I've been thinking more about Paul's opposing Peter to his face:

But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed [him] to his face, because he was to be blamed. (Galatians 2:11)

Just think about what kind of uproar that must've created in the religious community! An apostle opposing another apostle to his face! Here are two apostles who wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and one of them opposes the other one to his face! That must have been monumental. Just think about what the foolish ones were saying, like:

"How dare Paul do this! Who does he think he is? Peter was with Christ when He walked the earth; Paul is a newcomer! Paul wasn't even one of the original apostles! Peter is a man filled with the Holy Spirit just like Paul! Does Paul think he's better than Peter? Does Paul think that he is less of a sinner than Peter is? This is the height of arrogance and pride!"

Yet we know that Paul was right in doing what he did. Paul, an apostle, opposed Peter, a fellow apostle, to his face, because Paul judged rightly that Peter was to be blamed. Peter was not above being opposed to his face just because he was an apostle. Paul (and every other apostle) was not confined to opposing only non-apostles because only the non-apostles were "below" him. And Paul was manifesting the fruit of the Spirit when he opposed Peter. He was being loving toward Peter.

Something to think about!

Marc


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