Easter and the Council of Jerusalem – Part III
The Apostles from Jerusalem send delegates and a letter responding to their question about the necessity of following all the prescriptions in the Mosaic Law.
They based their decision on what the resurrection of Jesus means for the New Covenant as shown by the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Each group (the Christians of Jewish origin and the Christians of Gentile origin) should love one another 1) by not demanding some Jewish traditions for all and 2) respecting the ancient faith of the Jews regarding the primacy of God (Yahweh) over pagan practices in their city — food sacrificed to idols, eating of lifeblood of animals, faithfulness in marriage.
This was to preserve the unity in the Christian community as Christ wants in the light of his resurrection. They all were proud to be called Christians.
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