The Council at Jerusalem

Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders. So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the believers. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, “It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered to keep the law of Moses.” The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us; and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” (Acts 15:1-11, NRSV)

Did you hear what Paul said about the Law of Moses? He told the leaders of the church in Jerusalem that is was a yoke that they or their ancestors were unable to bear. That means that none of us have kept this so why are we expecting these Greek who know nothing of our past to do that?

Why do we place standards on people when God has accepted them as they are?

You see we want new believers to know what we know and act like we do. We have a hard time accepting that God has brought them as God brought us, as we are. Change happens instantly but also takes time. You see God changes the heart when the new believer realizes that God loves them, but their life may not change completely as quick as their heart did. That takes time, and to place the burdens of a life they have not lived on them at the very onset and a life that not even believers followed! Grace is what saves us, not doing the right things at the right time.

Don’t place a yoke on someone you yourself do not bear and bear it rightly.


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