Acts 15:1-2.. 1Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 And when Paul and Barnabas had great dissension and debate with them, the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders concerning this issue.
After the fall the righteous line went through Seth, Enoch and Noah. A God’s plan was for His righteousness to be available to all people. However the righteous people did not reproduce themselves and ended with Noah and family. After the flood God choose Abraham B to be the father of a new nation that by the time of the deliverance from Egypt included about 2.4 million people. Israel was to be a kingdom of priests C to proclaim the word of God, but they failed and Jesus said “the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it”. D
Jesus was very clear that His disciples were to make disciples of all the nations and to the rermotest part of the earth. E Jesus even made it clear that “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” G
Despite these clear commands of God the 1st century disciples only obeyed under duress. They did not leave Jerusalem until driven out by the persecution of Saul. H Peter refused 3 times before taking the gospel to a Gentile and was initially rebuked by the Jerusalem church I
In Acts 15 we find that men had come down from Judea and taught the church in Antioch that no one could be saved without the works of the law. When Paul and Barnabas returned from the 1st missionary journey and discussed this with the men and church they were sent to Jerusalem to resolve the issue. J
What am I doing to obey the commands of God to take the gospel of Jesus to all nations including when all the nations come to live in my city and attend my church?
Notes: A- Genesis 3:15, Genesis 6:8,18; For Adam to Joseph click here; B- Genesis 12:1-3; C- Exodus 19:6; D- Matthew 21:43; E- Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 1:8; G- Matthew 24:14; H- Acts 8; I- Acts 10,11:1-18; J- Acts 15:1-2,4-5;
Henry Luke 12/17/2017
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