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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Monday, February 11, 2019

Bible Passage:Gal 2:7

But on the contrary, when they saw that the Gospel to the uncircumcised was committed unto me, as the Gospel to the circumcised was unto Peter.

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With these words Paul mightily confutes the false apostles, for here he asserts for himself the same authority which the false apostles attributed to the true Apostles, and he returns their argument against themselves. The false apostles, he said, allege against me the authority of the great Apostles to maintain their cause; but I, on the contrary, allege the same authority against them for my defense, for the Apostles are on my side. The Apostles, when they saw the Gospel to the uncircumcised was committed to me, and knew of the grace that was given to me, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, approving my ministry, and giving thanks unto God for the gifts which I had received. What does Paul mean when he says that the Gospel to the uncircumcised was committed unto him, and to the circumcised unto Peter? The other apostles remained in Jerusalem especially, until God called them unto other places, but Paul, as it is written in the Acts 13:2, by a singular calling, was chosen to be the Apostle of the Gentiles, and being sent out of Judea, he traveled through the countries of the Gentiles. He first preached to the Jews, who dwelt here and there among the Gentiles, but when they would not hear his Gospel, he turned to the Gentiles. Paul was sent especially unto the Gentiles, but because he was a debtor unto all, and became all things to all men, therefore, occasion being offered, he went into the synagogues of the Jews, where not only the Jews, but also the Gentiles heard him preaching Christ. He calls the Gentiles the uncircumcised, and the Jews the circumcised.

The Lord makes bare His arm
Through all the earth abroad:
Let every nation now behold
Their Savior and their God.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Lutheran to the core -- and just a little beyond.

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