Acts 15 July 28, 1968
How division in the Christian Church was avoided by operation of the revelation manifestations.
SNT – 225
Publication Date: 07-28-1968
Victor Paul Wierwille was a Bible scholar and teacher for over four decades.
By means of Dr. Wierwille's dynamic teaching of the accuracy and integrity of God's Word, foundational class and advanced class graduates of Power for Abundant Living have learned that the one great requirement for every student of the Bible is to rightly divide the Word of Truth. Thus, his presentation of the Word of God was designed for students who desire the in-depth-accuracy of God’s Word.
In his many years of research, Dr. Wierwille studied with such men as Karl Barth, E. Stanley Jones, Glenn Clark, Bishop K.C. Pillai, and George M. Lamsa. His formal training included Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology degrees from Mission House (Lakeland) College and Seminary. He studied at the University of Chicago and at Princeton Theological Seminary from which he received a Master of Theology degree in Practical Theology. Later he completed his work for the Doctor of Theology degree.
Dr. Wierwille taught the first class on Power for Abundant Living in 1953.
Books by Dr. Wierwille include: Are the Dead Alive Now? published in 1971; Receiving the Holy Spirit Today published in 1972; five volumes of Studies in Abundant Living— The Bible Tells Me So (1971), The New, Dynamic Church (1971), The Word's Way (1971), God's Magnified Word (1977), Order My Steps in Thy Word (1985); Jesus Christ Is Not God (1975); Jesus Christ Our Passover (1980); and Jesus Christ Our Promised Seed (1982).
Dr. Wierwille researched God's Word, taught, wrote, and traveled worldwide, holding forth the accuracy of God's "wonderful, matchless" Word.
Act 15:1, 2; 1:5; Rom 3:20, 24; Gal 5:1
Act 15:2-7; Gal 2:2-7; Act 10:44-46
SUMMARY KEYWORDS: Antioch, Jerusalem, Gentiles, church, Paul, verse, circumcised, God, Barnabas, fellows, men, word, people, circumcision, apostles, read, Peter, elders, brethren, yoke
I'd like for you to take your Bibles tonight and turn to chapter 15. Acts chapter 15. As you know, I'm in the advanced class teaching the advanced class on power for abundant living. And all of our Sunday evening services, of course, are open at the way biblical Research Center. And even if I'm in the midst of teaching a class to Sunday evening sessions are open. So some of you people who perhaps are newcomers in here for the first time, or those of you people listening to the broadcast, may hear me say some things that you may wonder about. But I am confident that you would not wander about them. Had you been here in this advanced class. Naturally, I am not going to go into the depth tonight of some of the things that we ordinarily go into in the depth of the advanced class. But it is along the line of the advanced class. And I believe it will be meaningful to all of you people in the auditorium as well as to our broadcast audience. We've been dealing in the advanced cloud with two other manifestations of the Spirit, namely called the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom. We have traced these two manifestations down to a minute accuracy all through the Old Testament. And tonight, I'd like to go to this chapter of the 15 Chapter, the book of Acts, to trace some of these wonderful truths with you in this chapter. This is the record in the Word of God, regarding the avoiding of the first split in the Christian church. Without the operation of the manifestations of the Spirit of the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, the church would have slipped at this time, into oodles of different pieces. Like it's been split, ever since you can remember. There are, I understand here in the United States, more than four or 5000 different denominations. There would have been all of these denominations would have started or the splits would have started. Way back here at the Bible, in the Bible time of which I'm going to read you tonight. Had it not been that men and women were filled with the Holy Spirit. They were men and women who spoke in tongues interpret and prophesied. They were men and women who operated the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, and who manifested forth in the power or action manifestations, faith, miracles and healing. It was because of the operation of manifestations. That's the first split in the Christian church was avoided. That is the record that we're going to be reading tonight. And I'm going to try to set it before you so that all of us can understand it and see the greatness of it in verse one of chapter 15. And certain men, which came down from Judea, taught the brethren, the brethren are those who are the who had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ, who were born again of God's Spirit. They had come down from Judea, and of course, this specifically from the city of Jerusalem, and they were teaching those people in that area, except to be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be what I say, this is what they were teaching. That except these people will be circumcised and go under that all law, the law of Moses again, they just weren't safe. That's why verse two says, When therefore, Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension they had no small dissension. These were people would come from Judea, born again of God's Spirit, but they've come over to the Antioch area. And they said, Now, you people who are born again over here, that's wonderful, but it's not quite good enough, unless you get circumcised and get back under the law modes is with us. And of course, this turned Paul on, and Paul and Barnabas, and no small dissension, no small dissension. The word gets thinking, his argument, literally, and disputation the word disputation is questioning. They had no small arguments or questioning. They sat for hours with them, show them the way that God tried to persuade them, argued with them from the Lord, everything. They determined with them, they determined, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain other of them should go up to Jerusalem onto the apostles and elders about this question. You see the problem that has now arisen tremendous problem, has now confronted the church for the first time publicly.
The church has been moving out from Judea into cemetery and then around the areas up into Antioch, in Syria. And they're they're growing by leaps and bounds, Gentiles are coming into the church. And information, news gets backed by courier or Western Union, I don't know how they got his back to maybe satellite over to Jerusalem, that these tremendous things are happening in Antioch. But it's just too good to be true. Therefore, we better send some fellows up there to tell them now that's wonderful for you Gentiles, but you better get circumcised to make sure that you get within the pale of this thing. And when those fellows got up there, Paul and Barnabas really got disturbed. And they had no small argument wisdom and questioning no small you know what that means. Biblically, they had a big argument. They sat up all night, and maybe half the next day. And it kicked it around back and forth. And you know, something I know Scripture is that must have come up Word of God that must have been presented to those men who had come down from to do and had been teaching the brethren except they be circumcised after the manner of Moses, they could not be saved. There is a scripture that I'm sure must have come up in Acts chapter one, listen to this. Are John truly baptized with water? But ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days. And they certainly said to these men, you want us to be circumcised. Well, Jesus Christ himself before he sent it up into heaven said that once the Holy Spirit would be given on the day of Pentecost, water would be out. Now, if water is out, what about circumcision? It's out and it's circumcisions out. What about water?
You see circumcisions pretty well out for the church today, but we're still all wet in the water. But this is a kind of stuff they argued about.
Oh, how did Jesus Christ said this before he sent it? I didn't write the book. I didn't say it. He said exactly what it says there. John baptized with lots of water, but he shall and ye shall puts it in the absolute not a maybe not an AFM, not a perhaps. But he shall be baptized with a new Maha Gill and Holy Spirits. There happens to be a wonderful law and God's wonderful Max was worried that when the greater comes the lesser always terminate. And with the coming of the new birth and the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, water went out. God something bigger cave. That's right. I'll bet Romans, records that are written in Romans came up to look at Romans three.
Verse 20. Therefore, by the deeds of the law, there shall no flesh be justified in his work. And one of the deeds of the law was circumcision. And they came down from God and said, except to be circumcised, you can't be saved. And I'll say in that mall, no small argument. They said to them, Look, by the deeds of the law, no place shall be justified in His sight. Therefore, circumcision is a deed of the law. You can't get justified in His sight by circumcision. About verse 24. Being justified freely by is what's great in that no small arguments. They certainly presented the grace of God being justified freely, not reluctantly, not hesitantly. But to be justified freely By His grace, and they showed them the grace of God as set up over against the legalism of the law of circumcision, water baptism and everything else. And those other fellows from Judea said, Oh, you're not you got to get circumcised, then a fight was on. Look at galleys you better keep your finger in Galatians No, you know you can do it anyway. Corinthians Galatians chapter five verse one damn thought, therefore in what the Liberty were with Christ have made us free, and be not entangled again with love. Once the yoke of bondage, the law, and part of that law, of course, was circumcision. And I can just hear Paul and Barnabas speaking to those men from Judea, and saying to them, Look, we're standing fast on the liberty in Christ Jesus. And we're just not going to allow God's people to again be untangled with the yoke of bondage. We have been justified freely by his race, by the deeds of the law, can no man be justified. And some time if you'll read the rest of the book of Romans, especially the first part of it, I think you will see that exactly what I'm setting before you tonight plus many other things that are being used in that Book of Romans was exactly what Paul and Barnabas were endeavoring to say to these men. And so, after this had gone on for some time, they decided, according to verse two, they determined the word determined by the way is appointed. All and Barnabas and certain other others also did go with Paul and Barnabas, that they should go up to what? Now? How in the world? Do you think they made that decision? Or whether they were to go up to Jerusalem? How did you? How did they know they were to go to Jerusalem? I remember one fellow wanted to go to Jerusalem once before do you what do you want to go to Jerusalem once before? What did the spirits say? Don't go but this time, they want to go to Jerusalem and they go and they're free to go. How do you think they got this information this time revelate word of knowledge, word of knowledge and word of wisdom go up where they had had this great disputation over their great questioning. And finally, when they got together, they got quiet. Fathers said to them live, just take the whole thing and go over to Jerusalem and have it out. Why? Because Jerusalem was the headquarters where these fellows had come from Jerusalem was the place where the church originally started on the day of Pentecost. This is where the apostles stayed. Remember, when the persecutions set in, and they were all dispensed all over the other areas, the apostles remained in Jerusalem. And so the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom was go back to Jerusalem with That's why it says, They went back to Jerusalem. And it says, go up to Jerusalem unto one, the apostles and watts, elders about this question, ah, that's terrific. Doesn't say go up to Jerusalem, and get the Jerusalem times to publish the argument. And the TV production in Jerusalem to aerate the word of knowledge under where the wisdom was, go up to Jerusalem, and speak to the apostles and what let's see after a bit if this is what they did, don't get hurt. It will become now verse three. We're starting out now we're going to Jerusalem and being brought on their way by Dylan. I love that. It Oh, this must have been a hot time over there in Antioquia serial boys, good fight, you know, big fight. But when Paul and Barnabas and certain other started out from Dros when they had the word of the Lord go up to Jerusalem, see the apostles and elders and who brought them on the way, the church, the church, they were brought on their way by the church. Now literally, this is true, but it's also true in another way. You know, they literally walked with them some distance and brought them on Their white poodle, something went along with them. But they also paid their expenses.
That's right. They gave them food. They gave them everything else they needed. Because ball and Barnabas were going to Jerusalem plus these others to represent them. The turret that's included in that meaning from the text brought on their way. And they pass through Venetia. This is phenos Hearing your King James. It's the country, you know, along the border, a coastline of the Mediterranean up north below Antioch, is Phoenicia, and then comes some area on down the line. And as they were coming along, through Phoenician scenario, every time they stopped overnight, you know what they talked about? The war in Vietnam. The problems in our community, who's going to be the next president? Look, you know, what they talked about? They taught declared the conversion of the Gentiles. They talked about the way that God and how people were getting delivered and saved and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, all the way down, every time they get every place they went. And they cause great joy onto all the brethren. In every level of community, whether or not they were believers, they stopped with those believers. Oh, you know, and have a cup of coffee and a piece of pie or something. And then they talk about how God was really delivering people why he was doing for at every place they went, what did the people do? They rejoice, they rejoice, great joy among the brothers. And when he says great joy, you know, I mean, great joy. It's ffsc joy. You know, like the stuff you drop in a glass when you have footbed summer and burst forward. Elk. And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received in Jerusalem of that church, and of the luck, Angela, whoo hoo, hoo, hoo, hoo. Wonderful. Yet the word of the Lord was the word of knowledge was go to Jerusalem and tell who? The apostles at Rock. But over here, it looks like what the church was included? Was it old yours? Well, anyways, just hold it in abeyance for a minute. They weren't received of the church in Jerusalem, the apostles and the elders, the elders means the older, spiritual people. Older in yours, understand. They received. But verse five, they rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees, which believes saying that it was needful to circumcise them, and commanded, command them to keep the law of us. This is the same bunch that was over there in verse one of chapter 15. These were people of the Pharisees, the ruling plots of people. And these people believe that the only way these Gentiles or anybody else could be saved would be if they were circumcised. Now in Galatians, where I told you to keep your finger, chapter two. In verse two, you have the record in Galatians, of what I'm just reading an X. And I went up by what Revelation I told you, the way they went, they went up by revelation, and communicated on to them that gospel which I preached among the Gentiles, but what private lay privately, and yet we just read that they were received by the church, the apostles and the elders, right. But over here in Galatians, he tells the record again, when he said he went up there, he taught it to them privately to them, which were of what reputation those that would be of reputation would refer to the elders and the apostles, lest by any means, I should run or had run in vain. And if you go back, God 15 You'll read in verse six. And the apostles and elders came together Part Two lot. A Daubert told the church did he know the word or knowledge was go tell the apostles and elders
That church at Antioch started bringing them on their way toward PVC and then on down to Sumeria. When they got to Jerusalem, the whole church received them. And I can just see that church body just effervescing just looking forward and think boy, I wonder if he's gonna tell us about the fight, wonder if we can all hear about the fact that you've all got up but he had a wonderful greeting and said, We all love your finance IACA Syrian, we bless God good for you pronounce the benediction. And they all went home except the apostles and elders. And then they closed the door. And maybe John put the key in a pocket, you know, Yale, or something. He put it in his pocket and the elders and the apostles were there. And then Paul and Barnabas presented, what had happened. exactly according to the word of knowledge, and the Word of Wisdom a very soon, right. Good Galatians chapter two. Again, verse three but these are Titus, who was watching with me, Titus, who was with me, we had read Malala going access, certain others went along besides Paul and Barnabas, one of those had to be hooked. On many more, I don't know. But this Titus was there, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. Either Titus, you know, who was a Gentile, they didn't compel him to be circumcised, and that because of false brethren, unawares brought in, who came in privately or secretly to spy out our watts, liberties. standfast therefore, in the Liberty, where with Christ Jesus, remember some of those things which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into a lot. But I be, oh, to whom? To whom, verse five, to hold these fellows who came in to argue, you know, as they rehearsed among the elders, and the apostles, this whole matter, to whom We gave place by subjection? No, sir, not for one second, not for one hour, we didn't give into knots, the truth of the gospel might continue with you. But are these who seem to be somewhat whatsoever they weren't make us no matter to me. God accepted No Man's person for a day who seemed to be somewhat in conference and had nothing to me. But very seven, contrary wise, when they saw that the gospel of uncircumcision was committed unto me as the gospel of circumcision was unto full Peter backpack. And the apostles and elders came together verse 640, consider this matter. And when there had been much much disputing, much disputing heater rose up and said unto them, man and what Brother You know, all that are good while ago, God made choice on us. All a good while ago, Peter got up and he addressed the church body the church dignitaries, and the thing he said, Do you fellas remember how a good while ago What do you think Peter was thinking about? And what was he talking about? So record is written in Acts chapter 10. Oh God a good while ago made choice among us that the Gentiles by my mouth to to hear the word of the gospel and believe that's what Peter said. Look at x 10 Verse 44, household Cornelius Gentile remember while Peter yet speak these words the Holy Ghost fell on them which heard the word and they have the circumcision which believe we're a Scottish to flabbergasted as many as came with peered better on the Gentiles was also that on the Gentiles also not on the Gentiles what Oh, song was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit for a day heard them speak with tongues and what? Ah by Doc 15 What do you think Peter was saying? You know what he was saying? He said, You fellas remember a good while ago, when I was called to minister to the Gentiles. And that while I was preaching, before anybody got his cut knife out or anything else, or before the got the emergence of life While I was preaching, the Holy Ghost fell on them as on US App ought to begin and the Gentiles was also also also also without one without circumcision don't just see it. That's what Peter was saying, Oh, what a tremendous record in God's word. Here, we're ready to split the church. Boy there mattered 100 said he took the group down there in Jerusalem says Your God are circumcised boys. The fellows up here said No, sir, we stand fast in the liberty where we Christ Jesus has set us free by Grace were saved. were justified freely by his grace, by the deeds of the law. No man can be justified. That's right. And the fellas in Jerusalem said, You got to get circumcised big fight. Finally, Peter gets up and he says, Now listen, Phil, remember a long time ago while I preached down there and the householder is going to do the Gentiles before anybody could get circumcised or water baptized or anything else before they got saved, filled with the Holy Ghost. And the proof was that those believers who came along heard them speak in tongues magnifying up, and they were astonished flabbergasted eyeballs fell out almost, I tried tremendous record here Well, good boy, birthdate. And God, who knows the hearts bear them witness because he gave them the Holy Ghost, even as he did Underlord. Without was circumcision adults who say it without water baptism, even though Peter thought they ought to be water baptized, God said to him to do it. You know, X chapter 11 tells us that and foot verse nine, no difference between them, between us and them. Why? Because he purified their hearts by circumcision, by water baptism by footwashing by burning the candles backwards by taking the offering at the right time by wearing the proper clerical gowns. God forbid neuro he purified their hearts by a lot. That's what he says that's what it means. Not of works lest any man should watch all you talk about Peter even though Peter gets off the ball at times, so on you and I get off. Peter as right get off. Paul has the right to get off. A boy he was in off the ball this day was I tell you he was that 900 Every time he's opened his mouth, dry. Man wanna record on a tremendous rate? Now therefore very simple. Why do we want to tempt God? Why tempt G God. To put a yoke in order yoke is not the end of the yoke. The yoke finds you in you're not free. And people if you look around about you today, are many, many, many times. Have you seen people who are really encased they're enslaved? Even though there are people who say that Christian will belong to the church who go faithfully. But when you look at their lives, are they free? Are they full of fear and worry and anxieties and frustrations fall down and comfort and taste as a man out here on the street who doesn't believe there's a God in heaven nor much less pairs, walks around with a great deal more freedom, and happiness and glory and exuberance. Why you notice? Why? Because all through these centuries, what we've been primarily doing is just putting a yoke back on the people. Because we hope they're by that I can keep you encased in my little clan. Sure. And every yoke that anybody puts on God's people is just like that love. It'll never set you free. I want to tell you something. If the love of God in Christ Jesus living within your heart is not big enough. No yoke in the world is worth putting on you. You can just go straight to ham. That's right. That's right. I tell you, it's like we teach them in the foundational class. You know, if I had to give an altar call and get you down here to get saved I'll let you go to hell sit in there. Try if you got to come up here to find him. You might as well lose him back there because you and I will not find him up here. He got up here.
This is why people, you cannot write the rules and regulations and say now this fellow is going to get saved like this, this fellow is going to get saved like this. And when you're saved, you wash your feet. When you're saved, you wash your nose, when you're if you can say circumcision, or water baptism, you could go right along and say all the rest, right? That's exactly what we've been doing. And we got those people so Yokan, they've never learned to walk into liberty and the freedom of Christ Jesus so they could for once in their life, breathe, and take a stand and say, set the Lord come hell or high water. It's a real privilege when you throw that yoke off Sunday boy, when you break out of that can find. And for once in your life, you're like a bird outside of a cage, and the master is dead, you can just flit all over the place. Boy, what a what a love of God start to build in your soul. And for once in your life, you know that you're a Christian, you and Christ make the majority Christ in you the hope of glory, I can do all things through Christ, who was we are more than what he came that we might have life and have it less and less, no more abundance. Boy, when that thing begins to Dawn than Christianity lives again. And it isn't living today. It's just a bunch of baloney for the most part, because where are the men and women with that love and that exuberance, and that glory of that power? All little bit in case that summer, we've taken the stand on the liberty with Christ Jesus has set us free. And we're not going to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage and old Peter boy that day, he laid it right on the line. Man, what a tremendous record. The churches just ready to bust. They're gonna pull each other's hair, cut each other's throat, and they're not even going to talk to each other anymore why tempt you got to put a yoke upon the neck of the believers that disciples, which neither our fathers, nor we were able to watch, better that's it. But, but, but that today, in contrast, we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be saved, even as they got wonderful. We believe that through the Grace grace is divine favor mercy. We believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be locked. Amen. Verse 12, then time then, then all the mama to the apostle, the elders, and the Pharisaical fighters that have come in, gave audience to Barnabas and Paul and Barnabas and Paul declared what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them.
They didn't do this in five minutes. All at least, must have spoken two and a half hours. can't teach a class last. And Barnabas must have had a good go at this thing.
The tremendously and after they are 13 and held their peace after they were all finished. Jane, Jane, James who the Lord's brother wanted to head of the church in Jerusalem, remember who went down? From Sumeria Peter and who else? John was went down from from Jerusalem to scenario. Well, James was also one of these top men among the apostles. And on this occasion, James gets up. And James answered and said, Man embroidering you listen to me. Arc anatomy. Simeon, or Simon Peter, as declared how God as the first did visit who the Gentiles to take out of and the word take out of Islam Bano, and I love that colombano is to manifest what were they manifesting while x 10 Why did they manifest they all spoke in tongues they were born again. To take off Demma people for his knee, and to disagree the words of the prophet that is written. After this, I will return and we'll 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, says the Lord, who do all these things. No one under God are all his works from the beginning of the world, verses 15 to 18 are rather clumsy in the King James and every other translation I've ever read. I'm going to read your one we did literally, according to usage from the Greek text, or make text was if you take shorthand can write down the rest of you just have to live on the misty flat, accept dated 1618. After these things, I will build again, and we'll build up the tent of David, which is fallen down, and I will build again the things overturn their own, and I will make it upright, that the remnant of man might earnestly seek the Lord, and all the nations on whom My name is called Cephalo, who make all these things known from the laying of the word. After he had given these words, Jane said that which is recorded in verse 19. Wherefore my sentence of my sentences that's a real clumsy thing, my sentence, you know, like this. The reason they gave it this way, I think is because it's old English and English law, the judge handed out the last sentence at the final declaration. And this is why the use of this way, but in essence, this is my declaration. But when he declared it, he got it by word of knowledge, we know what to say, Peter got up by word of knowledge, and he was the one who thought that, then James gets up by word of knowledge, and what are we and he brings forth. That's why it says, This is my sentence, this is my revelation, this is what I have to give to you. That we trouble not them. With some among the Gentiles are turned to one, but that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollution of idols. Vala you talk about word knowledge, good word of wisdom. And that's up, you know, writing a word back over there to Antiochian saying, Now, you fellows we think you're great. We that circumcision business is all out. But it'll just make the fellows over here in Jerusalem happy if you just don't bring so much soup down there to those idols that didn't disturb them any up unnati. But if they just sent word back and said Now Palace, we've been at this longer you have, you know, it all started with us down here and where the fella has been paying the bills all these years. Now you fellows up there fall in line with us, you know, what would have happened in the auditor? Data Plane, they said go to hell needed done it. That's right. They just said that in plain language said nuts to you. And they don't walk out. And the church would have been split in 1000 bases. But James had revelation John, and the revelation was just send them a little postcard with Barnabas and Paul when they go back up. And just tell them tell us if you don't mind just abstain from pollution of idols, a little bit of fornication, and those things that strangle a little bit of blood. I know it had to be revelations because Paul just standard said Stan passed the liberty with Christ Jesus that is free. And now this record comes through and one of the liberties that Christ Jesus said you're free, you can eat what you want, he may die sooner, but you still have the privilege.
Sure, well, at that Paul did get up you know, and say, Boy, he saw that the revelation for Moses of old time half in every city them that preach him being read the synagogue every Sabbath day. That's what he said. And the second part, you know, verse 21, please those Judeans very much, because he mentioned old man, Moses, and all the synagogues. Remember that? Boy, don't you see this word of knowledge, that word of wisdom. He gets the word back into Jerusalem for them. He gets the word over in Antioch, the group over in Jerusalem tickled to death what he's saying about those fellows put neat and all that stuff up there, and the fellows up there happy to know that down there in Jerusalem. Moses was a little bit revered, everybody's happy. We're Denali word of wisdom. Then please hit the apostles and elders with the whole church. Now after it's all over with, they give the information to the whole church that everything's hunky dory. It's wonderful, by God's really on the move the same chosen men and then chosen men chosen men. They didn't send any second rate argumentative bird down there. They hadn't picked it. And who do you think they would have had? Somebody that go up there and have an old fighting spirit? Do they picked us sweetest loving person that could possibly pick and one that had some prestige, some authority behind him to go up there with him? Now that's great, too, isn't it? Real gracious, word of knowledge and word of wisdom. chosen men, chosen men. They sent to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, who are the Judas surname bar Sabbath and Silas. Keys man, top brass I told you they were we read it sooner or later, top man teeth men among the brethren in Jerusalem Judas and Silas. Now they sent them but they did something else. Verse 23, they wrote a letter. They compose the letter in the church conference, to send by spatial carrier Judas and Silas along with Barnabas and the fella that didn't have to as a Loggos, the Greek Gentile, Titus, and Paul all the way back. Not only illiterate, but man, don't you see how they're really walking by revelation. They're not just going one mile, they're gone three, and going all the way. Because the word of the Lord was do this. And they were obedient to the word of the Lord. And when they were obedient, saw a whole thing just fit like a hand in a glove. Everything was just perfect. That's what the wrote, The apostles and elders and brethren, send greetings unto whom? The brethren boy, when they read that back in the church in Antioch, the buttons flew off their shirts. Sure, you know, since knowledge wise what they were expecting in Antioch, a bunch of knives inside of the envelope. Yeah, but instead, instead it says greetings from the brother in here to the brethren over there all that wonderful. They have put them up as brethren. Well, when we're born again of God's Spirit, and we're not we send greetings on to the brethren which are, which are of the Gentiles in Antioch, Syria, Felicia, boy, verse 24, for as much as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words who they admitted their mistake. They never sent those fellows but those fellows said we had come out from Jerusalem they were from the gang, you know?
Sure. Well, boy, when they write this letter, they're honest. The Burj in your soul, saying you must be circumcised and keep the law to whom We gave no sutra, man that settle the argument back in Antioch. Because now the official, the elders and the Apostles in Jerusalem, send word back and say, brethren, we'd love you back then we want to tell you that even though these fellows came out from our midst, and they came over with our trouble do we want to tell you we never sent them? They had no authority from us to go. It seems good. Verse 25. Unto us, being assembled with one accord unity of purpose, to send toes and man onto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul boy, oh boy, you don't want it, beloved is what beats you're not you know what? The word beloved, that did those feathers in Jerusalem says our beloved Paul or what do you think the fellows in Antioch thought of Paul? For you said anything about Paul, you lost your dandruff? A take your hair off. Why? Because Paul all aged words or to God in two years, what three months he was the man or God that it really opened that territory Blaze heart out for them, delivered them straight up with a all night to teach him the word. He was there, beloved Paul back here. And for the people in Jerusalem to send worried up and say, our beloved Paul, man that turned those fellows on in Antioch, Syria. I'll bet they just lifted up. They just thank God they just gloated over the greatness of this wonderful truth and it was true. Our beloved Barnabas and Paul men who have hazard their lives, for the name of the Lord watt, and everybody back in Antioch knew this. They were glad to find out that Jerusalem appreciated a new ado.
We have sent there for Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you that same thing by mouth?
Just didn't send a letter they sent these men to carry it also by mouth isn't that great? For it seemed good. It has. It seemed good. He was a lot. All the goes, seem good to the Holy Ghost to the Holy Spirit just seemed good to the Holy Spirit. It has to be lots revelation. That's the lay upon you know, greater burden than these necessary things to just abstain from my soul for deitel blood being strangled fornication, from which if you keep yourself you do well, very well. Hallelujah. Live it up. Bad Oh, man. What a tremendous place. For 30 says so when they were dismissed, they came to Antioch they go back at it. He wa real quick. And when they had gathered the multitude together, they delivered the epistle a they got the whole church together on the return the whole multitude everybody they could get. And then they live delivered the letters the pistol. Barnabas was there Paul was there. Titus was there. Silas was there, Judas was there and certain others that had been down there they were all there they delivered the epistle which when they had read, they want rejoice for that consolation, comfort, peace, the classes to serenity that was. That's the record. God's wonderful match was word of how the first split in the Christian church was avoided. And it was avoided because they were men of God filled with the Holy Spirit operating manifestation. No matter how hot they got under the collar, they finally cooled off and believe God for revelation. And when that revelation came, they made up their mind to walk by it. And when they walked by that Revelation, the breach was healed between your church in Jerusalem and that new move, but up there in Antioch of Syria that was just catching fire all over the world. Where the knowledge and where to with. Without that word of knowledge and without that word of wisdom. We always walk in darkness.
Without a word of knowledge, not a word of wisdom. We just never quite knew. This is why we need this advanced class we need to work this word to find out how that word of knowledge and that word of wisdom operate, how you can operate it, where it is to be operated, what the situations are. This is the great record in the Word of God. Regarding this truth, the operation of the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom in relationship to the Church of the first century. The healing of the breech and from that day on, they no longer ask them to be water baptized, they no longer ask them to be circumcised they no longer ask them to have any footwashing because the church had finally arrived at the place where they could stand in the Liberty where with Christ Jesus and set them free. Shall we pray Our Father in our guts. We thank thee for the greatness of die loving of thy mercy and goodness unto us. We thank you for your wonderful presence and power and the immensity and the greatness of Your Word. Father, how truly grateful we are for your loving kindness and tender mercy. grateful we are for the wonderful presence of your Holy Spirit and for everything you have done for us through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.