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.

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