Todd Easton said
To whom did the Spirit send Paul to verify the gospel he was preaching lest he should had be running or had run in vain? “James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars.”
To verify?? No. Nowhere does it claim in Galatians that Paul told James and Peter what was revealed to him in order to verify anything about his message. You conveniently left out key passages in Galatians to make what you said seem plausible. Here is what Paul tells us in Galatians that you don’t want to admit to cause of your “catholicity”
Paul strongly emphasized that he had little contact with the Twelve Apostles prior to the Jerusalem Council. This point is so crucial to Paul that he declares, “I saw none of the other apostles… I do not lie” (Gal. 1:19‑20). Paul emphasizes this slight contact to explain, in part, why he needed to confront Peter and why he and the Twelve had to meet to “consider” theological matters.
The idea that Paul stressed, that he had little contact with the Twelve Apostles, is foreign to many Christians. Therefore, when reading the Bible, believers gloss over these passages, acting as though they do not exist, or that they have no meaning or relevance to Christian truth. However, God put these details in the Bible, just as He put Mars on an elliptical orbit. So, like Kepler, good students will not neglect details even if they do not seem to fit anywhere in a neat worldview.
Notice Paul emphasizing his brief contact with the Twelve Apostles:
But when it pleased God… that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; Gal. 1:15‑17
God wanted Paul to preach Christ to “the Gentiles.” The word Gentile refers to all those people throughout the world who are not Jews, the people of the nations other than Israel. Originally, the concept of Gentile referred to people who were out of a covenant relationship with God. But since the New Testament era, more Gentiles follow Christ than do Jews, and so today in Christian terminology, the Bible’s word Gentile refers specifically to those who are not Jews, that is, non-Jews.
But I make known to you, brethren, that gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it [the Gospel] from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. Gal. 1:11‑12
Paul, an apostle, not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ… Gal. 1:1
and I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. Gal. 1:22
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord’s brother. (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.) Gal. 1:18‑20
[Paul] did not immediately confer, nor did [he] go to those who were apostles before [him]; Gal. 1:15‑17
[Paul] neither received [the Gospel] from man, nor was [he] taught it… Gal. 1:12
[Paul] was unknown by face to Judea. Gal. 1:22
[Paul saw Peter but] none of the other apostles except James, Gal. 1:18‑19
But fourteen years after his brief initial contact with two of the apostles, God revealed to Paul that he should go up to Jerusalem and tell Peter, James, and John about the Gospel which he was preaching to the Gentiles.
Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem… And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain… and when James, Cephas [Peter], and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. Gal. 2:1‑2, 9
Paul communicated this to those with reputations as leaders privately.
Why privately? God wanted the Twelve to accept Paul and his ministry to the Gentiles. Paul sought the right hand of fellowship (Gal. 2:9) from the apostles in Jerusalem. He did not want to run the risk of a public disagreement with them, which might cause his efforts to have been in vain (Gal. 2:2). His godly discretion achieved the desired result. The Twelve Apostles in Jerusalem blessed Paul’s ministry (Acts 21:17‑20; 15:6‑31).
To imitate Paul’s method (to bring unity of understanding to believers with contrasting ideas) is to invite the success he met. For Peter not only backed Paul’s apostleship (Gal. 2:7‑8) but also endorsed, as Paul wrote, “that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles” (Gal. 2:2).