We are saved by faith, not by keeping laws or by being circumcised like Jews.
1. What did they who were respected see that Paul and Peter had been entrusted with?
v 6 and 7 ... they, I say, who were respected ... when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Good News for the uncircumcised, even as Peter with the Good News for the circumcised.
2. What was Paul zealous to do?
v 10 They only asked us to remember the poor—which very thing I was also zealous to do.
3. What does Paul say about being justified or made right (with God)?
v 16 ... a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law.
- v 1 to 10 Paul lays before the Jerusalem church the Good News he has preached to the Gentiles. He wants to prevent false brothers stopping them from receiving the Good News. They accept that Paul has been sent by God, to give his message to the Gentiles (non-Jews) and Peter to the Jews
- v 11 to 14 Paul shows the apostle, Peter, that he is wrong in siding with fellow Jews, who want non-Jews to keep Jewish laws
- v 15 to 19 We are justified (made right with God) by believing and trusting in Jesus and all he has done, not by what we do
- v 20 and 21 The old Paul has been crucified and Christ can now be seen in Paul's life. He gratefully lives having faith in the Son of God who loved him and gave himself for him