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Acts 15:1-21 The Bottom Line

It’s not the list that saves

An issue arises in Antioch. It stems from a group who believed that all should follow the laws of Moses, even the new Gentile brothers and sisters. One standard for all. Paul and Barnabas will have to take this issue to their highest authority; the apostles in Jerusalem.

One standard for all doesn’t sound so terrible. “What is good for the goose is good for the gander.” But in this case the reason for the standard and the ability to meet it are what at the core of the argument.

Paul and Barnabas have seen this group of believers in Antioch develop from the beginning. They have also planted NUMEROUS churches in other regions; Gentile regions. In none of them had God instructed them to have the Gentiles conform to the Jewish standards. And despite this perceived “lack” or “oversight” God had shown His approval of the new believers. How could these men come in and demand what God had not? Read more »