You probably already know I’ve been studying Galatians at a nice and slow rate. Today I got this from reading David deSilva’s commentary. I hadn’t thought of this before, and it makes a lot of sense.
The agreement reached in Jerusalem (“they to the Jews, we to the gentiles”) may suggest that intentional division of labor and outreach between Christian groups will advance God’s agenda for the church better than our typical practice. The resources of the church as a whole are often duplicated and thereby wasted as individual churches try to reach out to the same groups of unbelievers and design their ministries to appeal to the same groups of believers. Often, this duplication is driven by a spirit of competition. The gifts and strengths of individual churches, and even individual denominations, are not being maximized for the growth of the body of Christ as one church replicates poorly what another church already does effectively. How much more could the church do to advance God’s agenda if each church stopped looking upon other churches as competition and began looking upon them as partners in a common mission instead?
David A. deSilva, The Letter to the Galatians, ed. Ned B. Stonehouse et al., The New International Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2018), 192.