Daily Bible Podcast Day 295 – Job 11-12, Acts 15-16

August 22, 2013 in Podcasts by Nathan


“‘God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.'” ~Acts 15:8-11

Peter is addressing those who are telling the Gentiles that they must be circumcised in order to be saved. He actually refers to circumcision as a yoke, a burden, and that it is only by grace that anyone is saved, not by following a law that has proved problematic.

I try very hard not to expect that people will clean up before they come to faith in Christ. I expect that new Christians will be “unclean”, messy, troubled people. This passage is a reminder of this.

Father, help me to welcome new believers and not try to saddle them with rules that will just bog them down. As the apostles and early church did, help me to know what few commands they (and I!) are to keep. Most of all, help me to walk in Jesus’ footsteps and help others to do the same, so that those who are new will start right and not fall away.

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