Luke’s Account of the Council of Jerusalem Reveals how Different Paul’s Gospel was from the Gospel Proclaimed by the Believing Jews at Jerusalem (WIP)

Luke’s account of the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15), held in 51 AD, reveals how different Paul’s gospel was from the gospel proclaimed by the believing Jews at Jerusalem.

  1. Due to the conflict between Jerusalem and Paul over the salvation of Gentiles, a council was required to settle the matter.
  2. Luke provided the human reason for the meeting – the church at Antioch decided Paul should go to Jerusalem to meet with its leaders (Acts 14:25-15:2).
  3. Paul provided the divine reason for his going to the meeting – he went “by revelation” – the risen Christ ordered him to go:
    1. Gal 2:1-2 – Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.


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