Bible: Galatians 1:11-2:10
Paul’s Vindication of His Apostleship
1:11 Now 1 I want you to know, brothers and sisters, 2 that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 3 1:12 For I did not receive it or learn it from any human source; 4 instead I received it 5 by a revelation of Jesus Christ. 6
1:13 For you have heard of my former way of life 7 in Judaism, how I was savagely persecuting the church of God and trying to destroy it. 1:14 I 8 was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my nation, 9 and was 10 extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors. 11 1:15 But when the one 12 who set me apart from birth 13 and called me by his grace was pleased 1:16 to reveal his Son in 14 me so that I could preach him 15 among the Gentiles, I did not go to ask advice from 16 any human being, 17 1:17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem 18 to see those who were apostles before me, but right away I departed to Arabia, 19 and then returned to Damascus.
1:18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem 20 to visit Cephas 21 and get information from him, 22 and I stayed with him fifteen days. 1:19 But I saw none of the other apostles 23 except James the Lord’s brother. 1:20 I assure you 24 that, before God, I am not lying about what I am writing to you! 25 1:21 Afterward I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 1:22 But I was personally 26 unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 1:23 They were only hearing, “The one who once persecuted us is now proclaiming the good news 27 of the faith he once tried to destroy.” 1:24 So 28 they glorified God because of me. 29
Confirmation from the Jerusalem Apostles
2:1 Then after fourteen years I went up to Jerusalem 30 again with Barnabas, taking Titus along too. 2:2 I went there 31 because of 32 a revelation and presented 33 to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did so 34 only in a private meeting with the influential people, 35 to make sure that I was not running – or had not run 36 – in vain. 2:3 Yet 37 not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, although he was a Greek. 2:4 Now this matter arose 38 because of the false brothers with false pretenses 39 who slipped in unnoticed to spy on 40 our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, to make us slaves. 41 2:5 But 42 we did not surrender to them 43 even for a moment, 44 in order that the truth of the gospel would remain with you. 45
2:6 But from those who were influential 46 (whatever they were makes no difference to me; God shows no favoritism between people 47 ) – those influential leaders 48 added 49 nothing to my message. 50 2:7 On the contrary, when they saw 51 that I was entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised 52 just as Peter was to the circumcised 53 2:8 (for he who empowered 54 Peter for his apostleship 55 to the circumcised 56 also empowered me for my apostleship to the Gentiles) 57 2:9 and when James, Cephas, 58 and John, who had a reputation as 59 pillars, 60 recognized 61 the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me 62 the right hand of fellowship, agreeing 63 that we would go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 64 2:10 They requested 65 only that we remember the poor, the very thing I also was eager to do.