THE second chapter is actually a part of the argument of chapter one. Injury has been done by the way this division of the two chapters was made. The correct division would have been at the close of the 10th verse of this chapter. The general scope of the chapter, like the first, is to show that he did not receive the gospel from man; that he had not derived it from the apostles; that he did not acknowledge his indebtedness to them for his views of the Christian religion; that they had not even set up authority over him; but that they had welcomed him as a fellow-laborer, and acknowledged him as a coadjutor in the work of the apostleship.This chapter may be regarded as divided into two portions:
I. Paul’s account of his visit to Jerusalem, and of what occurred there, (vv. 1-10).
II. Paul’s account of the scene at Antioch, where he rebuked Peter for his dissimulation, (vv.11-21).
In this particular study we will be dealing with the former: Paul’s account of his visit to Jerusalem.
Paul recounts his journey to Jerusalem with Barnabas and Titus.
Paul shows that he went there by revelation; and what he did while there, and the people he saw.
Paul relates how the apostles gave him the right hand of fellowship.
Paul tells that opposed Peter at Antioch, and the reason why.
Paul shows that the Jews as well as the Gentiles must be justified by faith.
Paul tells that they who seek this justification should act with consistency.
Pall tells of his own religious experience, and shows, that through the Law he was dead to the Law, and crucified with Christ.
Paul explains that justification is not of the law, but by the faith of Christ.