There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Review: The Gospel in Galatians 1:1-2:16
Shorthand Descriptions of the Gospel
- Christological – The Gospel is about Jesus Christ, the crucified and risen Son of God (1:1-4).
- Historical – The Gospel is about actual events. Jesus was crucified, buried and raised from the dead in human history (1:1-4).
- Biblical – The only true Gospel is that which God has revealed in the Old and New Testament Scriptures (1:6-12).
- Theological – The Gospel is about particular doctrines related to the death and resurrection of Jesus such as sin, grace, forgiveness, redemption, justification and the atonement (1:1-2:16).
- Personal - People must place their personal faith in Christ alone to be justified before God (2:15-16).
- Practical – The Gospel has to do with our everyday conduct. We must live out the Gospel reflecting the grace and truth of Christ in all that we do – in fellowship with different groups of people (2:11-14), in caring for the poor (2:10), in relationships (6:1-10), and in many other ways. “The Gospel is to be applied to every area of our thinking, feeling, relating, working and behaving” (Keller).
A Case Study: The Practical Work of the Gospel (2:11-16)
A. The Conduct of Peter (2:11-13)
- What Peter Did: Separated Himself from the Gentiles (11-12)
- Why Peter Did It: Fear (12b)
- What Happened as a Result: Others Followed His Shameful Conduct (13)
B. The Conduct of Paul (2:14-16)
- What Paul Did: He Confronted Peter (11, 14)
- Why Paul Did It: Because the Gospel Was at Stake (14-16)
- What Happened as a Result: The Church Was Unified & the Gospel Was Preserved (Acts 15)
Applications for Us
- Caution – Remember that even the best of leaders can fall.
- Consistency – God is pleased with a long obedience in the same direction.
- Courage – Standing for the Gospel can be a lonely business.
- Compassion – Welcome eversy believer to table fellowship regardless of their cultural background because there are no second-class citizens in the kingdom of God.
- Christ-likeness – Treat others the way Christ has treated you: with marvelous grace.