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Galatians 2:3

Galatians 2:3 (KJV)

3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

Galatians 2:3 (Literal)

3 (however, even Titus, a Greek- Gentile who came with me, was not forced to be circumcised);

CONTEXT- Paul's credentials in handling Doctrinal issues 

Galatians 1:11-2:21

11 Now I make known to you, brothers, that the good news which was declared by me is not according to man’s standard or will. 12 For I did not receive it from man and I was not taught it by man, but I learned the good news by the revelation pertaining to Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my former manner of life in [Rabbinic] Judaism, how excessively I persecuted the Church of God and tried to annihilate it. 14 And I advanced in [Rabbinic] Judaism far beyond most of my national colleagues because of my exceeding zeal for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when God, Who selected me before I was born and called me by His divine favor, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son to me, that is, that I should declare the good news to the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with other men. 17 I did not even return to Jerusalem to consult with those who were apostles before I was, but I went away to Arabia and later returned to Damascus. 18 Then after three years, I did go to Jerusalem to get acquainted with Peter. I stayed with him for only fifteen days. 19 I did not see the other apostles, except James, the lord’s brother. 20 (Now look, I swear to you before God, what I am writing is not a lie.) 21 Next I went to the regions of Syria and Cilicia 22 and remained unknown by face to the churches of Judea which are in Christ. 23 They merely heard, “Remember the one who formerly persecuted us? Look, now he declares the good news of the family faith which he tried to annihilate.” 24 And they glorified God on account of me. Ch 2 1 Then after fourteen years, I went to Jerusalem again with Barnabas, and I took Titus with me also. 2 But that time I went according to the revelation I received and presented privately to the prominent Church leadership the gospel which I formally herald among the Gentiles, so that the race I am running or have run is not without formal credentials and authority 3 (however, even Titus, a Greek- Gentile who came with me, was not forced to be circumcised); 4 [I presented my case to them]
because of false brothers who secretly infiltrated our fellowship to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus so that they could enslave us. 5 But we did not give in to them for a moment, in order that the true gospel might remain steadfastly with you. 6 And [what did I receive] from the prominent leadership? (Whatever position they hold makes no difference to me. God is not partial to position [only function].) These prominent leaders in the Church did not add to, delete, or change anything that I taught. 7 But on the contrary, when they [the prominent leaders] saw that the [preaching of the] gospel to the uncircumcision was entrusted to me, as the [preaching of the] gospel to the circumcision was entrusted to Peter 8 (for He Who energized the apostleship to the circumcision in Peter, energized the apostleship to the Gentiles in me, also), 9 and when they knew experientially of the divine favor given to me; James, Peter, and John, the prominent pillars, extended to Barnabas and me their right hands of fellowship and blessing with the understanding that we are apostles to the Gentiles and they are apostles to the circumcision. 10 They only asked us to continue our abundant sharing, which, of course, I was most diligent to do. 11 But when Peter came to Antioch, I reproved him to the face, because some were caused to stumble by him. 12 Before some men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but after they came, he strategically withdrew himself and ate separately because he feared what the circumcision party might think or say. 3 The rest of the Judeans yielded to this discrimination also, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away with their discrimination. 14 However, when I saw that they did not walk in a straight line
with the true gospel, I said to Peter in front of everybody, “If you, formerly a Judean, live like a Greek-Gentile and not like a Judean, why do you force Gentiles to adopt Judean traditions? 15 We are Judeans in background and not labeled ‘sinners’ of a Gentile background.
16 Because we [former Judeans] know that man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, we also believed in Jesus Christ so that we would be justified by the believing of Christ and not by the works of the law. For absolutely no one is justified by the works of the law. 17 (Now, if we, who have sought to be justified by Christ, have been discovered ‘sinners’ [because of our association with the Gentiles], then is Christ in the business of promoting sin? Absolutely not! 18 For, after I have declared the law is no longer essential, if, in practice, I reinstate the observance of the law, then I exhibit myself as a transgressor against the commandments.)
19 I died to the law by means of the law [which Christ fulfilled] with the result that I would live for God. 20 I was crucified with Christ.
So it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And now the life I live in the body, I live by the perfect believing of the Son of God, who lovingly gave up his life for me. 21 I will not deny the divine favor of God [and return to the law]; for if righteousness is by the law, then Christ died for nothing.”


The Structure of Galatians

A. Gal. 1:1-5 Salutations with Paul’s credentials.
    B. Gal. 1:6-10 Statement of Doctrinal Problems.
       C. Gal. 1:11-2:21 Paul’s credentials in handling Doctrinal issues.
          D. Gal. 3:1 – 5:26 Doctrinal Error stated.
       C. Gal. 6:1-10 Believers credentials in handling the Doctrinal error.
    B. Gal. 6:11-16 Resolution of the Doctrinal Problem.
A. Gal. 6:17-18 Salutation with Paul’s credentials. 


Topic: Gal2:3, Gal 2:3