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Saturday, August 15 2016

Galatians 2: What Was Different About Peter And Paul?

"For He that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles"

While their character and personality were actually very similar, the apostles Peter and Paul were of contrasting backgrounds. Peter was a "regular guy" working-man fisherman (see also Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?), while Paul was a highly "educated" (or brainwashed and indoctrinated, as "education" can sometimes be if not applied with wide-open eyes; see Paul's Blindness Lesson) theologian and member of the ruling establishment.

The LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) also appointed Peter and Paul to very different missions - Peter as the apostle to a tribe of Israel, his native Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah and Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism), while Paul, also a native of Judah (Paul was a Benjamite; see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings), born in Turkey, was the apostle to the world (see Paul, The Apostle To The World).

Their missions matched their backgrounds. It was the reason that the LORD logically chose them - if not Peter and Paul, it would have been others specifically just like them.

The West Wall Peter and Paul were also very determined men, once their assigned course was known to them. Only death could stop them, and when their missions were complete, it did. Both were martyred, just as were many others (see The Stoning Of Stephen - Why Are Witnesses Called Martyrs?).

As one of the Twelve, Peter was chosen about 3 years before Paul i.e. Peter was drafted at the start of the Messiah's Ministry (see The Early Days Of The Galilee Ministry), while Paul was drafted not long after the Messiah's Ministry had been successfully fulfilled (see The Messiah's Appearances To Paul Before And After The Crucifixion). Peter was one of the first Christians, at a time, before his conversion on the road to Damascus, that Paul was persecuting them.

Paul spoke of their identical-direction, parallel-roads ministries in the opening to his epistle to Galatians:

"2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. 2:2 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. 2:3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 2:4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 2:5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 2:8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) 2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 2:10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do." (Galatians 2:1-10 KJV)

By virtue of their tasks, Peter and Paul did not often see each other - Peter mostly remained in Judea, while Paul traveled the "world" (see The Intercontinental Church Of God). When they did see each other, it was made obvious why the LORD kept them apart.

"2:11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 2:12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 2:13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.

2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

2:15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 2:19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain." (Galatians 2:11-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: What was Paul doing during the entire time of the ministries of John the Baptist and then Jesus Christ?
See When Did John The Baptist And The Messiah Rebuke The Apostle Paul?

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This Day In History, August 15

718: The Second Arab Siege of Constantinople began (see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South; also What Does The Bible Say About Arabs?).

927: The Saracens (a European/Church of Rome term for Muslims; see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad) attacked and destroyed Taranto, a coastal city in southern Italy.

982: Holy Roman Emperor Otto II (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) was defeated by the Saracens at the battle of Capo Colonna, in Calabria.

1040: King Duncan I was killed in battle against his cousin Macbeth, who then succeeded Duncan as King of Scotland.

1057: King Macbeth of Scotland was killed at the Battle of Lumphanan, fought against the forces of Mael Coluim mac Donnchada.

1096: The Church of Rome armies of the First Crusade set out from Europe to "liberate" Jerusalem from the occupying forces of Islamic Turks. Championed by Peter the Hermit in 1093, Pope Urban II had sanctioned the crusade at the Council of Clermont in 1095 (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1261: Constantinople fell to Michael VIII of Nicea.

1519: Panama City, Panama was founded.

1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier began his return trip to France after his first voyage to Canada (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy). French explorers eventually claimed a vast area of North America that they called "New France" - an area that spanned what is today eastern Canada, from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Superior, and the most of the U.S. east of the Mississippi River as far south as Louisiana (which was named after King Louis of France, as was St. Louis, Missouri).

New France
1537: Spanish conquistador Juan de Salazar y Espinoza founded Fort of Our Lady of Asuncion, later Asuncion, Paraguay's capital.

1620: The Mayflower set sail for the "New World" from Southampton, England with 102 English "Pilgrims" (again, see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

The Mayflower

1658: The League of the Rhine was established under French protection after France's King Louis XIV failed to be elected Holy Roman Emperor; Sweden's King Charles X began a second war with Denmark and besieged Copenhagen.

1744: The second Silesian War began with an invasion of Saxony by Prussia's King Frederick II.

1914: The Panama Canal was officially opened.

Panama Canal

1940: The German Luftwaffe (air force) suffered its greatest losses for a single day during the Battle of Britain - 75 Nazi aircraft were shot down by the Royal Air Force.
Over 14,000 Hurricanes were built during the Second World War (1939-1945), including 1,400 built in Canada for the Royal Canadian Air Force. Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires defeated Hitler's air forces in "the Battle of Britain."

Hawker Hurricane

1945: Korea was liberated from 35 years of colonial rule after Japan's defeat in World War II. The peninsula was divided into the Communist North and capitalist South (just as French colonial forces divided Vietnam into North and South a decade later).

1947: Britain partitioned India into the dominions of India and Pakistan, thereby creating two independent nations. Pandit Nehru as became Premier of India and L. Ali Khan became Premier of Pakistan.

1960: The Republic of the Congo became independent from France.

1969: The 3-day "Woodstock Music and Art Fair" opened at Max Yasgur's dairy farm in New York State. With an attendance of over 400,000 gullible young people, "Woodstock" became the most infamous Satanic festival of flaunting idolatry, fornication and dope use of its time (see also The First Rock Star and Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?).

1975: Bangladesh's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed, along with most of his family, during a military coup.

2005: Israel began its policy of evicting Israelis from the Gaza Strip (see Where Is Palestine?) and settlements in the "West Bank" (a name that originated when the military forces of Jordan occupied the area after the Israeli War of Independence in 1948) began.

2007: A magnitude 8.0 earthquake in the Pacific devastated areas of Peru; over 500 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured.


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