The Hypocracy Of Peter and Paul: Checking Our Own Eyes for Beams and Camels

God has bound all men over to disobedience so that He may have Mercy on them all Romans 11:32

In Acts 16:3 we see Paul as he meets Timothy for the first time. A product of a mixed marriage, a Jewish mother and a Greek father Paul sees great potential in this uncircumcised (Hellenized) Jew. Timothy became Pauls’ “son in the faith” and later as Timothy’s “spiritual father” Paul ordained and established him as Bishop of Ephesus in the year 65. However, a careful study of the relationship between Paul and Timothy reveals much by The Power of The Holy Spirit. Listen as Paul speaks in 2 Timothy 3:14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All that Timothy knew of the Scriptures he no doubt learned from his mother and grandmother. But there is more. Paul either performed or arranged for Timothy to be circumcised. The idea that a Jewish boy could be urshered into manhood by a recent acquaintance ( Paul) is reprehensible. It was a fathers’ duty either to perform or arrange for a son to be circumcised not some recently arrived in town stranger. 2 Timothy 3:14 strongly implies that not only wasTimothy taught the scriptures by two very domineering women; his mother and grandmother, but, in so doing they were knowingly grooming him to be prominent in the young growing Church. Paul had Timothy circumcised so that he would not bring “reproach” to the Jews. But, wouldn’t the local Jews know Timothys’ home situation. And why would this matter since Paul was “preaching” The Gospel of Grace outside The Law?

Later on Paul confronts the hypocracy of Peter (Galatians 2:11) . Paul accuses Peter of compromising his position for refusing to eat with Gentiles to the reproach of Jews. So, is Paul less a hypocrite than Peter? Is Pauls’ compromising position less compromising than Peters’? Not at all. What this study illustrates is that both are human because “everyone is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly” (Isaiah 9:17) . I now understand 1 Timothy 2:12-14 and why he admonishes women to remain silent and submissive . Bible teaches that all have fallen short of the Glory of God, even Peter, Paul and Timothyl. Stay Blessed in Jesus name Amen…

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