Galatians 2:3-5. “But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour: that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.”
If you go back to Acts 15, you will find that Paul called a private meeting with the leaders in Jerusalem. In that meeting, he shared with them the gospel that had been given to him by Jesus Christ, and as they heard him, they fully accepted him as an equal with themselves in matters of apostleship. In fact, there were things they learned from Paul.
In Acts 10, God had revealed to Peter that in this new Way, the Greeks and the Jews were the same in God’s eyes. You will remember, I’m sure, the vision in which God told Peter to kill and eat of the unclean animals, and Peter refused. He said no, because they animals were unclean. God’s response was one that we all need to heed. He said, “What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common” (Acts 10:12-15). It was after that revelation from God that Peter went to the house of Cornelius, where he preached Christ and opened the door of salvation to the Gentiles.
There was agreement among these giants of the faith at the meeting in Jerusalem. They did not insist that Titus be circumcised.
Paul made it pretty clear, in verse 4, that the behavior of the Judaisers was sneaky and underhanded. They came into the congregation quietly, not stating their true purpose until they had been accepted. Once they had the attention of some of the people, including the leadership, they began to push their “gospel” of bondage. If they had succeeded, they would have taken over the church in Jerusalem and in other churches throughout Galatia, stifling the freedom and liberty that believers have in Christ Jesus, and making His death and resurrection applicable only to the Jews.
Paul said they didn’t submit to these false teachers for one hour.
We need some Pauls today, men of God who are not in it for their own prominence but only for the preaching of the gospel of the grace of God through Christ Jesus; men who will stand strong in Christ and not give in to the false teachers for even one hour.