A Closer Look
The more you spend time reading the Bible, the more you grow to love the people in it. Peter and Paul are a couple of the main characters in the New Testament. They’re the leading Apostles in the early church. But as you know, just because you’re on the same team doesn’t mean you always see eye to eye.
At the church’s infancy, Peter’s focus was ministering to Jews. And while his hostility towards Gentiles had been corrected before, in Paul’s letter to the churches of Galatians, he rightfully rebukes Peter for refusing to eat with Gentiles, and in doing so misconstruing the Gospel.
In today’s day and age, such criticism might result in a band breakup or a church split, but not among these men. At the end of Peter’s 2nd epistle, in chapter 3, beginning at verse 15 he says, “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote to you with wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters.”
Did you catch that? Peter endorses all of Paul’s letters, which means Galatians too. He swallows his pride, and allows his mistake to be a learning opportunity for other believers. Don’t polarize; point to the cross.