The Treasure

Confrontation is never fun. It’s usually uncomfortable. But often, it makes a difference.

In the life of the one doing the confronting. In the life of the one being confronted. Seldom does a record of it make the pages of a book that has been a best seller for 2000 years. That is exactly what happened when the Apostle Paul confronted the Apostle Peter concerning something he did.

My pastor spoke from Galatians 2: 11-16. Story goes something like this. Peter knew that the Jewish laws were part of the old way of obeying and worshiping God. He knew that a man didn’t have to be circumcised to have a relationship with God. He knew that he had fellowship with everyone. He could eat with them, hang with them, worship with them. But Peter was intimidated when some ‘muckety-mucks’ who still held to the law came to visit. He dropped the Gentiles like a hot potato.

Paul noticed. In front of everyone, Paul tells him he’s off base. He’s wrong. The gospel isn’t about what you do or what you don’t do. It’s by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Period.

When Jesus came, He established a new way of coming to God—through His sacrificial death. Paul knew that. Peter knew that but he got a little side-tracked. Started worrying more about what other people thought than what God thought. He needed a friend to tell him he was wrong.

So when Paul corrected Peter, he corrected all of us for all time. The gospel is a treasure. Not something to be watered down. Not something to be added to.

I need to be reminded of that. I tend to want to agree with all people when they mention Christ’s name. I don’t want to rock the proverbial Christian boat. But Paul didn’t care. He knew what was important. I need to be concerned about what God thinks rather than what man thinks.

I’d like to finish todays’ blog with a verse. One we can sink our teeth into and hold onto. A verse we pass on to others. It’s Galatians 2: 16,

“yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because of the works of the law no one will be justified.” (ESV)

Hold on to that treasure friend. And don’t add water.

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