Acts 15 and His call “come up here”
There is something deeply beneficial to see and understand in the dialogue found in Acts 15, and in particular the reference James made to the prophecy of Amos
“With this the words of the Prophets agree, just as it is written,
‘AFTER THESE THINGS I will return, AND I WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN, AND I WILL REBUILD ITS RUINS, AND I WILL RESTORE IT,
SO THAT THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, AND ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME,’
SAYS THE LORD, WHO MAKES THESE THINGS KNOWN FROM LONG AGO.
~ Amos 9:11,12 & Acts 15:15~18
First of all what stands out is that after James listened to what was said during this meeting, he not only agreed with the what was presented, he corroborated it by the Living Word. We must come to see the validity of the Living Word, and how it has bearing. This can only be seen in Spirit and Truth. The Living Word provides the wisdom; it’s our response to this that brings it alive within us. James provides us an example of allowing the Word to come alive within us, and the fruit this yields. The Truth of the Living Word is that it is relevant at all times, it brings to our current understanding a deeper understanding, to our current walk a clearer path. The Living Word is to become alive within us; this is the will of our Father.
Next we can see from this prophecy that the house of David is open to all of humanity. There are zero distinctions, only a wide open invitation. This wars in the minds of the religious elite, thus the comments from the religion of the day:
“But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses.”
What is brought to light within the hearts of those gathered at this event is the end of division, and the beginning of oneness. The grace of our Lord displays His Love and faithfulness to all who call upon His name.
The results from this gathering are recorded in the book of Acts, and from this we can see a fruitful example for our day. We must be yielded to the Living Word, and from this there will be opportunities to share the Truth in Love and from this the Lord is glorified, and our Fathers nature is expressed.
This is our greatest joy, to come into harmony with our Fathers nature.