Tag Archives: Galatians 2

To Make Us Slaves

Because of Christ we are free. We are free from the bondage of sin. As Galatians 5 states: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by the yoke of slavery” (v. 1 NIV).

Earlier in his letter to the churches of Galatia, Paul noted that there were false believers who came to spy on the freedom that they had because they wanted to make them slaves again. They wanted to bring them back into bondage. How could they bring them to bondage? The law.

There is grace. There is law. Because of God’s grace, we do not have to focus on the law. We are justified through Christ. “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God… I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (2:19, 21 NIV).  Don’t allow someone to make you a slave again. Do not set aside the grace of God.

“This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.” – Galatians 2:4 [NIV]

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Turning Back

Most people name Paul and Peter and two of the most influential people of the early church. If you read too fast, you might miss a time when Paul actually opposed Peter. In Galatians 2, Paul wrote about the situation. This opposition was because Peter changed, he was turning back.

Peter was accepting the Gentiles. He was spending time with them, eating with them. Then there came “the party of the circumcision,” those who would not be too keen on the fact that Peter was hanging out and accepting the Gentiles. When they came on the scene, Peter started to back away from the Gentiles. Paul saw this change in behaviour and he basically held Peter accountable.

We cannot love one group, and then decide that we will not show love and grace with another group. We cannot be kind to some people, but chose to not be kind to the rest. Jesus didn’t say we could pick and choose who we would treat decent, nor who we would allow to hear the gospel.

God does not show partiality. God loves all people. If we are aiming to love people like Christ loves people, we will not be selective. Truthfully I know that we typically have some built in reservations. We are taught to avoid certain types of people, to not associate with some groups. We are raised to leave people out. Yet God tells us to let everyone in. He forgives all. He loves all. We need to embrace people as He embraces. There is no turning back.

“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-7 [NASB]