Summary: Get the gospel right.
GETTING IT RIGHT…AGAIN
S: Maintaining the Truth of the Gospel
Th: “Grace-Full Living”
Pr: Get the gospel right.
?: What? What keeps us from getting it right?
TS: We will find in our study of Galatians 2:11-14, three obstructions that keep us from getting the gospel right.
The _____ obstruction that keeps us from getting the gospel right is…
RMBC 5/21/00 AM
There is a Russian parable that goes like this…
A hunter raised his rifle and took careful aim at a large bear. When about to pull the trigger, the bear spoke in a soft, soothing voice, “Isn’t it better to talk than shoot? What do you want? Let us negotiate the matter.” Lowering his rifle, the hunter replied, “I want a fur coat.” “Good,” said the bear, “that is a negotiable question. I only want a full stomach, so let us negotiate a compromise.” They sat down to negotiate, and after a time the bear walked away alone. The negotiations had been successful. The bear had a full stomach, and the hunter had his fur coat.
1. Have you ever found yourself compromising?
I am sure that if you had been the hunter, you would not have ultimately been satisfied with the results of that compromise.
It seems that compromises do not always give the satisfaction that they promise.
Now, I do not mean to talk down compromise.
For there are times when compromise is appropriate.
When the issues are on lesser matters, compromise is often the way to go.
But we also need to recognize that there are times that compromise is devastating.
2. Compromise often calls for a sacrifice of truth.
We need wisdom to discern when this is happening.
We are never to give up on truth.
When we come to today’s passage, this is exactly what is happening.
Paul is catching someone else compromising, and he refuses to let it continue.
But his refusal is all the more startling, because the confrontation is with another apostle, Peter himself.
Before we come to the confrontation, we must first understand that the great body of rabbinical tradition, under which Peter grew up and Paul had studied, was grounded in works righteousness.
The way of attaining merit before God was through a strict observance of a seemingly endless list of man-made regulations and ceremonies.
The best known of these groups that taught this was the Pharisees.
They proudly believed that because of their religious works, they were receivers of God’s special favor.
It was from this body of teaching that a group called the Judaizers arose.
They claimed to follow Christ, but they also taught that a Gentile had to be circumcised and follow the Mosaic law before he could be saved.
They taught that all believers, whether Jew or Gentile, had to continue observance of the law in order to maintain their relation to God.
Their teaching was in opposition to what Paul had taught the Galatians.
We have observed in our previous studies that…
1. Paul has concern for the purity of the gospel (1:1-10).
Simply, he said, “Don’t mess with the message!”