but it was three years before I went up to Jerusalem to compare stories with Peter. I was there only fifteen days - but what days they were!
Except for our Master's brother James, I saw no other apostles.
(I'm telling you the absolute truth in this.)
Then I began my ministry in the regions of Syria and Cilicia.
After all that time and activity I was still unknown by face among the Christian churches in Judea.
There was only this report: "That man who once persecuted us is now preaching the very message he used to try to destroy."
Their response was to recognize and worship God because of me!
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)