Posts Tagged ‘Gentiles and circumcision’

Galatians 6:11-18 Boast In The Cross

I will boast; not because of who I am but because of what HE did.

Paul concludes his letter to the Galatian believers by summing up his point. Circumcision is NOT the way to Jesus! He puts that in capital letters so they don’t miss it.

This whole letter has been explaining to the Gentile believers in Galatia why they do not need circumcision. In fact, if they accept circumcision they will be required to follow the whole law. Paul now points to why the false teachers were trying to get the believers to adopt the practice in the first place.

We already discovered it was out of jealousy. Paul tells us that it was so “that they may boast in your flesh” (verse 13b). If the Gentile believers bought into this doctrine the false teachers could claim they brought the gospel to them. They wanted to “pad their numbers.” To make themselves look good to the other groups. Read more »

Galatians 2:11-14 Two Faces

Your actions speak louder than words. Watch what you say with them!

Paul calls Peter out on his behavior. Peter was acting one way before the Gentiles and another before the Jews. “Keeping up appearances.”

Peter was the first one God sent to the Gentiles. Remember the story where he was on the rooftop and God let down a sheet. “What God has made clean, do not call common” (Acts 10:15). God told Peter through that vision and its walking it out shortly thereafter the He considered the Gentiles acceptable unto Him too. In fact, in Peter’s encounter before the Gentiles had even completed anything more than accepting the gospel as truth, the Holy Spirit descended on them. “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have” (Acts 10:47). No circumcision, no converting to Judaism, no promise to adhere to the law. None of that was required for this family to be accepted into God’s family. Read more »

Galatians 2:1-10 Truth Preserved

Because of grace I do works. NOT the other way round!

Paul shares with his readers how he himself brought the very issue they are dealing with before the brothers. He checked his teachings with those in authority and backed up his stand.

The issue of circumcision was not new to Paul and he addressed it completely. Paul had been preaching the word to the Gentiles for fourteen years already without requiring ANY of them to become circumcised. The Holy Spirit never instructed him to put that on them. Paul’s message was always that observing the law never saved anyone, Jew or Gentile, so why would one be required to adhere to the law now. His message was Jesus’ fulfillment of the law and salvation through grace. Read more »

Galatians 1:6-10 Distorted Doctrine

Be certain of your source before you buy into it

I want to start off by apologizing AGAIN for my inconsistent posting. I have been getting tied up with family commitments and distracted too. I am going to recommit again to being faithful with posting. Ok, onto our reading for today.

Paul is blown away by how quickly the church in Galatia bought into the doctrine of works. It took very little persuasion for them to follow along with the “new and improved” rules for the Gentile believers.

This doctrine was something Paul personally went to Jerusalem to address with the original church council; Jesus’ apostles. With all the evidence and arguments presented, the group had rightly concluded that God accepted the Gentiles without circumcision and a commitment to following the laws of Moses. The ruling was this: “You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things” (Acts 15:29). Nowhere in here was circumcision mentioned. Neither was following all the Mosaic laws. Read more »