Acts 14:1-23; Rev. James Wagner
This good news raises some big questions for the young Church: Who belongs to God’s people? Can someone be saved simply by believing in Jesus? Some Jewish converts insist that Gentile believers also need to follow the Law of Moses to be saved and welcomed into the fellowship of God’s people (15:1). Paul and Barnabas are summoned to Jerusalem to address this pivotal question. Peter’s testimony silences the assembly: “God, who knows the heart, bore witness to [the Gentiles], by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us…we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” (15:8-11)
All people are made in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27); All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23a). All are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:23b). There one name, given for the salvation of ALL nations and peoples, Jesus!