Paul Accepted By the Apostles
Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem,
This time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also.
2 I WENT IN RESPONSE TO A REVELATION
AND SET BEFORE THEM THE GOSPEL
THAT I PREACH AMONG THE GENTILES.
But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders,
For fear that I was running or had run my race in vain.
3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me,
Was compelled to be circumcised,
Even though he was a Greek.
4 This matter arose,
Because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks
To spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus
And to make us slaves.
5 We did not give in to them for a moment,
So that the Truth of the Gospel might remain with you.
6 As for those who seemed to be important--
Whatever they were makes no difference to me;
God does not judge by external appearance--
Those men added nothing to my message.
7 On the contrary, they saw that I had been given the task
Of Preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles,
Just as Peter had been given the task
Of Preaching the Gospel to the Jews.
8 For God, Who was at work in the ministry of Peter
As an Apostle to the Jews,
Was also at work in my ministry as an Apostle to the Gentiles.
9 James, Peter and John,
Those reputed to be Pillars, gave me and Barnabas
The right hand of fellowship
When they recognized the Grace given to me.
They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles,
And they to the Jews.
10 All they asked
Was that we should continue to remember the poor,
The very thing I was eager to do.
Paul Opposes Peter
11 When peter came to Antioch,
I OPPOSED HIM TO HIS FACE,
Because he was Wrong.
12 Before certain men came from James,
He used to eat with the Gentiles.
But when they arrived,
He began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles
Because he was afraid of those
Who belonged to the Circumcision Group
13 The other Jews joined him in his Hypocrisy
Even Barnabas was led Astray.
14 When I saw that they were not acting
In Line with the Truth of the Gospel,
I said to Peter in front of them all,
'You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile
And not like a Jew.
How is it, then
That you Force Gentiles to follow Jewish Customs?
15 'We who are Jews by birth and not 'Gentile Sinners'
Know that a man is not Justified by observing the Law,
BUT BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.
So we, too, have put our Faith in Christ Jesus
And not by observing the Law,
BECAUSE BY OBSERVING THE LAW NO ONE WILL BE JUSTIFIED.
17 'If, while we seek to be Justified In Christ,
It becomes evident that we ourselves are Sinners,
Does that mean that Christ promotes Sin?
18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, I prove that I am a Lawbreaker.
19 FOR THROUGH THE LAW I DIED TO THE LAW
SO THAT I MIGHT LIVE FOR GOD.
20 I HAVE BEEN CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST
AND I NO LONGER LIVE,
BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME.
The Life I live in the body,
I LIVE BY FAITH IN THE SON OF GOD,
WHO LOVED ME AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR ME.
21 I do not set aside the Grace of God,
For if Righteousness could be gained through the Law,
CHRIST DIED FOR NOTHING!'