๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‘‘ Are You A Pillar of God’s Community?

โ€œAnd when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcisionโ€ (Galatians 2:9).

When Paul shared his new message of grace with the leaders of the twelve apostles, it seemed that James, Peter and John were going to beย pillars.ย That is, it seemed like they wouldnโ€™tย receive his new message, that instead they were each going to beย as immoveable as a pillarย when it came to acknowledging it.

Thatโ€™s the way the word โ€œpillarโ€ is used in Revelationย 3:12, where we read that God will take those who overcome the temptation to take the mark of the beast and make each oneย a pillar, a permanent part of His temple, theย livingย temple made up of believers (cf. Amosย 9:11,12). In that same sense of the wordย pillar, James, Peter and John looked like they wouldย permanentlyย resist Paulโ€™s new message, and cling to the truth the Lord had givenย themย for the dispensation that was passing away.

By the way, thatโ€™s howย youย should be about the truth that God has givenย you. You should cling to itย with all your might.ย You know, the way Peter clung to the truth God had given him in the Law when the Lord surprised him with a command to eat unclean animals. Peter replied, โ€œNot so,ย Lordโ€ (Actsย 10:14). He stood there arguing withย the Lord Jesus Christ Himself,ย standing his ground, saying, โ€œYour Wordย saysย I canโ€™t eat unclean animals.โ€ Now, if he put up that kind of fight with the Lord,ย imagineย the battle he gaveย Paulย over something new! I expect that he gave Paulย the fight of his life.ย โ€œWhat do you mean thereโ€™s an entire new program called the mystery that the prophets knew nothing about?โ€ (cf. Ephesians 3:1-9).

And listen, he wasย 100% right to do so.ย Thatโ€™s the wayย youย should be about the truth that God has givenย youย through Paul, because Paul says the church of which you are a part is โ€œtheย pillarย and ground of the truthโ€ (I Tim.ย 3:15). When someoneย attacksย the truth, you need to give himย the fight of his life.ย Graciously, of course! (II Tim.ย 2:24,25). If Stonewall Jackson stoodย like a stone wallย in the onslaught of enemy opposition,ย you should too. God help us to be like Jeremiah, whom God made โ€œan iron pillarโ€ฆagainst the whole landโ€ (Jeremiahย 1:18,19). When the dust of this life settles and eternity begins, it will be all that will have mattered. source

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