Devotional – Acts 18

12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, 13 saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law.” 

Christianity no longer required the sacrificing of animals, or the following of the dietary laws, or obedience to the various ceremonial laws and this was a great threat to the Jews who were attempting to follow those laws meticulously. Not to mention, they found it to be extremely blasphemous to worship Jesus. But what the Jews had not come to realize is that Christians were not forsaking the laws they held so dear and turning to a new religion. No, Christians believed the words of Jesus when he said that he did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill it. Meaning, that all the laws the Jews were trying to keep (and failed) Jesus fulfilled through his life, death and resurrection, therefore we are no longer under the obligation of those laws because of the righteousness given to us through the person and work of Christ. We can now rest from the demands of the law in the grace and mercy of our savior Jesus.

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