The Jewish “Believers in Christ” and please note that they were Jewish believers, that were going to the Gentile Churches behind Paul after he would start and set up a Church like the Church of Galatia. Now what these well-respected Messianic Jews were stating that it was’ that was not enough for the Gentiles to just be believe in Christ and be saved by faith through grace. But that they also had to become circumcised (physically circumcised) and had to keep the law of Moses. The law being the Ten Commandments and the 613 amendments to the Ten Commandments in Duet. and Lev. Paul was hot over this and for good reason. Let us read it.
1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
4 And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of the church, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.
Right here: The Saved Jewish believers wanted the Saved Gentile Believers to become circumcised and keep the Law, in the next verse….Note; They Key “As the Jews are instructed to do by the law of Moses” to become circumcised and keep the law of Moses.
5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. KJV
So what was Paul upset about? Paul was not upset about the Jewish believers keeping the Law, but about the Gentile believers keeping the law. Keep that in mind and let us continue.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. KJV
After much disputing; Peter said: they God gave them everything he gave us and the the Holy Ghost too. So they had a fairly heated argument over this issue whether or not the Gentiles should have to become circumcised (physically) and keep the law of Moses. Note the key here: Keep the law as they do. Again we see the distinction between the Gentile and the Jew. Both are Gentile and Jewish believers and then Peter also states, that one no greater than the other. But let us read on!
10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. KJV
A lot is said right here. Inverse 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? So they have a yoke to bear that Paul also being a believing Jew, who also as a Jew kept the Law, did not want put on the necks of the disciples (the Disciples in verse 10 clearly referring to the Gentiles in this matter) Not speaking to the twelve disciples of Jesus.
So what is a disciple?
Strong’s Concordance # NT:3101
derived from Greek word “maqhth” – pronunciation in the Greek is
mathetes (math-ay-tes’); from NT:3129; Disciple means: a learner, i.e. pupil:
KJV translation was – disciple.
So in Acts 15 verse 10 the Gentiles were the disciples to Paul, Paul being instructed by Jesus in confirmation of the Holy Ghost to disciple the Gentiles. Even though Peter was the one who originally had received the vision in Acts chapter Ten. They were the Gentile believers in Christ and of first Churches Paul founded…… And to whom most of his letters were to. We will prove the two apostolic offices in the next following lesson in this series..
The covenant was made with Abraham through Abraham’s faith in God. Then Abraham was given a promise by God the Father after the Hebrews had crossed the Euphrates river. Then we see where God the Father called Israel to be His people at the foot of the Mountain in Exodus. Now, the Jews are what the Jews refer to themselves as a covenant people who had a promise of a Messiah, a deliverer who would save them.. Of course that is Jesus, who were blinded to know he is the messiah until the Gentiles were saved. What Jesus did was bring us all under the Covenant of Abraham, but it wasn’t until after Jesus lived and died and rose again. Before Jesus came and even a while after Jesus was crucified, the Gentiles were not under the Covenant of Abraham. It wasn’t until Acts chapter 10 that the Holy Ghost came unto Peter. But did not turn out to be the Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul did. I want to bring out something here.
Paul said; “all of Israel will be saved” in the end.
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. KJV
But Paul does not say that all the Gentiles will be saved…
13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. KJV
Just keep that in mind for a later lesson….. Anyway let us move on.
So when and if we become saved by Grace for those who came to know Him.
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. KJV
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Keeping the law truly becomes dangerous territory for those that the law was not written to, like Gentile believers. Let’s continue. This should also bring to surface the danger of the Gentile trying to keep the commandments of law of Moses. Gentiles serve God out of love through Grace and the law is spiritually sown on the hearts of those who become saved. The only people under the law besides the Jews that the law was written for, is to bring the lost souls of the Gentiles to the saving knowledge of grace under the blood covenant. And fir this reason any attachments to grace for a Gentile believer is dangerous territory and then we are the saying Jesus died in vain.It was a free gift to the body of Christ.
21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. KJV
We cover this in great detail in our lesson “True Grace And Freedom In Christ.” Please finish this lesson first..This is essential to the lesson series “True Grace and Freedom In Christ.” So let us continue.
ALL those who go through the Tribulation will come to know Jesus is Lord during and after the Tribulation. But the Church needs to realize that very few Jews in percentage in the World, because of the Vail brought by reading Moses as stated in 2 Cor 3:15 above, preventing the percentage of Jews actually coming to this knowledge before the tribulation period. Again, the Hebrews and later being called Jews have always been saved, as a covenant people through the promise made to Abraham.. Now I know that this “is not” what they teach from the pulpits in America. But during the Tribulation which is the hour of Israel, where as bad as things will be, the Jews will be protected by God the Father himself.
The Church, again who are the true believers in Christ, are not appointed to this hour. The tribulation will begin when the hour of the Gentiles has been completed. We the Bride, will be with Jesus during this time, the hour of Israel.
See what we have done here, especially in America, we have Americanized the Word that was written to Israel first. We will really forget who the Word, being written to the Hebrews and then the Jews, that their customs play into what was written.
For some reason in the 21 century, we fell short of coming to understand the customs of the Hebrew and later to be called Jewish, both being called Israel. Buy learning and teaching from Jewish Perspective , we will better understand what was being said in scripture. Note this: Not to teach the Gentiles to observe the laws and customs, but so we understand better who and what the scriptures were actually referring to. To accurately connect the dots.
I know this sounds complicated, but it is not. My promise to you as a teacher is, that you will not read the Bible the same coming out of this lesson as you did going in. This is a life changer, hang in there, you may have to read this a few times.
Therefore we see the Gentiles were not really called to serve the Law, though some did follow the Hebrews out of Egypt. This can really go deep.
But lets us stick to two identities for now.
But in Acts chapter 15, we will see that, the Law and circumcision was not ever written for the Gentile believer to observe or keep. And also why Paul by revelation of the Holy Ghost, actually went to the meeting in Jerusalem to the elders to bring out. This is heavy, I know, it takes study and meditating. So was there a separate instruction of living given to the Gentiles? We will get to that very thing in Lesson two.
What was instruction was given to the Gentiles to “after becoming saved through grace,” if it is not the law of Moses, if it the law was not ever written for the Gentiles?
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We will pick this up in Acts 15:12