Then fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem again, this time with Barnabas; and Titus came along, too.
I went there because God revealed to me that I should go. While I was there I talked privately with the leaders of the church. I wanted them to understand what I had been preaching to the Gentiles. I wanted to make sure they did not disagree, or my ministry would have been useless.
And they did agree. They did not even demand that my companion Titus be circumcised, though he was a Gentile. a4
Even that question wouldn't have come up except for some so-called Christians there -- false ones, really b -- who came to spy on us and see our freedom in Christ Jesus. They wanted to force us, like slaves, to follow their Jewish regulations.
But we refused to listen to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the Good News for you.
And the leaders of the church who were there had nothing to add to what I was preaching. (By the way, their reputation as great leaders made no difference to me, for God has no favorites.)
They saw that God had given me the responsibility of preaching the Good News to the Gentiles, just as he had given Peter the responsibility of preaching to the Jews.
For the same God who worked through Peter for the benefit of the Jews worked through me for the benefit of the Gentiles.
In fact, James, Peter, c and John, who were known as pillars of the church, recognized the gift God had given me, and they accepted Barnabas and me as their co-workers. They encouraged us to keep preaching to the Gentiles, while they continued their work with the Jews.
The only thing they suggested was that we remember to help the poor, and I have certainly been eager to do that.
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