At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: "Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe.
God, who knows people's hearts, confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he gave him to us.
He made no distinction between us and them, for he also cleansed their hearts through faith.
Why are you now questioning God's way by burdening the Gentile believers a with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear?
We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the special favor of the Lord Jesus."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)