Galatians 2:7 – 3:5
As we begin book 33 let’s just pause for a moment and praise the Lord for extending this ministry nationwide. When we first started this television ministry seven years ago we figured it would probably be just to the Tulsa area, but the Lord has seen fit to extend it nationwide. It takes a lot of work and most of it is volunteer for all of this to come together, so we just thank the Lord for everything.
Now we’re in Galatians, chapter 2, and in our last lesson we had gotten up to about verse 8 or 9. But as you know I always like to make constant review and a little bit of reminder why this little letter was written. Remember the whole theme of this little letter to the Galatian Church is “We’re not under Law, but rather Grace.” That of course is a statement that came straight from the lips of the apostle Paul. Up until that time that was an unknown tenet, and as we’re going to see here, even Peter, for the most part and the eleven, had no comprehension of this great move of God to come away from Israel and the Covenant promises and all that was attached to the Jewish economy, and go out to the whole wide world, to the black and white, rich and poor, East and West, Jew or Gentile with this tremendous Gospel of the Grace of God that had been revealed to the apostle Paul from the ascended Lord in glory.
We don’t know this Glorious Gospel of Salvation for us today until we get to the writings of the apostle Paul. I know this is hard for a lot of people to swallow. In fact I was just reading something written by a gentlemen the other day for whom I have had a lot of respect, but I couldn’t agree with him when he said, “There is no difference between Peter’s message and Paul’s message.” For goodness sake, there’s so much difference it’s like daylight and dark. Maybe it just takes common lay people to see that. Now, as we’re going to see later on in this chapter there was that difference of opinion between Peter and Paul and that Peter had a hard time with Paul’s writings and especially salvation as he tells us in II Peter.
II Peter 3:15 – 16a
“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things in which are some things; (salvation in verse 15) hard to be understood,...”