In Galatians, we see clearly how the gospel and grace changes everything. That’s why we’ve titled this series, “The Apocalyptic Gospel.” That might sound ominous and foreboding! After all, in the English language today, the word “apocalyptic” means “something momentous or catastrophic, e.g. describing or prophesying the complete destruction of the world.” However, I mean apocalyptic in a positive way: the gospel is momentous and it is catastrophic to the things that hinder us, haunt us, and demoralize us.
Galatians 2:1-14 is another of those passages that we might be tempted to skip over. On the surface, it seems like uninteresting and irrelevant details about history and context. However, once again in Paul’s explanation of his interactions we see the apocalyptic power of the gospel and the importance of grace + nothing for our walk with Christ. As you read and reflect on Galatians 2:1-14, consider the following questions:
- Why would it be so bad to maintain circumcision as a requirement in Christianity?
- How does God’s grace for me impact the way I engage in conflicts with others?
- How secure is God’s love for me and his delight in me? e.g., How much does my security and peace waver depending on my faithfulness or goodness?
So as you prepare for corporate worship this Sunday, take some time to read and reflect on Galatians 2:1-14. As you do that, reflect on how the gospel has impacted your own past, present, and future. Focus on the positive and praise God!
I very much look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday!
Yours in Christ’s love,