes in their argument.
    The issue that they are pushing is this. They say that any gentile who wants to become a Christian must first agree to follow the Mosaic laws, and get circumcised. And Paul says no, you don’t have to do that stuff anymore. Jesus changed all that. But they are continuing to persuade the believers in the Galatian church that Paul is not preaching the same gospel that the "true" apostles would teach. They were talking about Peter, James (the brother of Jesus), and John. They liked to throw the names of these guys around like they were best buds or something, and they tried to prop up their false version of the gospel by saying that the "Big Three" agreed with them.
    So Paul sets out for Jerusalem to set everything straight, and he takes Barnabas and Titus with him. Barnabas was a good character witness for Paul, since he was the one who repped Paul with the other apostles when he was first converted. And he took Titus as an object lesson.

    See, Titus was a Greek. A gentile. He was the pastor of the church in Crete, and a very reputable leader. He was a genuine follower of Christ. And he was uncircumcised.

    So Paul stands Titus before the Guys in Jerusalem, and asks, "What do you do with Titus here? He’s a respected church leader. Are you saying he’s not legit, just because he has a little extra skin?"
    Ultimately, the other Apostles confirm Paul, and stand with him in his presentation of the Gospel, and the Judaizers' arguments are busted.
    The issue that Paul was warning the Galatians about specifically was  law and circumcision. But ultimately, this was an issue of culture over the Gospel. These false teachers were trying to adapt the gospel to fit their culture, and that doesn’t work.

Jesus stands above culture. He is always relevant, but he is never CHANGEDby culture.

    Today, we fight the same issues as Paul did in Galatia, only in different forms. People try to change the gospel to make it more "appealing" to different cultures or generations. They water it down, stretch it, bend it or add to it. And we, as real, committed, followers of Jesus Christ, should never give in to those who want to change Jesus for their own benefit.

Paul says in Galatians 2 vs.5:
    "We did not give in to them for a moment so that the truth of the Gospel might remain with you".

Stand firm. Don’t give in. Not even for a minute.

Cayle

 


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