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23. Christian Liberty

Peter

Acts 15: 7 - 11

Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

23. Peter. See page 29. This speech was delivered before

a church council in Jerusalem about A.D.50.

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Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from

blood.

For Moses of old time hath in every city them that

preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

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24. James. An elder in the first church in Jerusalem. President of the first apostolic council in Jerusalem about A.D. 50. Josephus says he was sentenced to be stoned by the Sanhedrin A.D. 62. Hegesippus, Christian

about 150 A.D. says he was thrown from the pinacle of the temple and killed with a Fuller's club, while

praying for his murderers. Speech delivered at Council of Jerusalem.

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