Acts 15:1-4

Certain people came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the believers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.

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One response to “Acts 15:1-4

  1. They were clinging to the law. Their custom, which set them apart under the law, still was important to them and they wanted these new believer’s faith to mirror theirs. I was just discussing this with a friend of mine yesterday. We have to have certain beliefs which can not be altered and about which there is no debate. And then we must walk in grace and be willing to study everything else in the word with other believers so that we can be shaped and conformed.

    Everyone’s practices do not have to look like ours and to insist on this is an extension of our sin nature and our pride.

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