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5: Paul – Our apostle

09 Feb

Howdy! 🙂

Before you watch the video and/or read the notes, I would like to give you some background information. The video is presented by Steve Atwood, pastor of ‘Grace Bible Church Chattanooga Tennessee’. Website: Understandingyourbible.com . Uploaded with explicit permission from Steve Atwood. These are my personal notes for the video. I’ve tried to keep it true to his message. Feel free to use these notes as you please!

The Bible used is a King James Bible (KJV A.V. 1611). The King James Bible is NOT copy-right protected! It can be downloaded for free at: http://www.bibleprotector.com/KJB-PCE-MINION.pdf

Thanks for your time, and have a nice day!

Daniel,

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5: Paul-Our Apostle

“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

There are numerous scriptures in the Bible, that are written directly TO us in the dispensation of the grace of God; written to the church (the body of Christ), that are separate and distinct from those scriptures that were written TO and FOR the nation Israel.

TIMES PAST:
Matthew-Mark-Luke-John: They’re called the gospels. Center around the life and ministry of Christ, and the teachings of Christ to the twelve. The Gospel of the kingdom (“the kingdom of heaven is at hand”) is being preached.
The book of Acts: Transitions us from law to grace. Acts 1-8: The ministry of the twelve disciples continues.
Acts 9: The Apostle Paul is saved.
BUT NOW:
Romans thru Philemon: Paul’s epistles. The doctrine of the dispensation of the grace of God (for today), and the doctrine for the church (the body of Christ).
TIME TO COME:
Hebrews thru Revelation: Deals again with the nation Israel, primarily during the great tribulation and the millennial reign of Christ.

To really understand the Bible you have to understand that there are certain books of the Bible that are written directly TO us. All of the Bible is written for us and equally inspired (2 Timothy 3:15-17), but the writings of Paul are the writings in which we find the doctrine for today.

1: Paul was/is the apostle to the gentiles. We are supposed to be followers of him:

“16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.”  1 Corinthians 4:16

“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1

“17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” Philippians 3:17

“6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:” 1 Thessalonians 1:6

“7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” 2 Timothy 2:7

The Apostle Paul was concerned that people would not follow him. Why would Paul, who called himself the Apostle to the gentiles, be so concerned about following him? The reason is that he was given, according to Ephesians 3, the dispensation of the grace of God.

“37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 14:37

In Paul’s days there was a problem with people not acknowledging that Paul was an apostle, just like the twelve, that followed Christ and had their ministry in the book of Acts. Judas having fallen, Matthias replaced him (Acts 1:15-26), so there were twelve there in the Book of Acts that were carrying out the ministry of preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. Paul was given the Gospel of the grace of God, according to Acts 20:24, and the dispensation of the grace of God. Paul, as he writes to the Corinthians, the Thessalonians and the Philippians, over and over again warns and instructs them to “be followers of him”. Why? Because he was the one that was preaching the message for today.

People sometimes get a little upset when you begin to talk about following Paul. Yet most of them belong to a denomination/denominational church, which was started by men…. Every denominational church has a founder. We’re supposed to be a part of the church Paul started.

“13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:” Romans 11:13

He was not magnifying himself, he was magnifying the position he had been given, as the apostle of the gentiles.

Paul said, concerning Jesus Christ, that he was a ‘minister of the circumcision’, that’s the jews.

“8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:” Romans 15:18

Notice what Paul said about himself:

“16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:16

The twelve were sent to the nation Israel, they were to start in Jerusalem. Paul, during his Acts ministry, went to the jews first, but then he went out from there to the gentiles.

2: Paul received his ministry by direct revelation.

“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

He received that message directly from the Lord Jesus Christ.
“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:
4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
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;” Galatians 2:1-7

3: Paul laid the foundation:
“10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.” 1 Corinthians 3:10

Paul was the first person saved in the manner in which he was saved:

“6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.” Romans 11:6

“No more” tells us that there must have been a time where works were involved and essential to be saved. They could never save a man entirely by themselves, but they were required for salvation.

Paul was the first person ever saved totally and completely by grace alone.

“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 1:14-16

4: Paul was given the dispensation (the dispensing) of the grace of God.

“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If y e 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

There was a mystery that was revealed to the Apostle Paul. It was not revealed in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John or Acts 1-8. That mystery was that God would save jew and gentile in one body, by the Gospel. Today, God is saving all men by grace, thru faith, no works involved. Simply by trusting Jesus Christ (i.e. the Gospel of the grace of God), a man is saved today and placed into the body of Christ. That’s the mystery that was given to the Apostle Paul.

The Gospel of the grace of God/The Gospel of Christ:
“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

“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

God revealed it to Paul, to tell us today. The problem with religion today is that people will take Paul’s teaching, but then they mix the works message with it. They mix the law with grace, they mix water baptism with grace, and they cause people to stumble and not see the truth of the Gospel. They don’t distinguish between the doctrine of Matthew-Mark-Luke-John and Romans thru Philemon and Hebrews thru revelation. They just throw it all together; they fail to rightly divide the word of truth.

“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:” Ephesans 3:2-3

5: Paul preached a different gospel than Peter, and was sent to different people.

“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;
8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.” Galatians 2:6-9

Peter agreed that Paul would preach a different gospel.

The gospel of the circumcision was the gospel of the kingdom (“the kingdom of heaven is at hand”) (Matthew 4:23, 9:35, 10:5-8, 24:14, Acts 2 etc.), it was the gospel that was preached to and among the circumcision. Water baptism: John 3. Keeping the commandments: Matthew 19. Repentance and water baptism for the remission of sins: Acts 2:36.

3 answers to “What must I do?”

1.    Christ: Keep the commandments (law) and sell possessions (Matthew 19)
2.    Peter: Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2). Exactly what Christ told him to preach in Luke 24.
3.    Paul: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved (Acts 16) Believe what? The gospel that Paul was preaching; the gospel of the grace of God (1 Corinthians 15:1-4);

“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:”

“16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16

You don’t have to do anything in your flesh in order to be saved. All you got to do is come to a point in your life that you are willing to relax and quit trying to save yourself, and simply trust in what Jesus Christ did for you.

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