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The Council’s Sequence of Events

We know that the Jerusalem Council was convened as a result of the heated debate in Antioch by Barnabas and Paul with the men from James (Acts 15:1). I hardly believe that a few Sunday school teachers (like me) could create such a controversy in our denomination of Christianity, just because we disagree with our pastor or the pastor of another body of believers in our denomination. However, if several leading men in my denomination had a disagreement with other leading men, such a conference would inevitably occur to avert a schism within our denomination. Would this be a logical conclusion? If so, shouldn’t we see the men from James as high ranking men at the Jerusalem church as well? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2013 in Gospel, Jerusalem Council

 

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Herod’s Official Story about Peter?

After the death of James, Agrippa turned his attention toward Peter (Acts 12:3), the apparent leader of the Messianic movement in Jerusalem. Luke tells us that Agrippa realized that “the Jews” (read the powerful Annas family) were pleased with what he had done with John’s brother, James (Acts 12:1-3), and, being the man-pleaser that he was (see Antiquities 19.7.3),  Agrippa then made it his business to vex the Church of God and seized Peter, intending to execute him after the Passover feast days (Acts 12:3). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Herod Agrippa, Persecution

 

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Cornelius Answers Jerusalem’s Big Problem

Luke makes no attempt to smooth out the abrupt change of people and places in Acts 11:19. In the first eighteen verses Luke records Peter’s interrogation by critics in Jerusalem, and his defense before them concerning his activities in Acts 10. Then, suddenly and without notice, Peter vanishes from the scene and Luke begins writing about the Hellenist Messianics who fled Jerusalem during the persecution surrounding Stephen’s death. It seems Luke simply picks up the story of the fleeing brethren at Acts 8:4 and tells us what they did in the remaining verses of chapter eleven, as if he wrote nothing about Philip, Paul or Peter and Cornelius. Then just as abruptly, he leaves the Hellenist Messianics again to speak of Peter in Jerusalem. What gives? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2012 in circumcision, Cornelius

 

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Church Unity at Risk!

Sometimes we are completely unaware of the pressures we are under and how this translates into our walk with Christ. I think this was the issue that faced the believing community in this next phase of Luke’s work of recording the progress of the nascent Church of God. The first phase, remember, dealt with the believing community being the Body of Christ or the Temple of God. That is, the Temple that Jesus was building was not stationary but mobile, and it, therefore, did not reside only in Jerusalem but existed wherever believers in Jesus were found! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2012 in circumcision, Temple of God

 

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Salvation–God Removes All Doubt

Before going on to Acts 11, I think I should consider Peter’s speech before Cornelius and his household and friends to highlight a few things that he mentions. We shall begin in Acts 10:34 and continue to the end of the chapter. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 12, 2012 in circumcision, Salvation

 

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Cornelius and Circumcision

Acts 10 ends with the Holy Spirit falling upon and filling Cornelius and all his gentile countrymen and friends, whom he had invited into his home to hear the word of God preached by Peter. When this occurred Peter’s Jewish friends, whom he had taken with him from Joppa as witnesses (cp. Acts 11:12), became astonished at the sight. The Holy Spirit had filled these gentiles just as they were—without embracing the Jewish faith. In other words, God received these gentiles, just as he had received the first Jewish followers of Jesus at Jerusalem in Acts 2. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2012 in circumcision, Peter and Cornelius

 

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Peter’s Heart

In Acts 10 beginning at verse-9 we have Luke’s record of Peter’s vision of unclean animals, which the Lord told him to eat (Acts 10:13) and his ultimate preaching of the Gospel to Cornelius, a gentile and Roman Centurion (verse-34 and following). This event occurred probably in the spring or summer of 40 CE during the peace believers experienced while Rome and Jerusalem were on the brink of war over Caligula’s intention of placing a statue of himself within the Temple compound at Jerusalem. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2012 in Gospel, Peter

 

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