There’s nothing spiritual about anybody meeting anybody half way. Meeting us half-way never crossed God’s mind. Forgiveness requires going all the way, and that is precisely what Jesus did.
When you are totally chained to Christ’s chariot, then everywhere you go, you share in His triumph. Your victory in Christ begins with His victory over you. You have only as much victory in your life as Jesus has victory over you. If I want to be a conqueror, I must first be conquered.
If Paul had been born and bred in Georgia, verse 12 might read something like this: These boys who are making such a fuss about a trim job ought to go ahead and cut the whole thing off! If they think God is impressed with minor surgery, then surely, He would be overwhelmed…
God offered salvation first to the Jews. The opportunity to partner with God as a light to the nations came first to the Jews. Via the Jews God would present Himself to the nations. If so, why does He need us? Perhaps, we have been wasting our time for 2,000 years. Maybe the moment has come to stop the work of the church.