Verse By Verse Through Galatians (2:3)

3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. -Galatians 2:3 BSB

This verse gives us the reason why Paul wanted to go back to Jerusalem to speak with “those recognized as leaders” (verse 2). False believers were trying to get genuine believers to go back to the Law like keeping circumcision, which is fulfilled in Christ, who is the One who sets us apart by giving us the Holy Spirit when one puts their faith in Him. See below.

No, a man is a Jew because he is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man’s praise does not come from men, but from God. -Romans 2:29 BSB

2 For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man, as an offering for sin. -Romans 8:2-3 BSB

Jesus Christ kept the Law for us and fulfilled it, but if a believer wants to go back to the Law to keep it, he or she will end up rejecting Jesus’ atoning sacrifice for their sins. The Law instituted animal sacrifice on behalf of the people for their sins, which pointed to the future fulfillment sacrifice of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, on the cross. If we go back to the Law, it’s to say that we have rejected the fulfillment seen in Christ as our sacrificial Lamb for all of our sins.

You who are trying to be justified by the law have been severed from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. -Galatians 5:4 BSB

The Polarizing Effect Of Truth

34 Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me -Matthew 10:34-37 BS

I would like to take this opportunity to tackle two issues that I, as a believer in Jesus Christ have come across in the past. Some professing Christians are living in a way that is displeasing to God, thinking that they are doing God’s will.

The first issue I have seen on the internet is someone living two different lives. A Christian cannot have one foot in the world—living like an unregenerate person—and the other foot in Christ. The Bible calls that type of person lukewarm.

15 I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were one or the other! 16 So because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to vomit you out of My mouth! -Revelation 3:15-16 BSB

For example, let’s look at a person who went around to Christian sites, attacking them by using a fake name called Polarius.

A Christian used the name Polarius to act out his hatred toward the Evangelical Community because of their conservative stance and its values, which are closer to biblical views than the alternative. I have no animosity toward the Polarius character. My heart is for that person to repent and get right with the Lord Jesus Christ before the rapture of our great God and Savior occurs to bring the saints to Himself. I believe the culture took hold of this person’s heart, confused him, and pushed him away from the gospel of Jesus Christ. If a person truly has the Holy Spirit, repentance will take place.

The second issue is not taking a stand for the truth because of the fear of people. Being like that will cause you to walk the Christian life backward. They seem to be ashamed of defending God’s Word, but we must understand that those who compromise the truth of God’s Word are no different from those who reject Jesus Christ. The Scripture demands us to confront those in error and defend the holy Scripture, as stated in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 & Jude 1:3.

If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in His Father’s glory with the holy angels. -Mark 8:38 BSB

An Insight: Why Jesus Met With Moses And Elijah

1 Six days later, Jesus took with Him Peter and James, and his brother John, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.

Matthew 17:1-3 NASB

Something extraordinary happened when Jesus went up to the mountain with three of His disciples. Two men showed up to Jesus on the mountain from heaven. Moses and Elijah. They spoke with Jesus about His exodus from the earth, referring to His death and resurrection. It also reveals and tells us something else. Moses and Elijah have meanings and so does Jesus. All three were revealing the completion of God’s revelation.

Moses and Elijah’s meaning is found in Luke 16. Let’s take a look at it.

29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” -Luke 16:29-30

The rich man that died who was now found to be in hell, asked Abraham to send to his brothers Lazarus, so that they may be convinced through a miracle—a resurrection, to get saved and avoid ending up with him in hell.

How did Abraham answer him? He said to him that his brothers already know how to avoid hell by finding God in the writings of Moses and the prophets. Basically, Moses and the prophets are synonymous for the Scriptures.

Now, getting back to Jesus being in the mountain with Moses and Elijah. These two men represent the old testament. Moses, the Pentateuch which is Genesis through Deuteronomy. Elijah represents the rest of the Old Testament which were writing by the prophets. Jesus represents the New Testament. So, what we see in the Mount of configuration is the completion of the whole revelation of God to men. You see the plan of redemption for mankind in those three men, in the Old and New Testament. The Old Testament pointed to Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. When Jesus came, He fulfilled the prophecies spoken about Him.

There is nothing more to add to God’s Word, it is completed. To avoid hell, one must read the Bible to find Jesus and read what He did for them on the cross and afterward, His resurrection, proving that everything He taught is true.