Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15): We must be Proselytes after following Yeshua
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 15:19 “19 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).
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