Acts 15:1; And certain men which came down from Ju-dae’-a taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
Scripture tells us that the children of Israel were chosen to be a special people. They were to be the children of God. God gave His commandments to Moses to give to the children of Israel. The law of God is perfect, holy and righteous, an image of God. However, the children of Israel were not in the image of God. Ever since Adam sinned, all mankind were separated from God. They were born, came into this world without the spiritual connection with God. They came into this world in their own spirit, the spirit of self. In this self spirit, no one could keep the commandments of God. The commandment of God is spiritual and as the word of God specifically states: Spiritual things must be heard, seen and felt with the Spirit of God in order to be understood. The flesh, the self spirit cannot comprehend spiritual things.
Acts 15:6-11; And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And (made no distinction) put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why (test) tempt ye God, to (by putting) put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, (in the same manner) even as they.
Acts 19:1-10; And it came to pass, that, while A-pol’-los was at Corinth. Paul having passed through the upper (regions) coasts came to Eph’-e-sus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, (Did you receive) Have ye received the Holy Ghost (when) since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came upon them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve.
God has chosen the children of Israel and also the children of the Gentiles to be a special people. The children of Israel and the children of Gentiles are all children of God. This is the mystery that has been hid for many generations until the cross, has been revealed, made manifest. Back in the days of Peter and Paul and even today, many deny and reject what Scripture tells us what God- the Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit accomplished in the “Plan of Salvation”.
Colossians 1:26-29; the (secret or hidden truth) mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: (who) which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Romans 8:12-15; Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify (put to death) the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Ab’-ba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
1 Corinthians 2:12-16; Now we have received, not the (Or Spirit) spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 6:11; And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are (set apart) sanctified, but ye are (declared righteous) justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
We are forgiven of our sins and are reconciled to God, by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through the sin of Adam, all mankind was cursed and condemned separated from God spiritually, without the indwelling Spirit of God. From Adam up to the cross, all of mankind was in bondage for the penalty of sin in the flesh.
Galatians 3:10-14; For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is (declared righteous) justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live (by) in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, (having become) being made a curse for us: for it is written Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles (Lit. in Christ Jesus) through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Hebrews 10:19-25; Having therefore, brethren, boldness (confidence) to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Let us hold fast the (confession) profession of our (hope) faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to (stir up) provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
James 2:1-13; My brethren, (hold) have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect (partiality) of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with gold ring, in (fine) goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in (filthy clothes) raiment; And ye (pay special attention) have respect to him that weareth the (fine) gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here (at) under my footstool: (Have you not discriminated among) Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges (with) of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich (to be rich) in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have (discouraged) despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and (drag you into the courts) draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that (noble or good) worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well: But if ye (show partiality) have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are (convicted) convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend (stumble) in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy (triumphs) rejoiceth against judgment.
The word of God tells us that we are all the children of God. In the eyes of God we are all the same, we are His children. There is no distinction made about Hawaiians, Japanese, Filipinos, Chinese, Koreans, French, Germans, Samoans, whites, blacks, reds, yellows – we are all the children of God.
Deuteronomy 6:5-9; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
1 Corinthians 2:9; But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”