James,1 Petera2 and John, those reputed to be pillars,3 gave me and Barnabas4 the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.5 They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles,6 and they to the Jews.
All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor,7 the very thing I was eager to do.
When Peter8 came to Antioch,9 I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong.
Before certain men came from James,10 he used to eat with the Gentiles.11 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.1213
The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas13 was led astray.
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel,14 I said to Peter15 in front of them all, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew.16 How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?1715
"We who are Jews by birth18 and not 'Gentile sinners'1916
know that a man is not justified by observing the law,20 but by faith in Jesus Christ.21 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.2217
"If, while we seek to be justified in Christ, it becomes evident that we ourselves are sinners,23 does that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not!2418
If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a lawbreaker.
For through the law I died to the law25 so that I might live for God.26