Galatians - 2


1It was not until fourteen years had gone by that I travel ed up to Jerusalem again, with Barnabas, and Itook Titus with me too. 2My journey was inspired by a revelation and there, in a private session with the recognised leaders, Iexpounded the whole gospel that I preach to the gentiles, to make quite sure that the efforts I was making andhad already made should not be fruitless. 3Even then, and although Titus, a Greek, was with me, there was no demand that he should becircumcised; 4but because of some false brothers who had secretly insinuated themselves to spy on the freedom thatwe have in Christ Jesus, intending to reduce us to slavery- 5people we did not defer to for one moment, or the truth of the gospel preached to you might have beencompromised. . . 6but those who were recognised as important people -- whether they actual y were important or not:There is no favouritism with God -those recognised leaders, I am saying, had nothing to add to my message. 7On the contrary, once they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been entrusted to me, just asto Peter the gospel for the circumcised 8(for he who empowered Peter's apostolate to the circumcision also empowered mine to the gentiles), 9and when they acknowledged the grace that had been given to me, then James and Cephas and John,who were the ones recognised as pil ars, offered their right hands to Barnabas and to me as a sign ofpartnership: we were to go to the gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10They asked nothing more than that we should remember to help the poor, as indeed I was anxious todo in any case. 11However, when Cephas came to Antioch, then I did oppose him to his face since he was manifestly inthe wrong. 12Before certain people from James came, he used to eat with gentiles; but as soon as these came, hebacked out and kept apart from them, out of fear of the circumcised. 13And the rest of the Jews put on the same act as he did, so that even Barnabas was carried away bytheir insincerity. 14When I saw, though, that their behaviour was not true to the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of al ofthem, 'Since you, though you are a Jew, live like the gentiles and not like the Jews, how can you compel thegentiles to live like the Jews?' 15We who were born Jews and not gentile sinners 16have nevertheless learnt that someone is reckoned as upright not by practising the Law but by faith inJesus Christ; and we too came to believe in Christ Jesus so as to be reckoned as upright by faith in Christ andnot by practising the Law: since no human being can be found upright by keeping the Law. 17Now if we too are found to be sinners on the grounds that we seek our justification in Christ, it wouldsurely fol ow that Christ was at the service of sin. Out of the question! 18If I now rebuild everything I once demolished, I prove that I was wrong before. 19In fact, through the Law I am dead to the Law so that I can be alive to God. I have been crucified withChrist 20and yet I am alive; yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me. The life that I am now living, subject tothe limitation of human nature, I am living in faith, faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I am not setting aside God's grace as of no value; it is merely that if saving justice comes through the Law, Christ died needlessly.
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