Thursday 29th March 2018 - Daily Reading:
Galatians 2:1-10 - I went... by Richard Cowling

Over the next two days, we will be taking a look at the first 10 verses of Galatians chapter 2. Just within these 10 verses, there is so much we can discover, and so therefore, it needs careful attention. I am going to focus on two things.

Today, I want us to look at Galatians 2:2. From verse 1 it says: "Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles."

Paul went in response to a revelation! It seems that Paul went to Jerusalem because God called him and directed him to go. Paul didn't go because any man called him to come; it was because God called him to go.

And when we read about what God had called him to do, it couldn't have been easy for him. You see, at this time there was a strong contention rising over the place of Gentiles in the church. If you turn to Acts 10, we can see that God had used Peter to welcome Gentiles into the church. However, there were some believers from a Jewish background that believed Gentiles could be saved, however they would first of all have to become Jews and come under the Mosaic law. For some, the idea was that salvation in Jesus was only for the Jewish people, and so Gentiles had to become Jews before they could become Christians. I imagine the believing Christians were finding it difficult to understand that things such as circumcision and following the law of Moses was not necessary for salvation. And so they were being encouraged in this wrong thinking by the false teachers, with what Paul described in Galatians 1 as a false gospel.

Aware of the contention that was going on, and in response to a revelation from God, Paul went to Jerusalem and brought to them the true gospel, the gospel that he preached to the Gentiles, and the true way to salvation. He went in obedience! The questions I want to end with are these: What is God calling you to? Does it seem difficult? And despite how difficult it may seem, are you still being obedient?

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