posted on Feb, 28 2016 @ 08:20 AM
originally posted by: Othello420
NOBODY was teaching the law of Moses OR that they had to submit to circumcision... The Apostles NEVER demand any Gentile should be circumcised and
Saul was dealing with the Gentiles.
Your first sentence is mistaken.
In the earlier episode in Antioch,"false brethren secretly brought in" were insisting that new disciples should be circumcised, and the whole point of
Paul's journey to Jerusalem was to protest against this idea and get the opinion of the jerusalem leaders.
The episode is described in ch2, and it s the same story that we find in Acts;
"Some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren 'Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts
And the whole point of this letter to the Galatians is that a similar set of "false brethren" are now making the same demand in Galatia- "there are
some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ".
That is why Paul spends the entire letter arguing against the necessity of circumcision. If nobody was arguing for
the necessity of
circumcision, he could have saved himself the trouble of arguing against them.
On the other hand, that second sentence is correct. As Paul himself points out, the leadership in Jerusalem did NOT agree with the demand for
In short, Paul and the Apostles are agreed together on one side of the argument, and the "false brethren" are opposing them on the other side.
So I take it that you want to align yourself with the false brethren?
edit on 28-2-2016 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)