Paul, before he started his ministry to the Gentiles, first had his message “reviewed” by the church leaders in Jerusalem. Paul, in humility, recognized the authority and the wisdom the leaders had. He also recognized God’s higher authority, that when he realized some of the leaders in Jerusalem were actually distorting the gospel, he called them out. Even to the extent of calling Peter – the one with the highest authority among the believers – out. He showed what it means to submit to the authority of man, except when it goes against the higher authority of God.
This part is beautiful and needs some chewing and digesting.. copy pasting for now:
“yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. But if, in our endeavor to be justified in Christ, we too were found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.”
(Galatians 2:16-21 ESV)