Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Jerusalem Council And Gospel Liberties

"[Acts] 15:19 my judgment. James finds support in the Scriptures and in the testimonies of Simon Peter, Barnabas, and Paul that God wants the Gentiles to be free from the ceremonial law and the demands of the Judaizers. He proposes that both Jews and Gentiles practice moderation. The Jewish Christians are to recognize that Gentiles are not to be bound by Jewish ceremonial law. The Gentile believers must consider the scruples of Jewish Christians and not offend them by eating food sacrificed to idols, the meat of strangled animals, or blood (Lev. 17:10–14; 19:26). The inclusion of “sexual immorality” (a moral, not ceremonial, requirement) along with these dietary restrictions may indicate that all four practices from which Gentile Christians are to abstain relate to idolatrous pagan worship practices. However, the witness of the NT as a whole indicates that sexually immoral behavior is still of limits for Christians even in cases where it is not associated overtly with pagan worship (Matt. 5:27–30; 1 Cor. 5; 6:9)"

Excerpt taken from the Reformation Study Bible

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