Verse By Verse Through Galatians (2:14)

14 When I saw that they were not walking in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?” -Galatians 2:14 BSB

When Paul saw Peter, Barnabas, see verse 13, and the others deviating from the truth through their hypocrisy, Paul decided to rebuke Peter in the presence of the believers he was leading astray. Paul did it that way because Peter was becoming their stumbling block, and they had to know it.

Paul also understood that the Gentile believers are not supposed to go back to the Law like the Jews. The Law of Moses points to Jesus Christ, as the Law cannot make anyone righteous before a holy God.

Any believer who thinks that they have to be like a Jew to get closer to the Lord has misunderstood the purpose of the Law. The Law was to show everyone that they have broken God’s Law and are not living according to His standard. As a matter of fact, no one can keep God’s holy standard. They are too lofty. For starters, we are born in sin, and the moment we fall into one sin, we become Lawbreakers.

10 Whoever keeps the whole law but stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. -James 2:10 BSB

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