| In Galatians Paul uses the word 'law' thirty two times.
||In this column: If Paul were alive and speaking here in America, and
delivering the same sermon, what would he say?
- This is not a paraphrase.
- This is not a translation.
- This is the author's
understanding of what Paul had in mind.
- And if Paul were here in America giving a talk.
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
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:
(1) Then fourteen years ago I returned to Jerusalem. Barnabas, and Titus went
(2) I was in obedience to that irresistible force that we feel from time to
time. I told them about the message that I preach to the Gentiles. I spoke to
those who were reputable so that I did not waste my time.
(3) Now Titus, because he was a Greek, he was not circumcised.
(4) I tried to limit my reports to reputable Christians but there always seem
to be a spies or infiltrators in our midst who try to entrap us one way or
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
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
10 Only [they would] that we should remember the poor; the same which I
also was forward to do.
(5) We did not fall for their tricks or give them the time of day. If we had
we would have been sidetracked and not be with you today.
(6) There were some pompous individuals who tried to enlighten me to their
way of thinking. I don't know who they thought they were, but they showed me
(7) They realized that the gospel to Gentiles was committed to me just as
charge of the gospel to the Judeans was entrusted to Peter.
(8) For He that motivated Peter to the apos-tleship of the circumcision
(Judeans) likewise mightily motivated me to the Gentiles.
(9) James, Cephas, and John saw that God was with me. We, Barnabas and I,
shook hands with them on this agreement, that we should go to the Gentiles and
they to the Judeans. (Those of the circumcision thought of the Gentiles as
(10) They asked us to remember the poor, the one thing we were making every
effort 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.
(11) Peter and I had a falling out in Antioch. And Peter was wrong in this
(12) Peter ate with the Gentiles, a thing forbidden by Judean custom. Then
when his Judean friends came he withdrew from meals with them for fear of what
his Judean friends might think.
(13) Peter's other Judean friends including Barnabas followed his
(14) It is not right for them to act that way. I said to Peter before all of
them, "You are a Jew but you act like a Gentile. Now you want the Gentiles
to act like Jews. By what logic do you force Gentiles to adopt Jewish
(15) If your answer is, "We are Jews, our salvation assured since birth,
and not sinners of Gentile origin."
(16) Then I would remind you that a man is not justified by rituals such as
circumcision, or by who you eat meals with, but by the faith of Jesus Christ. We
have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of
Christ. We are not justified by the rituals and ceremonies of the Levitical
Priesthood, for by this part of the law does not bring justification.
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
18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a
19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless 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.
(17) Not none of us are perfect. We all sin from time to time. But if we sin
while seeking to be justified by Christ, does that mean that Christ approves of
sin? Absolutely not!
(18) I taught that these rituals do not justify. Now, if I religiously
observe these very same rituals, don't I make myself out to be a fool?
(19) For, through the education I received from these past rituals, a
schoolmaster, I am now dead to these laws, these rituals of the Levitical
Priesthood. Now I live under a new priesthood, the Melchizadek priesthood, unto
(20) I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ
liveth in me. While I now live in the flesh, the life I live is by the faith of
the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
(21) This new way of living is a gift of God. I am not going to frustrate it
by returning to the rituals and customs of the past, for if they could or did
result in salvation, then Christ died for no reason.