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Galatians 2:1-3

Posted by heyrandy on July 23, 2010

1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.

3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. Galatians 2:1-3 AV

To what trip to Jerusalem is Paul referring?  Is it the meeting mentioned in Acts 15? Or is it some other time. Was Paul’s first trip to Jerusalem the one mentioned in Acts 15?

It is the Acts 15 meeting to which Paul is referring. This is interesting because Paul does not make any mention in Galatians of the results of the conference. One would think that he would, since the results of the conference were inspired and the occasion of the conference was the issue of circumcision. What Paul does mention about this meeting is that the poor were to  be remembered. This item is not listed in the letter written to the churches.

Paul had Barnabas with him. They were both at the conference giving a report of how the Gospel was being spread among the gentiles. Barnabas was a Jew. This would not be a problem with the Jerusalem church. Paul also says that Titus was with him. Titus was a gentile, uncircumcised (v.3). If circumcision was required, why was not Titus circumcised? This fact is sufficient to refute the Judaizers.

Paul went up by revelation. That is, God revealed to him that he must attend the meeting. Given the effect of Paul’s and Barnabas’ report, we can see why God required Paul to attend. Such revelations are no longer issued today, but in those early days before the canon of the New Testament was finished such thing were needed. So the next time you hear “I feel led ….” ask if we can have this written down and appended to the New Testament.

Paul submitted his Gospel message to those who were of reputation, but he did this privately. After 14 years of speaking the Truth Paul asks for a review to make sure he has it right. He did not want to run an empty race.

We know that Paul had it right. Do we? I suggest periodic re-examinations of our basic message. It is easy for errors to creep in. These must be ruthlessly purged from our teaching. I understand that there is debate about the peripheral matters, but on the basics, the fundamentals (or Fundamentals), there can be no question. This is the core. This is what it is all about.


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