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Galatians 2

Galatians :Introduction 1 2 3 4 5 6

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1 Fourteen years later I went to Jerusalem with Barnabas. I also took along Titus.
2.1 Ac 11.30; 15.2.
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1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
2 But I went there because God had told me to go, and I explained the good news that I had been preaching to the Gentiles. Then I met privately with the ones who seemed to be the most important leaders. I wanted to make sure that my work in the past and my future work would not be for nothing. 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
privately: or, severally
3 Titus went to Jerusalem with me. He was a Greek, but still he wasn't forced to be circumcised.
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
4 We went there because of those who pretended to be followers and had sneaked in among us as spies. They had come to take away the freedom that Christ Jesus had given us, and they were trying to make us their slaves. 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
5 But we wanted you to have the true message. That's why we didn't give in to them, not even for a second. 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
6 Some of them were supposed to be important leaders, but I didn't care who they were. God doesn't have any favorites! None of these so-called special leaders added anything to my message.
2.6 Dt 10.17.
6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
7 They realized that God had sent me with the good news for Gentiles, and that he had sent Peter with the same message for Jews. 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
8 God, who had sent Peter on a mission to the Jews, was now using me to preach to the Gentiles. 8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
9 James, Peter,
b 1.18; 2.9 Peter: The Greek text has “Cephas,” which is an Aramaic name meaning “rock.” Peter is the Greek name with the same meaning.
and John realized that God had given me the message about his undeserved kindness. And these men are supposed to be the backbone of the church. They even gave Barnabas and me a friendly handshake. This was to show that we would work with Gentiles and that they would work with Jews.
9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
10 They only asked us to remember the poor, and that was something I had always been eager to do. 10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.
Paul Corrects Peter at Antioch
11 When Peter came to Antioch, I told him face to face that he was wrong.
11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
12 He used to eat with Gentile followers of the Lord, until James sent some Jewish followers. Peter was afraid of the Jews and soon stopped eating with Gentiles. 12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
13 He and the other Jews hid their true feelings so well that even Barnabas was fooled. 13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
14 But when I saw that they were not really obeying the truth that is in the good news, I corrected Peter in front of everyone and said:
Peter, you are a Jew, but you live like a Gentile. So how can you force Gentiles to live like Jews?
14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
15 We are Jews by birth and are not sinners like Gentiles.
15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
16 But we know that God accepts only those who have faith in Jesus Christ. No one can please God by simply obeying the Law. So we put our faith in Christ Jesus, and God accepted us because of our faith.
2.16 a Ps 143.2; Ro 3.20; b Ro 3.22.
16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
17 When we Jews started looking for a way to please God, we discovered that we are sinners too. Does this mean that Christ is the one who makes us sinners? No, it doesn't!
17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
18 But if I tear down something and then build it again, I prove that I was wrong at first. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
19 It was the Law itself that killed me and freed me from its power, so that I could live for God.
I have been nailed to the cross with Christ.
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I don't turn my back on God's undeserved kindness. If we can be acceptable to God by obeying the Law, it was useless for Christ to die. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

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