“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Council at Jerusalem cont’d

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“The Council at Jerusalem”, Acts 15:13) And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:  Acts 12:17.  14) Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His Name.  15) And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,  Isaiah 11:10.  16) After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:  17) That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My Name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.   18) Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.  19) Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:  1Thessalonians 1:9.  20) But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.  21) For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – Previously v7-9, Peter spoke of the Gentiles and the “purifying of their hearts”, that the justification by faith, and sanctification by the Holy Ghost, cannot be separated; and that both are a gift of God.  We have great cause to bless God that we have heard the Gospel.   v13-21, The opinion of James was, that the Gentile converts ought not to be troubled about Jewish rites, but that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, so that they might show their hatred of idolatry (the worship of images).  Also, that they should be cautioned against fornication, which was not abhorred by the Gentiles as it should be, and even formed a part of some of their rites.  They were counseled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices.  These were still being offered, and to eat blood would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews.  Let converts be warned to avoid all appearances of the evils which they formerly practiced, or are likely to be tempted to; and caution them to use Christian liberty with moderation and prudence.

More to come and God Bless You.

 

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