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3: Rightly dividing
“15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
I believe that’s the key that unlocks the mystery and the mystique about the word of God.
Old Testament-The Gospels (Matthew-Mark-Luke-John)
Paul’s epistles: Romans thru Philemon
The Hebrew epistles: Hebrews thru Revelation
The 13 books Paul wrote are the doctrine for the church; The body of Chris, and if you seriously will read and consider and believe the Bible, I believe you would see, to acknowledge that fact, would certainly clear up a lot of confusion about the word of God. I’m very thankful for the knowledge of the word of god rightly divided, because it does clear up so much confusion about:
1: Salvation 2: Our walk 3: The things we’re to be doing during the present age.
There’s a lot of things that Christ taught the disciples to do, over in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, that we don’t do today.
The doctrine for our dispensation is in Romans thru Philemon, given to the Apostle Paul, and Paul himself makes that very clear.
“25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” Romans 16:25-26
If it was a mystery, it must have been something that was previously unknown, and that’s excactly the case.
Paul preached Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery.
“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:” Ephesians 3:1-6
Jesus Christ sends the 12 disciples out:
“5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 10:5-6
“21 ¶ Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.” Matthew 15:21-28
The idea here is that a gentile, in order to be saved, had to take a place of submission.
“Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.
3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.
4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:
5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:
7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.
8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” Luke 7:1-9
The reason why Jesus Christ answered the man’s prayer, is found in verse 5; “for he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue”. In other words, the gentile salvation was based upon acknowledging the nation Israel as the people of God and coming to Christ thru Israel.
The Apostle Paul is saved in Acts 9.
Peter is instructed, in Acts 1, to be a witness unto those things which he had been taught by Christ, but he was told to start in Jerusalem, and then Judea, and then Samaria, and then go to the uttermost parts of the earth. In Acts 9, the Apostle Paul is saved, and in Acts 10 we find that Peter is summoned to go to the house of Cornelius (a gentile).
“2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.” Acts 10:2
Much like the guy over in Luke 7. One that feared God and worked righteousness. After having received the vision from God that he should not call anything unclean, he goes down to the household of Cornelius.
“35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:35
Peter, when he went down to the house of Cornelius, he was a little confused himself why he was even going;
“30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,
31 And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee.
33 Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.
34 ¶ Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:” Acts 10:30
Peter did not desire to be there, he did not believe that it was even right for him to be there;
“28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.” Acts 10:28
But God was opening a door to gentile salvation, but it was thru the nation Israel at this time.
We see that there was gentile salvation, but it was for those who feared God and worked righteousness. The mystery is that today salvation is available to all men, without extinction. As a matter of fact, it’s interesting when you compare the message of Peter with that of the Apostle Paul. They are exactly opposite. Scripture seem to contradict themselves if you don’t understand that there are scriptures that are associated with the Church; The body of Christ and those that are associated completely and totally with the nation Israel.
“34 ¶ Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:
35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.” Acts 10:35
“38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Acts 2:38
“4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” Titus 3:4-5
The revelation of the mystery that was given to the Apostle Paul opened the door of salvation to ALL men:
“38 ¶ Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:38-39
Times past. Jesus said:
“31 ¶ Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” Matthew 12:31-32
“12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” 1 Timothy 1:12-16
Paul was the first man ever saved in the manner in which he was saved. He was the first man ever saved totally and completely by the grace of God. Before Paul’s salvation there was: Keeping the law, water baptism, repentance, forsaking all that you had, all those things we talked about associated with the Gospel of the kingdom.
God revealed to Paul that when Christ died on that cross he died for your sins. He was buried, raised again the third day, and Paul said he was raised again for our justification.
Paul is our pattern.
When Paul began to preach, he started to preach a new Gospel, a new revelation, and that revelation was the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. Paul began to reveal that Jesus Christ; not only was he the Son of God, not only was he the Messiah to the nation Israel, not only was he proven to be the Messiah by his resurrection of the dead, but when he died on that cross, God revealed to Paul, that when he died on that cross he died for the sins of all men. No longer would there be a distinction between jew and gentile, no longer would there be a distinction between the circumcision and the uncircumcision.
“11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” Galatians 1:11-12
“Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:” Galatians 2:1-3
“6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel OF the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel OF the circumcision was unto Peter;” Galatanians 2:6-7
Gospel of the circumcision: Acts 2:38, Acts 10:35
Gospel of the uncircumcision: Titus 3:5
The Gospel of the uncircumcision is the good news for us today. Whether you are a jew or a gentile, bond or free, male or female, black or white, it makes no difference what color, race, creed or denomination. God today is saving all men on the basis of, not who or what they are, but on the basis of what they believe.
Jesus Christ hung on that cross, the Bible says that God ‘made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him’ (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). God today is saving people based on what they believe, whether or not they will trust what his Son: Jesus Christ did for them on Calvary.
The doctrine for the dispensation of the grace of God is found in Romans thru Philemon (the books that Paul wrote) and everybody today who gets saved in the dispensation of the grace of God gets saved the same way.
There’s only one way today that a person can be saved:
1: Acknowledging that they are a sinner.
2: Acknowledging that there was a man 2000 years ago, the man Christ Jesus (God’s only begotten son, God in the flesh), the Bible says he gave himself a random for all to be testified in due time, and that man Christ Jesus hung on a cross, bore our sin, became our sin the Bible says, and died for our sin and God has forgiven us for Christ’s sake.
When a person believes that and trust in that, the Bible says that “by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13). It’s not water baptism that places you into the body of Christ, it’s spirit baptism. Paul said that there’s just one baptism (Ephesians 4:5) that is associated with the church; the body of Christ. There were at least 3-4 baptisms that were associated with Israel, that are outlined in Matthew 3.
There’s only one that is associated with the Church; the body of Christ; Spirit baptism and it places you into the body of Christ, so today it does not make any difference whether you are a baptist, methodist or a presbyterian, whatever it might be that you call yourself. If you have trusted Jesus Christ, you are in the body of Christ. If you aren’t in the body of Christ, you are lost and on your way to hell, and the only hope for you is not to; Join another church, not to quit doing something else, or put on some other good works. The only hope for you is to come to the end of yourself and quit trying to save yourself and trust in what Jesus Christ did for you. That was the whole purpose in God giving the message to the Apostle Paul, so that people like you and I would have the hope of salvation by grace, through faith;
“8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
That the gentiles would be fellowheirs by the Gospel, not by: Works of righteousness, not by joining a church, not by confessing your sins, not by turning over a new leaf, not by doing better, not by giving of your money, by the Gospel.
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4