Checking In

Scott Hoezee

Read: Galatians 2:1-5

I went up because of a revelation and set before them . . . the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles. (v. 2)

Paul had worked for Jesus for three years before meeting Peter or the other apostles. Then after 14 years of ministry, Paul received a message from God that told him he needed to check in again with the folks in Jerusalem. He wanted to double-check that the message of grace he had been preaching in places like Corinth, Thessalonica, and Philippi was matching what everybody else was preaching.

And for the moment, everyone agreed even as Titus served as a living example of what they were talking about. We may feel a little uncomfortable with a passage that talks about how Titus was uncircumcised (v. 3). A procedure involving a private part of the body can seem awkward. Yet we have to understand that circumcision stood for a way of viewing salvation that was at odds with accepting Jesus’ perfect sacrifice as the only way to salvation. Paul was determined to preach only one message: “Jesus Did It All.”

Nothing we do can add to the perfect work of Christ. Titus had already received everything he would ever need—no further ritual was needed. Salvation is all grace. That is what Paul had been preaching. That is what he was checking out in Jerusalem as being the same message everyone else was preaching. Because it is the most precious message ever heard. —Scott Hoezee

Prayer: Praise to you, O God, for delivering to us so wonderful a gospel message!