We explore the reasoning Paul used in order to demolish the position Peter had taken in beginning to behave towards Gentiles as the Judaizers would. The argument he develops has three components:
Once more, we are left understanding that salvation, if it is indeed by grace, cannot be obtained on the basis of our works or of any contribution from us at all. Christ has done it all and we should rejoice in that. However, we are warned against the extreme that would say that we may now live as we wish and still go to heaven, since Christ has done it all. Rather, we are saved in order to produce fruit for God’s glory through the good works He prepared in advance for us to do.