Avoiding error

I went in response to a revelation and, meeting privately with those esteemed as leaders, I presented to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain.
Galatians 2:2 (NIV)

Read: Galatians 2:1-10

Consider: The Apostle Paul went up to Jerusalem to meet with James, Cephas (Peter) and John to discuss the gospel that he preached among the Gentiles.  As he says: ‘… I presented to them the gospel I preach among the Gentiles.  I wanted to be sure I was not running and had not been running my race in vain’ (Galatians 2:2).  Paul was by this time a very experienced preacher of the good news of the gospel, yet he wanted to be sure that what he preached accorded with the gospel that was being shared with the Jewish people.  His coming to Jerusalem and meeting with the church leaders there could have proved problematic, but only if the leaders of the church in Jerusalem had added to the gospel of faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone.

If you are involved in Christian leadership in any way, you need to be careful that you do not go astray in your Bible teaching.  Paul thought it necessary to check with the leaders in Jerusalem, that what he was preaching was in agreement with the gospel they taught.  None of us should think ourselves above scrutiny and even correction if required.  Are you willing to discuss your views with trusted Christian contacts, those who are willing to speak the truth in love and are unafraid to correct you if required?  Opening yourself up to scrutiny by someone else can be difficult, but as your relationship with them develops you will come to value their honesty.

Pray: Father, help us all to keep in mind that while we may initially feel vulnerable opening ourselves up to the scrutiny of others, it can help to keep us grounded in your Word and avoid error.  Amen

Every blessing

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