3 “Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4 This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.” (Galatians 2)
I read this verse Yesterday, and it jumped out at me. The way it read to me was: there was a dispute over something really insignificant in the church. Some people got really upset and took a really strong stand on it. Others felt that it was not such a big deal and that it didn’t affect their salvation. And then follow disputes and guilt over the issue.
Paul then enters and exposes that it really is insignificant and doesn’t matter to salvation, but there is the greater joy of Christianity. He then sees that the people that had been pushing this on the others were infiltrators, or non-christians!
To me this sounds like some disputes in our world still. We get hung up on the fact that this is happening, or that is going on, if we should do this, or what it means that they are “infiltrators,” but the part that was meaningful and refreshing to me came in the end:
“This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.“
His whole point comes back to this: our freedom in Christ. The truth of the Gospel is that we have freedom and we don’t need to follow laws and works. We simply need to follow God’s gift of freedom. This may be happening in our world, but it has always been an issue, and the beautiful thing is, we can return to the “truth of the Gospel” that has been preserved for us.
Today live a life free from insignificant laws; just trust in the freedom of Christ.