A shorter take on Galatians 2

After 14 years, I went to Jerusalem again with Barnabas and Titus. I laid before the leaders there the gospel I proclaim among non-Jews, in order to make sure I was not off track.

(Some people were saying followers of Jesus still need to observe the Jewish law, like practicing circumcision.)

What’s really happening is that some false believers have slipped in secretly to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They want to enslave us to the law, but we did not submit to them for a moment so the truth of the gospel might always remain.

When the acknowledged leaders in Jerusalem saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised and that God’s grace had been given to me, they gave Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the non-Jews. They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which I was eager to do.

Peter then came to Antioch, and he ate with the non-Jews. But when some other Jewish believers came from Jerusalem, Peter drew away from the non-Jews out of fear for what these newest visitors would think. All of the Jewish believers from Jerusalem drew back from the non-Jewish believers, joining Peter in this hypocrisy. So I opposed Peter to his face because he stood self-condemned. They were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel.

Those now with me know that a person is made right with God through faith in Jesus, not by following the law.

I died to the law, so I might live to God.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

I do not nullify the grace of God by trying to follow the law; for if the law can make us right with God, then Christ died for nothing.

(This shortened take on Galatians 2 is based on the New Revised Standard Version of Scripture.)

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