Reading this chapter, fresh was the way to do it this time for me. I have read it many times and heard different leaders speak on it, and still something bothered me about it. The LORD is good to shine new lights, and HE knows how my brain works! In the past I have watched people take this book and bash Peter, and do it by saying they are following Pauls example. (Remember, Paul heard, then he saw, then he confronted – this is not how I see many confrontations taking place.) The problem I have with that is God also had Peter write two books of the Bible and I can’t excuse them as its a whole book from cover to cover. SO my question to my self before GOD was, “what am I supposed to make of this?” and “doesn’t there have to be more to this than just confrontation?” Here is what I came up with…
It does not matter how much you love Jesus, or how very much you are setting out to serve HIM, there will always be something there that will cause you to think “well maybe this will apply as well”. I see Peter that way, and he fell to Legalism, as do many many well meaning Christ Followers. Then I look at Paul, and it was right for him to call Peter on it. This particular chapter is not just about “False Teachers” as whole. This chapter is following up the verse in chapter one that I started this study with.
Gal. 1:4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of God our Father…
Gal. 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I know longer live,but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of GOD, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Do you see the theme? Jesus death on the cross was enough! Its finished, HIS words not mine.
This chapter is about knowing your freedom in Christ, and what the blood of Jesus has done for each of us, and allow no man to alter that in the slightest way, the result in this instance was bondage to Legalism. (Which in my opinion, is the strongest bondage in the Body of Christ today! point fingers at someone else, judge unjustly, tell someone how to dress for church,anything that adds to the Gospel message for human gain..Legalistic!)
Once you are bound by something, it seems to be easier to fall to anything.
What do you believe? Does your belief system work for you? In this chapter I see two loved very much by Christ, both serving HIM, and a confrontation needed to help one out of the bondage that has started to consume him. Can you relate to thinking you are on the right track, only to find later deception was trying to tie you down? It happens, pray that it does not happen to you? I am praying for the same thing for myself. Let’s not bash Peter, and let’s not put Paul on a pedestal. But look at the application, we will soon enough be on both sides of it in some point in our life.