Monday, July 09, 2018

Acts 22:21-22 (KJV) A Growing Problem

Acts 22:21-22 (KJV)
And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth: for it is not fit that he should live.

Albert Barnes writes concerning this passage, 
“The reasons of their induction were, not that they supposed that the Gentiles could not be brought into covenant with God, for they would themselves compass sea and land to make one proselyte, but:
(1) That they believed that Paul taught that they might be saved without conforming to the Law of Moses; and,
(2) His speech implied that the Jews were more hardened than the Gentiles, and that he had a greater prospect of success in bringing them to God than he had in regard to the Jews.”

This is a growing problem in Christianity today as believers seem to be swept into a Judaistic mentality, embracing Old Testament Law as essential for salvation. 

The hardened heart today is the one that refuses simple grace through faith. 

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Acts 22:21-22 (KJV) A Growing Problem

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