First Century's Greatest Bible Conference
February 19, 2006
INTRODUCTION: The Bible teaches that the Law was given to the Jewish nation to protect them from the evils of the Gentile world and prepare them to bring the Messiah into the world. It served as a tutor until Christ came. The Law cannot purify the sinner's heart -
Galatians 2:21, "I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."
- nor can it impart the gift of the Holy Spirit -
Galatians 3:2, "This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"
- or gift of eternal life
Galatians 3:21, "Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law."
What the Law could not do, God did through His own Son.
Romans 8:1-4, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit."
Those who have trusted Christ have the righteousness of God's Law in their hearts and, through the Spirit, obey His will. They are not motivated by fear, but by love, for "love is the fulfilling of the Law." (Romans 13:8-10)
Four preachers are introduced in Acts 15 as speakers in this first century Bible conference. The Apostle Peter, the Apostle Paul, Barnabas, and James.
Peter has already mentioned that God made a choice that Peter should preach ...
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