Acts Chapter 15
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2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.
7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
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Matthew Henry's Acts Chapter 15 Bible commentary...
The dispute raised by Judaizing teachers. (1-6) The council at Jerusalem. (7-21) The letter from the council. (22-35) Paul and Barnabas separate. (36-41)1-6 Some from Judea taught the Gentile converts at Antioch, that they could not be saved, unless they observed the whole ceremonial law as given by Moses; and thus they sought to destroy Christian liberty. There is a strange proneness in us to think that all do wrong who do not just as we do. Their doctrine was very discouraging. Wise and good men desire to avoid contests and disputes as far as they can; yet when false teachers oppose the main truths of the gospel, or bring in hurtful doctrines, we must not decline to oppose them.
7-21 We see from the words "purifying their hearts by faith," and the address of St. Peter, that justification by faith, and sanctification by the Holy Ghost, cannot be separated; and that both are the gift of God. We have great cause to bless God that we have heard the gospel. May we have that faith which the great Searcher of hearts approves, and attests by the seal of the Holy Spirit. Then our hearts and consciences will be purified from the guilt of sin, and we shall be freed from the burdens some try to lay upon the disciples of Christ. Paul and Barnabas showed by plain matters of fact, that God owned the preaching of the pure gospel to the Gentiles without the law of Moses; therefore to press that law upon them, was to undo what God had done. The opinion of James was, that the Gentile converts ought not to be troubled about Jewish rites, but that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, so that they might show their hatred of idolatry. Also, that they should be cautioned against fornication, which was not abhorred by the Gentiles as it should be, and even formed a part of some of their rites. They were counselled to abstain from things strangled, and from eating blood; this was forbidden by the law of Moses, and also here, from reverence to the blood of the sacrifices, which being then still offered, it would needlessly grieve the Jewish converts, and further prejudice the unconverted Jews. But as the reason has long ceased, we are left free in this, as in the like matters. Let converts be warned to avoid all appearances of the evils which they formerly practised, or are likely to be tempted to; and caution them to use Christian liberty with moderation and prudence.
22-35 Being warranted to declare themselves directed by the immediate influence of the Holy Ghost, the apostles and disciples were assured that it seemed good unto God the Holy Spirit, as well as to them, to lay upon the converts no other burden than the things before mentioned, which were necessary, either on their own account, or from present circumstances. It was a comfort to hear that carnal ordinances were no longer imposed on them, which perplexed the conscience, but could not purify or pacify it; and that those who troubled their minds were silenced, so that the peace of the church was restored, and that which threatened division was removed. All this was consolation for which they blessed God. Many others were at Antioch. Where many labour in the word and doctrine, yet there may be opportunity for us: the zeal and usefulness of others should stir us up, not lay us asleep.
36-41 Here we have a private quarrel between two ministers, no less than Paul and Barnabas, yet made to end well. Barnabas wished his nephew John Mark to go with them. We should suspect ourselves of being partial, and guard against this in putting our relations forward. Paul did not think him worthy of the honour, nor fit for the service, who had departed from them without their knowledge, or without their consent: see ch. 13:13|. Neither would yield, therefore there was no remedy but they must part. We see that the best of men are but men, subject to like passions as we are. Perhaps there were faults on both sides, as usual in such contentions. Christ's example alone, is a copy without a blot. Yet we are not to think it strange, if there are differences among wise and good men. It will be so while we are in this imperfect state; we shall never be all of one mind till we come to heaven. But what mischief the remainders of pride and passion which are found even in good men, do in the world, and do in the church! Many who dwelt at Antioch, who had heard but little of the devotedness and piety of Paul and Barnabas, heard of their dispute and separation; and thus it will be with ourselves, if we give way to contention. Believers must be constant in prayer, that they may never be led by the allowance of unholy tempers, to hurt the cause they really desire to serve. Paul speaks with esteem and affection both of Barnabas and Mark, in his epistles, written after this event. May all who profess thy name, O loving Saviour, be thoroughly reconciled by that love derived from thee which is not easily provoked, and which soon forgets and buries injuries.
HWA for God's Acts Chapter 15 comment about verse 8 on 12/18/2012, 12:36am...
This is a great scripture about "Saving Faith", something I learned at Sunday service. Through the Holy Ghost that was sent as our comforter, for those who are saved! Thank God for opening my eyes to the truth! Have mercy on their souls who don't know or believe yet! Thank you Father, continue to keep your hand on me!
André's Acts Chapter 15 comment on 10/18/2012, 4:16pm...
Seems should be understood as ‘’appeared, came to our understanding’’, and all that was done under the guidance of the holy spirit which lead them to that perception and understanding.
So far and liked in the entire book, God is always in charge.
God bless you.
Bible Reader Kirk's Acts Chapter 15 comment on 7/15/2012, 9:33am...
I’m sorry to ask a simple but powerfull question. Is not a Ghost realy another name for a demon? Think about it, people tell ghost story around a camp fire, right? So when people say Holy Ghost, is it not realy saying Holy Demon? That doesn’t make no sence, right? If it’s real lifeform, what is his personal name?
Maybe God fearing people should take closer look at this? Maybe looking up up the original Hebrew and Greek Bible language words for Holy Ghost will bring more clarity to these very important question?
Remember fellow Bible readers who is God’s number one enemy? Satan wants us to be a little lazy, he doesn’t want church goers to do their homework.
A good students usually don’t pass test without studing and doing home work.
StephendeRafael's Acts Chapter 15 comment on 7/23/2011, 9:39am...
Paul's journeys brought him from persecuting the new Christian sect, even to the consenting to the stoning execution of Stephen, to preaching the Faith of Jesus Christ, even himself being stoned, but surviving, and in this chapter dissenting with the saints in Jeruselem over the Mosaic laws of circumsicion. Noone can deny that evil doers and covenant breakers shall be accursed and noone can deny that by the Faith of Jesus Christ are we saved. And this in the juncture wherby the Jews and the Christians parted philisophically. Even among Christians which have split into a myriad of sects, differences occur, rifts, dissentions. Is there salvation for the Jews? Muslims? Buddists?Taliban?Lutherans?Catholics?Ascetics?Zealous?Born-agains?Megachurches?TVPreachers?Me?You?Anybody?Whomsoever will have ears to hear?Is God divided? Does he answer prayers of the needy, afflicted, forlorn,desperate, famine inflicted?Children, have faith, believe the word and study the word to be approved.
JEMIMAH MWENDWA's Acts Chapter 15 comment on 6/24/2011, 4:05am...
We should know that we are supposed to be circumcised in our hearts that is living life worthy of thy gospel.
Cheri's Acts Chapter 15 comment on 12/26/2010, 12:30pm...
It would be interesting to note how the person labeled "anonymous" deduced that from what was written in Acts 15.
I noted that God has not changed but fulfilled the law of Moses(circumcision) with that of being baptized. He has put no distinction between Jew nor Gentiles; but rather, have made all one by the infilling of the Holy Ghost.
Anonymous's Acts Chapter 15 comment about verse 14 on 8/29/2010, 12:41am...
The Jehovah's Witnesses are right on target with this one. They are the only ones who regularly and openly acknowledge His name is Jehovah. How can anyone else claim to be a people for His name?
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