Fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 12
I went because God revealed to me that I should go. In a private meeting with the leaders I explained the gospel message that I preach to the Gentiles. I did not want my work in the past or in the present to be a failure.
My companion Titus, even though he is Greek, was not forced to be circumcised,
although some wanted it done. Pretending to be believers, these men slipped into our group as spies, in order to find out about the freedom we have through our union with Christ Jesus. They wanted to make slaves of us,
but in order to keep the truth of the gospel safe for you, we did not give in to them for a minute.
But those who seemed to be the leaders - I say this because it makes no difference to me what they were; God does not judge by outward appearances - those leaders, I say, made no new suggestions to me. 2