Galatians 2:2 and Paul’s Fear

In describing his second post-conversion trip to Jerusalem (Gal 2:1-10=Acts 11:27-30), Paul indicates that he submitted the gospel he preached before those regarded as pillars in the Jerusalem church (Gal 2:2-10). He did so in private, “for fear that I might be running or had run in vain” (Gal 2:2).

But the exact content of Paul’s fear is not spelled out. In the larger context it seems extremely unlikely that Paul was concerned that the content of his gospel message was incorrect. But what exactly then did Paul fear would happen if his presentation of his gospel to the Jerusalem pillars went poorly?

I’ve got my own answer that I am willing to give in the comments, but I want to hear from you first…

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