Even after many years of reading the Scriptures, my heart still becomes excited as I see the perfect agreement between the Old Testament and the New. As I was reading Acts 15 again regarding the question before the Jerusalem council: ‘whether Gentiles should be allowed into the Church without first becoming Jews in custom and practice’, I began thinking again about how the gospel would reach the ends of the earth. To start the discussion, Peter gives his personal testimony of what God had done with Cornelius and his household. This was followed by a movement of the Holy Spirit at Antioch toward the Gentiles.
The next testimony at the council was by James quoting from Amos 9:11-12-- God’s promise to rebuild the kingdom started through David. Then God promised; “that the remnant of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things” (Acts 15:17). The “remnant” or part of mankind from every tribe, tongue and nation, will seek the Lord because of the gospel that will reach them. As being brought through salvation in Jesus Christ into the Church, they will be “called by [His] name”. There was no necessity of becoming a Jew first before entering the Church. It was by grace and faith alone!
The human side of us says, ‘how will this happen’? With still 6,992* unreached people groups, we tend to doubt the possibility of this taking place. If we lean on technology and advanced education to provide us with tools, we will fail! Notice what God says through Amos; “the Lord, who does this [makes these things]”! We must STOP leaning on our human means of understanding God’s ways and START acting by faith; START relying on the Holy Spirit.
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