Gal 2:6-10: As for those who were held in high esteem

As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised,[a] just as Peter had been to the circumcised.[b] For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. James,Cephas[c] and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.  Galatians 2:6-10.

It amazes me that the apostle Paul had to defend his apostleship and the called upon his life to his readers.  The apostle Paul was commissioned by the Lord to take the gospel to the utter ends of the earth.  He was given the task of taking the gospel to the gentiles.  During this passage of scripture the apostle Paul talks about his meeting with those in Jerusalem who were seen and recognized as pillars in the church.

Those who were recognized as pillars were those who had faithfully walked with the Lord during His earthly ministry and had not turned their backs upon Jesus.  They walk with authority that was given to them by God alone.  Paul in the scriptures refers to himself as one abnormally born because his encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus was truly supernaturally.

In this letter and also in Corinthians we find the apostle Paul defending his call, his ministry, and his message.  Throughout the time of the apostles once they established a church false teachers would try to come in and bring confusion and division.  The apostles often times had to confront the lies and deceptions of the enemy and bring correction where needed.

The apostle Paul points out that those who were seen as pillars added nothing to his message.  The gospel which Paul preached was a direct revelation from the Lord Jesus Himself.  Paul was a man of authority and he knew the scriptures very well because of his upbringing as a pharisee.  But it was not until he was born again and filled with the Holy Spirit that the scriptures he knew for most of his life became alive.  It must have been an incredible moment in his life as the Holy Spirit reveal to him how Jesus is concealed and pointed to throughout the entire Old Testament.

Paul also points out that God does not show favoritism.  He needed to bring up this point because some in the body of Christ would look at those who walked with Jesus during His earthly ministry as if they were greater than others.  But the Lord loves each and everyone of us equally and He has given us each gifts according to the call and plan He has for our lives.  No calling or anointing is greater to the Lord, every call and anointing has a purpose.

The biggest issue the apostle Paul was dealing with in the Galatian church is that false teachers had come in and taught that new gentile believers need to follow the law once they have put their faith in Jesus Christ.  He need to demonstrate and explain to his readers that the truth he spoke to them was truly from the Lord and it was a fallacy that new gentile believers needed to follow the law.  In Christ Jesus we are free and we simply live by faith alone.

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