Then 14 years later I went to Jerusalem again with Barnabas. I also took Titus along.
I went in response to a revelation [from God]. I showed them the way I spread the Good News among people who are not Jewish. I did this in a private meeting with those recognized as important people to see whether all my efforts had been wasted.
Titus was with me, and although he is Greek, no one forced him to be circumcised.
False Christians were brought in. They slipped in as spies to learn about the freedom Christ Jesus gives us. They hoped to find a way to control us.
But we did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the Good News would always be yours.
Those who were recognized as important people didn't add a single thing to my message. (What sort of people they were makes no difference to me, since God doesn't play favorites.)
In fact, they saw that I had been entrusted with telling the Good News to people who are not circumcised as Peter had been entrusted to tell it to those who are circumcised.
The one who made Peter an apostle to Jewish people also made me an apostle to people who are not Jewish.
James, Cephas, and John (who were recognized as the most important people) acknowledged that God had given me this special gift. So they shook hands with Barnabas and me, agreeing to be our partners. It was understood that we would work among the people who are not Jewish and they would work among Jewish people.
The only thing they asked us to do was to remember the poor, the very thing which I was eager to do.