I see this many times coming from certain Posters[LIST]Why did Paul bother to go and meet with Peter
the issue of circumcision
[/LIST]He didn’t, he went to Jerusalem where the church was assembled together
Peter being just one of them
[LIST]Why was the issue settled when Peter spoke?
(Acts ch 15)
It wasn’t; let’s go thru it
- And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said,
Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved.
2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them,
they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them,
should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question.*
[/LIST]No special mention of Peter,
just * the apostles and elders about this question*[LIST]* And when they were come to Jerusalem, they were received
of the church,
and of the apostles and elders,
and they declared all things that God had done with them.
[/LIST]No special mention of Peter there either,
just * the apostles and elders about this question*[LIST]* But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying,
That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.
And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter.
And when there had been much disputing, *
That’s Debate / and Disagreement / amongst the Apostles and ECF’s
[/LIST]Now we get to Peter’s Testimony[LIST]* Peter rose up, and said unto them,
Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us,
that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.
And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness,
giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us;
And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. *
Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples,
which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ
we shall be saved, even as they.
[/LIST]Peter gave his testimony, and now they want to hear from
** Barnabas** and Paul[LIST]* Blaa-Blaa-Blaa, ect. ect. ect.*
Now “James Speaks”[LIST]* James answered, saying,
Men and brethren, hearken unto me:
Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles,
to take out of them a people for his name*.
It is Written
- And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down;
and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord,
and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called,
saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
Wherefore my sentence is*
[/LIST]Wherefore my sentence is,
Peter’s decision, Peter’s Opinion, Peter Speaks from the Chair,
Peter has spoken; Case closed,
Or any other such thingy