Peter was the apostle to the circumcised (Gal. 2:8)

“He who worked

Through Peter,

Making him

An apostle to the circumcised,

Worked through me

To the gentiles.”

ὁ γὰρ ἐνεργήσας Πέτρῳ εἰς ἀποστολὴν τῆς περιτομῆς ἐνήργησεν καὶ ἐμοὶ εἰς τὰ ἔθνη,

Paul said, “He who worked through Peter (ὁ γὰρ ἐνεργήσας Πέτρῳ), making him an apostle to the circumcised (εἰς ἀποστολὴν τῆς περιτομῆς), worked through me (ἐνήργησεν καὶ ἐμοὶ) to the gentiles (εἰς τὰ ἔθνη).”  Paul indicated that God worked through Peter with the Jewish circumcised Christians, while at the same time working through Paul with the gentile uncircumcised Christians.  Paul felt that he had the same direct authority from Jesus to be an apostle to the gentiles just like Peter had the divine authority to work with the circumcised Jews.  Both were bringing Jesus Christ and his message to the people, whether circumcised or not.  Would you rather be an apostle to the circumcised or the uncircumcised people?

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