Bible Passage:Gal 2:12
For before certain individuals came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
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The Gentiles which were converted to the faith did eat meats forbidden by the law; and Peter being conversant with the Gentiles which were converted, did eat with them, knowing that herein he did well, and therefore boldly transgressed the law with the Gentiles. Paul confessed that he did the same, when he said "that he became a Jew to the Jews, and to them that were without law, as though he were without law." Wherefore Peter, in eating and drinking with the Gentiles, sinned not, but did well, and knew that it was lawful for him to do so, for he showed by this transgression that the law was not necessary to righteousness, and also delivered the Gentiles from the observation of the law. And Paul does not here reprove Peter for his transgression, but for his pretence, in that when the Jews that came from James were present, he abstained from eating meats forbidden in the law, fearing that the Jews should be offended by it. To eat meats prohibited in the law is not evil, but this shrinking and hypocrisy of Peter is evil, for it might be said: Peter abstains from meats forbidden in the law, so, you can see that if you do not likewise abstain, you cannot be saved. The truth of the Gospel was here in danger, for with the law often comes faith in works, and where that is there can be no trust in Christ. Therefore Paul was justified in confronting Peter.
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