– Galatians 2:14-18…14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in the presence of all, “If you, being a Jew, live like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?
Peter was a Jew, but through his faith in Christ, he had become a Christian. Because he was a Christian, he was part of the church, and in the church, there are no racial distinctions [Galatians 3:28-29]. We have seen how the Lord taught Peter this important lesson, first by example, then command, then in the house of Cornelius and then at the Jerusalem Conference.
Paul’s words must have stung Peter: “You are a Jew, yet you have been living and fellowshipping with Gentiles. Now you want the Gentiles to live like Jews. What kind of inconsistency is that?
Peter himself had stated at the Jerusalem Conference that God had “put no difference between us and them” (Acts 15:9). But now Peter was being a hypocrite. God’s people are one people, even though they may be divided into various groups. Any practice on our part that violates the Scripture and separates one from another is a denial of the unity of the body of Christ. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.A
The best way to defend the truth is to live the truth. It is important that we obey what the Bible says both in words and actions.
Am I walking according to the truth and commands of the Gospel?
Notes: A- 1 Corinthians 12:27;