Author: Ron Graham

Book of Acts

Acts 15:1-12
—Verse by verse

This page is a verse by verse study of Acts 15:1-12. These verses describe how Paul spoke to the council at Jerusalem.

Acts 15

Teachers of error come to Antioch

Verses 1-2

¶ "Some men from Judea came down to Antioch, and told the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised as is the custom of Moses, you can't be saved.” So Paul and Barnabas had a big disagreement and discussion with them. So the congregation appointed Paul and Barnabas, with some others of their number, to go up to Jerusalem and consult the apostles and elders about this question." (Acts 15:1-2).

Paul speaks to the council at Jerusalem

Verses 3-4

¶ "Paul and Barnabas, after being sent forth by the church at Antioch, passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, telling about the conversion of the Gentiles. They caused great joy to all the brethren. When they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and elders. Paul and Barnabas reported all things that God had done with them." (Acts 15:3-4).


Verses 5-6

¶ "But some believers from the sect of the Pharisees rose up saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.” So the apostles and the elders gathered together to examine this matter." (Acts 15:5-6).

Verses 7-9

¶ "When there had been much discussion, Peter rose up and said to the congregation, “Brethren, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentile nations should hear the word of the gospel and believe. God, who knows the heart, testified about them, giving them the Holy Spirit, just like he did to us. He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith" (Acts 15:7-9).

Verses 10-11

¶ "Now therefore why do you tempt God, that you should put a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, just as they are”" (Acts 15:10-11).

Verse 12

¶ "After Peter spoke, the congregation kept silence, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul reporting the signs and wonders that God had done by them among the Gentile nations" (Acts 15:12).

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—A verse by verse study of Acts 15:13-31. A record of James’s speech to the council at Jerusalem regarding the error of the Judeans. Touch the button title to go to that page.