Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. 3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. 4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— 5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. 6 And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. 7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised 8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), 9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
15 We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16 yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
17 But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
"The Knights Templar & the Protestant Reformation" states when Stanley Jones, a missionary, met with Mahatma Gandhi, Stanley Jones asked Gandhi, "Mr. Gandhi, though you quote the words of Christ often, why is that you appear to so adamantly reject becoming his follower?"
Gandhi replied: "Oh, I don't reject Christ. I love Christ. It's just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ."
Well, Mahatma Gandhi has hit upon a truth expressed in the last Chapter of the Gospel of John. In The Book of Acts, Chapter One. And in this Word of God. All these people are Flawed. All the people of the Bible are flawed.
But Mr. Gandhi has failed to extrapolate. The British left India without a war. It takes two to tango. We call it cowardice to fight people who don't fight back, but that's done quite a lot.
God says in the Gospels, people are a hassle. He just isn't of the opinion you throw them out. That Forgiveness is Divine. And Paul dealt with these matters not in a turn the other cheek fashion, he addressed his concerns. Now just Maybe, he was so vocal that God decided Paul should move. God gave us a brain to be congenial and be like Hezekiah, King of Israel, who knew when to button up his mouth.
Mr. Gandhi knew personal sacrifice. And fasting. Jesus agreed and said, "When we fast." Recently, I met a woman who decided not to abort her baby upon finding anger from the father of the baby, because her mom fasted for two days, promising assistance as well.
God says in Matthew 22, The Kingdom of Heaven is like a King who prepared a Wedding Banquet for His Son.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’
The Body of Christ welcomes all who would would want to come to be part of the banquet of His Name, His Kingdom and His Blessings.
How are we justified?
justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified