THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
1 Then 1after a period of fourteen years I awent up again to Jerusalem with bBarnabas, taking cTitus with me also.
2 And I went up according to 1arevelation, and I laid before them the gospel which I proclaim among the bGentiles, but privately to those who were of crepute, dlest perhaps I should be erunning, or had run, in vain.
3 But 1not even Titus, who was with me, though he is a Greek, was compelled to be 2acircumcised;
4 And this, because of the 1afalse brothers, brought in bsecretly, who stole in to spy out our 2cfreedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into 3dslavery.
5 To them we yielded with the subjection demanded not even for an hour, that the 1atruth of the gospel might remain with you.
6 But from those who were areputed to be something -- whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does bnot accept man's person; for to me those who were of repute added nothing.
7 But on the contrary, seeing that I had been aentrusted with the gospel to the buncircumcision, even as cPeter with the gospel to the circumcision,
8 (For He who operated in Peter for the aapostleship to the circumcision operated also in me for the bGentiles),
9 And perceiving the agrace given to me, 1bJames and cCephas and dJohn, who were ereputed to be fpillars, gave to me and to gBarnabas the right hhand of ifellowship that we should go to the Gentiles, and they, to the circumcision.
10 Only they requested that we remember the apoor, which very thing I bwas also eager to do.
B. Christ Replacing the Law
11 But when aCephas came to bAntioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned.
12 For before some came 1from aJames, he 2continually bate with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to shrink back and separate himself, 3fearing those of the ccircumcision.
13 And the 1rest of the Jews also joined him in this 2hypocrisy, so that even 3aBarnabas was carried away in their hypocrisy.
14 But when I saw that they were not 1walking in a astraightforward way in relation to the btruth of the gospel, I said to cCephas dbefore them all, If you, being a Jew, 2elive like the Gentiles and not like the Jews, how is it that you compel the Gentiles to 3flive like the Jews?
15 We are aJews by nature and not bsinners from among the Gentiles;
16 And knowing that a man is not justified out of works of alaw, but through 1bfaith in Jesus Christ, we also have believed into Christ Jesus that we might be justified out of faith in Christ and not out of the works of law, because out of the works of law cno 2flesh will be justified.
17 But if, while seeking to be justified in Christ, we ourselves also have been found asinners, is then Christ a 1minister of sin? 2bAbsolutely not!
18 For if I 1build again the things which I have 2destroyed, I prove myself to be a transgressor.
19 For I 1through law have 2adied to law that I might 3blive to God.
20 I am 1acrucified with Christ; and it is 2no longer I who live, but it is 3bChrist who lives in me; and the 4life which I now live in the flesh I clive in 5faith, the dfaith 6of the 7Son of God, who 8eloved me and fgave Himself up for me.
21 I do not nullify the 1agrace of God; for if 2brighteousness is through law, then cChrist has died 3for nothing.