“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Council in Jerusalem

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus 

“The Council in Jerusalem”, Acts 15:1) And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.  2) When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the Apostles and Elders about this question.  Galatians 2:1.  3) And being brought on their way by the Church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles:  and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.  4) And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the Church, and of the Apostles and Elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.  5) But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.  6) And the Apostles and Elders came together for to consider of this matter.  7) And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the Word of the Gospel, and believe.  8) And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us;  Hebrews 4:12.  9) And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.  Romans 10:11.  10) Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the Disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?  Matthew 23:4; Galatians 5:1.  11) But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.  Romans 3:24; Ephesians 1:7.   12) Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them. 

Quest Study Bible – v1, Why did some insist on circumcision? Centuries of religious training caused many to have a well-entrenched interpretation of Old Testament law.  Though many Jews accepted Jesus as the Messiah, they still found it difficult to abandon what they had always believed.  They saw Jesus’ Ministry as a supplement, not a completion or fulfillment of Old Testament law (Matthew 5:17).  In their view, circumcision remained essential for a relationship with God.  Paul’s letter to the Galatians addresses this error.   

More to come and God Bless You.

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