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Galatians 2:6-7

Posted by heyrandy on September 6, 2010

6But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:

7But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter  Galatians 2:6-7 AV

Verse six is interrupted by a parenthesis. If you join the two separated clauses, you find that the first clause is incomplete. Paul breaks off his thought to explain that those who seemed to be “somewhat” (somewhat what?) were of no particular concern to him. Paul went by the divine standard. If God cared about their status, Paul would care. God didn’t care, so Paul did not care. Paul doesn’t bother to name them. He uses the indefinite pronoun “these.”

Paul tells us that the unnamed persons “added nothing to me.” That is, Paul’s gospel was complete. No one needed to supplement Paul. He had it right from the beginning. This is all taking place in Jerusalem. The key people, the big names in the church were there. If there was to be any correction to the gospel Paul was preaching, it would take place here. No correction took place.

Verse seven tells the opposite happened. The verse begins with an adversative: contrariwise. The persons who “seemed to be somewhat” were not opposed to Paul. Once these people understood that the work of the gospel was divided along the lines of Jewish and Gentile, they gave Paul and Barnabas the “right hand of fellowship” v9. Unity is maintained.

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