Paul opposes Peter

21 11 2011

Paul was called by Jesus Himself to preach the Gospel of Christ to the gentiles.

Acts 13:47 KJV  For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

Acts 22:21 KJV  And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

Acts 26:17-18 KJV  Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,  (18)  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Peter (Cephas) was called to preach to the Jews

Galatians 2:9 KJV  And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

Paul had a verbal ‘altercation’ with Peter because Peter was preaching a mixed gospel – a gospel that combined Law and Grace. Peter was trying to get the new converted gentiles, to follow the Jewish Law.

Galatians 2:11-21 KJV  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.  (12)  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.  (13)  And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.  (14)  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?  (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 the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.  (17)  But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.  (18)  For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.  (19)  For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.  (20)  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  (21)  I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Peter was guilty of what so many preachers are guilty of today. Preachers mingle the Law and Grace to suit their own goals and religious ambitions. We are not Jews, we are new creation believers. We must not allow to be brought into bondage again by Law. We have been set free from the Law.


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