Along Barnabas Company Fourteen Interval Jerusalem Lapse Later Period Space Taking Titus

2:1 Then {1} fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with [me] also.

(1) Now he shows how he agrees with the apostles, with whom he grants that he conferred concerning his Gospel which he taught among the Gentiles, fourteen years after his conversion. And they permitted it in such a way, that they did not force his companion Titus to be circumcised, although some tormented themselves in this, who traitorously laid wait against him, but in vain. Neither did they add the least amount that might be to the doctrine which he had preached, but rather they gave to him and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, and acknowledged them as apostles appointed by the Lord to the Gentiles.

2:1 The Gospel Not Bondage to the Law


Paul's Later Journey to Jerusalem. The Object of the Visit, Titus with Him, but Uncircumcised. Peter, James, and John Apostles to the Circumcision; Paul and. Barnabas to the Uncircumcision. The Right Hand of Fellowship. The Rebuke of Peter at Antioch. Justified by Faith in Christ; Not by Works of the Law.

Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem. Three years after his conversion he went up to Jerusalem (Ga 1:18); fourteen years after, he went up again. If his conversion took place about A.D. 37, as is generally supposed, the visit now spoken of was in A.D. 51 At that time we find that Paul and Barnabas and certain others went up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this very question of the relation of the Gentile Christians to Judaism. See Ac 15:1,2. That this is the visit Paul means, is evident (1) because it is the right date; (2) the right persons are present, viz.: Paul, Barnabas, Peter and James, and (3) the right question is the one discussed. One visit took place in A.D. 40 (Ga 1:10 Ac 9:22,23). Another, to carry relief at a time of famine, took place in A.D. 44 (Ac 11:30 12:25); and the third, here referred to, took place in A.D. 50 or 51.

Took Titus with [me]. Titus is not named in Acts, but only that certain other went with Paul and Barnabas (Ac 15:2).

2:1 Then fourteen years after - My first journey thither. I went up again to Jerusalem - This seems to be the journey mentioned Acts 15:2; several passages here referring to that great council, wherein all the apostles showed that they were of the same judgment with him.

2:1-10 Observe the apostle's faithfulness in giving a full account of the doctrine he had preached among the Gentiles, and was still resolved to preach, that of Christianity, free from all mixture of Judaism. This doctrine would be ungrateful to many, yet he was not afraid to own it. His care was, lest the success of his past labours should be lessened, or his future usefulness be hindered. While we simply depend upon God for success to our labours, we should use every proper caution to remove mistakes, and against opposers. There are things which may lawfully be complied with, yet, when they cannot be done without betraying the truth, they ought to be refused. We must not give place to any conduct, whereby the truth of the gospel would be reflected upon. Though Paul conversed with the other apostles, yet he did not receive any addition to his knowledge, or authority, from them. Perceiving the grace given to him, they gave unto him and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, whereby they acknowledged that he was designed to the honour and office of an apostle as well as themselves. They agreed that these two should go to the heathen, while they continued to preach to the Jews; judging it agreeable to the mind of Christ, so to divide their work. Here we learn that the gospel is not ours, but God's; and that men are but the keepers of it; for this we are to praise God. The apostle showed his charitable disposition, and how ready he was to own the Jewish converts as brethren, though many would scarcely allow the like favour to the converted Gentiles; but mere difference of opinion was no reason to him why he should not help them. Herein is a pattern of Christian charity, which we should extend to all the disciples of Christ.

Barnabas Company Fourteen Interval Jerusalem Later Period Space Time Titus

Barnabas Company Fourteen Interval Jerusalem Later Period Space Time Titus