LETTERS FROM Paul in Rome are the focus of this week’s New Testament study, and there is a lot of meat here. Paul addressed errant teachings that threatened to undermine the gospel of salvation by grace through faith at Colossae and Ephesus.
It appears some teachers had arrived preaching that Gentiles needed to follow the Law of Moses to be saved. Paul was very direct about that:
Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
Colossians 2:16-17 (ESV)
Paul’s second missionary journey (click for larger map)
From Access Foundation Bible Atlas
THE BALANCE between grace and Law is the focus of this week’s New Testament study. We discuss the Council of Jerusalem, a gathering of the apostles in A.D. 49 to settle the question of whether Gentile converts were required to be circumcised and keep the Law to be saved.
THE HOLY Spirit finally reveals His true purpose for Saul of Tarsus, called Paul for the first time in the readings that we study this week. Paul and Barnabas travel from Antioch to Cyprus, confronting a sorcerer named Elymas, and then move on to several towns in Asia Minor (Turkey), preaching the gospel (and nearly getting stoned to death) before returning to Antioch. Continue reading