Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem,1 this time with Barnabas.2 I took Titus3 along also.
I went in response to a revelation4 and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles.5 But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race6 in vain.
Yet not even Titus,7 who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.84
[This matter arose] because some false brothers9 had infiltrated our ranks to spy on10 the freedom11 we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.
We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel12 might remain with you.
As for those who seemed to be important13--whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not judge by external appearance14--those men added nothing to my message.157
On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted with the task16 of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles,a17 just as Peter18 had been to the Jews.b8
For God, who was at work in the ministry of Peter as an apostle19 to the Jews, was also at work in my ministry as an apostle20 to the Gentiles.
James,21 Peterc22 and John, those reputed to be pillars,23 gave me and Barnabas24 the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.25 They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles,26 and they to the Jews.
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor,27 the very thing I was eager to do.
When Peter28 came to Antioch,29 I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.
Before certain men came from James,30 he used to eat with the Gentiles.31 But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.3213
The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas33 was led astray.
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel,34 I said to Peter35 in front of them all, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew.36 How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?3715
"We who are Jews by birth38 and not 'Gentile sinners'3916
know that a man is not justified by observing the law,40 but by faith in Jesus Christ.41 So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.4217
"If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners,43 does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not!4418
If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker.
For through the law I died to the law45 so that I might live for God.4620
I have been crucified with Christ47 and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.48 The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,49 who loved me50 and gave himself for me.5121
I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law,52 Christ died for nothing!"d