4 This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5 We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.–Galatians 2:4-5
You can see the determination and resolve of Paul’s life. He will not even budge a foot when it comes to the gospel. There is fierceness and tenacity in Paul’s spirit to defend the Gospel, defend the TRUTH of the Gospel. This is powerful because we go through life sometimes with a glib as a Christian regarding the truth of the gospel. Martin Luther said Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen.
It is that kind of passion and love for God’s truth that burns in Paul’s heart that must also burn in our hearts and that will determine our passion for the Lord. You see it’s interesting that in the context of Galatians 2, the Christians brothers were there to spy on Paul’s new freedom in Christ (the Gospel) so as to make them slaves again to the law, and to that Paul fought immediately tenaciously. And that’s understandable and important. Because it’s THE Gospel! Now how about our own lives? We are also dealing with issues of decision and discernment, and I am saying that we should also approach them all in the light of preserving the truth of the Gospel in our lives in whatever prayers, desires, requests that we make in life. Ask the question: does that preserve the Gospel truth in me? So, example: I pray for good solid Christians who love the Lord and want to go into the ministry to join me in my church plant, and I saw this group of my classmates, young, reformed & some are even Pentecostal/charismatic, I pray O God may you add some of them to my team. But then I read this, I go, “Does that preserve the truth of the Gospel in me?” I feel not so much. Gospel spirit is blessed to give than to receive, and I said a prayer to surrender to God and a breath of freshness came over me in my spirit. That’s the truth of the Gospel. By that, God will work in His way to achieve the same goal. Be fruitful and harvest the field and make disciples of all nations. Amen.