- ¶ THEN, fourteen years later, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
- And I went up because of a revelation, and I declared to them the gospel which I preached among the Gentiles, and I privately explained to those who were considered leaders among us, lest by any means I had labored or should labor in vain.
- And Titus, also, who was with me, being Aramean, was not compelled to be circumcised,
- But because of the false brethren who have come against us to spy out the freedom which we have in Jesus Christ, with the intention of enslaving us;
- To those false brothers we did not submit, not even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.
- Now those who were considered to be important (what they are makes no difference to me, for God does not discriminate among men), even these very persons, did not contribute additional knowledge to me.
- But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was entrusted to me, as the gospel of the circumcision had been entrusted to Peter
- (For he who made Kepa vigorous in the apostleship of the circumcision has also made me mighty in the apostleship of the Gentiles)
- And when they knew that the grace had been given to me, then James, Kepa, and John, who were considered to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we might labor among the Gentiles, and they, among the people of circumcision;
- Only they would that we should remember the poor, and that I have endeavored to do.
- ¶ But when Kepa came to Antioch, I reproved him to his face, because he was to be blamed.
- For before certain men came from James, Kepa ate with the Gentiles;
but after they came, he withdrew and separated himself because he was afraid of them who belonged to the circumcision.
- And all the other Jewish converts cast their lot with him on this issue, insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away by their dissimulation.
- But when I saw that they were not following uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in the presence of them all, If you being a Jew live after the manner of Gentiles and not as do the Jews, why do you compel the Gentile converts to live as do the Jews?
- For if we who are of Jewish origin and not sinners of the Gentiles
- Know that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by the faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith in Christ and not by the works of the law;
for by the works of the law shall no human being be justified.
- But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore our Lord Jesus Christ a minister of sin?
Far be it.
- For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I will prove myself to be a transgressor of the law.
- For through the law I am dead to the law, that I might live to God.
- I am crucified with Christ;
henceforth it is not I who live, but Christ who lives in me;
and the life which now I live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
- I do not frustrate the grace of God;
for if righteousness comes by means of the law, then Christ died in vain.