When studying the Scriptures it is very important to keep in mind that during the period of the apostles there were TWO GOSPELS being taught AT THE SAME TIME! Both centered around Christ being crucified and risen, of course, but the 12 apostles were designated to teach the Jews (Israelites) whereas Paul was chosen by God to evangelize ‘the nations’ (we Gentiles), as clearly shown in Ephesians 3:8; Romans 11:13, 15:16 and ESPECIALLY Galatians 2:2,7-9.
This was a ‘sacred secret’ hidden before in times past and first revealed solely to Paul as to how God was now going to call those of the ‘nations’ (we Gentiles) to be JOINT HEIRS with the Jews….Ephesians 3:1-8. (Please reference the Post “The “Secret Revealed To Paul” for additional information)
Those Jews taught by the 12 apostles and other believing Jewish teachers were to keep the Jewish laws and traditions until Christ returned (Matthew 5:18-19). However, it was decided when Paul went up to Jerusalem to meet with Peter that ‘the nations’ (we Gentiles) were not obligated to observe these, but only to (1) keep from things sacrificed to idols (2) from blood and from things strangled (3) from fornication, (4) and to remember the poor….Acts 15:28-29 and Galatians 2: 7-10.
Again….the Gentiles did not have to be circumcised, observe Holy Days or any of the traditions of Moses or Jewish Law, and this obviously holds true for us today. However, the Israeli believers were required to keep the Law of Moses, the Holy Days, etc. until Christ returned (Matthew 5:18-19).
Until later, take care.