Five Minutes a Day with Luther Thursday, February 13, 2020
Bible Passage:Gal 2:9
And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
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Paul says: When they heard that I had received my calling and charge from God to preach the Gospel among the Gentiles, and that God had wrought so many miracles by me; moreover, that so great a number of the Gentiles were come to the knowledge of Christ through my ministry, and that the Gentiles had received the Holy Ghost, without the law and circumcision, solely and alone by the preaching of faith Peter, James and John glorified God for this grace which was given unto me. They perceived that by the grace of God, from a waster and persecutor of the Church I was made an Apostle, was taught by Jesus Christ, and enriched with spiritual gifts. Here Paul shows that Peter, James, and John not only acknowledged his ministry and authority and the gifts of the Spirit which were in him, as heavenly gifts, but also approved and confirmed the same, yet not as superiors and rulers, but as brothers and witnesses. They who are esteemed as chief pillars among the Apostles are wholly with him and not against him. As if they would say: In doctrine we are companions, and have fellowship together therein; we have all one doctrine, for we preach one Gospel, one baptism, one Christ, and one faith. Only to you is committed the Gospel over the uncircumcised, as the Gospel over the circumcised is unto us. But neither uncircumcision nor circumcision ought to hinder our society and fellowship, since it is but one Gospel, which we both preach.
One family we dwell in Him,
One Church above, beneath;
Though now divided by the stream
The narrow stream of death.
aka Pastor Robin Fish It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"