Read. Acts 15:22-35
22 The apostles and the elders, along with the entire church, agreed to send some delegates chosen from among themselves to Antioch, together with Paul and Barnabas. They selected Judas Barsabbas and Silas, who were leaders among the brothers and sisters.23 They were to carry this letter:
The apostles and the elders, to the Gentile brothers and sisters in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Greetings! 24 We’ve heard that some of our number have disturbed you with unsettling words we didn’t authorize. 25 We reached a united decision to select some delegates and send them to you along with our dear friends Barnabas and Paul. 26 These people have devoted their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 27 Therefore, we are sending Judas and Silas. They will confirm what we have written. 28 The Holy Spirit has led us to the decision that no burden should be placed on you other than these essentials: 29 refuse food offered to idols, blood, the meat from strangled animals, and sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid such things. Farewell.
30 When Barnabas, Paul, and the delegates were sent on their way, they went down to Antioch. They gathered the believers and delivered the letter. 31 The people read it, delighted with its encouraging message. 32 Judas and Silas were prophets, and they said many things that encouraged and strengthened the brothers and sisters. 33 Judas and Silas stayed there awhile, then were sent back with a blessing of peace from the brothers and sisters to those who first sent them.[a] 35 Paul and Barnabas stayed in Antioch, where, together with many others, they taught and proclaimed the good news of the Lord’s word.
Reflect. In understanding the letter that is sent to the Gentile Christians, it is important to understand what is asked of them and what is not. This letter has nothing to do with salvation and how Gentiles must be saved; God has already taken care of this through the grace of Jesus Christ. The issue at hand is how different kinds of Christians will fellowship together. About this Fred Craddock and Eugene Boring write in The People’s New Testament Commentary:
"Keeping the minimal ritual requirements is necessary not for salvation, but for the unity of a church that has both Jewish Christian and Gentile Christian members. Neither here nor elsewhere in Acts is there an expectation that Jewish Christians will abandon their Jewish practices, though they must not attempt to compel Gentiles to practice them. For the church to be one fellowship and work together in one mission, Gentile Christians must make some accommodations."
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