Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Defending the Truth


Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. (Galatians 2:3)

It was after 14 years that Paul went up again to Jerusalem..
This time he went together with Barnabas and Titus.
He went up by revelation of God to communicate to the Jewish Christians the Gospel he preached among the Gentiles.
He spoke privately to their leaders to accomplish his mission.

It is good to communicate our faith with fellow Christians everywhere.
But we must plan and pray earnestly about it.
And we must seek the right people to speak to.
Our aim is to propagate our Christian fellowship, strengthen our common faith, and build up the Church.

Paul's meeting with the Jewish Christians was a complete success. 
Not even Titus was compelled to be circumcised, though Titus was a Greek.
This occurred because false Jewish brethren infiltrated the Church.
They compelled the Gentile Christians to be circumcised.

The truth of the gospel is that we are free men in Christ.
We are free from the bondage of sin. Sin and guilt can no longer hold us. We are free from its dos and don'ts.
But we are not free from the laws of Christ. We submit to His teachings and we are committed to do His biddings. We do it all by the guidance and teaching of God the Holy Spirit.

Paul and the Gentile Christians did not surrender to the false teaching.
Salvation is by the grace of God through faith.
It needs no man-made customs and traditions, such as the Jewish circumcision!

We defend the gospel of grace.
We do not submit to man-made rules and practices.
We submit to the teaching of the Scriptures.
And we pray for the guidance of God the Holy Spirit.

It is necessary that we stand up for our faith. 
Then the truth of the gospel can and will continue to be upheld by Christian people everywhere through the ages.

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