Acts 15:6-11

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The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” (Acts 15:6-11)

Peter spoke up to support Paul and Barbabas. “Remember”, he said, “how God gave special sign of accepting non-Jews when I also preached to them and they believed (Acts 10:44-46), just as He had done when Jews believed (Acts 2:1-41). So how can we now force God, as it were, to differentiate through our heavy traditional Jewish rules between who is , and who is not, saved! Of course not! He knew and showed that their faith was true faith; therefore their belief in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ was and is quite sufficient for salvation.”

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