Washed, Sanctified and Justified – Part 1: Children of Israel & of Gentiles are Children of God

December 24, 2014 R.H. Koide
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In Part 1 of this Bible lesson, we learn that some men who were Jewish Christians and Gentiles could become Christians, but only after first becoming Jews and submitting to all Jewish rituals, including circumcision.

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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.

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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.

Today, our Bible Lesson covers Acts 15:1 and 15:6-11

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