Bible: Gal 2:1-16

Confirmation from the Jerusalem Apostles

2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up to Jerusalem 1  again with Barnabas, taking Titus along too. 2:2 I went there 2  because of 3  a revelation and presented 4  to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did so 5  only in a private meeting with the influential people, 6  to make sure that I was not running – or had not run 7 in vain. 2:3 Yet 8  not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, although he was a Greek. 2:4 Now this matter arose 9  because of the false brothers with false pretenses 10  who slipped in unnoticed to spy on 11  our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, to make us slaves. 12  2:5 But 13  we did not surrender to them 14  even for a moment, 15  in order that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. 16 

2:6 But from those who were influential 17  (whatever they were makes no difference to me; God shows no favoritism between people 18 ) – those influential leaders 19  added 20  nothing to my message. 21  2:7 On the contrary, when they saw 22  that I was entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised 23  just as Peter was to the circumcised 24  2:8 (for he who empowered 25  Peter for his apostleship 26  to the circumcised 27  also empowered me for my apostleship to the Gentiles) 28  2:9 and when James, Cephas, 29  and John, who had a reputation as 30  pillars, 31  recognized 32  the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me 33  the right hand of fellowship, agreeing 34  that we would go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 35  2:10 They requested 36  only that we remember the poor, the very thing I also was eager to do.

Paul Rebukes Peter

2:11 But when Cephas 37  came to Antioch, 38  I opposed him to his face, because he had clearly done wrong. 39  2:12 Until 40  certain people came from James, he had been eating with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he stopped doing this 41  and separated himself 42  because he was afraid of those who were pro-circumcision. 43  2:13 And the rest of the Jews also joined with him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray with them 44  by their hypocrisy. 2:14 But when I saw that they were not behaving consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas 45  in front of them all, “If you, although you are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you try to force 46  the Gentiles to live like Jews?

Jews and Gentiles are Justified by Faith

2:15 We are Jews by birth 47  and not Gentile sinners, 48  2:16 yet we know 49  that no one 50  is justified by the works of the law 51  but by the faithfulness of Jesus Christ. 52  And 53  we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by the faithfulness of Christ 54  and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one 55  will be justified.

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