Verse By Verse Through Galatians (2:8)

8 For the One who was at work in Peter’s apostleship to the circumcised was also at work in my apostleship to the Gentiles. -Galatians 2:8 BSB


An apostle simply means one who was commissioned by the Lord to go out and make disciples by placing their faith in Jesus Christ.

“Apostleship” was a position given to the twelve and somewhat in a sense to Paul, even though he was not one of the twelve. However, Paul demonstrated his apostleship through signs and miracles, see Acts 19:11-12. That status required the person to have seen Jesus Christ and to be commanded by Him to go out and preach the good news. Also, miracles and signs accompanied the apostles to show that they were with Christ and participated in His earthly ministry, see Acts 1:21-26.

12 The true marks of an apostle—signs, wonders, and miracles—were performed among you with great perseverance. -2 Corinthians 12:12 BSB

The Holy Spirit directed Peter’s ministry to the Jews so that the gospel could be presented to them. While Paul was sent by the Spirit of God to the Gentiles (non-Jews) to give them the good news of Jesus Christ. God sent these two men to two different groups so that the gospel could spread far and wide and reach many people.

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