Fourteen years later I went back to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 1
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
On the contrary, they saw that God had given me the task of preaching the gospel to the Gentiles, just as he had given Peter the task of preaching the gospel to the Jews.
For by God's power I was made an apostle to the Gentiles, just as Peter was made an apostle to the Jews.
James, Peter, and John, who seemed to be the leaders, recognized that God had given me this special task; so they shook hands with Barnabas and me, as a sign that we were all partners. We agreed that Barnabas and I would work among the Gentiles and they among the Jews.
All they asked was that we should remember the needy in their group, which is the very thing I have been eager to do.