21 August 2012Galatians 1:18 - 2:10
"We did not submit to them [false believers] even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might always remain with you." (2:5)
This part of Paul's letter to the Galatians describes some of his encounters with some of the other disciples in the early part of his ministry. He describes meeting Cephas (Peter), James, Barnabas and Titus.
Imagine being the new bloke on the scene and going off to spend time with those 'Christian heavyweights' of their day. Give credit to the man, Paul did it! And give credit to Peter and James, despite all the hurt and pain Paul had caused as Saul, "they glorified God" (1:24) because Paul was there with them.
The language used in Galatians 2:5 is interesting, because it's all about "we" - "We did not submit to them even for a moment". This little group of disciples as a collective, as a community, did not give in and so preserved the gospel for us!
This is why the early Church flourished, because this is idea of collective and community was what the church of Acts was all about: "All who believed were together and had all things in common" (Acts 2:44).
There is power in community, and Paul was using that power to defend the gospel, and preserve it for the generations that were to come, generations like us!
Paul's passion for sharing the gospel is clear. We all have things that God has placed on our hearts for us to be passionate about. For some it might be one particular thing, for some it might be a mix. But it's important that we all find what it is we're passionate about.
- What is it that you're passionate about?
- Just as Paul fought to preserve the gospel, what is it you're fighting for? Why are you fighting for it?