A Dispute over the Law: Acts 15

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Today’s reading: Acts 14-15.

“How did the early church reconcile the conflict between the Law of Moses and the new covenant of grace?”

The first believers were Jewish, and they did not abandon their Jewish practices which arose from the Law of Moses. They continued to follow them while adding Christian observances such as baptism and the Lord’s Supper. When the church grew rapidly among Greek Gentiles, conflict arose as the older Jewish Christian congregations began to try to influence the new Gentile Christians.

Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. Acts…

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