Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 15:23-29

Chapter 15:23 and they sent this letter by them, “The apostles and the brethren who are elders, to the brethren in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia who are from the Gentiles, greetings.

Chapter 15:24 Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls,

Chapter 15:25 it seemed good to us, having become of one mind, to select men to send to you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,

Chapter 15:26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Chapter 15:27 Therefore we have sent Judas and Silas, who themselves will also report the same things by word of mouth.

Chapter 15:28 For it seem good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials:

Chapter 15:29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication; if you keep yourselves free from such things you will do well. Farewell.”

This letter is about as simple as it gets for a Christian and it explains what we really have with our relationship with Christ: Freedom!!! God wants us to have a wonderful life and rely on him totally. We cannot live by the Law. In verse 29, the rules are simple. By putting our relationship with God first, everything else will take care of itself. What these verses are telling me is that, quit trying so hard and work on that personal intimate love relationship with Christ. That is what is really important!!!

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 15:19-22

Chapter 15:19 Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles,

Chapter 15:20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled from blood.

Chapter 15:21 “For Moses from ancient generations has in every city those who preach him, since he is read in the synagogue every Sabbath.”

Chapter 15:22 Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men form among them to send to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas—Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, leading men among the brethren.

James, as president of the council, states in verse 19 is that the Gentile converts do not need to be circumcised and we see in verse 20 that he emphasizes that the Gentiles refrain from things that have been sacrificed to idols and strangled as well as fornication. This is showing wisdom from James and the Holy Spirit. They are not burdening the Gentiles with rules and regulations. How do we do today in burdening ourselves with things that are outside the scope of our relationship with God? Notice in verse 22, that the council is being very supportive of the new converts in sending these four men to support them and guide them. There is a very important lesson to be learned here in that we should spend a great quantity of time in teaching our new brothers and sisters in Christ. How is your church doing on this?

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 15:12-18

Chapter 15:12 All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were relating what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.

Chapter 15:13 After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.

Chapter 15:14 After they had stopped speaking, James answered, saying, “Brethren, listen to me.

Chapter 15:15 “With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,

Chapter 15:16 ‘After these things I will return, and I will rebuild the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it,

Chapter 15:17 So that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,’

Chapter 15:18 Says the Lord, who makes these things known from long ago.

In these verses we see the discussion continuing as Barnabas and Paul relate to the people everything that God had used them for with the Gentiles. In verse 13, we see James, which was the half-brother of Jesus and was the recognized leader of the Jerusalem church, reiterate what Peter had told the people about how God had instructed him and what God had in mind for the Gentiles.Then in verses 15-17, James uses Amos 9:11-12 from the Old Testament to show the fulfillment of the prophecy. After the return of Christ, the tabernacle of David (in the millennial kingdom) will be established and both Jews and Gentiles will know the Lord. James also expressed to the council that God’s express desire and program had not been abandoned by the coming of the Gentiles into the church.

Some Thoughts On Regret From Anonymous

“No matter how limited your vocabulary is, it’s big enough to let you say something you’ll later regret.”

“The main thing that comes to a man who waits is regret for having waited.”

“The nearer the time comes for our departure from this life, the greater our regret for wasting so much of it.”

“When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near real contentment.”

“Anger is a state that starts with madness and ends with regret.”

Commentary On The Book Of Acts Chapter 15:6-11

Chapter 15:6 The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.

Chapter 15:7 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe.

Chapter 15:8 And God who knows the heart, testified to them giving then the Holy Spirit just as He also did to us.

Chapter 15:9 and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.

Chapter 15:10 Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?

Chapter 15:11 “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way as they also are.”

In verse 6, we see that the dissension about circumcision of the Gentiles had come to a head as the elders and apostles debated over a lengthy period of time. In verse 7, we see Peter speak and refer to Peter’s ministry in the house of Cornelius back in Chapter 10:44 where God clearly showed Peter and the Jewish brethren who had accompanied Peter that God had received these Gentiles into the church equally with Jewish believers because they had believed in Christ. We see in verse 10, Peter questioning the group by referring to a yoke, in other words, the law which had become a immense burden to the Jews, because of its impossibility to keep. and he then finishes in verse 11 by stating that both the Jews and the Gentiles will be saved by grace without the yoke of the law or the rite of circumcision. How the Holy Spirit played a part and showed the people the wisdom of God was an awesome thing!!!

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Principles

“Compromise is always wrong when it means sacrificing a principle.”

“No man is better than his principles.”

“It’s easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.”

“It takes a wise man to know when he is fighting for a principle, or merely defending a prejudice.”

“What this world needs is fewer rules and more good examples.”

Some Thoughts From Anonymous About Temper

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“Before you give somebody a piece of your mind, be sure you can get by with what you have left.”

“Poise is the difference between flipping your lid and raising your eyebrows.”

“When you’re right you can afford to keep your temper; when you’re wrong you can’t afford to lose it.”

“When tempers grow hot, Christianity grows cold.”

“Beware of using sharp words. You may have to eat them later on down the line.”