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Known to God from eternity are all His works.

—New King James Version

With this declaration, the Apostle James (Jesus’ brother) summarizes his argument to a council of believers. Some followers of Christ, known as Judaizers, claim that Gentiles must be circumcised; Peter, Barnabas, and Paul strongly disagree (see vv. 1–11). Supporting his fellow apostles, James cites the Hebrew Bible (see vv. 16, 17Amos 9:11, 12) as evidence that everyone is eligible to seek and find God—and he advises “that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God” (v. 19).

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Resources quoted in this issue

GT: New King James Version®, copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. 

Cit. 6: New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Cit. 7: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 10, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude, Revelation. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 13: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 3, Introduction to Hebrew Poetry, Job, Psalms, Introduction to Wisdom Literature, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

Cit. 20: Eiselen, Frederick Carl, Edwin Lewis, and David G. Downey, eds. The Abingdon Bible Commentary. New York: Abingdon Press, 1929.

Cit. 21: Barclay, William. The Mind of St. Paul. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1958.

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