And after there had been much p debate, Peter stood up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, q that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear r the word of s the gospel and believe.
And God, t who knows the heart, u bore witness to them, v by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,
and w he made no distinction between us and them, x having cleansed their hearts y by faith.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.
Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, for I have sent them.
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.
Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel.
1 Thessalonians 1:5
Because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
And they prayed and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen
So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
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And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house.
Romans 3:22 - 24
The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:
This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
And he said to them, "You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a Jew to associate with or to visit anyone of another nation, but God has shown me that I should not call any person common or unclean.
So Peter opened his mouth and said: "Truly I understand that God shows no partiality.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
1 Peter 1:22
Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.
To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.