LLM Question for 12-20-2011, and, THE LLM STUDY OF THE EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS, CHAPTER 2, PART 2 of 3
First the Question: The BELIEVER in Christ is not justified by the Law before he is saved; nor is he justified by the Law after he is saved. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 12-18-2011
Question: The Apostle Paul did NOT work under the authority of the Apostle Peter with his keys. But contrariwise. Galatians 2:7. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! We would emphasize the words “but contrariwise.” This suggests the very opposite of what might be expected. The twelve apostles were chosen and commissioned some time before the Apostle Paul was sent by the Risen Christ. But instead of Paul receiving his authority and his Gospel message from the Twelve, the Twelve learned from him, for the first time, just what was the “Gospel of the Un-circumcision”. Many Children of God have derived benefit and deliverance from some religious entanglement by the careful study of Galatians 2:7-9. Now, out of the 703 responses we received to this question, again, amazingly, 100% of you got it right. Praise the LORD! Therefore, now, let us take a look at...
THE LLM STUDY OF THE EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS, CHAPTER 2, PART 2 of 3
Perhaps many people who have been led into some religious delusion by following the Apostle Peter with his program to the Jews, in the early chapters of Acts, have failed to obey the Apostle Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 11:1, where it says, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” It is evident that the student of the Word of God, in this Dispensation of Grace, must follow the Apostle Paul and learn from him the LORD’s spiritual program for members of the Body of Christ. Paul was faithful in ministering unto the poor saints at Jerusalem. Note Romans 15:25-28 and Acts 11:29-30.
Perhaps in the light of events that subsequently happened we might question the sanity of the disciples at Jerusalem who sold their possessions and gave their money to the apostles. Acts 2:44-45, and then Acts 4:34-35. Undoubtedly they were led by the Holy Spirit to dispose of their property. However, the restored Kingdom must have been in view.
In Galatians 2:11-14 we have the controversy between the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul. Notice the statement in Galatians 2:12, “Peter, fearing the circumcision.” Many have asked the question whether or not Paul was consistent in condemning Peter for his compromise and duplicity at Antioch when he himself sought to please the Jews, according to Acts 21:18-27, and went into their temple at Jerusalem, as a religious Jew, for seven days. First let us state that there is no suggestion anywhere that the Apostle Paul ever confessed that he made a mistake when he visited Jerusalem and took his vow. On the contrary, immediately thereafter the LORD appeared to him and gave this message, “And the night following the LORD stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul; for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.” Acts 23:11. Paul gives the explanation of his two fold ministry in 1 Corinthians 9:20-21. And here it is…
1 Corinthians 9:20-21, “And unto the Jews, I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law, (being not, without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.”
Now, PAY ATTENTION, what the Apostle Peter did was something entirely different. He tried to persuade the Gentiles to live as the Jews. It is very important that we recognize God’s sanction upon the two fold order suggested in Acts 21:25; that is, that during the Book of the “Acts” period there was one order for the believing Jew and another order for the believing Gentile.
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)