07.08.2015 New Testament: Acts 15.7–9
To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 15.1–21 on July 8, In the year of our Lord 2015
By Don Ruhl
When Gentiles started coming into the church, some of the Jewish converts, especially those with a background in the Pharisees, thought that the Gentiles needed to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses to be saved. Paul and Barnabas objected. Finally it was decided that they should go to Jerusalem and meet with the other apostles, elders, and brethren in the church. After some disputing, Peter took the lead,
And when there had been much dispute, Peter rose up and said to them: “Men and brethren, you know that a good while ago God chose among us, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. So God, who knows the heart, acknowledged them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He did to us, and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith” (Acts 15.7–9).
Circumcision as a matter of salvation, and the Law of Moses, each had its time under the sun, but when Christ came and delivered His teaching, purification of the heart came through faith, which had always been the case, but now those things that set the Jews apart from the world, no longer are matters of salvation.