Vs. 14, “When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs.” Before we get to the whole Paul/Peter subject, Paul used this part of the chapter once again to show the validity of his calling…especially to the Gentile people. It’s noteworthy to mention how careful we must be when false Christians come into the church to try to persuade the flock. Often times the enemy finds his way in…and where we least expect the enemy to be. It seems odd that Paul would refute Peter the church leader, but it goes to show all of us that nobody is above others when it comes to accountability. We all must be accountable for our actions…Peter was trying to please others & being a hypocrite at the same time. We must strive to please God and only God!
Regarding application…Choosing to Die Daily. Vs. 20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” That is one of the secrets to Paul’s Godly living. He realized that he must die to himself daily in order that Jesus can take over. Our “Self” wants the pleasures of the world…it doesn’t want to die because it means having to humble and give up. Living the good fight is not only sharing the Gospel to the lost, but the good fight is the fight we have within ourselves. Each day we must ask ourselves, “Am I williing to die, so Christ can live?”