The gospel of the gentiles (Gal. 2:2)

“I went up

In response

To a revelation.

Then I laid before them,

The gospel

That I proclaim

Among the gentiles.

This was only in a private meeting

With the acknowledged leaders.

I wanted to be sure

That I was not running,

Or had run

In vain.”

ἀνέβην δὲ κατὰ ἀποκάλυψιν· καὶ ἀνεθέμην αὐτοῖς τὸ εὐαγγέλιον ὃ κηρύσσω ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, κατ’ ἰδίαν δὲ τοῖς δοκοῦσιν, μή πως εἰς κενὸν τρέχω ἢ ἔδραμον.

Paul said that he went up to Jerusalem (ἀνέβην δὲ) in response to a revelation (κατὰ ἀποκάλυψιν).  He laid before them (καὶ ἀνεθέμην αὐτοῖς) the gospel (τὸ εὐαγγέλιον) that he proclaimed (ὃ κηρύσσω) among the gentiles (ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν).  This was only in a private meeting (κατ’ ἰδίαν) with the acknowledged leaders (δὲ τοῖς δοκοῦσιν).  He wanted to be sure that he was not (μή πως) running (τρέχω), or had run (ἢ ἔδραμον) in vain (εἰς κενὸν).  Paul indicated that he went to Jerusalem because of a revelation that he had.  Whether this was the original revelation or another revelation from God is not clear.  He then laid before these esteemed Jewish Christian leaders in a private meeting what he had been preaching to the gentiles about Jesus Christ.  Paul had not asked these gentiles to become Jews before becoming followers of Jesus Christ.  The esteemed leaders are assumed to be Peter and James as well as the other Jewish Christian leaders in Jerusalem.  Paul was not summoned there but appeared freely to explain his position.  This is somewhat similar to Acts, chapter 15:1-6.  Paul wanted to make sure that what he was saying was in accord with the twelve apostles and other Jewish Christian leaders in Jerusalem.  He did not want to be part of any rupture within the emerging primitive Christian community.  Do you work in collaboration with others?

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