You rightly say that the Apostles were Spirit guided, correct?
Ever notice how, even after seventeen years of ministry, the revelations from Christ Himself, the remarkable conversion on the road to Damascus, the personal writing of Scripture, even Paul went to the Church to verify that the Gospel he was preaching - was correct?
Are you telling me that a man who possessed the Holy Spirit, and confidently assured the recipients of his own epistles that his writings were inspired, now has doubts about what he’s been teaching? That doesn’t sound right, does it? After all, if we take this road, we are left with no basis for any confidence in the Magisterium.
(Sure, they’re “guided by the Holy Spirit”, but what if they’re still wrong?)
I don’t see that this passage tells us any more than that Paul delivered his gospel to men of good reputation (elders of the ecclesia
, most likely; see I Timothy 3
), in order to ensure that his precious communication might not be perverted, and his work in the Galatian ecclesia
gone to waste.
None of this has anything to do with personal judgement.