Tuesday, June 6– Acts 15:8-9

Jun 5, 2023

And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith.

 

Have you ever walked into a meeting not knowing what sort of reception you’d have? Maybe your boss called you in and you wondered if you had done something wrong. As Paul and Barnabas traveled to see the apostles and elders in Jerusalem, they surely wondered what they would experience when they arrived.

 

They didn’t have to wonder for long. After Paul and Barnabas gave a quick review of the work God had done, some Pharisees stood up and got right to the issue they had just argued in Antioch. “After . . . much debate” (v. 7), Peter reminded everyone of his unforgettable experience with Cornelius and his household (see Acts 10:9-48)—a sovereign act of God that began with a vision and ended with Gentiles believing in Jesus.

 

This brought their current conflict to a point of clarity and purpose: all are included in the church through faith. The church is a group of people from diverse backgrounds and places who unite under one thing: belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the primary organizing feature of the church. The gospel is also the primary truth we must consider to bring every conflict to healthy resolve.

 

  • Think of a conflict you have faced or currently face with other believers. How does Acts 15:8-9 speak into that conflict?
  • What one summarizing statement can you make as the overarching truth you should let guide you in every conflict?
  • Thank God for knowing your heart and the hearts of others, even when you don’t. Ask Him to help you remember He has cleansed the heart of every person who turns to Jesus in faith—and to relate accordingly.
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