Being a disciple of Jesus means more than just believing in a set of doctrines or trying to imitate the example of Christ. Rather, as Paul says in his portion of his letter to the Galatians, to be a Christian is to live at one with Christ— indeed, to have the very Spirit of Christ abiding within. It is to die to the law, die to self and live a new life with Jesus at the centre.
Roughly two decades after his initial conversion experience, Paul travels to Jerusalem to meet with what he describes as “pillars” of the church— Peter, James and John, all Jewish Christians who were with Jesus from the very beginning. Here, Paul and the Jerusalem apostles discuss many important things. In the end, these pillars of the church give Paul the right hand of fellowship. This means that they recognized the validity of his calling as an apostle and affirmed that gospel message that he preached. The gospel message is this: that one is saved by the faith of Christ and NOT by obedience to Torah.