Troubled you with Words
Acts 15:23 “And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. 24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:”
The troubling of the early church didn’t take long. Even from the beginning there were those who wanted to add to Jesus’ gospel of grace, namely by placing the Gentiles under the law given to the Jews. Yet, no such command was given to the church by the apostles or elder sat Jerusalem.
Despite the early church’s attempt to remove this teaching of Gentiles being placed under old covenant Jewish law, we find the same struggle today, and the result has been the troubling of many Christians and the subverting of their souls. There is something in man that wants to be under law, and wants to put others under law as well. And so the church fearfully struggles against the full acceptance of grace as preached by the apostles, namely Paul. But in our struggle we have something the average believer didn’t have: the readily available Word of God.
You don’t have to wait on the council at Jerusalem to figure out if something is scriptural, you don’t have to wait for Paul to send his next epistle, and you don’t have to wait for Timothy to get to your assembly and straighten everything out. You just have to get in the Word. If something is troubling you about a teaching, if something is bringing you under condemnation, if something is subverting your soul and making it impossible to progress in the Christian life, get into the Word! The Word brings rest and peace and growth.