Acts 15:6–11 (ESV)
The Jerusalem Council (Part 2)
6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. 7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the
Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10
Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
Today’s reading is a continuation from yesterday, where Paul and Barnabas headed to Jerusalem to settle the question of the necessity of getting circumcised to be a Christian. The Jews (specifically
the Judaizers) said you had to be circumcised and become a Jew first before becoming a Christian. Peter stands speaks. I will summarize it briefly in my words. It goes like this, God has spoken to you in the past, but he made a choice to
take his Word to the Gentiles and He gave them the Holy Spirit without being circumcised. Peter is putting them on the spot and saying why do you require more than God himself. A very valid point. The New Testament shows that we are saved
by faith alone. In fact, Abraham believed in the Old Testament and it was accredited to him as righteousness. This was before he was circumcised. Faith is a gift without works.
I pray: O
Father, I have been baptized, justified, and sanctified through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is impossible for me to even believe in you without the working of the Holy Spirit. I give thanks for the gift of faith that you have given me, and
with that gift comes forgiveness, restoration, and your salvation. Thank you! Amen.