God, who knows everyone's thoughts, showed that he approved of people who aren't Jewish by giving them the Holy Spirit as he gave the Holy Spirit to us.
God doesn't discriminate between Jewish and non-Jewish people. He has cleansed non-Jewish people through faith as he has cleansed us Jews.
So why are you testing God? You're putting a burden on the disciples, a burden neither our ancestors nor we can carry.
We certainly believe that the Lord Jesus saves us the same way that he saves them--through his kindness."
The whole crowd was silent. They listened to Barnabas and Paul tell about all the miracles and amazing things that God had done through them among non-Jewish people.
After they finished speaking, James responded, "Brothers, listen to me.
Simon has explained how God first showed his concern by taking from non-Jewish people those who would honor his name.
This agrees with what the prophets said. Scripture says,
'Afterwards, I will return. I will set up David's fallen tent again. I will restore its ruined places again. I will set it up again
so that the survivors and all the people who aren't Jewish over whom my name is spoken, may search for the Lord, declares the Lord.
He is the one who will do these things that have always been known!'