Commentary on the Gospel of
Unless you are circumcised, according to the law of Moses, you cannot be saved
Peter and many other Jewish-Christians insisted that non-Jews wanting to be baptized first had to be circumcised and adhere by the Mosaic dietary laws. Gentiles thus had to undergo Jewish initiation rites before being baptized as Christians. Paul and Barnabas on the other hand contended that Gentiles could immediately be baptized without going through Jewish initiation rituals. This was the issue that divided the Early Church as it expanded to the Gentile world. While Jesus did not leave explicit instructions on how to build his Church, his Spirit guides the Church in discerning and carrying out God’s will throughout history.