Scripture Reading: Mark 14:43-end
But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: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:5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
Compelled—forced, driven, threaten. None of the apostles or Jerusalem church made the Gentile companion get circumcised.
False brethren—pretended to be Christian but were really just trying to force Jewishness on the Gentile church.
Subjection—they didn’t submit to the pressure to maintain Gospel integrity.
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.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.13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
To be blamed—was in the wrong, was self-condemned.
Withdrew and separated—gradual withdrawal that led to complete separation.
Fearing—terrified, put to flight.
Dissimulation—hypocrisy. Acting a part. One time they act as if the law plays a part, at other times they don’t.
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?
Uprightly—straightforward. They weren’t walking the line.
Living as Gentile then as a Jew depending on who’s around is hypocrisy.
How much of what you do or believe is based upon people’s opinions?
1 Corinthians 9:20-22—what’s the difference!?
And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
As under law—not saying you have to keep law to be saved, but to get the Gospel to them he’ll keep the law rather than fight over it.
All things to all-- Accommodating myself to all, so far as I could consistent with truth and sincerity.
--Didn’t compromise Gospel, he minimized minor things to emphasize the Gospel
--Didn’t refuse to fellowship with those on the other side like Peter
1 Corinthians 5:11--But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
--Did not view law or no law as basis for salvation.
--Didn’t do this out of fear of people.