2 Kings 22-24; Acts 15

Acts 15:5 “But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to obey the Mosaic law.”

Perhaps the first great crisis in the Church.  The practical implications were obvious: for the Gentiles – i.e. the majority of the human race – if circumcision wasn’t a deal breaker, the dietary laws would be.  But the ultimate theological justification was not hard to arrive at.  Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant, and brought the New.  Keep in mind the Church leaders who made the decision that the Gentiles were not bound by Mosaic law were also Jews, which is a tribute to the power of the Holy Spirit. And what a glorious thing that is.  To this day there are Jews who accept Jesus as the Messiah, but still are practicing Jews.  And what a glorious thing that is.

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