The Most Important Letter Ever Written

Most people have probably never heard of what I consider to be the most important letter ever written in the history of the world. This letter was written around 50-60 AD and sent from Jerusalem to Antioch in Syria.

Why is it the world’s most important letter? Let me explain. After Jesus’ death, resurrection, and the Pentecost experience of the Holy Spirit, His followers were changed from cowards into bold, passionate soldiers for His cause. Thousands joined their number and were willing to die rather than deny their relationship with the living Jesus Christ.

Almost all of the early followers of Jesus were Jews and those who weren’t had to accept Jewish dietary and religious laws along with their commitment to Jesus. Paul of Tarsus, however, began preaching to and converting thousands of non-Jews (Gentiles) and not requiring them to live by Jewish laws.

This offended many of the Jewish followers of Jesus, so Paul traveled to Jerusalem to meet with some of Jesus’ original disciples there. They listened to Paul’s case and decided that non-Jews could be Christians without obeying Jewish laws.

To communicate their decision, they sent a letter to the non-Jewish followers of Jesus.   It read: “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements. You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”
Why is this the world’s most important letter? This letter freed Christianity from Jewish ritual and regulations and opened it up to all who are willing to follow and obey Jesus Christ.

(You can read more about this letter in the New Testament book of Acts, chapter 15) Do you have a nomination for The World’s Most Important Letter?

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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5 Responses to The Most Important Letter Ever Written

  1. Mark Morcom says:

    Unfortunitly, in Christianity this letter is very much one that has also caused a lot of harm. The blood doctrine of the Jehovah’s Witness movement, which has cost the lives of so many innocents (mainly children) is 100% based on this verse.
    Thank God we as Christians can understand the meaning of this letter.

  2. Steve Simms says:

    Thanks for your thoughtful insight, Mark.

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