Fight The Right Fight


Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. — Galatians 2:1-2

So as we start chapter two, we have to recall the context of this letter. Paul presents validation for both his ministry to the Gentiles (or non-believers) and the message of grace over legalism. And he begins by referencing a couple of men that supported him in his work — "Barnabas," a Jewish believer, and "Titus," a Gentile believer. Barnabas was a long-time ministry friend, and Titus was one of Paul's proteges. And what he's laying out is a case for his fight against religious legalism that suggests non-believers need to perform certain Jewish rites before becoming a follower of Jesus — namely one, circumcision. A very sensitive matter for male converts. But this matter cuts to the heart of legalism by attacking one of the oldest rites of passage in the Jewish religion. A practice instituted by God in Abraham.

So in this text, Paul mentioned a major meeting of the minds that happened in Jerusalem — the famed Jerusalem Council, which you can read about in Acts 15. It's worth a read. And at this meeting, they addressed the rite of circumcision. The conversation involved prominent Jewish leaders in the church, such as Peter and James, the brother of Jesus. And in the end, they ruled in favor of salvation by grace, not salvation by circumcision. The ruling was stated this way by the apostle Peter:

"But [the leaders] believe that [Jews] will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as [Gentiles] will." — Acts 15:11

So what's the application of a text like this?

I think one application could be this — When we fight the fight of faith, we need to ensure we are fighting the right fight.

Over the years, I have seen so much fighting in the church. Fighting over senseless things that absorb so much energy. Fights over things that do not matter with people who merely like to fight. It's exhausting for everyone — pastors and people. It repels outsiders and exhausts insiders. But there are certain battles worth fighting. They involve matters that affect the gospel. But we should not confuse the two! And the battle that Paul is fighting here, the battle for salvation by grace, not by religious rite, was one I am glad Paul fought.

So today, get out there and fight your battle. Fight with vigor. But before you do, make sure you are fighting the right fight. Because if you end up fighting against the gospel, you'll end up fighting with God. And if you do end up fighting with God, you're going to end up losing.

ASK THIS: What fight are you fighting for the gospel?

DO THIS: Share it below.

PRAY THIS: God, help me fight for you, not against you.

PLAY THIS: Surrounded (Fight My Battles) — Josh Baldwin.


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10 thoughts on “Fight The Right Fight

  1. Alexander Riddle says:

    God, bring a dream about what you want me to do about the future of marriage, loving Lily better if given the chance and overall how to be a better man. I recognize how much I’ve blown it.

  2. Paul L says:

    Sharing my testimony with others has been such a great way for me to fight for the gospel. When I’m lost for words to respond to a situation I just simply fall back on what Christ has done for me and that says it all.

  3. Robert Miranda says:

    Starting a spiritual conversation with my hindu n muslim n atheist friends whenever they mention something about spirituality. I flip it to the gospel and what a relationship with Yeshua offers.
    For e.g., Someone mentions Karma n re-incarnation. You want to accept your fate and suffering now and want to be reborn as a snake or rat later. Good for you.
    But here is what Yeshua offers…
    Forgiveness of your Sins due to His shed blood…
    Healing n deliverance…
    Abundant life now and resurrection and eternal life…
    Choose for yourself. And i give my personal testimony as well.
    I maybe wrong but will take that chance. Hahaha…:)
    It is fun defending n proclaiming the gospel. Love it.

  4. Marko says:

    I am fighting the apostacy of the administration and the culture in my work place. God help me stand firm in this struggle!

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