Do you worry about what your friends think?

Galatians Bible Background

09.24.2018 – New Testament: Gal 2.11–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Galatians 2 on September 24, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

Peter knew the truth that Jesus is for all people. The Lord used Peter to preach to Gentiles (Acts 10). He even stood up for the salvation of the Gentiles when their salvation came into question (Acts 15). Yet, on at least one occasion when some of his Jewish friends saw him eating with Gentiles, notice what he did:

Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy (Galatians 2.11–13).

Paul labelled it plainly as hypocrisy, because Peter and the others preached one thing, but practiced another. As fearless as Peter could be at times, it is amazing that he feared what his Jewish brethren might think if they saw him associating with Gentiles.

Questions:

  • What do you fear?
  • How do you treat your sin?

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