The narrative of Acts describes how the early believers in Messiah were struggling to understand what this faith in Messiah would mean for those in the nations who were also coming to faith in Israel’s Messiah.
When they held a council in Jerusalem it was determined that the new believers would be obligated to abide by some basic precepts: not to eat food sacrificed to idols, not too eat blood or strangled animals, and to remain sexually pure.
What most Christians today do not recognize is that each of these obligations is a command right out of the heart of Torah in Leviticus 17, 18, and 19!
So really, the question now becomes, for those who believe that Torah or the law has been done away, why then are these new gentile believers in Messiah being instructed to keep Torah obligations in the New covenant?
For me, this passage poses no concerns because I believe that aspects of God’s Torah are eternal and for all people for all time in the kingdom of God.
How about you?