Galatians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 2

1-5 Then fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. But not even Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And because of false brethren brought in unaware (who came in secretly to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not give place to submission, not even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

6-10 But of these who seemed to be something, (whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God is no respecter of persons), for they who seemed to be in communication added nothing to me. But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed to me, as the gospel of the circumcision was to Peter (for he who worked effectually in Peter for the apostleship of the circumcision, the same worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave Barnabas and me the right hands of fellowship, that we should go to the heathen and they to the circumcision. They only desired that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was glad to do.

11-13 But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed. For before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles: but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And other Jews likewise played the hypocrite with him, insomuch that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

14-16 But when I saw that they did not walk uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles, and not as the Jews, why do you compel the Gentiles to live like the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we who 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 no flesh shall be justified.

17-21 But if we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are also found sinners, is Christ therefore the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God. I was crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness came by the law, then Christ died in vain.

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