Friday, May 18, 2012 4:52 AM

Paul Visits Peter and James

Friday, May 18, 2012 4:52 AM
Friday, May 18, 2012 4:52 AM

Here are two quotes from scripture in which the Apostle Paul recounts first that he went up to Jerusalem and only saw two apostles; Peter and James.

Gal1.18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas (Peter) and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother. 20 (In what I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie!)

In this verse in 1st Corinthians, Paul names only Peter and James and then speaks of the other apostles as a group.

1Cor15.5 and that he appeared to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

Here is a quote that talks about this visit. “We have already quoted the list of Jesus’ resurrection appearances of which Paul reminds his Corinthian readers. In that list two individuals are mentioned by name as having seen the risen Christ, and two only: “he appeared to Cephas (Peter)” and “he appeared to James” (1 Corinthians 15:5, 7). It is no mere coincidence that these should be the only two apostles whom Paul claims to have seen during his first visit to Jerusalem after his conversion.”[1]

Paul knew the standing of Peter and James in the eyes of the risen Lord. Peter was the rock that Jesus would build His Church upon and James was the brother of Jesus. Paul was interested in learning all that he could. Seeing Jesus on the road to Damascus was enough to know the Gospel, but Paul wanted to know all that he could of his savior Jesus Christ. We can also visit with Peter and James for I am sure that they told Paul exactly what they wrote in each of their books in the Bible.


[1] Bruce, F. F. (1977). Paul: Apostle of the free spirit (84–85). Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster.

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