"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved." (Ephesians 1:3-6 NKJV)
When I was a kid there was a TV show about a police detective who, when interviewing people, would say, "Just the facts." When we look at truth just as facts we get stuck looking for life where it can’t be found. Jesus came as the personification of truth and told people if they would believe on Him they would experience abundant life. The Gospel is far more than accepting a certain set of facts it is accepting Him who is Truth. Jesus had this kind of conversation with Pilate on His mission to the cross
If someone were to ask, "Do you know Preston Gillham?" what would you say?
"Why, sure I do. I read his blogs. In fact, I heard Pres speak at our church, and even had dinner with him while he was in town. I read his first novel last summer and have his second book nearly finished.
"I know Pres is an avid fly fisherman and that he has a barkless dog named Braxie whom he walks with every night. Yeah, I know Preston Gillham."
But if someone were to ask my wife, Dianne, "Do you know Preston Gillham?" a distinction would become apparent. Other people know about me, but Dianne knows me.
In his letter to the Galatian church, Paul was addressing a problem - a problem that had much to do with his fellow missionary, Simon Peter. In Galatians 2:11, Paul said he withstood Peter to his face in Antioch because he was to be blamed. What was his offense? Jewish law forbade eating with the uncircumcised Gentiles, but Peter regularly ate with the Gentile Christians - except when there were other Jews around. When the Jews came around, not only Peter but also Barnabas "played the hypocrite with them" (see verse 13).