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Could you compare and contrast Peter’s ministry and Paul’s ministry?

COULD YOU COMPARE AND CONTRAST PETER’S MINISTRY AND PAUL’S MINISTRY?

by Shawn Brasseaux

I would be glad to answer this inquiry, a question that very few church members have ever considered. While I cannot quote every verse in its entirety for sake of brevity, I do trust that you will—and I strongly urge you to—take your Holy Bible and compare the following verses cited in the table below. Dear friend, if you let it, the “old Bible” will become a “new Book;” all you have to do is let it say what it says, where it says it. It will become wonderfully clear. You can then take a stand on these simple, precious, timeless Bible truths, truths hidden by religious tradition and theological speculation!

1. Peter was the leading apostle of the Messianic Church (Matthew 16:16-19). Paul was the leading apostle of the Church the Body of Christ (Romans 11:13; Romans 15:16; 2 Timothy 1:11).
2. Peter and the 11 apostles preached that Gentiles would be saved through Israel’s rise to kingdom glory (Acts 3:22-26; cf. Isaiah 2:1-5; Isaiah 60:1-3). Israel, however, refused to be God’s chosen people; they killed their Messiah Jesus, and refused to heed His apostles’ preaching in early Acts. Paul preached that Gentiles would be saved through Israel’s fall before God (Romans 11:11-12). Gentiles would be saved through his ministry and the gospel message the Lord Jesus Christ committed to his trust (verse 13). See #19 and #24.
3. Peter and the 11 preached, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). Repentance and water baptism were necessary for salvation (Mark 16:16; 1 Peter 3:21; cf. Mark 1:4). Paul preached, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork is sufficient payment for sins—by grace through faith without works (Romans 3:19-31; Romans 4:1-5; Ephesians 1:12-14; cf. Acts 16:31; Titus 3:5).
 4. Peter and the 11 were commissioned by the Lord Jesus Christ to preach water baptism (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16). Paul claimed that Jesus Christ did not send him to water baptize (1 Corinthians 1:17).
 5. Peter and the 11 preached that Jesus Christ was resurrected to sit on and reign from David’s throne (Acts 2:30-32). Paul preached that Jesus Christ was resurrected for our justification (our right standing before God) (Romans 4:24-25).
 6. Peter and the 11 preached law as part of their salvation (Matthew 5:17-20; Matthew 28:19-20; James 2:14-26). Paul preached grace as part of our salvation (Romans 3:24; Romans 6:14-15; Galatians 2:16,20-21).
7. Peter and the 11 preached that their converts would be fully forgiven at Jesus Christ’s Second Coming (Acts 3:19-20). They had to forgive others before God would forgive them (Matthew 6:12,14-15; Luke 11:4). Paul preached that his converts had “the atonement” (forgiveness) “now” (Romans 5:11). We forgive others because God has already forgiven us of all our sins (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 2:13; Colossians 3:13).
8. Peter and the 11 preached that all material possessions were to be sold in order to receive salvation (Acts 2:44-47; Acts 4:32-37; Acts 5:1-11; cf. Matthew 19:21-26; Luke 12:31-34; Luke 18:22-27). Paul preached that we are to work in order to eat and provide for our family (1 Timothy 5:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15), making no reference to selling all that we have and giving it to the poor.
9. Peter and the 11 preached about a kingdom on the earth (Matthew 5:5; Revelation 5:10; cf. Psalm 37:11). Paul preached about a kingdom in the heavens (Ephesians 1:20-23; Ephesians 2:6-7; Colossians 3:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:18).
 10. Peter and the 11 will one day sit on the 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel (Matthew 19:27-28; Luke 22:30). Paul made no reference to himself sitting on one of the thrones of Israel.
11. Peter and the 11 preached about that which was spoken since the world began” (Acts 3:21; cf. Luke 1:70)—prophecy. This was information that could be searched out and located in the Old Testament Scriptures (John 5:39). They preached information that God had been dispensing since the world began, His plan to restore earth unto Himself. See #49. Paul preached about things that were “kept secret since the world began” (Romans 16:25-26; Ephesians 3:3-5; Colossians 1:26)—mystery. These were the unsearchable riches of Christ,” information that could not be searched out and located in the Old Testament Scriptures (Ephesians 3:8). He preached “hidden wisdom,” God’s secret plan to use Calvary’s crosswork for reconciling the heavens unto Himself. (1 Corinthians 2:6-10). See #19, #34, and #49.
12. Peter preached, “But in every nation he that feareth [God], and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him” (Acts 10:35). Paul never preached a works-religion message such as Acts 10:35. See #6.
13. Peter and the 11’s audience were supposed to go through the seven-year Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th week, punishment for their nation’s sins (Acts 2:14-21; James 1:2-4; James 5:10-11; 1 Peter 1:5-9; 1 Peter 3:14-17; 1 Peter 4:12-19; 1 Peter 5:6-9; 1 John 2:18; 1 John 4:1-7; the entire book of the Revelation). God promised that He would bring a believing remnant through that wrath (Jeremiah 30:7; Zechariah 13:8-9). This is postponed while our program is operating.

Paul’s converts would not go through any of those seven years of God’s wrath (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-14). After all, it is the time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) and we are not Jacob/Israel. God has no controversy with us, His people, the Church the Body of Christ. Our sins were already dealt with and paid for at Calvary!

14. Peter and the 11 were selected and commissioned by Jesus Christ while He was on the earth (Matthew 10:1-7; Mark 3:14-19; Luke 6:13-16; cf. Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:46-49; John 20:22-23; Acts 1:8). Paul was selected and commissioned by Jesus Christ from His resurrected, ascended, and glorified position in heaven (Acts 9:1-9; Acts 22:1-11; Acts 26:9-19).
 15. Peter and the 11 preached about a “kingdom of priests” (1 Peter 2:9-10; Revelation 5:10; cf. Exodus 19:5-6). Believing Israelites are called “kings and priests” (Revelation 1:6). Paul preached about “the Church the Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:18). We are never called “kings and priests.”
16. Peter and the 11’s converts waited for Jesus Christ’s Second Coming (His Coming for the nation Israel)—a prophesied coming (Isaiah 59:20–60:3; Zechariah 14:1-3; Acts 3:19-21; Hebrews 10:25-31; James 5:8; 1 Peter 1:7,13; 1 John 3:1-2; Jude 14-15). Paul’s converts waited for the Rapture (His Coming for the Church the Body of Christ)—a secret coming (1 Corinthians 15:51-55; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; Titus 2:13).
17. Peter and the 11 preached that physical circumcision was necessary for salvation—JEHOVAH clearly stated that He wanted nothing to do with a physically-uncircumcised Jew in Israel’s program, for physical circumcision was the sign of the Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 17:7-14). Paul preached that physical circumcision was unnecessary for salvation (Galatians 5:1-6; Galatians 6:15). We are saved apart from any covenants (such as the Abrahamic Covenant), and apart from any signs (such as physical circumcision).
 18. Peter and the 11 preached that confession of sins was necessary for salvation (Matthew 6:12,14-15; Luke 11:4; 1 John 1:9; cf. 1 John 2:12). Confession of national sins was Moses’ instructions to Israel as the first step in returning to JEHOVAH God after she renounced her pagan idolatry (Leviticus 26:40-46). Paul never preached confession of sins at all (for salvation or for daily Christian living). Jesus Christ put away our sins; He fully dealt with them. If Jesus Christ did not fully deal with our sin problem at Calvary, what hope do we have that our weakly confession of sins to God or to a priest will accomplish anything? See #3, #5, and #7.
19. Peter and the 11 preached in order to convert all of Israel first (Matthew 10:23; Luke 24:47; Acts 5:31; cf. Acts 1:8; Acts 3:21-26). The order of salvation in the prophetic program was Israel first, and then Israel would reach Gentiles in an earthly kingdom (Isaiah 2:1-4; Isaiah 60:1-3; Zechariah 8:20-23; Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8). When Israel refused to cooperate, God sent salvation to the nations without redeemed Israel; this was the reason for Paul’s ministry. Paul preached to Jews and Gentiles—he had no divine commission to convert all of Israel before he ministered to Gentiles (Acts 9:20; Acts 13:38-52; Acts 14:1-7; Acts 18:1-6; Acts 28:17-31; Romans 1:16; Ephesians 3:8; et cetera). Ephesians 3:9 says Paul preached, “to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery”—to exhibit a secret, believing Jews and believing Gentiles existing in one Body, the Body of Christ, alive with God’s life, impacting the heavenly places (verse 10).
 20. Peter and the 11 accused the nation Israel of killing Jesus Christ at Calvary (Acts 2:23; Acts 5:30; Acts 10:39). Paul accused God the Father of killing Jesus Christ at Calvary (Romans 3:25; Romans 8:32).
 21. Peter and the 11’s converts assembled around the Temple in Jerusalem (Acts 2:46). Paul never mentioned that the Temple was part of our Christian life. See #22.
22. Peter and the 11 and their converts observed Israel’s feast days and holy days (Acts 2:1ff.). See #21. Paul said that we are not bound by Israel’s religious calendar (Colossians 2:16-17).
 23. Peter and the 11’s converts were slain by God if they did not relinquish all material goods (Acts 5:1-11). See #8. Paul never instructed us to give up all of our possessions lest God strike us dead. See #8.
24. Peter and the 11 preached “the gospel of the circumcision,” “the gospel of the kingdom” (Galatians 2:7; Matthew 10:5-7). This message involved salvation going to Gentiles through redeemed Israel in an earthly kingdom. Jesus said that the Gospel of the Kingdom would be preached “in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). Did the “end come?” Of course not. In light of Colossians 1:23, Paul was not preaching that Gospel of the Kingdom! See to the right. Paul said he preached “the gospel of the uncircumcision,” “the gospel of the grace of God” (Galatians 2:7; Acts 20:24). This involved salvation going to Gentiles through Paul’s ministry, Paul preaching faith in God’s grace (Christ’s finished crosswork) as means of salvation. Paul’s ministry had nothing to do with a complete conversion of Israel. Paul preached his gospel to “every creature,” and the end did not come (Colossians 1:23)—it was a gospel different from Matthew 24:14! NOTE: The modern English versions, including NKJV, twice replace “of” with “to,” erroneously suggesting one gospel sent to both Jews and Gentiles (when, in actuality) there was one Gospel sent to the Jews and another Gospel sent to the Gentiles. See #1, #9, and #19.
 25. Peter and the 11 were baptized with the Holy Ghost by Jesus Christ (Acts 1:4-5; Acts chapter 2). There is no Body of Christ mentioned. Paul and his converts were baptized by the Holy Ghost into the Church the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13).
26. Peter and the 11 had miracles, signs, and wonders (miraculous deeds) to confirm their message—that Jesus Christ’s earthly kingdom which they preached, was at hand and Israel needed to heed the message (Matthew 10:5-8; Mark 16:20; Luke 8:1; Acts 2:1-21; Acts 3:1-11; Acts 4:29-31; Acts 5:12; Acts 8:5ff.; Acts 9:32-43; Hebrews 2:3-4; cf. Isaiah 35:4-6; Isaiah 53:4 (Matthew 8:17); Zechariah 13:1-2. Paul’s “Acts” ministry did have accompanying miracles and spiritual gifts (Acts 13:6-12; Acts 13:6-12; Acts 14:8-11; Acts 16:16-18; Acts 19:11-12; Acts 20:9-12; Acts 28:1-10; Romans 12:3-8; Romans 15:19; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:11). However, this supernatural apostolic ability to perform miracles progressively declined and eventually ceased at the end of his ministry (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; Galatians 4:13-14; 1 Timothy 5:23; 2 Timothy 4:20; cf. 1 Corinthians 13:8-13). The spiritual gifts ceased near the end of Paul’s ministry, when the Bible was completed (1 Corinthians 13:8-13; Ephesians 4:11-13). See #50.
 27. Peter was opposed to preaching to Gentiles (Acts 10:10-18,28). As Jesus had commanded in Matthew 10:5-7,23, he knew that he had to convert all of Israel before reaching Gentiles with God’s Word. See #1 and #19. Paul was not opposed to preaching to either Jew or Gentile; technically, every lost person was a Gentile because Israel had fallen back in Acts chapter 7, just before Paul’s conversion (Acts 17:30; Romans 1:16; Romans 11:11-13,28-32; Romans 15:16; 2 Timothy 1:11). Paul had an “all-nations” ministry, an unrestricted apostleship (Romans 1:5,13,16; Galatians 1:16; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 3:11; 1 Timothy 2:6-7).
 28. Peter preached that Jesus was the Son of God (Acts 3:13,26). NOTE: The modern English versions, including NKJV, twice replace “Son” with “servant,” downplaying Jesus’ deity in these two verses. Paul preached that Jesus was the Son of God (Acts 9:20,22). This was the “faith” of Galatians 1:23 that Paul preached.
 29. Peter preached that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah-King (Acts 2:30-32,36; Acts 3:13; Acts 3:26). Paul preached that Jesus was our Head-King (Colossians 1:13; Colossians 1:18; Colossians 2:19; 1 Timothy 1:17).
30. Peter and the 11 are Israel’s apostles (Galatians 2:9; cf. Matthew 10:5-7; Matthew 19:27-28). Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13; cf. Romans 15:16; Galatians 2:9; 2 Timothy 1:11). NOTE: The modern English versions, including NKJV, replace “the” with “an,” thereby diminishing Paul’s special ministry and making him one of numerous apostles of the Gentiles.
 31. Peter was given by Jesus Christ “the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 16:19). See #3. Paul was given by Jesus Christ “the Dispensation of the Grace of God” (Ephesians 3:2). See Ephesians 3:1-11.
 32. Peter and the 11 were to begin their ministries at Jerusalem (Luke 24:47). They obeyed Jesus’ commandment in Acts chapters 1 and 2 and following. Paul was not instructed of God to start his ministry in Jerusalem.
33. Peter and the 11 preached that God gave the Holy Ghost to “them that obey him” (Acts 5:32; cf. Hebrews 5:9). See #3 and #6. Paul preached that God gave the Holy Ghost to those who trusted in Christ” (Ephesians 1:13-15). See #3 and #6.
 34. Peter admitted that Paul wrote about some things that he did not understand (2 Peter 3:15-16). Note Peter called Paul’s writings “Scripture!” Paul claimed that he taught Peter and the 10 (James brother of John now deceased) some new information whereas he said that Israel’s apostles did not teach him anything new (Galatians 2:2,6-9).
35. Peter and the 11 were concerned about a literal, physical, visible, Davidic, earthly kingdom that belonged to the nation Israel (Acts 1:6; cf. 2 Samuel 7:12-17; 1 Chronicles 17:11-15; Psalm 89:3-4). Paul was concerned about a literal, spiritual, invisible kingdom in the heavens that belonged to the Church the Body of Christ (Ephesians 1:3,20-23; Ephesians 2:6-7; 2 Timothy 4:18).
 36. Peter had apostles and prophets associated with his ministry (the prophets would primarily be the Old Testament prophets) (2 Peter 3:1-2). Paul had other apostles and prophets associated with his ministry (Acts 13:1-2; Acts 14:14; 1 Corinthians 12:10,28-29; Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 3:5; Ephesians 4:11).
 37. Peter and the 11 included Matthias as Judas’ replacement (Acts 1:26)—the Bible says that Matthias was the Lord’s choice (Acts 1:24,26; Proverbs 16:33). Paul did not qualify to replace Judas (Acts 1:21-22; 1 Corinthians 15:5-8). Paul did not consider himself one of the 12.
38. Peter and the 11 never preached about God being manifest in the flesh in the form of a secret body of believers whom God would use to live out His life before all men. Paul wrote about the Church the Body of Christ being “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:15-16)—the local church, a local manifestation of the Body of Christ, God living His life in us, was a “mystery,” a secret God did not reveal until the Apostle Paul. Jesus Christ living in us Christians is God manifested in human flesh!
 39. The God of the Bible “wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision” (Galatians 2:8). The same God of the Bible was “mighty in [Paul] toward the Gentiles” (Galatians 2:8).
40. Peter and the 11 preached “the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:2; Acts 1:3)—they preached the earthly kingdom aspect. See #9 and #35. Paul preached “the kingdom of God” (Acts 28:31; Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 4:20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:50)—he preached the heavenly kingdom aspect. See #9 and #35.
 41. Peter offered Israel her kingdom (Acts 3:19-26). She could have been fully converted in early Acts, endured the seven years of Tribulation, and then Jesus Christ could have returned bringing her literal, physical, visible kingdom with Him! Paul never offered Israel her kingdom. The “hope of Israel” that Paul preached during the book of Acts was bodily resurrection, particularly Jesus Christ’s resurrection (Acts 24:15,21; Acts 25:19; Acts 26:6-8; Acts 28:20).
42. Peter and the 11 never wrote about themselves anything like what Paul wrote about himself being a “wise masterbuilder.” See to the right. Paul wrote that he was a “wise masterbuilder,” one who laid the foundation, Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery (1 Corinthians 3:10-11; cf. Romans 16:25-26). Paul said that he did not build on “another man’s foundation” (Romans 15:20)—his ministry involved a special aspect of Jesus Christ, a way to view Jesus Christ, an outlook Peter and the 11 did not preach, and Paul reached people Peter and the 11 did not reach.
43. The Holy Spirit never led Peter to write that we should follow him. See to the right. Paul, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, wrote that we should be followers of him as he followed Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Corinthians 4:16; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-2).
44. Peter’s first miracle previewed redeemed Israel (spiritually healed of God) walking into her kingdom of blessings (Acts 3:1-11). Paul’s first miracle demonstrated unbelieving Israel would be blinded during our Dispensation of Grace (Acts 13:6-12).
45. Peter and the 11 were taught by Jesus Christ to pray according to the concepts mentioned in “The Lord’s Prayer” (the “Our Father” Prayer of Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4). Paul never instructed us to repeat “The Lord’s Prayer” (the “Our Father” Prayer of Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4).
 46. Peter and 11 were told by Jesus Christ that they would receive of God “whatsoever” they would pray for in Christ’s name (Matthew 18:19; John 14:13-14; 1 John 3:22; 1 John 5:14-15). Paul did not receive the things for which he prayed thrice in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10. He learned to pray according to what God was doing today, and not according to what God did with Israel in time past.
 47. Peter and the 11 were saved within Israel. They will always be members of the nation Israel. Paul was “one born out of due time,” saved apart from Israel (1 Corinthians 15:8). Paul will always be a member of the Church the Body of Christ.
48. Peter and the 11 did not blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, but were saved within Israel’s program. Paul blasphemed against the Holy Ghost (1 Timothy 1:13); therefore, he had to be saved apart from Israel’s program (Matthew 12:31-32).
49. Peter and the 11 preached about a kingdom “prepared for [Jew-blessing Gentiles] from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34)—an earthly kingdom spoken by God since He placed Adam on the Earth, an earthly kingdom Adam postponed because he sinned and sided with Satan. Peter preached that Gentiles who blessed Israel would inherit that earthly kingdom (Acts 3:19-26; cf. Genesis 12:1-3). Paul preached about “eternal life that God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2-3). Regarding Christian service, Paul preached about God choosing us “in [Christ] before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4)—a secret God revealed first to Paul was that the Body of Christ would serve Him in a heavenly kingdom. God’s reconciliation of heaven is unheard of until Paul’s ministry.
50. Peter and the 11 did not complete the Bible’s canon. Contrary to church tradition, there is nothing in Scripture to indicate that the book of the Revelation was the last Bible book written. The Apostle Paul wrote the final book of the Scriptures. See to the right. Paul, writing by the moving of the Holy Spirit, said that one of His divinely-ordained roles was to “fulfill [or, complete] the word of God” (Colossians 1:25)—Paul’s “mystery” doctrine was the final installment of divine revelation (verses 26-29). The Bible was completed once Paul wrote the book of 2 Timothy (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

SUPPLEMENTAL: A CLOSER LOOK AT GALATIANS CHAPTERS 1 AND 2

Two primary passages that clearly differentiate between Peter’s ministry and Paul’s ministry are Galatians chapters 1 and 2. Notice what the Holy Spirit through Paul wrote in the following verses. Again, let the verses speak for themselves.

GALATIANS 1:11-12: “[11] But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. [12] For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Who taught Paul the message that he preached? The Bible itself says that it was not Peter; the resurrected, ascended, and glorified Jesus Christ Himself personally taught Paul. Had Peter and Paul been preaching the same message, why did Jesus Christ not send Paul to Peter in order to learn what to believe and preach? (After all, Peter had been with Jesus Christ Himself for three years!) Faith leads us to conclude that Jesus Christ had other plans for Paul and his ministry; Jesus Christ had a new message, a new program, to reveal to Paul, a program and a set of doctrines that Peter knew nothing of until he learned of it in Galatians chapter 2, when Paul told him in person.

GALATIANS 1:15-19: “[15] But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, [16] To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: [17] Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. [18] Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. [19] But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.” Again, notice what the Scriptures actually say. Immediately after he was saved, Paul did not meet with the apostles (Peter and the 11). Paul says it was three years after his salvation on the road to Damascus before he met face-to-face with Peter. For the first few years of his Christian life, God did not want Paul to fellowship with Peter, or any of the other apostles in Jerusalem. Why? It was to have Paul separated unto a pure message, that he not be like today’s professing church, confusing his new divine revelation (mystery) with the divine revelation that Peter, James, and John had been given earlier (prophecy). The ascended Lord Jesus Christ wanted Paul to have a firm grasp of the doctrine committed to him before he began sharing it with Israel’s apostles in Galatians chapter 2 (Acts chapter 15).

GALATIANS 2:1-9: “[1] Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. [2] And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. [3] But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: [4] And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: [5] To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. [6] But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: [7] But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; [8] (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles: ) [9] And 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 circumcision. [10] Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.”

You should pay particular attention to verses 6-9, which talk about how, although James, Cephas (Peter), and John had nothing to teach Paul, Paul says that he had new doctrine to teach them; the apostles of Israel learned things from Paul. Again, Paul knew of divine information the other apostles did not; they recognized that the Lord Jesus Christ had given Paul a special message, and it was different from what the Lord Jesus Christ had committed to their trust years earlier. Again, they were two separate programs, but they both brought Jesus Christ glory in their respective operations and realms. Peter, James, and John recognized the “grace” given to Paul, his special divinely-commissioned ministry. Even the Apostle Peter mentioned “the wisdom given to [Paul]” (2 Peter 3:15); furthermore, Peter admitted that some of Paul’s writings were “hard to be understood” (verse 16). Even some 15 years after the meeting with Paul in Galatians chapter 2 and Acts chapter 15, Peter still did not fully understand everything the Lord Jesus Christ told Paul to teach, preach, and write.

CONCLUSION

Dear friend, God has one plan, to glorify His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, in heaven and in earth. Now, with the Apostle Paul’s ministry commenced (and still operating), God has revealed all of His will to mankind. The secret part of His will—the mystery—is now revealed through the writings of the Apostle Paul, the Bible books of Romans through Philemon. Not only will God restore Earth unto Himself, but the heavens as well. Ephesians 1:9-10 says: “[9] Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: [10] That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:” Two programs—prophecy and mystery; one goal—glorify the Lord Jesus Christ forever and ever in heaven and on earth. We see how these programs are separate and yet unified. They are not contradictory if we, “Study to shew ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). God wants the programs of prophecy and mystery separated; if we combine them as Christendom has done, then we will not have to wonder why there is so much Bible confusion and ignorance.

Beloved, Paul wrote, “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant” (1 Corinthians 14:37-38). Are you speaking on God’s behalf? Are you led by God’s Holy Spirit? Then, the Bible says that you will pay attention to what the Apostle Paul writes—yea, you will regard his words as the words of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself to you! Is a preacher, priest, or teacher speaking on God’s behalf? Is a preacher, priest, or teacher led by God’s Holy Spirit? If they refuse to accept Paul’s special ministry, His special apostleship, His words as God’s words to us in this the Dispensation of Grace, then the Bible is clear that they are not speaking on God’s behalf, they are not led by God’s Spirit. Friend, you have every reason to flee from their presence!

There are those in Christendom who insist that Peter and Paul preached the same Gospel, that Paul was an “extension” of Peter and the 11’s ministry, but they simply have not looked at these dozens upon dozens upon dozens of Bible verses that clearly differentiate Peter from Paul; if these distinctions are ignored instead of being “rightly divided” (2 Timothy 2:15), they will become confusing, burdensome, and you will never understand the Bible. Lest their traditional Bible-handling be questioned, lest their denominational system lose its credibility, they will turn a blind eye to the verses and simply continue in the error. Pride, pride, pride! For those of us who have searched the Scriptures for ourselves, we can rejoice in the clarity of God’s rightly divided Word. We can glory in our Lord Jesus Christ that Paul’s ministry is to be separate and distinct from the other ministries in the Bible. To ignore the special ministry Jesus Christ gave Paul is to miss ever so much—SO MUCH—doctrine, particularly the doctrine that applies directly to us. Friends, may we never, ever, ever relinquish these precious truths! 🙂

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Why did lying cause the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira?

WHY DID LYING CAUSE GOD TO STRIKE ANANIAS AND SAPPHIRA DEAD?

by Shawn Brasseaux

What an excellent question, and thank you for asking. Let us study the Scriptures and see what they have to say about this very bizarre incident.

We should begin by reading the passage in question, Acts 5:1-11: “[1] But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, [2] And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. [3] But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? [4] Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. [5] And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. [6] And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. [7] And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. [8] And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. [9] Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. [10] Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. [11] And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.”

Whenever we have a puzzling Bible passage, it is always wise to look for another Bible passage to explain it; that is, look for verses that read similarly, and one passage will illuminate another passage. A parallel passage that will shed light on our current topic is Luke 18:24-25: “[24] And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! [25] For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” This is the key to understanding why Ananias and Sapphira were judged so harshly.

The context of this passage (Luke 18:18-30; cf. Matthew 19:16-30) is that a “certain ruler” had previously asked Jesus Christ, “Good Master, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Luke 18:18; Matthew 19:16). Luke 18:19-21 continues, “[19] And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. [Jesus was asking him, “Are you calling Me ‘God?’” Modern versions water down this verse for obvious reasons.] [20] Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. [21] And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up” (cf. Matthew 19:17-20). (Note how law-keeping is related to soul salvation in Israel’s program, just as James 2:17-26 says.)

Let us return to Luke 18:24-25, but now read them in their context: “[22] Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. [23] And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. [24] And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! [25] For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”

Our Lord Jesus commanded this wealthy ruler to sell all of his possessions and give (alms) to the poor. Why? And why did Jesus speak so negatively of being wealthy, warning His audience not to be rich (and instructing them to sell their possessions, too)?

In Luke 12:13-15, a man desired Jesus to speak with his brother, that he “divide the inheritance” with him. Christ replied, “Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? [And he said unto them,] Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Jesus then spoke a parable, describing how a rich man wanted to demolish his barns and build larger ones to contain his many fruits and goods. This fool deceived himself into thinking he could now enjoy “the good life,” forgetting that he would perish, lose it all, and stand before God as an idolater. Jesus concluded, “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (verse 21).

Jesus then proceeded to tell His disciples not to worry about what they would eat, drink, or wear (verses 22-29). Verses 30-34 continue, “[30] For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. [31] But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. [32] Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. [33] Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. [34] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

In the Four Gospels, Jesus told the Jews that selling all their possessions and giving to the poor was a sign that their heart, their hope, was in heaven. Those who ignored this command were signifying their unbelief. They did not care what Jesus said; they did not seek His Heavenly Father’s will. They were idolaters—money worshippers—and not worshippers of Father God and His Son Jesus Christ.

When Jesus spoke about giving up material riches and it being impossible for rich people to enter the kingdom of God, He had Israel’s prophetic program in mind. The book of Proverbs had already foretold: “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death” (11:4). “Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land” (Zephaniah 1:18).

Once Israel’s Messiah, Jesus, arrived, her program was in its “last days” (Hebrews 1:2; cf. Acts 2:16-21; Joel 2:28-32; Luke 16:16; Matthew 3:7-12). After the outpouring of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost (Acts chapter 2), the day of the LORD’S wrath, the seven-year Tribulation, was to begin. Then, the Antichrist, the false Messiah, would con Israel, and cause her to rest in a false peace policy. He would then manifest himself as satanic by implementing a tyrannical economic agenda: “[16] And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: [17] And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:16-17).

Jesus knew that material riches would spiritually hinder and destroy His little flock, for they would be tempted to take the Antichrist’s mark and accept his name or number in order to retain their physical possessions. He even warned Israel’s believers not to be attached to material goods during the Tribulation period (Matthew 24:15-18; Mark 13:14-16). If they sold all they had, they would be guarded against materialism. However, those rich would value their possessions, and thus submit to the Antichrist.

Observe how Jesus’ audience responded to His words, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:24-25). We read in verse 26 and following: “[26] And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? [27] And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. [28] Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee. [29] And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, [30] Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.”

Jesus’ audience did not comprehend that those who could be saved in Israel’s program were those who sold their possessions and gave to the poor. The rich, however, would be greedy, worshipping “mammon” (their material wealth; Matthew 6:24-34). They would fall into the snare of the Antichrist—and once they would accept his mark or worship him in order to keep the value of their possessions, the Bible says they would be damned to everlasting hellfire (Revelation 14:9-11).

The Apostle Peter, representing all members of Israel’s little flock, responded, “Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.” Jesus assured them that He knew that they had abandoned their houses, families, businesses, and so on, for the sake of God’s kingdom. He reassured them that they would receive “manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.” What did He mean? Though believing Jews had lost their flesh-and-blood family members, and their material possessions, they had gained many brothers and sisters and spiritual wealth in Christ. These Messianic Jews would behave like family now by taking care of each other’s physical needs.

CONCLUSION

Considering all of our previous comments, we can see why Ananias and Sapphira were struck dead when they were dishonest about their material wealth. Returning to Acts 5:1-11, we learn how they “sold a possession, and kept back part of the price” (verses 1-2). This was most serious indeed, as we will now delineate and summarize in the following observations:

  1. Ananias and Sapphira could not serve God and mammon: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). Ananias and Sapphira were money worshippers; they despised the God of the Bible. They had no respect for Jesus Christ’s words about selling their possessions and giving the money to the poor. They were breaking one of the requirements necessary to enter the kingdom of God (Luke 18:18-30; cf. Matthew 19:16-30).
  2. Ananias and Sapphira were laying up treasure for themselves, and they were not rich toward God. They had fallen into the trap of idolatry, materialism. What did we read in Luke 12:21, when Jesus commented about the rich man who wanted to tear down his barns and build larger ones to hold his additional goods? “So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Ananias and Sapphira had more interest in material goods than pleasing the God of the Bible.
  3. What had Jesus told the rich man? “Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me” (Luke 18:22). Ananias and Sapphira refused to believe that to be true. They were more interested in having treasures on earth than acquiring treasures in heaven. In the words of Jesus, their heart (attitude, focus) was on earth and not in heaven. Luke 12:33-34: “[33] Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. [34] For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
  4. Acts 5:3-4 provides us with what was perhaps the most serious error of Ananias and Sapphira. The Apostle Peter said, “[3] Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? [4] Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” Ananias and Sapphira had not really lied to the apostles—ultimately, they had lied to God the Holy Ghost, the Person working in and through the Apostles. Later, when Sapphira was questioned about the matter, Peter asked her in verse 9, “How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord?” Ananias and Sapphira had “tempted” the Spirit of the Lord, the Holy Ghost. They had determined in their hearts not to follow the Lord Jesus’ earlier commands about selling all they had and giving that money away. Ananias and Sapphira not only lied, but they purposed to cheat God and see how He would respond, a most serious matter. Thus, God struck Ananias and Sapphira dead right there on the spot.

Here are some interesting side-notes worthy of our consideration, especially in light of how we relate to this incident of Ananias and Sapphira.

While some teach that Jesus did not literally mean “sell that ye have, and give alms” (Luke 12:33), that His language was figurative (“sell out for Me”), His audience took Him literally. They actually sold their possessions and had all things common in Acts 2:44-47 and Acts 4:32-37. Hence, Peter declared to the lame beggar, “Silver and gold have I none!” (Acts 3:6; cf. Matthew 10:9). The Jerusalem saints pooled all their wealth together and lived for each other’s benefit, just as Jesus instructed, while those Jews who did not have their heart in heaven simply ignored Jesus.

Jesus literally meant for His Jewish disciples to sell their physical possessions; Ananias and his wife Sapphira were a tragic example of those who disregarded Jesus’ literal words. Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Ghost and did not relinquish all of their wealth—remember, it was so serious that God actually struck them dead (Acts 5:1-11). They were money worshippers, idolaters, and they were indicating they wanted to remain a part of Satan’s world system, they preferred false gods instead of the true God. Had the Antichrist shown up in early Acts, and had our dispensation not postponed Israel’s program, Ananias and Sapphira would have most likely followed the Antichrist!

Later, when a great famine troubled the whole then-known world (Acts 11:28), and because there was no interest associated with the common account, the Jerusalem Messianic Jews grew poorer. Moreover, their kingdom program and their kingdom prosperity were delayed (since God had just instated our Dispensation of Grace). Thus, Paul’s Gentile converts repeatedly sent financial relief to these poor Jerusalem saints (Acts 11:28-30; Romans 15:25-28; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; Galatians 2:10).

Therefore, dispensational Bible study is important. God’s Word to us—Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon—never instructs us to sell all our possessions and share one bank account. We are expected to work in order to eat (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; cf. Ephesians 4:28; 1 Timothy 5:8). Still, the Apostle Paul also warned about loving and worshipping material goods, for “the love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:3-19). While it is not a sin to be materially rich or poor in this the Dispensation of Grace, let us remember that we in Christ are—and always will be—spiritually rich in Christ (Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 1:3; Philippians 4:19).

Also see:
» What is “the Dispensation of Grace?”
» Did the Church the Body of Christ begin in Acts 2?
» Are we obligated to tithe 10% of our income?

In light of Galatians 1:8-9, was the Apostle Peter “accursed?”

SINCE PETER PREACHED THE KINGDOM GOSPEL, WHY WAS HE NOT UNDER THE CURSE OF GALATIANS 1:8-9?

by Shawn Brasseaux

“In light of Galatians 1:8-9, why was Peter not under a curse since he preached the Kingdom gospel?” What an interesting question! Let us turn to the Word of God and search it for answers.

Lest anyone not know what we mean by the expressions, “the Kingdom Gospel” or “the Gospel of the Kingdom,” we will briefly search the Scriptures for the definition.

Luke 16:16 quotes Jesus as saying, “The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” Before Jesus’ earthly ministry even began, John the Baptist preached, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). Later, we read about Jesus preaching during His earthly ministry, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Verse 23 continues, “And Jesus went about all synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness, and all manner of disease among the people.” Mark 1:14-15 says, “[14] Now after that John was put into prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, [15] And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” In Matthew 24:14, the Lord Jesus predicted, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Christ used the expression “this” to indicate that “the Gospel of the Kingdom” was the title of the Gospel message associated with His earthly ministry—it was that Gospel that John the Baptist preached, that Gospel that Jesus preached during His earthly ministry, that Gospel that He had commissioned His 12 apostles to preach.

After ordaining the 12, Jesus commanded them, “[5] Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not. [6] But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. [7] And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. [8] Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:5-8). Basically, the Gospel of the Kingdom focused on the fact that Jesus was Israel’s Messiah-King-the Son of God (Matthew 16:16; Mark 8:29; Luke 2:11; Luke 4:41; Luke 9:20; John 1:41; John 4:25; John 4:42; John 6:69; John 9:22; John 11:27), and that He was coming to establish God’s earthly kingdom; the nation Israel needed to prepare herself by confessing their sin of idolatry and then being water baptized of John (Ezekiel 36:25; Matthew 3:6-12; Mark 1:4-5; Luke 7:29-30; Acts 13:24).

Following the Lord Jesus Christ’s instructions, the Apostle Peter and Israel’s other apostles preached the following salvation message in early Acts: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38). This is the Gospel of the Kingdom that John the Baptist, Jesus, and His apostles preached in Matthew through John (change your mind, accept Jesus as Messiah, be water baptized), except there is now the addition of the Holy Spirit being poured out on those believers following their water baptism. Even as late as Acts 3:19-26, Peter continued preaching about the issue of Israel’s earthly kingdom and her need to get right with JEHOVAH, that she can then be His ministers to the Gentiles (non-Jews) in that literal, physical, visible, Davidic kingdom. Israel repeatedly refused the Holy Spirit’s testimony through the apostles and prophets in early Acts (chapters 1-7).

Once Paul’s ministry came on the scene (Acts chapter 9 and onward), but technically in Acts chapter 15 (Galatians chapter 2), the Apostle Peter (as well as James and John, and the other Israeli apostles) learned the further revelation from God that Paul had been given. At that time, Apostles Peter, James, and John finally gave up their ministry to Gentiles (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8) over to Paul. Since Israel was not cooperating, God enacted a plan that He had in mind long ago: He would minister to Gentiles without Israel and her earthly kingdom, and the ascended Lord Jesus Christ would reach Gentiles through Paul’s ministry (Romans 11:11-13). Paul preached “the Gospel of the Grace of God” (Acts 20:24). That message focused on Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection as sufficient payment for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). It is totally separate and unique from the Gospel of the Kingdom. (One day, that Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached again; Israel’s kingdom program will resume after our Dispensation of Grace; Romans chapter 11.)

Now, we can focus on the passage in question. We will read Galatians 1:6-9: “[6] I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: [7] Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. [8] But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. [9] As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

To be “accursed” here does not mean to be damned to everlasting hellfire (as commonly taught); it simply means, “separated” or “something (or someone) to be avoided.” In other words, Paul did not want anyone else preaching to the Galatians. After the Apostle had left the region of Galatia, false teachers and false preachers came into those Christian assemblies and mixed law and grace. The Galatians had gotten so confused doctrinally he actually called them “bewitched” (tricked, spellbound, memorized) and “foolish” (people who were not thinking clearly) (Galatians 3:1-5). They returned to a performance-based acceptance system (works-religion) and ignored Paul’s Gospel, God’s grace (Jesus Christ’s finished crosswork) as sufficient payment for their sins. The Holy Spirit through Paul wanted the Galatians to separate themselves from false religion; He did not want them to have fellowship with someone who did not preach Paul’s Gospel, the Gospel of the Grace of God. See Galatians 5:12: “I would they were even cut off which trouble you.” Paul wanted the Galatian believers to “cut off” fellowship from those preaching another gospel. (If we did this today, most pulpits would be vacated!)

Now, the question at hand is, Did Galatians 1:6-9 apply to the Apostle Peter?

Remember, according to Galatians 2:9, Apostles Peter, James, and John (Acts chapter 15 onward) confined their ministry to the “circumcision” (Israel’s believing remnant), and they agreed that Paul and Barnabas would go to the “heathen” (lost Jews and lost Gentiles). “And 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 circumcision” (Galatians 2:9).

Exactly who was preaching a Kingdom Gospel (legalism) to the Galatians, we do not know; the Bible does not identify them by name. We have no Scriptural evidence that Peter, James, or John ever visited Galatia. In fact, the Scriptures do reveal that, by Acts chapter 15, Peter, James, and John had already confined their ministry to Israel’s little flock, and the letter to the Galatians was written after Acts 15 (because Galatians chapter 2 alludes to the same event as Acts chapter 15).

Peter was not under any “curse” for preaching a false gospel to the Galatians because he had already learned in Acts chapter 15 (prior to the book of Galatians) that he had no ministry to Gentiles anymore; he learned that Paul was now God’s man to reach the lost Jews and lost Gentiles. As per agreement, Peter was not preaching a Kingdom Gospel to the Galatians, or to any other of Paul’s converts or Gentiles; the phrase “let him be accursed” in Galatians 1:6-9 refers to someone other than Apostles Peter, James, and John. It applies to those who were attempting to overthrow Paul’s ministry—that certainly would not be a reference to Peter, James, and John. Interestingly, we do read about “false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage” (Galatians 2:4). Perhaps it was one of these “false brethren” who misled the Galatians; Galatians 1:6-9 would certainly apply to these legalists.

Also see:
» Did Peter and Paul preach the same Gospel?
» Could you compare and contrast Peter’s ministry and Paul’s ministry? (LINK TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE)
» We are saved by faith, but are we blessed by works?