Galatians 2.11-16

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.



Paul opposes Peter because he is segregating the sheep.  There is no segregation among sheep.  Sheep are color blind, class blind, status blind.  So Paul opposes Peter because he is making race a matter of status and placement in the kingdom of God.  I pray that we might have the fortitude to oppose anyone, including ourselves, for doing the very same thing.  There is no one among us sheep who is greater, more deserving, more worth respect and honor, than any other in this congregation for any reason.  If you think you are, then let me tell you Jesus, Paul, the whole Church, and I oppose you.  


Pastor Beltz