1. Galatians 2:12 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What did Peter do when the men from James arrived?

Galatians 2:12 (ESV)

12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.

When the believers from James/Jerusalem came to visit/join the believers in Antioch, Peter stopped eating with the Gentile believers, at both the common table and the Lord’s table.1 It is not clear if he did so immediately or gradually over time.2 In either case, his actions would serve to indicate that there was something lacking in the Gentile believers.3