March 23rd 2016
Are You an “In Your Face” Kind of Christian?
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. (Galatians 2:11 KJV)
Paul was a spiritual “in your face kind of guy.” He did not mince words or fail to act when it was proper to call somebody out for their sin or misdeed. In fact, God’s Word calls us to rebuke those who are wrong. There is a godly and loving way to rebuke a brother or sister in Christ so that he or she and you can grow and mature.
Peter did not choose to secret;y “poke” and “prod” a brother or sister behind their back but rather made the choice to confront them face to face.
God’s Word says:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV)
Paul knew that Peter was wrong about his wavering about the law. Not because he had the opinion that Peter was wrong. Peter was wrong according to God’s grace and biblical standards. The law of the Old Testament was perfectly fulfilled with Jesus Christ.
There is a difference between forming an opinion that a man is wrong, and finding a man wrong according to the plumb line God has clearly set forth in His Word for man to pattern his life after.