Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15)

Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15): We must be Proselytes  after following Yeshua

Council of jerusalem

Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15): After conversion you must keep the Law after following Yeshua


Acts 15 speaks of the Jerusalem Council which met in 49 AD. This council was done to clarify an erroneous teaching expressed in verse 1:

“But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” . (Acts 15: 1)

Peter manifest in the Council in verses 7 to 11 that the Holy Spirit touches both Jews and Gentile proselyte converts, Paul later stated in verse 12 the signs and wonders that Elohim had done among the converted Gentiles proselyte.

And James, brother of Yeshua, put an end to the discussion by explaining his verdict between verses 13-21

Acts 15:13 “After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me.”

Acts 15:1919 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, (20) but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood. (21) For from ancient generations Moses has had in every city those who proclaim him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues.”.

The four things that James asks Gentile proselytes are related to ceremonial aspects of the Law of Moses (Leviticus 17-18); behavior that was offensive to any Jew. First, any association with idolatrous worship, especially meat offered to pagan deities, should be avoided with every effort from new converts. Second, ban on eating meat from animals that die incorrectly (“choked”), and whose blood has not been adequately drained (Leviticus 17:10, 13). Third: Refraining from sexual immorality (fornication), adultery with neighbors (18:19); homosexual activity (18:22); and sex with animals (18:23) among others. And finally Fourth, avoid eating blood (Leviticus 3:17; 7:26; 19:26; Deuteronomy 12:16, 15:23).

James demanded the same requirements as the Jews required from foreign and proselytes (Leviticus 17 and 18) who wished to live as equals with them:respect their Jewish beliefs and practice them themselves.

Besides, James in verse 21 invited to attend the synagogue on Shabbat days, to hear all the Law of Moses preached.

As you can see, James, as leader of the Nazarene Messianic Jewish community, informs the converted in Yeshua, that they must be Yehudi (Jews: keepers of the Torah). And later we should be a member of the Covenant, like Abraham, although he accept by faith the Savior of the world (Genesis 15: 6), also he got circumcised (Genesis 17: 10-14).


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Why for more than 2000 years no one explained us this great truth ?. Now we know and we thank Elohim for it.

Ro’ehYosef Ben Marques © 2015

6 thoughts on “Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15)

  1. One must strive always to be Biblically Correct. I am a Messianic Convert attempting to become TORAH observant. Sometimes I find that I differ with Paul!

    I believe that a person needs to be TORAH observant or else be locked out of Paradise. This is also the conclusion presented by Yeshua as quoted by Matthew.

    As Yeshua’s 1988 appointed Kingdom’s Administrative Steward this is what I teach to all others.

    I often wish I had a real Orthodox Jewish teacher other than just the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. A greater knowledge of Judaism and the ability to keep my Lord’s commandments. But! and it really does hurt a lot.

    Please tell the Jewish people that I have seen five visions of Yeshua. I do not need to earn any one else’s approval, I already do out rank all others in Yeshua’s Kingdom. Please continue to teach the Law to all others. That would create a better world to live in.
    Richard J. Mesle


  2. I have just noticed the short list of Israel’s Holidays. I do not celebrate them for this reason. I am not able to give very much, and feel rather akward celebrating when it has always been my desire to reach out and help those in need. Like the Biblical sounding of a Gong instead of a real accomplishment.


  3. One objection!!!
    The prophesy about “Elohim” taking upon Himself flesh.
    Two objections!!!!
    I and the father are one, Yeshua testified to the Sehedrin court!

    Please always teach what Yeshua taught. I would have Him carved as flaming flesh
    which would be exactly what He was. This is also representative of those who have become Baptized in the Holy Spirit. Supposedly one also with G-d.

    This is also the description of the Royal Blue Threads of the Tillizts. There is no greater Royalty than Elohim in this universe. Without His help we all do go so far astray.

    Don’t make me feel badly correcting those who have been born into an Orthodox Jewish home, all of you were set apart to teach us gentiles the ways of salvation.
    And all of you are LOVED SO VERY MUCH!!!!
    Richard J. Mesle


    1. Rabbi Yosef,
      Yeshua has asked me to restore the righteousness of His kingdom. I am about doing this with His help by writing about His destruction of the prosperity of Americans as I am led by Him. It is harder because of age and afflictions which I am also self treating with Herbal preparations.

      The day will come when the books will become published and soon after the days when Gentile believers will take the hands of the believing Orthodox Jews and say to them; Teach us also the ways of Salvation.
      Richard John Mesle
      Yeshua’s Appointed Kingdom’s Administrative Steward


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