Daily Devotional Thursday 30th April 2020

by William Moody

Could not display passage from ESV.org. Please read Acts 15v5-29

The discussion over whether the Gentiles needed to be circumcised began with a strong call for it to happen (v5). Peter though gives fresh direction by sharing Biblical truth about salvation being clearly through the grace of Christ for both Jew and Gentile (v7-11). Salvation was through grace and not through keeping the law, this was seen in the many Gentiles saved through Paul and Barnabas’ ministry (v12).

James, who was the leader of the church in Jerusalem and probably the brother of Jesus, joins in by quoting from Amos 9 v11-12 to show God’s desire for the Gentiles to be brought near and bear his name (v13-18). His conclusion is that nothing should be done to make it more difficult for Gentiles to come to Christ (v19). While Jewish believers were to be sensitive to the Gentiles, likewise the gentile believers needed to be sensitive to Jewish believers, hence the letter including the command to abstain from meat with blood in it (v20-29).

500 years ago Martin Luther took his stand by nailing 95 Theses or statements to the door of the Wittenberg church, starting the Reformation in Germany. At the heart of this was the same thing the apostles were fighting for here in Acts 15, the belief that salvation is in Christ alone, by grace alone and received through faith alone. We must continue to stand for this truth.

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