Acts 15:1, 2, 4-20, 30, 31
Acts 15:1, 2
And certain men which came down to Antioch
Acts 15:1, 2
It was time that this question was settled once for all, before division grew up as the result of it. The first question—”Can the Gentiles be saved?” had been answered; the second was the one before us—”Must they not be circumcised?”
The old leaven showed itself. How closely do old ways and thoughts cling to even regenerate men!
This is the vital doctrine of Christianity—salvation by grace, and that grace revealed in our crucified Lord. Luther says, “We must not yield nor give up this article though heaven and earth should perish.” Peter’s short and telling speech was a noble contribution to the Gentile cause.
These addresses would have great weight in the discussion.
Acts 15:18, 19
Thus James summed up the evidence, and the brethren saw their way clear to a decision which was hearty and unanimous, Barnabas and Silas were sent to Antioch with a letter containing the opinion which had been so ably stated by James and supported by the whole body of disciples. Oh, that all disputes among Christians could be settled in such a manner!
Acts 15:30, 31
And a great comfort it was, for the saints were confirmed in their freedom from the Jewish yoke, those who troubled them were silenced, and the Gentiles were still further encouraged to receive the gospel. The Antioch Christians had done well to seek a settlement of a vexed question.
Ye Gentile sinners, ne’er forget
The wormwood and the gall;
Go—spread your trophies at his feet,
And crown him Lord of all.