Galatians 2:11-14 describes a serious confrontation between Paul and Peter.  This incident takes place at Antioch some time before the Jerusalem conference in Acts 15.  For Paul, what Peter does is hypocrisy, and what the “men from James” do is nothing short of a breach of their agreement in the earlier private meeting described in Gal 2:1-10.

The Antioch Incident has some far-ranging ramifications for Paul.  First, it forces the issue of Gentile equality out into the open.  No longer will a private meeting do, Paul must go to Jerusalem to meet publicly with all the parties involved (Acts 15).  Second, the incident may represent a break between Paul and the Antioch church.  He continues his missionary efforts, eventually spending 18 months in Corinth and three years in Ephesus.  By Acts 18, the center of Gentile mission shifts from Antioch to Ephesus, as is seen by the presence of many churches in the Lycus Valley by the end of the century. Third, the incident points out what we already know about Paul from chapter 1, he is not under the authority of the Jerusalem Pillars.  Paul is commissioned by the risen Lord directly and will not be told by men allegedly from James to change his gospel.

Why does the book of Acts not record the Antioch Incident?  It is possible that Luke felt that his inclusion of the Jerusalem conference in Acts 15 was sufficient to summarize the problem of Gentile salvation.  Luke likes to emphasize the unity of the church, so the incident at Antioch may have been passed over in order to highlight unity of the Jerusalem conference.

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