Galatians 2:11-21

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Paul’s Defense of Himself and the Gospel (Part 3)

Paul Confronts Peter for the sake of the truth of the Gospel

As we’ve discovered, Paul is forced to defend his apostleship and his gospel message because very soon after he left Galatia, false teachers came in and started preaching a different gospel. In the False teachers’ gospel, a Gentile must first become a Jewish convert before becoming a Christian, or at least in practice. They were teaching that the males must be circumcised and they all must abide by the Law of Moses.

This was contradictory to the gospel that Paul preached to them. Paul said that none of those things were necessary. One is saved by grace through faith and nothing else. There was no need for the Gentiles to concern themselves with trying to obey the Mosaic Law.

We saw already that, regardless of what the false teachers…

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Galatians 2:1-10

Paul defends himself and the gospel

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Paul’s Defense of Himself and the Gospel (Part 2)

As we’ve seen in chapter 1 (here and here), false Jewish teachers called Judaizers had come in very soon after Paul left Galatia and were teaching the Galatians that not only did they have to trust in Christ’s sacrifice, but they also had to obey the Mosaic Law in order to be in right standing with God. In order to try to boost their false message, they denigrated Paul’s character and claimed that Paul’s apostleship was less than genuine and that his message was a lie.

In our passage today, Paul shows that the “pillar” apostles in Jerusalem recognized Paul as an apostle equal to themselves and fully approved of his message as he’d been preaching it. They recognized Paul’s apostleship and his message as being from God.

1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem…

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The Benefits of Scripture Memory

Memorizing whole chapters and books of the Bible has many benefits. Memorizing single verses, while helpful, can often take the verse out of context and be misunderstood. There are a lot of great resources out there for aiding in Scripture memory. One that I find incredibly useful is ScriptureTyper. But when memorizing Scripture it is important to be doing it not just as a rote exercise, but to actually be thinking about what it is these verses are saying.

  1. In memorizing Scripture, we are putting God’s truth into our minds and hearts. As we go about our day, it becomes a useful tool in shaping our attitudes and actions. For example, in the book of Philippians there are some very practical exhortations such as “Do everything without complaining or arguing,” and “Do not be anxious about anything,” as well as “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility, consider others better than yourselves.” (NIV84) When something irritates us and we start to complain, the reminder that we are to do everything without complaining helps us to stop and re-evaluate our words. When someone is talking to us and going on about something in their lives that we aren’t that interested in, instead of thinking about what we’ll say next, we can remember that we are to consider others better than ourselves and not be selfish in monopolizing the conversation about our own needs. These tools help us to grow in our Christian walk to become more like Christ.
  2. Another benefit of Scripture memory is when having trouble falling asleep, we can recite our memory verses in our head as a way to pass the time until we drift off. Much more productive than counting sheep! 🙂
  3. Knowing Scripture helps us to pray as well. We can use the Scripture we have memorized to pray for others, as well as ourselves. Using the prayers that are already in the Bible is one way to do this. For example, Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3: “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” (ESV) What a great way to pray for our friends and family! We can also just use Scripture that isn’t specifically a prayer to pray also, such as using the above Philippians verses in a prayer: “Lord, help me to do everything without complaining or arguing. Help me to not be anxious about anything.” Etc.

What other benefits have you found from memorizing Scripture?

Other Resources:
Where to Begin – also read Janet Pope’s book His Word in My Heart
10 Tips for Memorizing a Bible Chapter
How to Memorize Scripture
Four Tips for Scripture Memory
10 Practical Tips for Memorizing Scripture
4 Tips for Memorizing God’s Word
Bible Memorization Methods
More links (as always, use discernment with any website or blog and compare what they are saying with Scripture)


The Forgotten Virtue of Christian Contentment | by John Fast

…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” – Philippians 4:11 We live in a time of rampant discontentment, and no wonder. Virtually everywhere we turn we are told we need something more to make us happy; that what we have is not good enough, that we need – or rather …

Source: The Forgotten Virtue of Christian Contentment | by John Fast

Galatians 1:10-24

Looking at Galatians 1:10-24

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Paul’s Defense of Himself and the Gospel (Part 1)

There were false teachers that had come into the Galatian churches teaching the Galatians that Paul’s apostleship and message were illegitimate and not to be trusted. And we’ll see later that part of that false teaching was that in order to find favor with God, the Mosaic Law had to be followed. This was in direct opposition to Paul’s message of salvation by grace alone. This type of false teaching does not save and so Paul wanted to be sure to set the record straight as quickly as possible. The Galatians were starting to accept a false gospel.

Paul was forced to defend the legitimacy of his apostleship (as we saw last time) and his message (as we’ll see today). Paul’s defense is not due to hurt pride or resentment, but out of a genuine concern for the Galatians and…

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