Gospel Without Respect of Persons (Galatians #4)

In these verses he recalls his meeting in Jerusalem with all the apostles.  He does this in order by going to the pastors first before airing things out to all the Jerusalem congregations.  

In chapter one Paul said, Look, I received eternal life, righteousness, salvation, and the Holy Spirit of God apart from any apostles.  There was no denominational hierarchy that conferred on me righteousness.  Now, that being said, Paul is going to say he wasn’t interested in being some lone ranger, so he goes to see the apostles.

Job 34:12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

Gospel can’t be compromised

  • Truth cannot be compromised.  The whole point of our life is not that we get together and sing Kumbaya
  • Deuteronomy 1:17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.

Balance of honoring God and submitting to oversight

  • People today are more concerned about pleasing men and not offending men than pleasing God.
  • The other side of that is there are people who never want to be corrected so they will not associate with men.
  • So you don’t follow some denominational hierarchy just because of titles and prestige, you need to follow the words of God and stay close to Jesus Christ.  On the other hand, you don’t know it all and you don’t have a corner on the market on truth.  God gifts the body of Christ and you are to learn from someone God has gifted with teaching.

The blessings and successes in your life and in your past do not give you a pass if you ignore the truth of God