1Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.2And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.3But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:4And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:5To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.6But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:7But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;8(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)9And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.10Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.11But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.12For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.13And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.14But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?15We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,16Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.17But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.18For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.19For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.20I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
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Paul Accepted by the Apostles
1Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.2I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. (Ga 2:6; Ga 2:9; Ga 4:11; Php 2:16; 1Th 3:5; 1Ti 3:16)3But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. (Ac 16:3)4Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— (Ac 15:24; Ro 8:15; 2Co 11:20; 2Co 11:26; Ga 4:3; Ga 4:9; Ga 4:24; Ga 5:1; Ga 5:12; 2Pe 2:1; Jud 1:4)5to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. (Ga 2:14; Ga 4:16; Ga 5:7; Tit 1:14; 2Jo 1:1)6And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. (De 10:17; Ac 5:36; 1Co 3:7; 2Co 11:5; 2Co 12:11; Ga 2:2; Ga 2:9; Ga 6:3)7On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised (Ac 9:15; 1Co 9:17; Ga 1:16; 1Th 2:4; 1Ti 1:11)8(for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles),9and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. (Jer 1:18; Ro 1:5; Ga 2:6; 2Pe 3:15; Re 3:12)10Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. (Ac 24:17)
Paul Opposes Peter
11But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. (Job 21:31; Ac 15:1; Ac 15:35)12For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. (Lu 15:2; Ac 10:28; Ac 11:2; Ac 11:3; Ga 2:14)13And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy.14But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” (Ga 2:5; Ga 2:12; 1Ti 5:20; Heb 12:13)
Justified by Faith
15We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; (Ga 2:17; Eph 2:3; Eph 2:12)16yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. (Ps 143:2; Ac 13:39; Ro 3:20; Ro 9:30; Ga 3:11)17But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! (Ga 2:15)18For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor.19For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. (Lu 20:38; Ro 6:2; Ro 6:11; Ro 7:4; Ro 14:7; 2Co 5:15; 1Th 5:10; Heb 9:14; 1Pe 4:2)20I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Joh 17:23; Ro 6:6; Ro 8:37; Ga 1:4; Ga 5:24; Ga 6:14)21I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. (Ga 3:21; Ga 5:4; Heb 7:11)