Paul Visits James in Jerusalem

The next day Paul went with us to visit James; and all the elders were present. After greeting them, he related one by one the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. Acts 21:18-19

Taking their bags and the alms to be given to the Jerusalem Church (Acts 24:17-18) after Paul says, “Thy Will Be Done” v. 14, they started to go up to Jerusalem. These hearty believers forge ahead with Apostle Paul and Luke the Physician. The disciples from Caesarea lead them to the home of Mnason of Cyprus who now lives in Jerusalem and probably is one of the first converts there. What an honor to stay in his home!

James, the step-brother of Jesus is the leader of the Church in Judea. Luke and the other disciples accompany Paul listen as Paul gives James and the Church an accounting of the thousands of Gentile converts to Christianity. They listen and praise God!! Spirit is flowing through their hearts to affirm the exact truth of what Paul says! These believers are so very thankful the message of Resurrection is going out.

Then James and the Jerusalem Church folk speak to Paul about the Jewish converts and their zeal for the law. They continue, saying, “They have been told about you that you teach all the Jews living among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, and that you tell them not to circumcise their children or observe the customs.” v. 21 This is true! Paul does teach that believers are not under the Mosaic law. Through New Birth we live in the law of Grace and Mercy found in our salvation through Jesus Christ, the Way to God.

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