The Importance of Unity, the Nature of Faith
In part three of our Galatians series, we spend some time in Chapter 2, verses 1-10. In this section, Paul describes that watershed moment in the early church’s development, when the leadership chose to champion faith in Jesus over membership in a cultural or religious sect. In a Holy Spirit-led moment of clarity, they realized that they had been viewing an adherence to Jewish customs and laws as integral to Faith in Christ and had been wrongly forcing non-Jews to erase their heritage and the traditions of their culture. With Paul’s leadership, they came to understand that salvation comes through Faith in Jesus alone, not through following a certain currant moral code (since moral codes change if not based on something greater than cultural or social norms). We apply this to our own lives, understanding the ways we can misunderstand our role as followers of Christ and turn it into followers of a denomination, followers of social justice, followers of a certain political system, etc.