1 Then, fourteen years after, I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas; taking Titus with me also.
2 And I went up by revelation; and communicated to them the gospel which I proclaimed to the Gentiles; but privately to them who were of reputation; lest, perhaps, I should run, or had run in vain.
3 However, neither Titus, who was with me, though a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised,
4 even on account of the false brethren secretly introduced; (who came in privily to spy out our liberty, which we have by Jesus Christ, that they might bring us into bondage;)
5 nor did we give place to them by submission, not even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.
6 Besides, from them who were of reputation, I received nothing; (whatever they were formerly, is no matter to me: God respects not a man's appearance. For they who were of reputation, communicated nothing to me.)
7 But, on the contrary, perceiving that I was entrusted with the gospel of the uncircumcision, just as Peter was with that of the circumcision;
8 (for he who wrought effectually in Peter for the apostleship of the circumcision, also wrought effectually in me for the Gentiles):
9 even James, and Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, having perceived the favor granted to me, gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we, indeed, should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcision;
10 requesting only, that we would remember the poor, which very thing I had also been diligent to do.
11 Moreover, when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was to be blamed.
12 For, before certain persons came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles; but when they were come, he withdrew, and separated himself, being afraid of them of the circumcision.
13 And the other Jews also dissembled with them, insomuch that even Barnabas was carried away with their dissimulation.
14 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 after the manner of the Gentiles, and not after the manner of the Jews, why do you compel the Gentiles to Judaize?
15 We, who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
16 knowing that man is not justified by works of law, but only through the faith of Jesus Christ; even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we may be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by works of law; for by works of law no flesh shall be justified.
17 But if seeking to be justified by Christ, even we ourselves are found sinners, is Christ, then, the minister of sin? By no means.
18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I constitute myself a transgressor.
19 Besides, I, through law, have died to law, that I might live to God.
20 I am crucified together with Christ. Nevertheless, I live; yet not longer I, but Christ lives in me: for the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith which is of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21 I do not set aside the favor of God. For if righteousness is through law, then certainly Christ has died in vain.