By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 23, 2015

  • Galatians 1:13-2:10
  • Galatians 1:15 – Some believe that this verse is stating that God chose Paul from birth to preach to the Gentiles. It is possible that Paul is just using worshipful language of God.  See Acts 9:1-16.  God’s calling came to Paul later in life, but He did call Paul specifically to preach to the Gentiles.
  • Galatians 1:19 – James, the Lord’s brother was not one of the original 12 apostles. The word “apostle” just means one who is chosen and sent.  In this sense, James was an apostle in the same sense as Paul.
  • Galatians 2:2 – Paul compared the gospel he was preaching to what Peter, James, and John were preaching (see Galatians 2:9) and found they were in complete agreement.
  • Galatians 2:5 – Paul did not tolerate false teaching at all. He stood up to them and refuted their teaching.
  • Galatians 2:10 – Some try to use this passage to prove that the church should practice unlimited benevolence. The context, however, is preaching.  Peter, James, and John wanted Paul to make sure to bring the gospel to the poor.  Even if this passage is talking about benevolence, Paul was the one being instructed to do so – not the church!

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