Turning lose of old, cherished traditions is difficult; especially if those traditions have been the basis for ones standing with God.
The battle between the covenants, which saw Paul stoned and left for dead in Lystra and which was ferocious between Jews and Christians, even entered the church! Many zealous Jews became Christians. They stood loudly and proudly for the ways of Moses, especially for key rituals such as Sabbath keeping and circumcision.
While these were perfectly acceptable practices among transition Christians, they were shortly to be removed with the removal of that first covenant. And, they only genuinely pertained to those living under the fading glory of the old while it still lingered.
Not understanding this, zealous Jewish believers pressed to have the Law enforced upon Gentile converts as a necessary aspect of their salvation.
The famous Jerusalem conference sat, not to settle the covenant issue, God had already settled that. No, this conference met to determine how to counteract the damage done by the men who were teaching wrongly, who had no authority to teach what they were teaching.
The conference was unanimous in their conclusions. They drafted and circulated a letter: Gentiles need not be circumsized to be saved. It brought great releif!
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