Sun, 2 October 2016
As Paul shares the story of Peter's hypocrisy (Gal 2:11-14) to the Galatian believers, it seems like Paul is making a big deal out of something that isn't that important. Why would he oppose Peter "to his face"? Peter just made a small mistake right? It wasn’t as though he actually believed that the Law could justify, he just had a moment of cowardice and made a mistake. To Paul, this is no small mistake, it was giving approval to a message that was a direct assault on Jesus. When Peter and Barnabas broke table fellowship with the gentiles, they were giving approval to these Judaizers who were teaching that if the gentiles wanted to become part of God's family, they must come under the authority of the Law of Moses. Paul recognized this teaching was a direct attack on the authority of Christ, as it was an attempt to add the law to the gospel, so Paul puts Peter's actions on display to reveal these three implications from his false behavior.