2 Kings 4:18-5:27
New Testament: Acts 15:1-35
Summary: The Jerusalem Council, The Council’s Letter to Gentile Believers
When God opens a door, the enemy has someone handy to try to close it. Judean legalists, false teachers who taught a doctrine of salvation by works, called Judaizers visited the Antioch Church and taught that Gentiles must become Jews before becoming Christians. It is important for sincere Christians to get together when they disagree and to seek the Word’s guidance. God was doing a great work among the Gentiles as Peter, Paul, and Barnabas reported, and James related that to the Word in the decision. Doctrinally, there was no compromise, but practically, there was a consideration.
Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch as well as Silas: teaching and preaching the word of the Lord. This they did in season and out of season, with power, purity, plainness, and faithfulness, preaching the word of God; the Gospel of Christ; not the word of men, but the word of God.
~ Paul Washer