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6: Baptism (Steve Atwood)

Steve Atwood, pastor/teacher of ‘Grace Bible Church Chattanooga Tennessee’.
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Daniel,

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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.

Rightly dividing the word of truth is simply to distinguish between the Scriptures that were written to the nation Israel and the Scriptures were written to the church the body of Christ.

The old testament
The gospels: Matthew-John. The life of Jesus Christ and his earthly ministry, where he trained 12 men (disciples) to preach the gospel of the Kingdom. Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry to the nation Israel; to the Jews.
Acts 1-8: The ministry of the twelve disciples continues.
Acts 9: Paul is saved – given the gospel of the grace of God.
Paul’s epistles: Romans-Philemon.
The gospel of the grace of God
Committed to Paul
Paul the apostle of the gentiles
The dispensation of the grace of God
The church the body of Christ
Hebrew epistles: Hebrews-Revelation.
The doctrine of these books will match that of the kingdom gospel in Matthew-John.
Primarily emphasis is on the tribulation and the millennial kingdom.

I’ll talk to you about something that is is very controversial among some people: water baptism. I want us to consider what the Bible has to say about baptism. Maybe you’ve never considered this?! Maybe you’ve always considered that water baptism was the thing to do; either to be immersed or sprinkled?! I want to present some information about water baptism that may be a little bit different than what you’ve heard previously.

Ephesians 4:1-6
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

It’s very interesting that the apostle Paul would say there that there is one baptism. I know that that has to be in relation to the church; the body of Christ. Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles. He was given the dispensation of grace of God, and Paul’s doctrine is to the church the body of Christ, during the dispensation of grace; a period of time in which we are living today. Now when Paul said that there’s one baptism, he must be talking in relation to the church, for in Matthew chapter 3 we find that obviously there would be a contradiction in the Scriptures, if we did not rightly divide the word of truth. In other words, if we don’t distinguish between what Paul said to the church, and what Christ taught the nation Israel, then there is going to be contradictions in the Bible, and personally I don’t believe there are any. I believe the Bible is perfect, pure and that it is the preserved word of God, and that you can understand the Scriptures by comparing Scripture with Scripture and by rightly dividing the word of truth.

In Matthew 3, John comes forth preaching the kingdom of heaven is at hand:

Matthew 3:1-12
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Now, he lists there (verse 12) three baptisms: with water, with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Now, I want us to notice those 3 baptisms, and how that those are associated with the nation Israel. First of all I want you to notice that the baptism of repentance was water baptism. You see, there are people today who practice water baptism and they believe in baptismal regeneration; that a person must be baptized in order to be saved. On the other hand there are those people who say “no baptism is not necessary for salvation, but we practice water baptism in obedience to the Lord”. Well, I don’t believe you can have it both way, because we find that the baptism of Matthew-Mark-Luke-John and the baptism of Acts 2 was not optional. Now, I do not believe that a person has to be baptized today to be saved. I believe that salvation is by grace through faith, without any works, and I’m sure that’s what the Bible declares, but there are many people today who try to have it both ways. They may say “well, we don’t believe it for salvation, but we believe it ought to be practiced by those who are saved”. I want you to see that it was necessary as far as the nation Israel was concerned:

Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

In other words this baptism was for the remission of sins, just like Peter said in:

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.

John 1:31-33
31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.

In other words, John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; it was water baptism! Jesus Christ, before he ascends into heaven, said:

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Water baptism under the kingdom gospel was absolutely necessary for salvation!

There is no doubt about that, if you believe the Bible means what it says.

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

If he said “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world”, and then immediately after his resurrection he told them to go and preach the gospel, obviously it’s the gospel of the kingdom. It’s not hard to figure out that that is exactly what happened, because they’re preaching the same thing; the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

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.

It does not say because of. There are many people who try to get around the issue that water baptism was once required for salvation, because they don’t believe it’s necessary, and I don’t either, but they get around the issue by saying that Acts 2:38 should say “repent and be baptized BECAUSE of the remission of sins.” It is for the remission of sins, but that’s for the nation Israel.

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

There are people today to talk about being fire baptized, let me tell you that if they were fire baptized, they wouldn’t be around to tell us about it it. Fire baptism, that we’re going to see in a moment, has to do with wrath, but at any rate Jesus Christ told the disciples;

John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter [the Holy Ghost] will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

It’s absolutely clear that the tongues there were other languages. It was not the gibberish that you hear going on today in the charismatic movement. They were other languages, and they were baptized with the Holy Ghost; given the gift of other languages so they could fulfill the great commission they were given. That was to go into all the world and preach the gospel. How in the world were they going to do that when they could not speak the languages?! These were Jews, they were Hebrews. God gave them a supernatural gift to be able to speak the language of the people that they were talking to. Those were the tongues of Acts 2, and those tongues went away as their ministry declined.

Matthew 3:11-12
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

The third baptism that he mentions (Matthew 3:11-12) is baptism with fire. In other words, during the tribulation as God is dealing with the nation Israel, there will be a period of time when fire will be poured out.

Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Isaiah 66:15-16
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

This is during the seventh week of Daniel, and it’s called the time of Jacob’s trouble. It’s the time when God is going to pour out his wrath upon this world.

It is clear then that there are at least three baptisms that are associated with the nation Israel. John mentioned all three in the very beginning of his ministry.

Three baptisms for Israel (not for the church today):

1: Baptism with water for the remission of sins.
It was performed by an individual with and in water. It was water baptism and it was absolutely necessary.

2: Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Took place in Acts 2, a fulfillment of the prophecy in Joel 2, and as that baptism took place it empowered the twelve to do that which God Almighty had commissioned them to do in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, and that was to go into all the world and preach the gospel.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

3: Baptism with fire.
Comes upon those that don’t get the baptism with water. It comes upon those that are rebellious.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

That gospel of the kingdom included water baptism, keeping the law, selling out, it also included enduring to the end, and that was based upon the fact that God was going to pour out his wrath upon them.

Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Well, then the question comes up: Why in the world would the apostle Paul make a statement like he makes in Ephesians 4, that there’s only one baptism, when we’ve already seen that there are three that are clearly outlined in the Scriptures, numerous Scriptures about each one of them…why would Paul say that there is just one baptism? Well, because Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles, says he is several times. He says ‘be ye followers of me’ (1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1, Philippians 3:17)

Paul’s doctrine is for the church today (the body of Christ), and for the church today (the body of Christ) there is only ONE baptism.

There’s not several baptisms, he said there’s one baptism. Now, you know people try to get around that all kind of ways. Some people say that one baptism is water baptism. Others say that one baptism is Spirit baptism, and some say that it’s only one that really matters, and that’s the Spirit baptism. There’s all kind of ways to try to manipulate the Bible and Scriptures to make it fit the doctrine that people have been taught by by tradition of men. The fact is folks that there is just one baptism today, and we find it in Paul’s writings. The same man that wrote Ephesians 4, wrote:

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

The first thing people usually think of is; “well, if Paul said that there’s only one baptism, and it’s Spirit baptism, why did Paul baptize people?” Well, the same reason that Paul did several things in his ministry that was associated with going to the Jew first. In the book of Acts Paul kept the law, he had his head shaved under a vow (Acts 18:18), and he spoke in tongues. Paul did many things during the book of Acts, and he said (in Corinthians) that the reason he did those was because he became all things to all men. That’s why Paul baptized, but you know there is no way that Paul could have been under the same commission that we find that Peter and the other disciples were under. Jesus Christ told them emphatically, it was not optional, to ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them that believe’.

What did Paul say?

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

The ONLY baptism for the church today is Spirit baptism.

The baptism by the Spirit, and every saved individual today has experienced that baptism.
People say; “well, you don’t believe in baptism?”. Yeah, I believe in baptism, I believe in Spirit baptism. I believe 1 Corinthians 12:13; “by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body”. When Paul said there’s just one baptism, that’s the one that I find that he mentions, and therefore I know that there’s only one today, and therefore there is no need for anybody to practice water baptism today. It does nothing but get a person wet. It has nothing to do with their salvation. It has nothing to do with them being in obedience to Christ.
As a matter of fact;

Colossians 2:10-13
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Obviously, Paul is talking here about Spirit baptism. It’s interesting that people say “oh, no, that’s water baptism in verse 12!”. Well, if that is water baptism in verse 12, then it would only be reasonable to conclude that verse 11 is physical circumcision! In other words, if verse 11 is physical, then verse 12 would be physical, or they’re either both Spiritual, and obviously they’re Spiritual. In our next session we’ll talk about that circumcision of verse 11.
It’s interesting what Paul says in verse 10: “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power”. There is not anything that you can do to add to that which Christ has already done in your behalf. He died for our sins, he was buried and he was raised again for our justification.

People look at Romans 6, and they assume that that’s water baptism. There is no way that Romans 6 can be water baptism, yet there are many people who say that salvation is by grace through faith, and that Romans 6 is not water baptism, and yet they’ll quote this while they’re baptizing people.

Romans 6:3-5
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

“if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death” There’s the key! How is it that you could be planted together with him, if that’s water baptism. Obviously not everybody was baptized in water at one time. Well, we all were, as members of the body of Christ, identified with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection, identified by that Spiritual baptism. What do I mean by identification?

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

When Christ died on that cross, it’s as though you died! When he was buried, it’s as though you were buried, and when he was raised from the dead, it’s as though you were raised from the dead. We were raised with him to walk in newness of life. Not walk, raised out of water, we were raised from the dead, he died for our sins, we were buried with him and we were raised with him, to walk in newness of life.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

It’s interesting to me that there is so much emphasis today upon water baptism, among so many people. You ask people today “are you saved?” and they say “well, I’ve been water baptized”. People equate water baptism with salvation. It’s a dangerous thing to baptize people because when you do, you imply to them that it somehow has something to do with them being saved! Salvation is a free gift, it’s not by works, it’s not by water baptism, it’s not by joining the church, it is by trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ, and that is clear in Romans 6, Colossians 2 and 1 Corinthians 12:13. The Spirit baptism that Paul talks about does things for people that water baptism could never do.

Spirit BAPTISM…

1: …is performed by the Holy Spirit and not by human hands.
This baptism is not one has to be scheduled. It is not one you have to dress up for.

2: …takes place the moment a person is saved.

3: …places a person into the body of Christ, and that person placed into the body of Christ is secure in Christ; “by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body “

4: …abolishes all national, social and sexual distinctions in Christ.

Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

5: …makes a person a partaker of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection.

6: …makes a person complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).

7: …is the “one” and only baptism for the believer today in the body of Christ.

That’s why Paul said:
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Many people will say “baptism has nothing to do with salvation, but there’s two ordinances of our church; water baptism and the Lord’s supper”. I want you to consider how hypocritical it is for somebody who says that you can be a member of the body of Christ simply by trusting in what Jesus Christ did for you….that “salvation is by grace through faith; that salvation is by believing the gospel; trusting in what Christ did on the cross”, then turn around and say “you cannot be part of our local fellowship without being baptized in water”. Why is it that a local assembly would require more of people to be part of their assembly, than God requires to be part of the body of Christ? I tell you why, it’s because of one simple word, and that is tradition. Somewhere , somewhere along the line, somebody said that you had to be baptized to be part of this particular church, so it’s been passed down by tradition. There are scriptures that they go to, but they’re scriptures that are associated with the nation Israel. The word of God rightly divided, when you look at Paul’s epistles; Romans thru Philemon, you see that today there is just one baptism. That baptism is by the Spirit and that baptism places people that believe the gospel of Christ; that believe that Christ died for their sins, in Christ. That’s the only baptism today that needs to be associated with the church; the body of Christ. It’s not water baptism, it’s Spirit baptism.

The Apostle Paul said:

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.

Water baptism has nothing to do with your salvation today! Salvation is dependent upon what you believe, and water baptism is not a testimony of salvation today. A testimony of salvation is what comes out of your mouth; if you have believed the gospel of Christ, and trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, then you can tell somebody that you have. That’s the testimony that’s important, not going into a pool of water and getting wet and coming forth. It has always amazed me that people who say it’s a testimony of salvation, only get baptized once in their life. It’s not a testimony of salvation, the testimony of salvation is to open your mouth and proclaim that Christ died for you and you’re trusting in him.

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POEM: ACTS 2 BELIEVERS by Steve Atwood

There are many people who are not a few
Who believe that the church started in Acts 2.

They love the tongues and spiritual gifts
and care not that it causes a rift.

They believe that Peter is really “the man.”
For the message of Paul, they will not stand.

We show them the difference in God’s plan
but they refuse to see what we clearly can.

So here’s my word to the Acts 2 crowd,
Obey Acts 2 and be very proud.

Sell all your possessions; hold nothing back;
Ananias and Sapphira will verify that!

Have all things common and nothing keep;
Lay it all at the apostles’ feet…

And if the apostles’ feet you cannot find,
bring it all to me…that’ll be fine!

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5: Paul – Our apostle

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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4: Forgiveness

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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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4: Forgiveness
4-Forgiveness (ODT Text Document)
“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

Everybody divides the Bible somewhere. When Paul said to ‘rightly divide the word of truth’, that tells us that it must be possible to ‘wrongly divide the word of truth.
The key to understanding the Bible is to understand that we’re to distinguish between the books of the Bible that are written to the church; the body of Christ, and those books that were associated with the doctrine for the nation Israel.

The Gospel of the kingdom was the Gospel (good news) preached during Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry to the nation Israel. It was preached by Jesus Christ, John the Baptist and the 12 disciples. It was preached in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, Acts 1-8. When Paul was saved in Acts 9 he was given, according to Ephesians 3, the dispensation of the grace of God, and according to Acts 20:24, he was given the Gospel of the grace of God. That’s the basis of our study, and that’s the basis of understanding your Bible.
All of the Bible is equally inspired (2 Timothy 3:15-17), but not all of the Bible is written directly TO you, it is all written FOR you. There are certain instructions and admonitions that you need to take heed to, and we find those in Romans thru Philemon; Paul’s epistles. The Bible is laid out exactly how God intended us to distinguish between the doctrine.

Matthew-Mark-Luke-John: They’re called the gospels. Record the life and ministry of Christ, and the teachings of Christ to the twelve.
The book of Acts: Transitions us from law to grace.
Romans thru Philemon: Paul’s epistles. The doctrine of the dispensation of the grace of God.
Hebrews thru Revelation: Deals again with the nation Israel, primarily during the great tribulation and the millennial reign of Christ.

I don’t believe that there’s anything wrong with confessing your sins, but I certainly know, according to the scriptures, that you don’t have to confess sins in order to get forgiveness for them.

Let’s compare some scriptures and see how forgiveness differs in Paul’s epistles, from those writings outside of Paul’s epistles. Paul said, in Romans 11 and 15, that he is the Apostle to the gentiles. He said that Jesus Christ was the minister of the circumcision, and yet he said concerning himself that he’s the Apostle to the gentiles, so let’s look and see what Paul said about forgiveness.

Grace:

“32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

I want you to understand today, if you don’t understand anything else, that sin today is not the issue, as to whether or not you’re saved or lost. The sin issue was settled at the cross, when Christ died for your sins, and became your sacrifice, sins were no longer the issue. The issue today is; are you willing to accept that which Christ did?

Kingdom:

The Lord’s prayer (Jesus Christ was teaching the disciples to pray):
“8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you:
15 but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:8-15

Forgiveness was conditional. Under the kingdom program, there was forgiveness based upon repentance, water baptism for the remission of sins, forgiving others their trespasses towards you.

Grace:

“13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:13-15

“6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.” Romans 7:6

“4 For Christ is end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:4

Kingdom:

“9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our , and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Compare that with Colossians 2; “having forgiven you all trespasses”. I thank God that the word “all” means exactly that. “All trespasses”; that means that there’s not one single sin that God hasn’t forgiven us of!

Blasphemy:

Kingdom:

“31 ¶ Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against Holy 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 come.” Matthew 12:31-32

Grace:

“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

The Apostle Paul is our pattern.

We should be sorry for our sin, we should turn away from our sin, and there’s nothing wrong about confessing before God that we sin, but what I want you to see and understand is that the forgiveness of your sin is not based upon how much you confess it or how earnestly you agonize over it. The forgiveness of your sin was settled 2000 years ago, when Christ died for you on Calvary.

“23 For all have sinned (PAST TENSE), and come short of the glory of God (PRESENT TENSE: ONGOING, CONTINUALLY); 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:” Romans 3:23

Then I know, as a sinner, that even tho I commit sin in this flesh, that Christ has already forgiven all of my sin. How do I know that?

“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 15:3-4

How foolish would it be for God almighty, the creator of heaven and earth, to send his Son to this earth, die for our sins, pay for everyone of them by his blood, and then require you to do something in order to receive that forgiveness?! How ridiculous would it be for God to give you his Son for all of your sin, spill his blood there, turn his back on him, forsake him, and then require you to walk down on a church isle or get down on your knees, pray and beg God to forgive you?! Well, God already forgave you!

The word and 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 us: we pray you Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he (God; The Father) hath made him (Jesus Christ: God’s only begotten son, yet God in the flesh) to be for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:19-21

In other words, when Jesus Christ hung on that cross, bled, died, suffered for our sin, the Bible says that God almighty, as it were, turned his back on his son. Jesus Christ on that cross cried out: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) Why? Because God almighty can not look upon sin and Jesus Christ became sin on that cross.

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us together, and made us together in heavenly places Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being 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:
13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even law of commandments contained ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” Ephesians 11

Grace:

Ransom for ALL:

“3 For this is 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 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.” 1 Timothy 2:3-6

Kingdom:

Ransom for MANY:

“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

“45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

“28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:28

Under the kingdom program, salvation was extended to those jews and to those gentiles who blessed Israel, feared God and worked righteousness, but in the dispensation of the grace of God, which was started with the salvation of the Apostle Paul, salvation today is available to all men, without distinction.

“13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:13

If you have trusted Jesus Christ as your savior, all of your sins are forgiven….don’t let some preacher or anybody else, convince you that there’s something you’ve got to do, either before you are saved or after you’re saved to get forgiveness.

 
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3: Rightly dividing

Hello! 🙂

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,

youtube.com/romansthruphilemon

3: Rightly dividing

3-Rightly dividing (ODF text document)

“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)
Acts (transitional)
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.

Peter:
“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

Paul:
“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

 
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2: Contrasts Between Kingdom & Grace

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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

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2: Contrasts Between Kingdom & Grace
2-Contrasts Between Kingdom & Grace (ODF Text Document)

“Our purpose here is to provide you with information that will better help you understand your Bible. We have really no alternative motive, we’re not out to get your  money, we don’t want to try to sell you anything, but we do want to give you some info. that will help you understand your Bible and I believe the info. is readily available to those who will believe the Bible means what it says, where it says it, to whom it says it.”

“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

KINGDOM DOCTRINE. “THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND”. THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

“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 4:23

“35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Matthew 9:35

“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.
7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give” Matthew 10:5-8

The gospel of the Kingdom could not have included the death, burial and resurrection for they didn’t even know that at that time:

“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.” Matthew 16:21-22

GRACE DOCTRINE. THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD. THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.

The good news that we are saved by believing that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was buried, and was raised for our justification.

“25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” Romans 4:25

“24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

“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:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

KINGDOM DOCTRINE. “THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND”. THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

John preached the gospel of the Kingdom. He encourages them to repent of the thought that they are part of the kingdom simply by being Abraham’s seed.

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judæa, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:” Matthew 3:1-8

“9 And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.” Mark 1:9

“7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Luke 3:7

“18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 ¶ Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20

“16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Mark 16:16-18

Jesus Christ said;
“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.” Luke 24

We see that when these “devout jews” were gathered in Jerusalem at Pentecost, one of the holy jewish feast days, Peter followed Jesus Christ’s ministry to a t:

“36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
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 2:36-38

GRACE DOCTRINE. THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD. THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.

One baptism:

“4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in
one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through
all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-7

“13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:13

(This is a spiritual baptism performed by the Holy Spirit the moment you trust the Gospel of the grace of God. No water required or desired.)

KINGDOM DOCTRINE. “THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND”. THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

Incl. the keeping of the law.

“16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” Matthew 19:16-21

GRACE DOCTRINE. THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD. THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.

Not under the law:

“6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. “ Romans 7 (The whole chapter)

“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

KINGDOM DOCTRINE. “THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND”. THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.

Summary:
The gospel of the kingdom (for Israel) incl.:
Repentance
Water baptism
Keeping the law

“The repentance had to do with turning, having a change of mind, about who Christ was, and how you could be a part of this kingdom.”

“21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.” Matthew 19:21-22

“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judæa,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Matthew 3:1-3

“17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

“15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Mark 1:15

“Water baptism was for the remission of sins looking at the time where Christ would come again and establish the covenant with the nation Israel.”

“The keeping of the law had to do with obedience to the law God had given them (Israel)”

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” Matthew 23:2-3

“19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20

GRACE DOCTRINE. THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD. THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.

“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:” Romans 3

“There are those who think the church (the body of Christ) started in Acts 2 and they take the repentance and the water baptism, and yet the Bible says that “all that believed were together, and had all things common”

“44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” Acts 2:44-45

“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Romans 10:1-4

“The Gospel of the grace of God does not incl.
Water baptism, keeping the commandments, forsaking what you have and selling out, turning from your sins and turning over a new leaf, giving your life to Jesus or committing your life to the Lord”

Todays issue: Trust

“12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1

“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

“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:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

“Everything that needed to be done for your salvation was done 2000 years ago when Jesus Christ hung on that cross and died for your sins.”

 
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1: Only One Gospel in the Bible?

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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,

youtube.com/romansthruphilemon


1: ONLY ONE GOSPEL IN THE BIBLE?
1-Two gospels (ODF Text Document)


“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

“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 1:16-17

What is the Gospel (good news) which “is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth”? The Gospel the Apostle Paul calls “My Gospel” and “The Gospel of the grace of God/The Gospel of Christ”. Where in The Bible is it found? It certainly isn’t the “Gospel of the kingdom”, preached during Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry to the nation Israel.

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM (“the kingdom of heaven is at hand”):
The good news that the Messiah had come and that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.

“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 4:23

“35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” Matthew 9:35

“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.” Matthew 16:21-22

“27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matthew 19:27-28

“4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:4-8

“36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
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 2:36-38

“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.” Luke 24

“14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” Matthew 24:14

THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD/THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST:

The Apostle Paul was saved in Acts 9.

“24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

“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:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:” 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

Paul does, on 3 different occasions, call the Gospel of Christ/the Gospel of the grace of God “my Gospel. It’s “his Gospel” because it was committed unto him (by the risen, ascended Christ):

“16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” Romans 2:16

“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,” Romans 16:25

“8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:” 2 Timothy 2:8

Paul’s response to those who questioned the legitimacy and distinctiveness of his Gospel:

“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.” Galatians 2:1-2

Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit. Times past:

“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.” Acts 12:31-32

But now:
“38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man [PAUL] 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

“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

“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.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

 
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