Acts 15:1-12

The Council at Jerusalem

1 1Some men came down from Judea and began teaching 2the brethren, "Unless * you are 3circumcised according to 4the custom of Moses, you cannot * be saved."
2 And when Paul and Barnabas had great * dissension and 5debate with them, 6the brethren determined that Paul and Barnabas and some others of them should go up to Jerusalem to the 7apostles and elders concerning this issue.
3 Therefore, being 8sent on their way by the church, they were passing through both 9Phoenicia and Samaria, 10describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and were bringing great joy to all 11the brethren.
4 When they arrived at Jerusalem, they were received by the church and 12the apostles and the elders, and they 13reported all that God had done with them.
5 But some of 14the sect of the 15Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to 16circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."
6 17The apostles and the elders came together to look into this matter.
7 After there had been much 18debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brethren *, you know that in the early days 19God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of 20the gospel and believe.
8 "And God, 21who knows the heart, testified to them 22giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us;
9 and 23He made no distinction between us and them, 24cleansing their hearts by faith.
10 "Now therefore why do you 25put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which 26neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
11 "But we believe that we are saved through 27the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are."
12 All the people kept silent, and they were listening to Barnabas and Paul as they were 28relating what 29signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.
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