Podcast: (John 1:19-28) John The Baptist Being Questioned If He Was The Messiah

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In today’s episode, we will continue the series of the Book of John, and look at why the priests were questioning John’s authority in baptizing people. Also, why did John refuse to acknowledge that he was the Elijah to come, as it was confirmed that he was by Jesus later on? The podcast will answer these questions and more.

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

Verse By Verse Through Galatians (2:12)

12 For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself, for fear of those in the circumcision group. -Galatians 2:12 BSB

The hypocrisy of Peter was seen in this way: Jews wouldn’t associate with Gentiles, visit their homes, or sit down to have a meal with them. The reason is that the Jews didn’t want to participate with the Gentiles in any form and fall into their pagan beliefs or practices (see Deuteronomy 7:3-4 below). However, Peter understood if a Gentile and Jew have put their faith in Jesus Christ, they are one in the Lord and are brothers in Christ.

3 Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, 4 because they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods. Then the anger of the LORD will burn against you, and He will swiftly destroy you. -Deuteronomy 7:3-4 BSB

When James came accompanied by Jews, Peter felt fear that he would get caught eating with the Gentiles, so he removed himself from them, showing his hypocrisy because before James and the other Jews came, Peter had no problem eating with them.