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Galatians 2:11-21 Part 2 (Galatians 2:11-21)

Tim Douglass, September 23, 2018
Part of the Galatians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Paul was obviously a man of strong passions. When he felt strongly about something the words just flow from his pen and sometimes we struggle a bit to keep up with the main point. In this section he is setting out his argument as applied to Peter in the situation at Antioch. What begins as what seems to be a simple change in who he is eating with turns into a major inquiry into the very nature of salvation. We are going to begin by breaking down Paul’s argument with Peter and the implications it has for us.

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Galatians 2:11-21

11But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12For 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. 13And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. 14But 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? 15We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16Knowing 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. 17But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20I 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. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (KJV)

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