#95-G41 ~ Galatians 2:3-4
I begin with an introduction concerning two of my books–22 Key Promises you can count on & Discovering God’s Rich Blessings in Times of Suffering. Both of these can be ordered through Amazon.com
I then discuss the importance of always knowing that while ALL the Bible is FOR us it is not all TO us or ABOUT us. Every verse needs to be evaluated with that in mind. It is when people don’t understand or apply this that they get confused about a lot of the things of Scripture. Most important is the means to one’s salvation. It is only in the Apostle Paul’s writings that we find that it is faith in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection that provides salvation. When people go elsewhere for that information they get confused. We also find in Paul’s writings that when we are saved in our time, a person’s salvation is sealed by the Holy Spirit. That means absolute security for us in our salvation. In other times or in times past (and even in the coming time of Tribulation after the Rapture of the church of today), one’s salvation was not a settled matter until the day one died. People had to endure in faith to the end to be saved. There are numerous passages that speak of that, but none of them in Paul’s writings because that principle does not apply to us.
I then continue with a reading of Galatians 2:1-3 and more explanation. Paul is making it clear that HIS gospel was not the same as that of Peter, the gospel of the Kingdom and also known as the gospel of the circumcision. OUR gospel involves the cross and resurrection, the other one does not. Galatians 2:7 puts these TWO gospels side by side. They are not the same. Peter’s gospel included obedience to the Mosaic Law. That included the demand for circumcision and more. Their application of those things served as a manifestation of their faith. We don’t have all that today. Again, today it is all about faith in the cross and resurrection of Christ.
I then go into a discussion about the Mosaic Law. Religious Jews (in this case believing Jews) had come in after Paul was with them and told these people they needed to live under that Law, particularly circumcision. I then explain the origin of circumcision as it relates to Abraham.
I then go through and answer some practical questions about this passage and things related.
1. What was circumcision all about?
2. When did circumcision begin?
3. What is the gospel of the circumcision?
4. Where is this gospel called the gospel of the circumcision? Galatians 2:7
5. Why is Galatians 2:7 translated differently in different translations?
6. What specifically has been mistranslated about Galatians 2:7 in the KJV?
It is important to know the full answers to these questions and others for your spiritual growth. When there’s confusion about these, people get confused about the means to salvation and much more. Here on this video I answer all these questions and more.