Gospel Walk, Not Just Gospel Talk

In Galatians 2:11-14, Paul narrates his public confrontation with Peter. Why would he confront another respected apostle in front of many believers? He was unhesitant in doing that because the Jews’ conduct, led by Peter’s example, “was not in step with the truth of the gospel” (v. 14). This word is from the Greek orthopodeo which literally means “straight feet.” What Peter and the other Jews did, in withdrawing from fellowship with non-Jewish Christians, was not in line with the way of a gospel-driven life.

We can see here that the “gospel” is not just a set of biblical truths to be affirmed. The “gospel” is something that must drive us toward the course of life God wants us to take. Paul often refers to the Christian life as a “walk.” “Walk by faith” (2 Cor 5:7). “Walk by the Spirit” (Gal 5:16, 25). “Walk in love” (Eph 5:2). “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (Col 1:10).

Here in Galatians 2:11-14 Paul is showing us that the Christian life is a life of daily walk – a way of living that is in accordance with the gospel we believe in. So it would be best for you to ask, “Am I living in such a way that the gospel of Christ is reflected in my life?” “Are there areas in my life that needs to be corrected so that I may continue to walk straight in the gospel?”

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