For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Joh 3:16
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FEAR INVALIDATES THE GOSPEL
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11 Now when Peter[a] had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they cam
Comment
Paul in the epistle to the Galatians speaks about standing up for the definition of

the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When the Jews were used to a system of works whereby

they thought they could attain perfection and please God, the Holy Spirit revealed

through Paul another way – a more excellent way where man’s works are not

involved in salvation. It is salvation by grace alone through faith alone and the

resulting works are the fruit of one’s relationship with God.

Peter fearing his fellow Judiazers ( who preached a perverted mix of works + faith)

detached himself from the Gentiles. Paul opposed Him showing the need to defend

the Gospel of Faith without works, whereby man is justified.

Fear crept up into the highest point of the church fathers and the pure Gospel of

Grace was in danger of being diluted with man’s works. Jesus Christ didn’t need

man to accomplish His Work on the Cross. Flesh and blood has no inheritance in

the Kingdom of God. And God wants no flesh to boast and certainly no circumcision

is needed to be added on to His Perfect Once and For all completed Work.

14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I

said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles

and not as the Jews, why do you[b] compel Gentiles to live as Jews?[c] 15 We who

are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not

justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed

in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of

the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. Galatians 2

JP


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