Paul had returned to Jerusalem. There in the midst of the Jewish Church, the news of the transformation among the gentiles was well received. But,there was still confusion about how the Jewish church was to respond to Christ’s call. The heart of confusion rested in the fact that the nation of Israel had been set apart as a nation of priests. In their journey, they had been given a great deal of structure and tradition that was a part of their identity as individuals and as a people.
Paul saw the truth in that, and while he did not believe the law could save anyone, he agreed to carry on the traditional purification and offerings among the Jewish church in order to show unity and win men to Christ. In the midst of his return, he happily followed the traditions to encourage and build up the family inn Jerusalem.
In our lives, we often find issue among believers that they may not see eye-to-eye on. Type of worship, depth of study or even how to evangelize–puts Christians at odds with one another. When the church finally grasps the idea that we are a family–a community that have different backgrounds and traditions; then we can accept minor differences to see growth and unity within the body. As a body,we have to work together and allow personal differences to rest and focus on Christ and him crucified. If we will, he will guide us to truth and transformation that could still turn a chaotic world into one nation under God! Lets stop bickering and start praying!!!
God Bless You
When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly. 18 The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. 19 Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. 22 What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 23 so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. 25 As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”
26 The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them