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The fall/partial blindness of Israel (Paul’s 1st apostolic journey) [Curt Crist]

Curt Crist, pastor/teacher of ‘Welcome To Grace Ministries’:

Source: #116 Jews, Paul and the Law 1 [Curt Crist] (28:39-43:25 min.):

PLAYLIST: 116-119 Understanding the book of Acts [Curt Crist]

What we have to understand about the book of Acts, is that Paul was trying to reach individual Jews and Gentiles, and the Jews were associated with those customs. The Jews had been God’s favored nation, the Jews were Paul’s kinsman after the flesh, he desired greatly to reach these folk. Paul himself was Jewish and it was the Jewish religious leadership that had the Jews dispersed in the first place, so Paul always went to Jews first and God intended him to do so. Not only would unbelieving Jews be given an opportunity to believe through grace, God would also prove through the acts account that for the most part the Jews would remain in unbelief. The book of acts is God’s everlasting account validating the partial blindness that had come upon that nation.

We want to look at Paul’s visit to the Jews during the acts account, and we want to watch God validate having set Israel aside nationally with the stoning of Stephen, while he now completes his program and plan for the body of Christ. Paul began the first of his apostolic journeys with the pronouncement of blindness on Barjesus. Paul was on his way to Asia, that was the area he would first visit, when he ran across what Scripture calls a false prophet, a Jew, so this is not a believing Jew, this is an unbelieving Jew. God could not give us a more clear picture of the blindness Paul tells us in the book of Romans that happened to Israel nationally. This is a picture of it.

Acts 13:11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Now we are going to see God, through Paul’s acts ministry, validate the blindness upon unbelieving Jews as Paul goes to the Jews first, in every area he visits. This is area number one. From Pathos in Cyprus Paul sets sail for Asia, again this is his first apostolic journey, he enters Antioch and Pisidia, where he visits the Jewish synagogue:

Acts 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man [Jesus Christ] is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Great news to these unbelieving Jews, wouldn’t you say? At least it should’ve been the greatest news they would ever hear, but here is the warning given in light of the fact that Israel nationally had already been set aside in blindness:

Acts 13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

Acts 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

That’s precisely what had already come upon Israel nationally, earlier on. Would the Gentiles be interested in Paul’s message?

Acts 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

Sounds like the Gentiles were extremely interested in what Paul has to say to these Jews. Of course were the Gentiles not supposed to be coming to Israel to learn about God? They were! Were they not supposed to be coming through Israel’s rise as prophecy had proclaimed? Sure, they were, but Israel had not risen! Israel had fallen. Israel had been blinded in part.

Acts 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

Acts 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

Does it sound like everything is wonderful up to this point? Sounds pretty good to me, sounds like Paul should have great success, everything is going wonderfully so far. Gentiles are extremely interested. Paul’s continuing to try to persuade the Jews to stay with that message he’s preaching, but trouble is brewing in Antioch city. Starts with t, rhymes with p, stands for Paul. Notice the tempest in the teapot that is brewing here:

Acts 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

Were the Jews embracing Paul’s message? I think it is very easy to see they were not, and they were not embracing Paul either. Paul had gone to the Jews of Asia first, that was his intent, I believe that’s what he was instructed to do, and they didn’t like him or his message. They were envious of the attention the apostle Paul was getting, and that envy had led to a rejection of not only Paul, but of Paul’s message. That’s a profound truth to understand; that envy will lead to a rejection of not only you but your message. While some believe Paul’s message, the vast majority rejected it; a validation of why God had set Israel aside nationally in the first place, and why God had called this new apostle who would be sent to the Gentiles. Paul was free at this point in time. He had spoken to the Jews of Asia and they had rejected, he’s now free to encounter Gentiles in Asia separately, separate from the Jews. God called out this new apostle in order to complete his plan and program through the Gentiles, and he did it through an apostle of grace. Here is Paul’s response to the Jewish rejection of his message in Asia:

Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Did Paul turn to the Gentiles in Asia at this point? You bet he did, because he had already gone to the Jews first in Asia before he went to anyone else. He held their unbelief up in front of them and he said “now I’m free to go to the Gentiles in Asia” and he did so. The rejection Paul and Barnabas faced here wasn’t about to get any better:

Acts 13:49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

Acts 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

Did they want Paul or his message? They didn’t… Paul was certainly free to go to the Gentiles with his message of grace. That is precisely what Paul began to do because now he was free to do that in Asia. The Jews were proving themselves blind, perhaps it would go better for Paul at Iconium; Paul’s next stop in Asia.

Acts 14:1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they [Paul and Barnabas] went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

It looks better in Iconium, does it not? This looks much better than where he was, again things are looking up, at least so far they are, but is there trouble brewing in Iconium?

Acts 14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

Unbelieving Jews stirring up trouble all over again, and that trouble starts with T rhymes with P, stands for Paul.

Acts 14:3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

Signs for the folks of that nation that God had dealt with according to signs, isn’t that interesting? Would those signs do the trick when it came to these Jews of the dispersion?

Acts 14:4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

So now we’ve got a teeter totter effect going on, this is a see-saw here. Which way will it go? Will go up or will it go down?

Acts 14:5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

Are they rejecting the Apostle of grace? You bet they are!

Acts 14:6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

Acts 14:7 And there they preached the gospel.

Guess one of “the regions that lieth round about” Lystra and Lycaonia? Galatia!
Paul had already proven blindness when it came to the Jews in Asia, and rest assured he was indeed going to Gentiles as he was going to the regions that lieth round about Lycaonia. The assembly of Galatia was established during this time, and Paul had met young Timothy, his mother and his grandmother on this journey. It was by way of Paul’s ministry that Timothy came to faith in Christ, and the all sufficiency of the cross work of Jesus Christ, but as we stay with the story in acts 14, we find Paul healing a man in Lystra. The man that was impotent in his feet, he had been a cripple from his mother’s womb. With that healing, the people of that area thought the apostle Paul and Barnabas were Gods. ‘If they can do this, these guys are gods’. They couldn’t contain themselves they wanted to worship at the feet of Paul and Barnabas, because the feelings that had taken place. Seems like Paul should’ve been able to make great progress with his message of grace to these folks, wouldn’t it? If you were being worshiped as a god, don’t you think you would get your message across to those worshiping you as a god?

Acts 14:19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing [deeming, judging, fully believing] he had been dead.

Aren’t these people at Iconium supposed to be coming through Israel’s rise? She had fallen! She had not risen, she had already fallen. Paul had already pronounced blindness before he really got underway on this journey, and it’s simply being proven to us folks; no one’s coming through the Jews, that’s not happening.
Paul relates the same account in;

2 Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

The unbelieving Jews were not happy campers, no matter where Paul went. When it came to Paul, they didn’t want him or his message. God is indeed validating the blindness that he had brought upon that nation nationally, with the salvation of Saul, and that Paul had declared with the blindness brought upon Barjesus. Here they’ve stoned the apostle Paul. He’s approaching the latter portion of this first journey to Asia. How many listening today would want to continue on if the same thing would happen to you? You moved into a town, and some folks said “we want to hear you out, we would like to hear what you have. Let’s meet at the community center next week” and you meet at the community center and these folks are really interested. Their ears are wide open and they’re listening, and in through the door comes some folks from the first, or second or third of whatever and they say, ‘no you’re preaching heresy, you’re preaching damnable heresy, let’s stone you to death’. Would you want to continue? Paul did! He’d make three additional journeys, if we include the Rome trip!

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Present day Israel (UN-1948) [Curt Crist]

Curt Crist, pastor/teacher of ‘Welcome To Grace Ministries’:

Source: #124 Peace of mind (51:07-54:21)

Present day Israel [.PDF]

How about Israel’s enemies? How about, would God deliver Israel from her enemies? Of course he will! Would Israel need someone to deal with her enemies? I think we all know the answer to that. We know for certain that God is not dealing with current day Israel as a special nation, he’s dealing with all alike today. When he deals with Israel as a special nation, when they’re re-gathered to that land, they’ll be re-gathered in belief, they’ll enter the land and given the totality of the land. Christ, their King, will be with them, and they will dwell safely according to scripture, and according to Matthew, that will take place after the tribulation of those days, at Christ’s second coming, when he sends his angels out to re-gather Israel to their land. With the earthly program being set aside, during this age of grace, no nationality enjoys special favor in the eyes of God; all must come alike to God today. Remember, God didn’t lift up the gentiles, who had been without God, and put them on an equal or higher plain, than belonged to Israel. He concluded Israel in unbelief, as he had previously concluded the gentiles in unbelief, both of them down on the same level, so that he might have mercy on all, and that’s where it is today, according to Paul:

Romans 11:32 KJV For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

There’s nothing special about those of Jewish heritage who are in that land today. I know this irks a lot of people, but they enjoy no higher status with God during this mystery dispensation, no matter what some may say or think, than any other nationality on the face of the earth. That land, and the people who were given it by UN-decree in 1948, are called Israel. Tell me, does the Israel of our day have an enemy problem? How many nations do you suppose oppose that people? Not all, but certainly the vast majority. Europe is full of them. The UN is full of them. We’re fighting terrorism today because of our support for present day Israel. I can tell you most assuredly, even present day Israel would rejoice if someone would come along and avenge their cause with their enemies. The fact is, when God resumes his program with that nation, when he’s ready to gather true Israel into their promised land, he will avenge his cause with those who oppose his people and their Messiah. Jesus Christ, and he’ll be called the Mighty God in connection with that, will oppose the Christ rejectors of this world.

Psalms 5:11 KJV But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

Think about that, in light of God’s judgment of her enemies, will Israel time future have great reason to rejoice in their defender; their Jehovah Nissi.”

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BitTorrent: Download Curt Crist’s Bible studies on Philippians. 94-95 + 108-134

Curt Crist is the pastor/teacher of ‘Welcome To Grace Ministries’: I’ve now made the DVD/video bible studies I have on Philippians (94-95, 108-134) available for download:

  • #94 Whine or shine.
  • #95 A departure from Paul
  • #108 Why 2 programs
  • #109 A program on hold
  • #110 A program in progress 1
  • #111 A program in progress 2
  • #112 Things that differ-Things that don’t 1
  • #113 Things that differ-things that don’t 2
  • #114 Things that differ, things that don’t 3
  • #115 Israel and the trees
  • #116 Jews, Paul and the Law. The book of Acts 1
  • #117 Jews, Paul and the Law. The book of Acts 2
  • #118 Following Paul; Acts overview
  • #119 Acts and the miraculous
  • #120 The Pauline Pattern
  • #121 An Appeal From Paul
  • #122 The Book Of Life
  • #123 Reconciliation
  • #124 Peace of mind
  • #125 Our labor of love
  • #126 The power of prayer 1
  • #127 The power of prayer 2
  • #128 The power of prayer 3
  • #129 The power of prayer time future
  • #130 The doctrine of thinking 1
  • #131 The doctrine of thinking 2
  • #132 The doctrine of thinking 3
  • #133 Grace communication
  • #134 Philippians finale

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Ephesians 3:9 KJV  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

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Paul’s gospel in 15 seconds!

Where was the SIN QUESTION settled? Calvary.

What was the verdict? Guilty.

What was the penalty? Death. (Separation from God; spiritual deadness, physical death etc.)

Who took it? Jesus Christ.

How much of it? All of it.

How much did he leave for you? None of it…not imputing the world’s sins unto them; “not imputing their trespasses unto them” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)

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Welcome to grace. June-12-2011 [Curt Crist]

Justification. The body of Christ. The faith OF Christ: His faithfulness.
The difference between the Gospel of the kingdom (prophecy), the gospel of God (prophecy) and the gospel of Christ/the gospel of the grace of God (mystery).

Romans 1:16-17
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.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Romans 3:20-28
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

Ephesians 2:11-12
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Exodus 34:5-7
5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Romans 16:25 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,

The gospel of the kingdom:

Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

+ Matthew 9:35, Matthew 10, Mark 6

The gospel (good news) of the kingdom (of heaven), Israel’s promised earthly kingdom being at hand:
The good news about the kingdom to be brought down from heaven to earth, when the King (Jesus Christ) returns and sets his kingdom up here.
Repent, and be baptized for the sending away of your sins.

Luke 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

Isaiah 33:24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

Matthew 16:21-22
21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.
22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.

John 20:9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

Luke 24:25-27
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:44-47
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Isaiah 53:4-8
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

Acts 2:38 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 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

The presence of the Lord: The 2nd coming of Christ.

Romans 11:26-27
26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Only the people of Israel are referred to as God’s sheep:

Psalms 79:13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

John 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

John 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

A ransom for MANY:

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Matthew 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

The gospel (good news of God) of God, not the good news of the impending kingdom, not the gospel of the kingdom. That program had been pushed aside (Romans 11).
What was the gospel of God? Jesus Christ was alive; he had risen from the dead! They had crucified him, he had died, he was buried, he had risen from the dead. He was the Son of the living God. The deity of Jesus Christ. While it applies to both programs; the kingdom program and the body of Christ program, it is NOT the saving gospel for today (the dispensation of the grace of God/the age of grace).

The gospel (good news) of Christ: The good news that Jesus Christ (God’s only begotten Son, God in the flesh) died for the sins of the world (past, present, future, incl. everyone), was buried and rose again the third day (raised for our justification). Exclusively revealed to our Apostle; the Apostle Paul, by the ascended, glorified Christ. The saving gospel for today; the dispensation of the grace of God.

A ransom for ALL:

1 Timothy 2:3-7
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
7 Whereunto I [Paul] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

It’s no longer an issue for forgiveness of sins, the issue is what will we believe; what will those that have been told this good news that sin is no longer an issue with God, what will they believe about their sins no longer being an issue, with God almighty.

If they’re going to bed on their knees in the evening, asking God to forgive the sins that they’re supposed to be believing are no longer an issue because Christ took care of them at Calvary, what are they saying they believe about what Christ took care of at Calvary?

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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1 Corinthians 15:1-4? [Curt Crist]

Curt Crist, pastor/teacher of ‘Welcome To Grace Ministries’:

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“Paul’s gospel must be accepted, it must be believed today, and you can be sure that confusion concerning that gospel through the use of a counterfeit gospel; a gospel that looks so much like Paul’s gospel that you’d not know the difference, if you didn’t clearly know Paul’s gospel, will be Satan’s focus in this age of grace. That’s Satan’s purpose in this age of grace, to confuse Paul’s gospel with a gospel so nearly to it, that we’d not recognize what was missing from it or added to it, and it looks just like Paul’s Gospel. There are many folks out there today, and I hear them all the time, and I hear them in grace circle’s all the time, saying ‘all you have to do is to believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ and you’re saved’. How many people believe that today?!
Just about everybody in every assembly in our town believes that. They believe it in the baptist, catholic, pentecostal churches. They believe it in almost every church across the board that Christ died, was buried and rose again, but what do they believe was accomplished by that death, burial and resurrection? That’s the key point! Do they believe it was an all-sufficient reconciliation where the entirety of the world’s sin debt was concerned, or do they believe that they must obtain a new measure of reconciliation every time they sin, and that’s by seeking a new measure of forgiveness from God, that He might be reconciled to them. Who in the world are they asking for forgiveness from? From God, therefore the assumption is that he’s not reconciled when they sin. You see what was going on in their minds? In their minds they were separating themselves from God by their sin, and Paul is saying that he has already reconciled you where your sins are concerned. Who we are and what we have in the person of our Savior is incredible, and I’m using that word in the sense of overwhelmingly wonderful.”

1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 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:

2 Corinthians 5:18-21
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Colossians 1:21
21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

1 Timothy 2:3-7
3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to be testified in due time.
7 Whereunto I [Paul] am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

Ephesians 2:8-9
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.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

A brother in Christ had these questions:

If you add anything, or do not understand the concept of reconciliation, does that mean they are lost? Is that how fine a line it is? Is that what Pastor Curt is saying that it is more than just believing 1 Corinthians 15;1-4?
1: If a person believes Peter and Paul’s gospel are the same, saved or lost? In fact, if they teach that the four gospels are the same as Paul’s gospels,saved or lost?
2. If a person says “they believe”, but add “BUT” we try to keep the big 10, we water baptize as testimony, we try and do the Sermon on the Mount, saved or lost?

…so I sent Curt Crist an e-mail, and this is his response:

Hey Daniel,
I sure do have a response. Merely saying the words ‘Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again’…is no more than a recitation of sounds…unless a person knows and believes what he is saying when he says those words. When a person says…’he died for our sins’…does he truly believe what he is saying? Recitation and belief are two different things. It is ‘believing the gospel’ that saves today according to Paul, not just reciting words. If I say ‘he died for my sins’…but I do not believe that his death for my sins accomplished anything where the sins he died for are concerned…I’m uttering words without attaching a meaning to them. For instance, the Pope says that Christ died for his sins, was buried and rose again. You’ll find this in the Catholic Bible. But, the Pope does not believe that the sins Christ died for…have been ‘put away forever’. The Pope would tell you that you need ‘further absolution’ in order to ‘make heaven’. What does that tell you he actually believes… when it comes to the words he has no problem uttering? Do you see the difference. He died for my sins is meaningless unless I know what it means that he died for my sins. That’s not ‘adding to the gospel’…that’s understanding the gospel we’re reciting.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Now, about the second part of the question your friend raises. A person doesn’t have to understand ‘right division’ in order to understand ‘the gospel’ Paul preached. I’m sure there are those who think Peter was preaching what Paul was preaching because they don’t understand ‘right division’. The question would be ‘does the person who does not understand right division’…understand Paul’s gospel? If they do and they believe it…they are saved regardless of what they believe about Peter or water baptism. However, if they think that water baptism saves….that’s another story! Right division doesn’t save, believing Paul’s gospel saves! Of course, spiritual growth (an issue of the Bema, or Judgment Seat of Christ) most certainly depends upon understanding the Bible rightly divided. A person can be saved and not spiritually mature. But ‘spiritual maturity’ is something believers are called to…according to Paul. Hope this answers your friends questions. Let me know how it works out.


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PLAYLIST: #108 – # 134 [Curt Crist]

Curt Crist, pastor/teacher of ‘Welcome To Grace Ministries’:

Bible study #108 “Why two programs? Why planet earth?” to #134 “Philippians finale” on Philippians.


27 videos
Total length: 26 hours


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