Galatians 2

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.

Read  Galatians 2

Commentary.

Justified by faith in Jesus Christ.

Paul defended his apostleship, authority to preach to gentiles, recalling how he was confirmed by church leaders in Jerusalem (Acts 15), known as Jerusalem Conference. Prior to the conference, God showed vision to Cornelius, a centurion in Italian military company, a gentile. And God showed vision to Peter from which he realized that “Jews and Gentiles are saved in the same way by the grace of the Lord Jesus. God made no distinction between Jew and Gentile.”

At the Jerusalem Conference Peter, James, and all church agreed not to force Gentiles to observe Moses law, except four: abstain from the pollutions of idols, sexual immorality, eating meat  from strangled animals, and consuming blood. And Paul was confirmed to be apostle to go to Gentiles.

At Antioch Apostle Paul criticized Peter who yielded to the narrow prejudices of the Judaizes, Peter’s action was  not based on faith but by law and on hypocrisy.

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is not I who lives but Christ lives in me.” It is mystical union with Christ, sustained and molded by the spirit of Jesus Christ.

After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.

  • Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
  • Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
  • Live it out through the day.

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