“Then after fourteen years,
I went up again to Jerusalem
Taking Titus along with me.”
Ἔπειτα διὰ δεκατεσσάρων ἐτῶν πάλιν ἀνέβην εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα μετὰ Βαρνάβα συνπαραλαβὼν καὶ Τίτον·
Paul said, “After fourteen years (Ἔπειτα διὰ δεκατεσσάρων ἐτῶν), I went up again to Jerusalem (πάλιν ἀνέβην εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα) with Barnabas (μετὰ Βαρνάβα), taking Titus along with me (συνπαραλαβὼν καὶ Τίτον).” Paul indicated that he had visited Jerusalem on another occasion. He said that it was 14 years after he had been there the first time. This would put it around the year 50 CE. These fourteen years were a long period of time where Paul had been a follower of Jesus Christ and done missionary work among the gentiles. He brought with him, his two trusted friends, Barnabas and Titus. Barnabas was a Jewish Levite native of Cyprus and had been with Paul since his conversion. He helped him the first time he was in Jerusalem according to Acts, chapter 9:26. On the other hand, Titus was an uncircumcised gentile Christian probably from Antioch who helped Paul in his missionary efforts with the gentiles. In fact, there is a New Testament Pauline letter addressed to Titus. Was this the famous Jerusalem council mentioned in Acts, chapter 15? Both Barnabas and Paul were mentioned there, but not Titus. Paul clearly was in Jerusalem as a seasoned missionary to the gentiles, some 14 years after his initial conversion to Christianity. What have you accomplished in the last fourteen years?