No Hidden Agenda #640

11  See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! 12  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. (Galatians 6:11–12, NKJV)

Paul urged the Galatians to observe his earnest and sincere zeal for them by noting he had personally written this epistle. Perhaps it was poor eyesight that prompted the “large letters” he used (Gal. 4:13-15). Notwithstanding, some counted him as an enemy because he told them the truth (Gal. 4:16). It was not Paul but the false teachers (who were binding the circumcision on Gentiles) who had a hidden agenda. They tried to ease their own persecution at the expense of truth and upon the backs of faithful Gentile saints. Furthermore, they wanted to boast in seeing the Gentiles yield to circumcision (see Gal. 6:12-13). Beware the religious teacher who comes with personal agendas. Hidden agendas are eventually exposed by the light of truth. Because the hidden agendas of error wreck havoc they must not be tolerated; they must be opposed (Gal. 2:4-5). Be careful only to boast in the cross of Christ and His truth; nothing else (Gal. 6:14-15). Our only agenda must be to honor and follow Jesus Christ.