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Galatians, Chapter Two, Lesson One

V. 2 (Cont'd.)

** Why is that such an issue with Paul?

Because Paul knew that he had apostolic authority and was looking for the apostles in Jerusalem to back him in what he had been preaching. Remember, the Judaizers had gone into Antioch without the backing of the Jerusalem church leaders to cause people to accept their "different gospel" of salvation by works. cf. Acts 15:23-24

** What does Paul mean when he says that he feared he "might be running, or had run, in vain"?

If those of reputation in the church in Jerusalem were soft on the Judaizers' works-righteousness gospel and if they failed to back Paul, it would undermine all of his work over the past 14 years.

V. 3 ** In light of the "salvation" controversy, what is significant about the description of Titus?

He was a Greek (pure Gentile) in the middle of Jewish Christians.

** Do you think that Titus wanted to compromise the gospel, because of the peer pressure that would have been present through the Judaizers?

Absolutely not! Titus was not "compelled" to be circumcised. The word compelled [anagkazo] means to "necessitate, force or press tight" and Titus did not cave in while he was under tremendous pressure to comply. The Judaizers' whole program was, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts 15:1).

Here is the first principle designed to equip us for "Avoiding Compromise".

1) Do not give in to peer pressure, but rather use it to strengthen your resolve.

Paul, Barnabas and Titus were "Avoiding Compromise" by taking their stand on the gospel of Jesus Christ as it had been presented to the apostle by Jesus Himself!

V. 4 ** According to Paul, who was attacking the freedom that Christians enjoy in Christ?

"...false brethren..."

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