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Galatians 2:1-3

Posted by heyrandy on July 23, 2010

1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. Galatians 2:1-3 AV

To what trip to Jerusalem is Paul referring?  Is it the meeting mentioned in Acts 15? Or is it some other time. Was Paul’s first trip to Jerusalem the one mentioned in Acts 15?

It is the Acts 15 meeting to which Paul is referring. This is interesting because Paul does not make any mention in Galatians of the results of the conference. One would think that he would, since the results of the conference were inspired and the occasion of the conference was the issue of circumcision. What Paul does mention about this meeting is that the poor were to  be remembered. This item is not listed in the letter written to the churches.

Paul had Barnabas with him. They were both at the conference giving a report of how the Gospel was being spread among the gentiles. Barnabas was a Jew. This would not be a problem with the Jerusalem church. Paul also says that Titus was with him. Titus was a gentile, uncircumcised (v.3). If circumcision was required, why was not Titus circumcised? This fact is sufficient to refute the Judaizers.

Paul went up by revelation. That is, God revealed to him that he must attend the meeting. Given the effect of Paul’s and Barnabas’ report, we can see why God required Paul to attend. Such revelations are no longer issued today, but in those early days before the canon of the New Testament was finished such thing were needed. So the next time you hear “I feel led ….” ask if we can have this written down and appended to the New Testament.

Paul submitted his Gospel message to those who were of reputation, but he did this privately. After 14 years of speaking the Truth Paul asks for a review to make sure he has it right. He did not want to run an empty race.

We know that Paul had it right. Do we? I suggest periodic re-examinations of our basic message. It is easy for errors to creep in. These must be ruthlessly purged from our teaching. I understand that there is debate about the peripheral matters, but on the basics, the fundamentals (or Fundamentals), there can be no question. This is the core. This is what it is all about.

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Take These With You

Posted by heyrandy on July 10, 2010

You have by now taken my college aptitude test. You know that college is a curve ball situation; nothing is straight forward. To survive you need skills and abilities. You know that I have a unique (okay, weird) perspective on college, so you need what I am about to say. I am going to teach you things that are important in life. These things are not what you are going to learn in any college. There is a reason for that: no one is willing to pay for this. You think that college is about learning, but it is really about money. This is why they only teach you what you will pay for.

1. The  most important thing you will hear in college is professor says. Unless you agree with the professor you grades will suffer. It does not matter if you are right. It does not matter if the professor is an idiot. Learn that to disagree is to hurt. This will prepare you for your first job.

2. The most important thing you will do in college is pay this amount. If you don’t pay, you don’t play. This is life.

3. The most important thing you will discover at college is the reason they say it is required. It is where the profit is.

4. The most important thing you will learn at college is that college has been dumbed down. Most people would not survive there very long unless it was.

5. The most important date in college is the last day to drop a course without failing. Know when to bailout.

6. The most important rule in college is for you to remember that college does not make you smart. The people that run this country are all college graduates.

7. The most important place in college is the library. That is where the real learning is. It is usually deserted.

8. The most important character trait at college is honesty. It almost doesn’t exist.

9.The most important mistake to avoid at  college is suspending your disbelief. If you believe them, you will become one of them.

10. The most important scheduling arrangement you will make is to take classes with lots of athletes in them. If you do this you will get an A.

This is how the system works. Now work the system.

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Galatians 1:22-24

Posted by heyrandy on July 8, 2010

22And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judea which were in Christ:

23But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

24And they glorified God in me. Gal. 1:22-24 AV

Paul continues his defense of his apostleship by telling the Galatians that the churches of Judea did not know him by “face,” that is by sight. They had never met him. If they had never met him, he never visited and so never had the opportunity to learn the gospel from them. His gospel is purely from the Lord.

He distinguishes the churches as being in Christ. The word translated church means assembly. There were many assemblies in Judea. There were lots of synagogues mentioned in the Gospels, so here Paul is careful to state that he is talking about assemblies of believers.

In verse 23 he quotes the churches. We notice that the AV does not have quotation marks. These were a later invention, so in  1611  the translators did not use them. We know this is a quote because of the upper case That. It says “they heard.” Word got around. It always does. This was big news. To have a dangerous enemy of the churches suddenly begin preaching the very message he previously tried to destroy is not long kept a secret.

The churches “Glorified God in me.” Indeed they should. Paul’s conversion was entirely God’s doing. There was no decision on Paul’s part until after God had done His work. Today there is a lot of emphasis on decision. It is all up to you. A large section of the modern church believes that God is impaired without human cooperation. The case of Paul proves otherwise. God is in control of all things at all times.

The churches in Judea glorified God on account of Paul. Would they glorify God on account of you?

Homework assignment: give them reason to glorify God on your account.

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