Bible Passage:Gal 2:11
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
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Paul goes on still in his confutation, saying "that he not only has for his defense the testimony of Peter, and the other Apostles which were at Jerusalem, but also that he withstood Peter in the presence of the whole church of Antioch," for, as said before, he had here no trifling matter in hand, but the chief article of all Christian doctrine, compared to which, when esteemed rightly, all other things shall seem vile; for what is Peter, what is Paul, what is an angel from heaven, what are all other creatures to the article of justification? For faith in this doctrine brings us unto clear light, but ignorance of the same leaves us in miserable darkness. Wherefore, if we see this article impugned or defaced, fear not to resist either Peter or an angel from heaven, following the example of Paul, who, seeing the majesty of this article to be in danger for the dignity of Peter, had no regard for his dignity in order to keep this doctrine pure and uncorrupt. We are not ashamed, for the defense of the truth, to be counted and called by the hypocrites, proud and obstinate, such as will be the only ones possessing wisdom, will listen to none, will give place to none. Here we must needs be obstinate. Here if I give no place to my parents, to the magistrate, or an angel from heaven, I do well. For what is the creature compared to the Creator? Diligently weigh and consider the matter whereof Paul entreats, for he entreats of the Word of God, which can never be magnified enough. The words, "to his face," are especially directed against the venomous vipers and apostles of Satan, which slander those that are absent and in their presence dare not once open their mouth, as the false apostles did. "So I did not merely speak about Peter behind his back (Paul says), but frankly and openly I confronted him, because he was in the wrong."
Raised from the dead, we live anew;
And justified by grace,
We shall appear in glory too,
And see our Father's face.
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