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~ The Council at Jerusalem

Act 15:1  And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.

Act 15:2  When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension [sharp dispute] and disputation [debate] with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them [believers], should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.

Act 15:3  And being brought on their way by the church [ congregation ], they passed through Phenice [Phoenicia] and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

Act 15:4  And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received of [welcomed by] the church [ congregation ], and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them.

Act 15:5  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them [the converted Gentiles (believers)], and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

Act 15:6  And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.

Act 15:7  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 [a] choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

Act 15:8  And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness [showed that he accepted them by], giving them the Holy Ghost, even [just] as he did unto us;

Act 15:9  And put no difference [made no distinction] between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 15:10  Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples [Christian Gentiles, and Christian Jews?], which neither our fathers [Jews] nor we [Jews, before becoming Christians] were able to bear?

Act 15:11  But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even [just] as they [our fathers] [are saved].

Act 15:12  Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.

~ James' Judgment

Act 15:13  And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Act 15:14  Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.

Act 15:15  And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

Act 15:19  Wherefore my sentence [judgment] is, that we trouble not [we should not make it difficult for] them, which from among the Gentiles are turned [turning] to God:

Act 15:20  But that [Instead] we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of [food polluted by] idols, and from fornication [sexual immorality], and from things strangled, and from blood.

Act 15:21  For Moses of old time [from the earliest times] hath in every city them that preach him [the law of Moses], being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

[Note:  This is clearly a reference by the Christian apostles and elders and church [ congregation ] assembled at Jerusalem, that they regarded the "sabbath day" as being the Hebrew/Israel/Jewish sabbath day [the seventh (7th) day of the week, Saturday], when the law of Moses is preached and read in the synagogues.  The sabbath day being referred to, begins Friday at sundown, and continues until Saturday at sundown.]

~ The Council's Letter to Gentile Believers

Act 15:22  Then pleased it the apostles and elders with the whole church [ congregation ], to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men [leaders] among the brethren:

Act 15:23  And they wrote letters by them after this manner [With them they sent the following letter];

Act 15:30  So when they were dismissed, they came [went down] to Antioch: and when they had gathered the multitude [the church [ congregation ] at Antioch] together, they delivered the epistle [letter]:

Act 15:31  Which when they had read, they rejoiced for the consolation.

Act 15:32  And Judas and Silas, being prophets also themselves, exhorted [encouraged] the brethren with many words, and confirmed [strengthen] them.

Act 15:33  And after they had tarried there a space [spending some time there], they were let go [sent off] in peace from the brethren unto [to return to] the apostles.

Act 15:34  Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.

Act 15:35  Paul also and Barnabas continued [remained] in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.

~ Second Missionary Journey (Disagreement Between Paul and Barnabas)

Act 15:36  And some days after [later] Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do [are doing].

Act 15:37  And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

Act 15:38  But Paul thought [it] not good [not wise] to take him with them, who departed from [deserted] them from [in] Pamphylia, and went not with them to [had not continued with them in] the work.

Act 15:39  And the contention [disagreement] was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder [company] one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

Act 15:40  And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

Act 15:41  And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming [strengthening] the churches [ congregations ].
 
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