|Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: "Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved." This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.|
The Jewish apostles of Jerusalem were faced with the dilemma of a Gentile church in Antioch. To see Christianity beyond Judaism was a hard thing for the first Christians. Yet this seems to be a pattern: when there is a new manifestation of God's power some of the greatest opposition comes from the LAST manifestation of God's power. Jerusalem thought they were the center of God's power until Antioch challenged their need for control. Fortunately for us, they passed the test. The real question is: Will we pass it as well?
Today's Commentary by:
David Whitehead, Pastor, Grace NYC
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