1. Galatians 2:14 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Was Paul right to rebuke Peter in front of everyone?

Galatians 2:14 (ESV)

14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Paul rebukes Peter publicly because Peter has sinned in the sight of everyone (the public sphere), and Peter’s actions had public consequences.1 Furthermore, since he was an apostle, his actions were bound to exert a moral influence on the Jewish Christians at Antioch.2