May It Never Be! An abhorrent, false conclusion (Galatians 2:17-19)
Scripture: Galatians 2:17–2:19
The issue of Peter's hypocrisy is still under discussion. Peter's withdrawal from table fellowship with Gentile believers implied that to fellowship with them would be sin. If that were true, Paul reasons, then Christ would be a minister of sin. Why? If we think about this in the context of Acts, it was God's doing that Peter had table fellowship with Gentile believers to start with (Acts 10 and 11). If Messianic salvation was God's work in Christ, extended to Gentiles without the legal requirements of Jewish food laws being binding, yet Peter, Barnabas and the others who implied such table fellowship was sin are effectively making Christ the minister of sin. To that Paul says, "May it never be!" This is an absurd and therefore false conclusion. In this context Bob discusses various "higher life", "deeper life" or "more spiritual life" versions of Christian teaching that divide Christians into two camps, the better ones and the lesser ones. These teaching are all false on the same grounds that Peter's actions were false. We need to love one another on the grounds that we have been justified by God through the gospel.
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