Acts + Letters Lesson 12 Day 5

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Galatians 2

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles Lesson 12

Defending the Gospel of Grace

12. Paul accused Peter of being disobedient and a hypocrite.

Peter gave up his liberty when the Judaizers arrived. He gave in to fear and pride, rather than abide by James’ decision recorded in Acts 15.

The Judaizers pressured Peter to stop associating with Gentile converts. Peter went along with it and even agreed that they must be circumcised and follow the law.

The negative outcome

Other Jews in Antioch followed Peter’s lead.

Paul’s only concern was that the Galatians continue in the truth of the Gospel.

13. Paul truly understood grace. (See also 2 Peter 3:15-16)

In 2 Peter 3:15-16, Peter wrote that some of Paul’s teachings were hard to understand. “Peter struggled to some degree with the revelation of grace.” (AWLC)

14. Don’t change our behavior for legalistic, religious people.

Don’t pressure new believers to change. Allow the Holy Spirit to convict and guide them.

My dad, a staff minister, put a lot of pressure on me to behave and watch my mouth around the people at church. Sometimes I still stiffen up inside and put on the mask. It shouldn’t be like that. We are family, and we shouldn’t pretend to have it all together.

Also, don’t compromise the revelation God has given us.

Sometimes, if we don’t have someone like Paul to confront error, we may need to seek the Lord about where he wants us to fellowship.


It’s interesting that God called Paul, a devout Pharisee, to defend the Gentiles’ liberty. Titus, an uncircumcised Greek Gentile, became like a son to Paul. And God called Peter, a former fisherman, to the Jews. (see Galatians 2:8)

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