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