Summary: Sermon series from the book of Galatians; A verse upon verse study.Key events mentioned: 1. God give the Gentiles the Holy Spirit. (Vs.8) 2. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ brought salvation. (Vs.11) 3. God brought miracles and wonders to the Gentil
The Two Sided Coin Galatians 2:1-10
Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. 4 And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), 5 to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man—for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. 7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter 8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), 9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.
From Paul’s first trip to Jerusalem until his second trip was 14 years. Remember, Paul wasn’t taught in Jerusalem, he received insight alone with the Lord for 3 years in the desert. Here, Paul goes back with Barnabas and Titus. The leaders of the church at Jerusalem likely urged Paul, for the sake of peace, to compromise by having Titus who was a gentile circumcised, but Paul refused to yield, for to yield would have been to accept the bondage of the law over the freedom of the gospel.
Galatians 2:1NLT Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too.
Titus being a gentile was fitting proof of the effectiveness of Paul’s ministry.
This visit by Paul to Jerusalem was for the Jerusalem council referred to in Acts 15:1-22 And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question.3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren. 4 And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them. 5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.”