First Published in Christian Voice March 2010
Acts 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day. Over the last two months, I have been arguing out of Hebrews and Galatians that our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled and abolished the sacrificial and ceremonial laws of God given by Moses whilst leaving the moral and civil laws of God intact.
I showed from the scriptures - in their context - that the receivers and hearers of those two letters would have understood exactly that message. The Hebrews were plainly finding it difficult to give up the Temple and all its ritual, whilst the context of Galatians is that these gentile believers were in danger of being led back into the ceremonial law, with its major issue of circumcision.