The apostle's preaching was approved of by the other apostles.
The Gentiles were not to be constrained to the observation of the law.
1 Then, *after fourteen years, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas,
taking Titus also with me.
2 And I went up according to revelation; and communicated to them the gospel,
which I preach among the Gentiles, but apart to them who seemed to be something: lest, perhaps, I should run, or had run in
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Gentile, was compelled to
4 But because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privately
to spy our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
5 To whom we yielded not by subjection, no not for an hour, that the truth
of the gospel might continue with you:
6 But of them who seemed to be something, (what they were some time, it
is nothing to me, *God accepteth not the person of man) for to me, they that seemed to be something added nothing.
7 But on the contrary, when they had seen that to me was committed the
gospel of the uncircumcision, as to Peter was that of the circumcision:
8 (For he who wrought in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision,
wrought in me also among the Gentiles:)
9 And when they had known the grace that was given to me, James, and Cephas,
and John, who seemed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go to the Gentiles,
and they to the circumcision:
10 Only that we should be mindful of the poor; which same thing also I
was careful to do.
11 But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because
he was blameable.
12 For before that some came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles;
but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them who were of the circumcision.
13 And to his dissimulation the rest of the Jews consented, so that Barnabas
also was led by them into that dissimulation.
14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly unto the truth of the
gospel, I said to Cephas before them all: If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of the Gentiles, and not of the Jews,
how dost thou compel the Gentiles to live as Jews?
15 We, by nature, are Jews, and not of the Gentiles, sinners.
16 But knowing that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by
the faith of Jesus Christ; we also believe in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the
works of the law; *because by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
17 But if while we seek to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also are
found sinners, is Christ then the minister of sin? God forbid.
18 For if I build up again the things which I have destroyed, I make myself
19 For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to God:
with Christ I am nailed to the cross.
20 And I live, now not I; but Christ liveth in me. And that I live now
in the flesh, I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.
21 I cast not away the grace of God. For if justice be by the law, then
Christ died in vain.
1: about the year A.D. 51.
6: Deuteronomy x. 17.; Job xxxiv. 19.; Wisdom vi. 8.; Ecclesiasticus xxxv.
15.; Acts x. 34.; Romans ii. 11.; Ephesians vi. 9.; Colossians iii. 25.; 1 Peter i. 17.
16: Romans iii. 20.