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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: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: 5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 But 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: 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; 8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) 9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. 10 Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. 11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. 12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. 13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. 14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? 15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. 17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid. 18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

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1 Sarah R = "Paul refers to the disciples. He shared with them his purpose and mission of sharing salvation by Jesus with the non-Jews."
2 Sarah R = "The Jewish people were circumcised as an outward sign of their devotion to God and of being under covenant with God. Titus, who Paul refers to in his letter to Titus as a "son in the Lord," was Greek by birth rather than Jewish. When he converted to Christianity, which was at first considered a sect with Judaism, he nor Paul felt it necessary for him to be circumcised as Jesus set them free from the old covenant laws."
3 Deena E = "What a very interesting choice of words: "came to spy out our liberty...that they might bring us into bondage." Paul calls them sneaky lying thieves or "false brethren unawares" and their goal is to inspect what has believers free in order to enslave them?Some people's commitment to keeping the law and imposing their commitment on others is brutally wicked. This view entangles us and makes us a slave to self-condemnation, which is sin. Jesus fulfilled the law for us once and for all; now we are free in His grace. "
4 Sarah R = "Paul states that it was decided that he would evangelize the Gentiles, the non-Jews and uncircumcised, and Peter would led the evangelism movement among the Jews."
5 Deena E = "In the verse 3, Paul says not even Titus, a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. This references Acts 15, a discussion was brought before the council as to whether or not Gentile believers should be required to follow and keep the Law of Moses, namely circumcision. Even Peter stood up (see Acts 15:7-10) and said it was wrong to try to bind Gentile believers in keeping Jewish customs/the law that could never be kept anyway. "
6 Sarah R = ""Since Christianity arises from Judaism, some traveling preachers from Jerusalem think that Jewish believers must remain true to Jewish rules regarding circumcision, Sabbath observance, and kosher food. If they rigorously follow the food rules, then Jewish believers are not supposed to share a meal with “unclean” Gentile outsiders, as Peter has been doing in Antioch. They advocate that Gentile outsiders need to follow Jewish ways and practices to become full members of the family of God. Paul—and the Jerusalem council (Acts 15)—strongly reject this. The apostle argues that it is only the faithfulness of Jesus and the presence of the Spirit that serve as the foundation of the new covenant and as the entrance into the people of God."- The Voice Bible Study Note"
7 Sarah R = "God revealed to Peter His plan to also evangelize the non-Jews or Gentiles and bring them to salvation in Acts 10. However, when faced with pressure from other Jewish believers who believed that Gentile believers should have to follow the Jewish law, he caved. Paul says that he had to correct Peter, that he should accept the Gentile believers who are saved by faith, same as they are."
8 Deena E = "This is a reference of the dynamic duo (Paul and Barnabas) parting ways from Acts 15:36-39."
9 Sarah R = "Paul notes that Peter no longer follows the Jewish law either, as he has been set free from the law through his faith in Jesus. Therefore, he should not be requiring the Gentile believers to follow the Old Testament laws and restrictions."
10 Deena E = ""by the faith of Jesus Christ"I find Paul's use of the term faith of Christ (twice) very interesting. Paul doesn't say by faith IN Christ we are justified; he says by the faith OF Christ. Jesus had/has a perfect faith. He was so convicted of the truth in His Father's word and commands that He did not sin when the devil tempted Him, He calmed storms, walked on water, spoke a word and people were healed, and even unto death was He crucified to fulfill every word of God's prophets. His faith justifies (renders righteous, hide the evidence of sin) believers."
11 Sarah R = "Consider these parallel verses:Romans 3:28 "For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law."Romans 5:1 "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"Ephesians 2:8, 9 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.""
12 Sarah R = ""The Old Testament law showed Paul his true condition as a sinner - separated from God. His attempts to follow the law had been an exercise in futility - even the most religiously perfect were guilty. That realization helped Paul see that only by grace through Jesus Christ could he know forgiveness. And when he discovered grace was his only hope for salvation, he stopped relying on the law - in a sense, dying to it."- The Quest Study Bible note"
13 Cary W = "Even Paul, with all his labor for God, counts it nothing compared to just knowing Christ as his own glory and life.  All of our thoughts, goals and works go through the process of crucifixion, so that all that is left in us is Christ. This is why we must continually look to the grace of God in Christ Jesus and just remain thankful that He loves us and gave himself for us, that we may partake in the presence and work of God in His people."
14 Deena E = "It obstructs God's grace (working in us) if we try to legalistically gain righteousness. To make us righteous is one of the primary reasons why Jesus died. "
15 Cary W = "Just a few years after Christ had ascended to the Father, Peter and other Apostles were already placing the burden of the law back upon the people, putting them again under the very bondage that Christ had come to free.  Let us not frustrate the grace of God dear brethren."
16 Sarah R = "If we were able to achieve the holiness that God desires and requires from us through our own efforts, then we would not need Jesus. Yet because we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and none are righteous on our own (Romans 3:10), we need Jesus' sacrifice to cover our sins and put us in right relationship with God."