9 comments on “The Conference in Jerusalem (2)

  1. Good stuff! Acts 15 is really the watershed moment for the Church. Paul also seems to describe this time in Galatians 2 (whole letter, really). I’ve always thought it interesting that Paul was not taught by the apostles, but was separated for a time. I think if he had been, with his formal background, would not have gotten the revelation he had for the Gentiles. Christianity would probably still be seen as a sect of Judaism, as it was still pretty much thought of at that time.

  2. The Jews thought of Christianity as a sect of Judaism like being a Pharisee, Sadducee, or Essene. It took a long, long time to help them understand otherwise. Today, the Jews would be horrified if someone called Christianity a sect of Judaism.

  3. This is one of the strongest repudiations of religious-legalism in all of Scripture, and yet Adventists and Messianic-Jews continue to cling to “For the Law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.” as “proof” that we are still under Mosaic Law. Legalism is a hard “disease” to annihilate.

    Blessings,

    Steve

  4. The other interesting point here, that oft gets overlooked, is that Peter (the Rock) does not say, “Jesus gave me the keys, what I say goes.” He presents his arguments, then lets the assembly come to a decision. It is a communal agreement, not a single voice saying that this is how it will be.

  5. I daily get confronted by people who never got to read the minutes of that meeting, which is why they argue about it for hours!

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