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Baptism for the dead? [Scott Foust]


 
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THE GENTILES AND THE LAW

Daniel

September-10-2011

The gentiles and the law – PDF-FILE (right click & save as to download or click it to open it in your browser)

There’s a God-given time line in the Bible; the word of God, more specifically in Ephesians 2. This time line consists of 3 time periods: the past: “time past”, the present: “but now” and the future: “ages to come”.

Time past:

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:

But now:

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by

the blood of Christ.

Ages to come:

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in

his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

This makes a lot of sense, if we take heed at the instructions given to us in…

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.

There are divisions in the Bible, so studying the word of truth rightly divided has to do with distinguishing between those divisions and different time periods. All of the Bible is written for us; for our learning (Romans 15:4), but not all of the Bible is written directly to us! Not everything is our mail.

The “but now” period we live in is called the dispensation of the grace of God, or the body of Christ program. It started with the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus, in Acts 9. Saul was later called Paul, and made the Apostle to and of the gentiles: our Apostle. The ascended, glorified Jesus Christ, from his place in heaven, revealed the mystery to him. That’s why Paul’s epistles are called “the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery” (Romans 16:25-26). One of the main differences between the “but now” period and the 2 other time periods; “time past” and “ages to come”, is that God today (“but now”) isn’t recognizing any nation above any other nation. Today he’s dealing with mankind as a whole; individually, not nationally. During the Kingdom program; in “time past” and “ages to come” the focus was, and will again be, His chosen nation; Israel. There was, and will again be, a distinction between the Jews and the Gentiles (the heathens, the non-Jews).

We who live during the dispensation of the grace of God, Jew or Gentile…makes no difference, are not under the law of Moses, but under grace:

Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Does this mean that we, Gentiles, once were under the law?! Absolutely not, and this is where the confusion starts…

Let’s take a closer look at Ephesians 2:11-12:

Ephesians 2:11-12

11Wherefore remember, that ye beingin time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12That at that time [time past] ye [Gentiles] werewithout Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

In time past a Gentile (a heathen or a non-Jew) was “called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands”; the Jews. Someone who was uncircumcised was considered unclean, a dog (Matthew 15:26-27). The gentiles 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:”. What a position to be in!!!

What about the Jews?

Romans 9:4-8

4Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

5Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. Forthey are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

What a contrast compared to what we just read about the gentiles!

We know that God made a covenant (the old covenant) with Abraham:

Genesis 12:1-3

1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

This nation was called Israel.

Abraham-Isaac-Jacob

Genesis 17:1-8

1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.

7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

Abraham had two sons initially: one by his wife’s handmaiden, Hagar, the other by Sarah. The first, Ishmael, was of the bondwoman (Hagar), and the second, Isaac, of the freewoman (Sarah). The first, Ishmael, was not of the Lord, but rather the labor of the flesh, so it was to be cast out.

Galatians 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Abraham was to cast out Ishmael and his mother, for he was not to be heir even after Abraham pleaded for him.

Genesis 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

Notice it doesn’t say in “all thy seed”, but rather in “thy seed”, a particular seed line, the one the Lord gave of the freewoman. The seed which came of Sarah: Isaac. This is the seed with which God would establish His covenant.

Genesis 17:21 But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.

Now Isaac has two sons of the same wife. One, Esau, operates in unbelief, has little regard for his birthright and sells it (Genesis 25:27-34) to his brother Jacob. The seed line now passes through Jacob.

Genesis 28:13-14

13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

The seed and the blessings now come through Jacob’s seed. However, not all Jacob’s seed operates in faith. This is the real issue, this is why not all Israel is Israel! The real seed of Abraham are those of the faith of Abraham.

Romans 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Abraham responded by faith to what God had to say “and it was counted unto him for righteousness”. It made him right in the eyes of God.

Only the children of the promise, the Jews who took God at his word were and will be true Israel, when God sets Israel at the forefront again, after the dispensation of the grace of God comes to an end. That’s why Paul, in Romans 9:6, says that; “For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:”

Romans 9:4-5

4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

The work of the law?

Romans 2:12-15

12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

Notice it says “the WORK of the law written in their heart”, not the “law written in their heart”, as many change it to mean. When Paul is talking about the gentiles having the work of the law written in their hearts, he’s talking about those who were never placed under the law contract, who supposed their righteousness was coming from their personal goodness. It was ‘the moral code’ the Gentiles supposed was their ‘key to righteousness’. Whether man sets a moral code for himself (his own set of standards), or whether it be God’s moral code called the law of Moses, the fact is, no man can merit a righteous standing before God by ‘what he DOES’. Salvation is of grace, through faith, and has always been by grace, through faith. This is what Israel never understood, and the religious people of this world don’t understand it either.

Circumcision

Let’s continue where we left off, in Genesis 17:

Genesis 17:9-14

9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

11And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.

12 And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.

13 He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised: and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

14And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

Circumcision wasn’t optional, it was mandatory! It was a token of the covenant between God and Abraham.Those who weren‘t circumcised were cut off from Israel. Being cut off from Israel, was the same as being cut off from God…one and the same thing. Everything God did was through his chosen nation; Israel.

What about all the gentiles who were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world”?!

They had to proselyte to Judaism; become a Jewish proselyte. They had to take hold of Israel’s covenant. Today there are no proselytes, because there’s nothing to proselyte to. The Kingdom program; God’s program with Israel, is put on hold in favor of the the body of Christ program, in the dispensation of the age of grace, where God is forming the one new man in Christ…in the person of His Son.

Ephesians 2:13-18

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 the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Colossians 2:10-14

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;

14Blotting 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;

1 Corinthians 12:12-14

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

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.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

Salvation

The second a lost person believes the Gospel (good news) of Christ they’re baptized BY (not with) the Spirit into the body of Christ. The good news of Christ is that Jesus Christ is God’s only begotten Son; the God-man. He died for ALL our sins, was buried and rose again the third day. This resolved the sin issue ONCE and for ALL, where the entirety of the world’s sin debt was concerned, in the mind of the one to whom the payment for their sins was made; God the Father! To believe this good news is to be reconciled in your mind (Colossians 1:21, 2 Corinthians 5:20), not God’s. It’s a SON issue today, not a SIN issue. The issue isn’t forgiveness of sin. The issue is believing what the cross work of Christ accomplished in your behalf, in order to be identified with and joined to Christ himself: having His test scores (His righteousness and His faith) written on your paper.

What about the 10 commandments? Have the gentiles ever been under those? Are we under the 10 commandments today? The answer is NO!

The 10 commandments were a part of the law, which in fact contained 613 commandments, not just 10. Some interpret the Bible to make a distinction between the moral and ceremonial law. They claim that while we are not under the ceremonial law, we are under the moral law. The problem with this view is that the Bible never makes a distinction between moral law and ceremonial law. Those who are under the law are bound by every statute; they cannot choose certain parts of the law to obey. Had you broken 1, you had broken all:

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

This is where the nation Israel was in error. They thought they had righteousness in and of themselves, and that they were meriting a righteous standing before God by law-keeping. That’s not why God gave that nation the law! The law was given them to show them who they were: sinners. Perfect righteousness is the only righteousness God could and can recognize, and He had to provide it for them, and He would do that if they’d simply recognize that, change their mind (repent), and take Him at His word. We know they didn’t. They rejected God the Father through John the Baptist. They rejected the Son: Jesus Christ, and at last they rejected the holy Spirit through Stephen, a man filled with the holy Spirit, in Acts 7. This resulted in the fall of Israel, where God set them aside for a season, and here we are…almost 2000 years after, and the age of grace continues on!Thank God for that!

Today salvation is readily available to all…Jew or gentile…makes no difference: we’re all saved the same way. The law-The middle wall of partition between the Jews and the Gentiles is broken down. Once someone is in Christ they’ve put on Christ, and they’re a new creature.

2 Corinthians 5:16-17

16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Colossians 3:10-11

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

2 Corinthians 6:1-2

1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

 
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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’: Welcometograce.com. 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

29 videos. Size: 13,6 GB. 400-600 MB/1 hour each. Format: AVI. Codec: XVID.

You can open them in most media players (I recommend VLC media player), and even dvd- or blu ray players, if they support XVID/DIVX. 1 file fits on a CD-R.

What is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent (often abbreviated to ‘BT’) is a protocol that allows you to download files quickly and efficiently. It is a peer to peer protocol, which means you download and upload to other people downloading the same file. BitTorrent is often used for distribution of large files or popular content as it is a cheap, fast, efficient way to distribute files to users like you. µTorrent is a BitTorrent client, so it speaks the BitTorrent protocol, much like a browser would speak HTTP. Just as there are multiple web browsers, there are multiple BitTorrent clients, and µTorrent is the most popular.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>DOWNLOAD<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Click the link above. You now have 3 choices:

  1. Clicking “Download now” will download the BitTorrent file, plus a BitTorrent client called µTorrent. Recommended if you do not already have a BitTorrent client installed.
  2. If you already have a BitTorrent client installed, you can use the magnet link, this loads the BitTorrent file directly to your BitTorrent client, or….
  3. …download the BitTorrent-file, and then open it in your BitTorrent client.

If you’re new to BitTorrent, read this first: http://www.utorrent.com/help/guides/beginners-guide and http://www.utorrent.com/help/faq.

How does it work? BitTorrent clients connect everyone who is downloading/uploading a file, and then shares the content between them. The small BitTorrent file (.torrent or the magnet link) gives you access to download the real content (in this case the 29 video files). You can stop/pause/resume whenever, and as many times as, you like. This is possible because BitTorrent works by only downloading and uploading small pieces of information at a time, typically a couple of kb each. Those who haven’t reached 100% yet are called peers or leechers, those who have reached 100% are called seeders.

µTorrent finished downloading, but now it says it’s Seeding. What does that mean?

Seeding is where you leave your BitTorrent client open after you’ve finished your download to help distribute it (you distribute the file while downloading, but it’s even more helpful if you continue to distribute the full file even after you have finished downloading). Chances are that most of the data you got was from seeds, so help give back to the community! It doesn’t require much – µTorrent will continue seeding until the torrent is removed (right click the torrent, then hit Remove).

I kindly ask you to help seed this BitTorrent, for as long as you can or want. Let’s keep this BitTorrent alive and healthy (fast!). Since the files aren’t located on any servers (they are located on the hard drives of everyone who is downloading or has downloaded them, so there aren’t any third-parties involved), the torrent will die if people stop seeding it. Sharing is caring! 😉

IMPORTANT:

Keep in mind that if you move the downloaded folder/files, the BitTorrent stops working until you tell your BitTorrent client where on the hard drive it’s located:

uTorrent: Move/Rename Folder and Keep Seeding

Renaming or altering the files in any way will also make the BitTorrent stop working! Simply check the index list above and rename the files to fix it. Please try this before re-downloading the whole BitTorrent.

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:

Questions? Post a comment below or contact me on e-mail or Youtube 🙂 See “Contact” in the sidebar to the right. Enjoy!

 

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FORGIVING OTHERS-WHY AND WHEN?

Daniel

August-4-2011

Forgiving others-why and when? PDF-FILE (right click & save as to download or click it to open it in your browser)

Our Apostle: Paul wrote 13 epistles/books (Romans thru Philemon). These epistles are written TO us living in the dispensation of the grace of God/the age of grace, or the body of Christ program. They contain the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, not according to prophecy. Paul, on behalf of Jesus Christ, says that we have all forgiveness up-front.

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19To 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.

21For he [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Reconciliation is the greek word katallagē, it simply means a change in status or restoration to favor. That’s what forgiveness is all about. Reconciliation and forgiveness, where God is concerned, is of God: God accomplished it. Today it isn’t something we work for or wait for…it isn’t a future event, nor does it happen at the point of belief. It is something we already have, and by “we” I mean the world; lost or saved…makes no difference. Past, present, future. So, the issue, where salvation is concerned, isn’t sin, but belief or unbelief: believing what the cross work of the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished on our behalf. Faith is taking God at His word, taking your stand where God takes His. The Gospel (good news) of Christ is that Jesus Christ in fact was the only begotten Son of God; the sinless God-man, and that He died for ALL our sins, was buried and rose again the third day. God the Father made Christ to be sin for us; everything that sin represents, and He was judged for those sins. God the Father accepted and was satisfied with Jesus Christ’s payment of our sin debt, else He would’ve never risen him from the dead. The resurrection is a proof of that. Christ didn’t simply hide the sins of the world behind His back for future judgment, as Satan’s ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:13-15), in the religious system of this world, wants us to believe.

The second a lost person believes the Gospel (good news) of Christ they’re joined to and identified with the Savior himself. His test scores (His faith, His righteousness) written on their paper! God can’t dwell with someone less righteous than Him (perfect righteousness), that’s the reason why the lost will spend an eternity apart from God. The lost go to hell/the lake of fire with their sins paid for!

Now, with that in mind, let’s look at how all this relates to forgiving others, today in the dispensation of the grace of God:

2 Corinthians 2:1-11

1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness.

2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me?

3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all.

4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all.

6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many.

7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow.

8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him.

9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.

10To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ;

11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Both of Paul’s epistles to the Corinthians are rebuke/re-proof epistles. Rebuke/re-proof has to do with someone behaving inconsistently with their doctrine, while correction has to do with someone thinking inconsistently with their doctrine. Galatians and Colossians are correction epistles. So you could say that rebuke/re-proof is action- or behavior-oriented, and correction mind- or thinking-oriented.

The Corinthians did a 180 degrees turn, to the better, after they had received and studied the first epistle Paul wrote to them. Now, Paul writes his second epistle to them explaining the need for his first epistle, while at the same time continuing to plead them to be followers of him, as he followed Christ. It’s interesting to see that forgiveness was to be a proof of their obedience to Paul’s words…”lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”. Many aren’t ignorant of Satan’s existence, but they sure are ignorant of his devices/schemes!

Did they do it because they had to? No!

Did they do it to gain a righteous standing before God? No!

Did they do it to gain something? No!

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.

Today we’re to forgive others, as Christ forgave us:

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

Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

The sin question was settled where? Calvary.

What was the verdict? Guilty.

What was the penalty? Death.

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 (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)

God forgave us, not because He had to, but because it was His perfect will and perfect desire! He accomplished what we could never do on our own. He didn’t wait for us to do the first step. God had a choice, Jesus Christ had a choice, and they chose to do it. Christ believed that the cross work would settle the sin issue once and for all, and that God the Father would raise him from the dead. That’s what the faith OF Christ is all about.

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.

We all yearn for reconciliation. Next time I encourage you to take the first step, no matter how hard it may seem. Trust me, I’ve gone thru it myself. Think about what Christ did for you, and who God has made you to be in Christ, and hopefully forgiveness will become a natural part of your life.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Daniel

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MORE ARTICLES ON FORGIVENESS AND THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION:

A great article & chart made by brother Scott. Deals with the dispensational differences between forgiveness:

http://paulsthepattern.wordpress.com/2011/07/30/forgiveness/

https://romansthruphilemon.wordpress.com/2011/05/28/newsletter-the-ministry-of-reconciliation/

https://romansthruphilemon.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/the-ministry-of-reconciliation-curt-crist/

 
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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)

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

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Priests?!

Daniel

July-10-2011

Priests PDF-FILE

I used e-Sword, a bible software, to see how many times the word “priest” occurs in the King James Bible.

Search term/method: “Priest”- Regular expression (REGEX) which incl. “priest”, “priests, “priesthood”, “high priest” etc.

844 verses found, 958 matches

Genesis

6 verses found

7 matches

Exodus

21 verses found

25 matches

Leviticus

155 verses found

195 matches

Numbers

69 verses found

77 matches

Deuteronomy

14 verses found

15 matches

Joshua

36 verses found

41 matches

Judges

13 verses found

15 matches

1 Samuel

27 verses found

33 matches

2 Samuel

6 verses found

7 matches

1 Kings

27 verses found

28 matches

2 Kings

36 verses found

45 matches

1 Chronicles

19 verses found

21 matches

2 Chronicles

73 verses found

90 matches

Ezra

34 verses found

35 matches

Nehemiah

44 verses found

47 matches

Psalms

5 verses found

5 matches

Isaiah

5 verses found

5 matches

Jeremiah

38 verses found

41 matches

Lamentations

6 verses found

6 matches

Ezekiel

24 verses found

25 matches

Hosea

6 verses found

6 matches

Joel

3 verses found

3 matches

Amos

1 verse found

1 match

Micah

1 verse found

1 match

Zephaniah

2 verses found

2 matches

Haggai

8 verses found

8 matches

Zechariah

6 verses found

6 matches

Malachi

3 verses found

3 matches

Matthew

27 verses found

28 matches

Mark

22 verses found

24 matches

Luke

23 verses found

23 matches

John

21 verses found

22 matches

Acts

25 verses found

27 matches

Hebrews

33 verses found

36 matches

1 Peter

2 verses found

2 matches

Revelation

3 verses found

3 matches

…did you notice something special? Take a closer look at the books between Acts and Hebrews: Romans thru Philemon (Paul’s epistles/books).Wait, they aren’t there?! Did I remove them?! Nope! So, the the words priest(s) and priesthood are mentioned 958 times in 844 verses throughout the Bible, BUTnot once in Paul’s epistles (Romans-Philemon)?! Why is that?

Because today, in the dispensation of the grace of God or ‘the age of grace’, there is only one mediator, or go-between, between God and us, and that mediator is Jesus Christ:

 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.

It’s not men dressed in robes and hoods…who work for the religious systems of this world…performing legalistic rituals and ordinances on Sunday mornings…keeping people under bondage; the law and doctrines of men…and claiming to have the ability to forgive sins if you confess them to them. There are no real priests today, and I’ll explain it to you.

Ephesians chapter 2 speaks of 3 time periods:

TIME PAST (the past):

 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:

Genesis (from Abram/Abraham) thru Acts 8.

God’s earthly program; the kingdom program or the bride of Christ program, concerning A nation; the nation Israel…God’s favored nation at that time. Jews. They would get the land promised them as an everlasting possession, and an earthly kingdom (the kingdom of heaven) to be set up in that land, if they’d simply change their mind (repent) about the source of their righteousness…..never being the law (Deuteronomy 6:25, Leviticus 26:40+, James 2:10)

Under prophecy and law. By sight. FOR us, not to us.

The nation Israel is temporarily fallen (Romans 11), because of their rejection of the messengers; God the Father thru John the Baptist, The Son: Jesus Christ (his earthly ministry in Matthew-John, and the early parts of Acts), and the Holy Spirit thru Stephen in the book of Acts (chapter 7). So, this program is temporarily put on hold, in favor of a new program;


BUT NOW (the present: the dispensation of the grace of God):

 Ephesians 2:13-16

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 the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

 Acts 9-Romans-Philemon. God’s heavenly program; the body of Christ program. God is not dealing with A nation today, and he’s not recognizing any nation above any other nation. He is dealing with individuals today; Jew or gentile (the non-Jewish people of the world)…makes no difference. Under mystery and grace (not under law). Not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). FOR and TO us.

Paul, the Apostle of and to the Gentiles, wrote 13 epistles: Romans thru Philemon. Covers Jesus Christ’s heavenly ministry to us, living in the dispensation of the grace of God.

 AGES TO COME (the future):

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Hebrews thru Revelation.Fulfillment of prophecy. God’s earthly program; the kingdom program or the bride of Christ program, continues. Under prophecy and law. By sight. FOR us, not to us.

Primarily emphasis is on the great tribulation (wrath) and the earthly kingdom; the kingdom of heaven.

God’s future plan for Israel is that they one day will become a kingdom of priests:

Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are

the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

In time past, Jew and gentile weren’t equal…they weren’t on the same level.

Matthew 10:1-8, 15:22-28, Acts 1:21-26, Romans 15:8

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:

 …so the gentiles had to go thru the nation Israel, in order to be saved. They had to proselyte to Judaism and take hold of their covenant. Being cut off from Israel, was the same as being cut off from God. No wonder why Jesus Christ, during his earthly ministry to the nation Israel, says that “salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22)

 Romans 9:4-5 KJV

4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;

5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

So, as you can see the priests served as mediators between God and men.

 Isaiah 60:1-3

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.

Today, rather than having to go thru an earthly nation; Israel, in order to be saved, we now have direct access to salvation and God, thru Jesus Christ. This was a result of their fall (mystery), not their rising (prophecy).

 Romans 11:11-12

11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?

 Romans 11:15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?

 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.

 This mystery was exclusively revealed to our Apostle; Paul, by the ascended, glorified Jesus Christ (as he spoke from heaven):

Romans 16:25-26

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:

God hasn’t done away with Israel entirely! In a day yet future, they will experience the state

of prominence God promised them throughout the pages of prophecy!

Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he

might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for

the sins of the people.

1 Peter 2:9-10

9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

After the great tribulation, with the 2nd coming of Christ, God will make a new covenant with Israel, not according to the old covenant:

 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.

 Also read Hebrews 8.

So, today there is no need for a priest, priesthood or a nation, to have fellowship with God.

Although there aren’t any real priests today, the saved are called to be ambassadors for Christ, of the ministry of reconciliation, telling the world about the word of reconciliation:

 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;

19To 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.

20Now 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 [God the Father] hath made him [God’s only begotten Son/God in the flesh: Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 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:

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.

Daniel

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Presenting the good news of Jesus Christ

Daniel

July-9-2011

Presenting the good news of Jesus Christ .PDF

Recently I had a conversation with a brother in Christ, about what a lost person has to believe (in) to be saved, and have eternal life in heaven. What should a decent, yet simple, gospel presentation look like? Which bible passages or verses should it include?

First of all, it’s WHAT we say that counts, not necessarily how we say it, but a rejection of the messenger does in many cases lead to a rejection of the message!

1 Corinthians 2:1-8

1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Colossians 4:2-6

2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

5Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

6Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

…and it’s important to keep in mind, that it’s the gospel (good news) message itself that saves…if it’s believed:

Romans 1:16-17

16For 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.

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.

With that in mind, what does a lost person have to believe (in) to be saved?

1: Who Christ is/The deity of Christ:

God’s only begotten Son: God in the flesh, or the God man. That God is one, yet 3 at the same time: the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost (the Spirit of God).

2: What Jesus Christ did and what it accomplished:

That Jesus Christ died for our sins, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day…for our justification.

…and that it was an all-sufficient reconciliation, which resolved the sin issue ONCE and for ALL, where the entirety of the world’s sin debt was concerned, in the mind of the one to whom the payment for their sins was made; God the father! To believe this good news is to be reconciled in your mind (Colossians 1:21, 2 Corinthians 5:20), not God’s. It’s a SON issue today, not a SIN issue. The issue isn’t forgiveness of sin. The issue is believing what the cross work of Christ accomplished in your behalf, in order to be identified with and joined to Christ himself: His test scores (His righteousness and His faith) written on your paper.

3: Our responsibility: FAITH, apart from ANY works.

Salvation is a free gift, available to everyone; by grace, through faith. No works required, nor desired.

(Faith is NOT a work:

Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.)

BIBLE VERSES:

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Now, there are many great bible passages you can use, but the following 5 bible passages are my favorites. I use them a lot because they cover point 1-3 to the point.

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:

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

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 [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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.

…and this is why:

1: Who Jesus Christ is/The deity of Christ:

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18And 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.

20Now 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.

21For he [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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.

5For 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.

2: What Jesus Christ did and what it accomplished:

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;

2By 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:

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

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

18And 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.

21For he [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Timothy 2:3-7

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4Who 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;

6Who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to be testified in due time.

7Whereunto 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.

3: Our responsibility: FAITH, apart from ANY works.

Ephesians 2:8-9

8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

9Not of works, lest any man should boast.

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:

The idea here isn’t having faith in the gospel of Christ 24/7-365 days! There were people at the Corinthian assembly who rejected the resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of the dead (1 Corinthians 15:12-22). These people had “believed in vain”: what they had believed in never saved them in the first place. It was another gospel, and another gospel does NOT save. That’s why it’s essential to believe and share the right Gospel.

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 [God the Father] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

1 Timothy 2:3-7

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4Who 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;

6Who 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.

Should we share right division (2 Timothy 2:15) with the lost? That is distinguishing between Israel’s mail and our mail. All of the Bible is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:15-16), and all of the Bible is written FOR our learning, but not all of the Bible is written directly TO us, living in the dispensation (or household, administration) of the grace of God:

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 

Right division doesn’t save, believing Paul’s gospel saves! Right division proves that Paul’s gospel is true, and that it’s the only gospel for the dispensation of the grace of God. It also validates Paul’s distinct apostleship, ministry and message. Our study of the word of truth, rightly divided, has eternal consequences. It is a work of faith (1 Thessalonians 1:3), and will therefore be judged at the judgment seat of Christ. So take them to right division after they’re saved; believed Paul’s gospel.

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:12-14

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

I definitely think it’s a good idea to tell people that Paul is our Apostle, and that the ascended, glorified Christ (as he spoke from heaven) gave him the Gospel. 1 Timothy 2:7! Then they know where to start in their Bible: Romans thru Philemon.

 

Daniel,

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