Galatians 2:1–10 (ESV)
Paul Accepted by the Apostles
after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order
to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. 3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. 4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have
in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— 5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. 6 And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no
difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. 7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to
the circumcised 8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), 9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they
gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
had been a problem brewing in Jerusalem. Christian Jews (circumcised) were demanding the Christian Gentiles (uncircumcised) to get circumcised. They were hanging on to the Law and the covenant of circumcision. The problem is that Jesus set
us free from the Law and we are saved by Grace alone. No law, work, or merit... but Grace alone. We are saved by faith that is given to us by God through his grace and mercy. It had been 14 years and Paul finally comes to town to settle the
dispute. Paul wins.
I pray: O Lord, help me to not let the Law replace Grace, but to know and trust that I am saved by grace alone. Amen.