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Baptism for the dead? [Scott Foust]

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6: Baptism (Steve Atwood)

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

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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.


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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#117 “Jews, Paul and the law. The book of Acts” 2 [Curt Crist]


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Jews, Paul and the Law 2

Join us for ‘Welcome to grace’, where we will discover together the distinctiveness of Paul’s Apostleship, through the rightly divided word of truth. Now, join pastor and Bible teacher Curt Crist, as we explore the unsearchable riches of Christ!

What brought us to the book of Acts was Paul’s statement in;

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

2 Timothy 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2 Timothy 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

We’re to follow the Pauline pattern, and that pattern set out for us. We’re to follow Paul in the pattern that he sets out for us here concerning his life, knowing full well that in many of the ways that Paul lists for us, many of the ways we can look at Paul’s life, Paul followed the life of Jesus Christ. The difference being that Christ came in connection with God’s plan, program and purpose with the nation Israel, and the physical piece of property. We often call that the kingdom; the earthly kingdom program. We know that in light of Israel’s fall, the mystery/secret was revealed to the apostle Paul. God had a purpose and plan in mind for the Gentiles; an age of grace, concerning the heavenly realm. Christ came to die, to be buried and to rise again for the sins of men. Paul didn’t do those things, so we’re not following Paul in that pattern. The focus of Christ’s life and ministry while on earth was the nation Israel, so we call that the earthly kingdom program, you might also hear me refer to that as the bride of Christ program. While the apostle Paul, on the other hand, was given by the ascended Lord of glory, a ministry pertaining to the Gentiles. We might call this the body of Christ program. Don’t be caught up in some of the terminology and let it confuse you, just understand there are two programs, and we’ve got to understand the difference in those two programs of God and the bible. One dealing with a literal nation which was blessed and chastised literally. We’re a heavenly program, and a spiritual organism called the body of Christ, and our citizenship is not the earth, but in heaven. Understanding the distinctions in these two programs opens the bible up to us, so that we can understand what’s happening. So the direction of ministry was different when it came to Jesus and when it came to Paul, but when we listen to Paul, when we learn from Paul, we’re learning from Jesus Christ himself, as Christ spoke from heaven, not from earth. These are Christ’s words that Paul is speaking!

Christ came for the lost sheep of the house of Israel, when Christ was on the earth. It was pertaining that earthly nation, that earthly program, to confirm those earthly promises made to the fathers of that nation, concerning a kingdom that will be set up here on planet earth. Christ will be governing with the 12 apostles affiliated with Israel (Matthew 19:28). Paul was called to be the apostle of the Gentiles, in connection with God’s plan and program pertaining to the heavenly realm, the place of our citizenship according to our apostle. Now we understand that Jesus Christ was the utmost example when it came to some of these things Paul lists here; long-suffering, charity, patience. Jesus Christ endured persecutions and afflictions far beyond what Paul did, even though when we look at Paul’s life we say; “how can anyone suffer more than the apostle Paul?” I believe our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did so at Calvary.
According to prophecy and the kingdom program, Christ had to die, be buried and rise again in order to take his rightful place on the throne of David, so his death, burial, and resurrection did pertain to the prophetic program. Christ suffered untold ways as we said. Paul was never made to be sin for anyone, so we’re not worshiping the apostle Paul. We’re recognizing the position that God gave to Paul, concerning his Gentile apostleship with the message that God had kept secret from ages and generations. Paul certainly suffered for the sake of the message that he preached concerning the cross. I think you could preach the cross all day long, and folks won’t have much of a problem. However, if you preach reconciliation and the accomplishments of the cross; what was accomplished by that cross work of Christ, you’ll run into problems from unbelievers, Christians (“lost believers”), believers, even rightly dividers, so it’s not a popular message. Our ascended Lord of glory revealed God’s purpose, for Paul, to Ananias in Acts 9:15-16:

Acts 9:15-16
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

Understand when Paul tells us to be followers together of him, and he makes that statement three different times, he’s not telling us to elevate him above Jesus Christ, or to even place him on a par with Jesus Christ, in our minds. That would be the last thing the apostle Paul would want any of us to do. We’re simply to understand that Paul is the apostle to whom the ascended Christ gave the dispensation or house rules, because that’s what the word dispensation really means, concerning the age of grace. Paul conducted his life and his ministry in connection with those house rules, so he’s telling us that when it comes to life and ministry in the age of grace, Paul has set an example for all grace age ambassadors to follow.
Israel had been given a different set of house rules called the law. Those folks were to conduct themselves in accordance with the house rules given to them. God never dealt with the Gentiles according to a law contract, so the customs differed between Jews and Gentiles. As we read the Bible we we must understand that in order to make sense out of what we’re reading, it’s important that we know that the purpose of Christ’s earthly ministry was an earthly program, concerning earthly promises; a land (a piece of real estate on this earth) and a special nation to whom that land was given, and a kingdom to be set up in that land. When you hear the kingdom of heaven, it’s not talking about heaven, but a kingdom designed in the heavenly realm, operating and functioning one day right here on planet earth. The purpose of Christ’s heavenly ministry, to and through the apostle Paul, concerns the church called Christ’s body, and it pertains to the place of our citizenship, which is heaven, so we’ve never been promised the earth as an everlasting possession. Believing Israel of time future has been given that promise. We’ve not become the assumers and the full fillers of that earthly program. Israel is never been promised heaven. Heaven is our home according to scripture. We are not going to be ruling over the 12 tribes of the house of Israel, and we are not going to be sitting under the ruler ship of the 12 apostles as they govern Israel, according to prophecy (Matthew 19:28). We’re going to govern the angelic realm according to our apostle Paul, and a ruler ship will be conducted from the place of our citizenship right there from heaven.

Matthew 19:28 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.

While many things are similar in the two programs of God; the earthly and heavenly, many things differ and it’s the study of the entire bible with those differences and distinctions in mind, that help us to understand what’s going on. We’re to understand and appreciate those differences, that’s what rightly dividing the word of truth is all about, it’s what makes the bible come alive. It makes it such an exciting book, and it makes sense to us as we study, which is what makes it exciting. This is what we’re doing as we examine the book of Acts. The change from God’s plan and program with the nation Israel to his plan and program for the body of Christ, takes place in the book of acts. That account is there, although you will not see it in acts chapter 2, where many folks look for it today. Something new happened there, the Holy Spirit came and rested upon the folks there. They were Jewish; folks of the Jewish program who were attending the Jewish feast day of Pentecost. God did indeed set his program with Israel aside, but only for a time; pushed it off into the future, he postponed it, in order to begin something brand-new. Not until Stephen delivered God’s indictment of unbelief upon that nation that rejected their messiah, and Stephen pointed it out. What did they do to Stephen? They stoned him. Who had consented unto Stephen’s death? Our apostle Paul, who was called Saul at that point in time, and then Saul was converted on the road to Damascus. It was the same year, but i believe it was Paul on his way to Damascus from that stoning, when he was converted. God called out a new apostle; Paul, in a brand-new program and made him the apostle of the Gentiles, and he committed to that apostle the house rules concerning the age of grace. That’s why Paul called it the dispensation of grace.

Ephesians 3:2-9
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:
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9 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:

Paul was an ambassador of a message, we are to be ambassadors of that same message. Paul called it the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). It was in and through Paul, that God would reveal what God had been keeping secret all along, and that’s the fact that God had a program in mind for the Gentiles, in spite of Israel’s fall. That was indeed a secret. Rather than coming through her rise, which is prophetically proclaimed, God would conduct the work among Gentiles, who God would bring to himself through Israel’s fall in this new apostle; the apostle Paul

Romans 11:12 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?

God has a plan for them. God has not decided to do away with that plan, and make us the assumers and fulfillers of it. God is returning to that plan, their fullness will come in, but not until God has completed his program for today, through the body of Christ. God is going to return to his program with Israel, when our program is complete. That will take place when we are called up; when the ambassadors are called home, prior to God declaring war on a Christ rejecting populace. The purpose of Paul’s ministry, during the acts period, can be summed up very clearly:

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

Romans 11:14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.

While God was through for a time dealing with Israel as a nation, God was not through dealing with individual Jews who would come to Christ through Paul’s program. Those who had not become members of the kingdom/earthly program, because they had not accepted the messiah ship or the deity of Jesus Christ. Now Paul is trying to reach some of these folks, and provoke them through jealousy, how better to say it that they could now be saved, according to Paul’s gospel.

We’ll watch as Paul conducts three apostolic journeys, remember in each area Paul visited he went to unbelieving Jews first, and then he went to Gentile proselytes to Judaism, people steeped in the law. Remember these were extremely religious; devoutly religious, but they were not kingdom saints in that they had not believed in Christ as Messiah, much less that he was the son of the living God. They knew not that he had risen again. These people were Jewish and they were religious, but they were lost. They were just like Saul had been prior to his encounter with Christ, on the road to Damascus. Paul did not go to Jewish kingdom saints. Some people assume, because he went to the synagogue everywhere he went, he was going to preach to the kingdom believers. Paul didn’t find kingdom believers in the synagogues. Who did Paul find there? Pharisees. He found people devoutly religious, sincere in many cases, but lost, so Paul didn’t go to the synagogues to find Jewish kingdom saints, to convert them into his program. He went to the Jews for the purpose of relating to them that gospel which he preached among the Gentiles, and also to win those lost Jews to his program; the earthly program having been set aside. Paul preached among the Jews and he preached among the Gentiles, and those people would become, as we’re going to see, part of the same grace age assembly. Paul would also have to explain some things to these people, these Jews that had now become grace age believers, in connection with who they were as members of the body of Christ. He’s going to have to explain some thing in his epistles written during that time, and this took place in the book of acts.

How do we know that the apostle Paul did not try to convert Jewish (kingdom) believers, that he would run across, into body of Christ saints (make them something that they weren’t)?

Romans 15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

He had his own foundation to lay, it was Jesus Christ, but not according to prophecy, but mystery.
Paul wasn’t building the earthly kingdom program. He was called to fulfill God’s purpose concerning a heavenly program, so Paul went to unbelieving, and therefore lost, Jews and proselytes to Judaism first. That was his first aim. His message to these folks began at the point where Israel had stumbled, and that would be the deity and messiah ship of Jesus Christ Israel had not accepted who Christ was, so Paul’s testimony always began there with these folks. Christ had been crucified, buried and risen from the dead, and thus that fulfilled their scriptures that talked about Christ. Paul could prove that Christ was the promised messiah through that resurrection, and pointing back to what was promised to Jesus Christ. That should’ve proved conclusively to those folks, who knew their scriptures that Christ, was indeed the promised messiah; the son of the living God. If they would believe that Christ was the messiah risen from the dead, they would be ready for Paul to take them further, and upon believing Paul’s message they, just like Paul, would be members of the body of Christ. Someone asked why would Paul go to the Jews first? Some folks have come to the mistaken conclusion that because Paul went to Jews first, God was still dealing with his favored nation first. If that be the case, their conclusion would be that the body of Christ is not the focus of the book of acts at all, because Paul knew nothing they would say of the mystery or of the body of Christ until after acts 28. We can see how they could come to that conclusion, when you see Paul quoting the law in those six epistles he writes during that acts period. He quotes the law, people are honoring feast days, during that time. We see the miraculous taking place during that time, we see water baptism taking place, during a portion of that time, so it’s easy to see how folks can look at the book of acts after Saul’s conversion and say “we don’t think that pertains to the body of Christ at all”. They want to take us all the way to acts 28, and say that’s when the body of Christ began. Acts 28 is way out in Paul’s ministry, some 30 years, but they say “well why not 30 years? Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years, so why wouldn’t God give Israel another opportunity to get their earthly kingdom, until the end of Paul’s ministry?”. If that’s the case, we can throw out Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and say that those books are not to us. I believe they’re definitely to us, and probably the most misunderstood book in the bible is the book of acts, so God is not giving to Israel, through the apostle Paul, another opportunity to get their earthly kingdom, that’s not what it’s about. Those who’ve adopted that scenario have missed the purpose of what Paul is doing and what is taking place in the book of acts. They’re looking at what was happening there, while they’re missing the point of why what was happening there was taking place. As Paul states in Romans, his purpose for going to the Jew first was not to extend the offer of the earthly kingdom program, but to provoke some of the unbelieving individual Jews to emulation. Rather than being a Gentile during the earthly kingdom program, and having to convert to Judaism, now in the age of grace the unbelieving Jews have to come through Paul’s gospel to Christ. Paul had hoped these unbelieving Jews, seeing the interest that his message would have among the Gentiles, might want what the Gentiles are being given, and he might be able to reach a few of those Jews. The Jews had the responsibility, and it had been their responsibility of making God’s name great among the Gentiles, or the nations. That had been their responsibility in the first place, but the failure of that nation had been evident. They had not made God’s name great, they had rejected their messiah, how can they make God’s name known to anyone? Paul knew that Israel had been set aside nationally, that wasn’t a surprise to our apostle. Remember he had spent some three years in Arabia, with the ascended Lord giving him revelations pertaining to that ministry among the Gentiles, that God wanted Paul to have, in light of Israel’s blindness. Paul loved his kinsmen after the flesh, he always wanted to reach these unbelieving Jews. He was a Jew, they they were his people, so he wanted to reach these people with his gospel. There’s evidence of scripture that Paul thought the rapture of the body of Christ would take place before he drew his last breath, and that God would get back on course with what he was doing, with Israel. Here we are some 2000 years later, it is still not the case. God is still dealing a super abounding grace, in an age of grace. Everywhere Paul went, loving the Jews as he did, he went to unbelieving Jews first. Perhaps he could provoke some of them to jealousy, through the instrumentality of the Gentiles. He would use the Gentiles, who were interested in his message, as his way to make them jealous. If the Jews could see that, maybe they would listen to Paul.

Where would Paul find these religious, yet lost Jewish folks? The most likely place would be the Jewish synagogues. That’s where the religiously minded were found in Paul’s day. Where could we say that the religiously minded in the age of grace could be found? In what we call church. Of course we know that the church stands for the body of Christ. The church of this age is the body of Christ, and it’s not a building, but the religiously minded can be found in what is often called church buildings and that’s where they listen to a message that’s mixed. I think it’s the gospel being preached, according to the apostle Paul, by ministers of righteousness confusing what Paul’s doing with that earthly kingdom program.

Acts chapter 13:3-14:28: Paul’s first apostolic journey. To Asia.

We found Paul in Antioch Pisidia, as this journey starts to really take shape. Understand there are two Antioch; Antioch Syria and Antioch Pisidia. Remember from our previous sessions, the Gentiles were interested in what Paul had to say. Some of the Jews were beginning to follow Paul, but the vast majority of the Jews were filled with envy, contradicting and they blasphemed. That resulted in Paul and Barnabas being driven out of Antioch Pisidia.

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

Paul had sought out the Jews first in Asia, but the blindness that had come upon Israel nationally manifested itself very quickly among these Asian Jews. The same thing took place in Iconium, where the unbelieving Jews there stirred up the Gentiles, to the point of a riotous assault being made upon Paul and Barnabas, with a plot to have those two stoned to death. Once again Paul had to flee for his life (he was always fleeing for his life), his next stop on this first journey was Lystra. Did it get any better for Paul in Lystra? Paul was stoned in Lystra, and they dragged him out of the city. They examined him and deemed him to be dead. Don’t miss the fact that once Paul had first gone to the Jews, to see if he could save some of them, he was free in his mind in that area to go to the Gentiles. Don’t look at Paul’s three statements “lo, we turn to the Gentiles” and say that that means that Paul really didn’t do that until after that third statement. He kept making that statement throughout the book of acts. He makes it in acts 28, so the folks who would take us to ask 28 for the beginning of the body of Christ, would say “see he made the statement three times, he finally made up his mind, he’s going to the Gentiles in acts 28”. He went to the Gentiles after each time that he made that expression; “i’m turning to the Gentiles”, but he made that expression in three different areas, and those are the times he went to the Gentiles. Grace assemblies were established at that point in time.

Acts 14:20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

A lot of folks say “he wasn’t dead, Paul had just fainted”. I suppose if you were stoned to death by executioners (those who were expert in how to stone a person to death, and then examine them to make sure they were dead), i just don’t think you would just stand up and going down to town and start preaching the gospel, but Paul did. I actually believe Paul is the one he’s speaking of called to the third heaven. Many miraculous things; the dead were being raised, had taken place.
The next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe. Paul was not a quitter!

Acts 14:21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

The faith: The message and the the form of sound words Paul taught.
Kingdom of God: The overall ruler ship of God, and now we’re learning about that heavenly ruler ship. This is not the kingdom to be set up on planet earth (the kingdom of heaven), don’t read that into this passage. This is the kingdom of God; the overall reign and rule of God in the universe. The focus is not the earthly kingdom at this point in time. That program had been placed on hold.

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Elders in every church (that’s churches plural): throughout the out calling Paul appointed elders. It wasn’t multiple elders in every little home church. These home assemblies had someone in charge, each home assembly had a a mature person, in what Paul had already taught at that period of time we also know that God was revealing to grace age prophets what was happening in the age of grace, so elders were appointed in regard to the out calling.

According to what we read in the first journey, Paul and Barnabas established numerous grace age home churches in Asia. Keep in mind assemblies in Paul’s days, were usually home fellowships.

Paul’s second apostolic journey took place after the Jerusalem council (acts 15:40-18:22). Remember the Holy Spirit prohibited Paul from preaching in Asia on his second apostolic journey. We see he went to Asia on the first one, and he was going to go through Asia on the second one, but the Holy Spirit won’t let him stop there to preach the gospel. This is where we came across the the account of Lydia, the Gentile proselyte to Judaism, in the story of Paul being lashed and cast into prison. This is where we read of Paul’s and Silas’s encounter with the philippian jailer (acts 16). It was during this same time period, that grace assemblies in Philippi and Thessalonica were being established. I told you earlier, Paul was going to unsaved Jews (unbelievers, but devoutly religious) who had been affiliated with the law program, and steeped in that law program. He was also going to Gentiles who had proselyted to Judaism during that period. Paul never taught those who were familiar with the law, to forsake the law or the customs associated with that law program. Sometimes we think that once the body of Christ began, when Paul began to win over these unbelieving Jews, he taught them to do away with everything they’ve heard under that law program. Paul never taught that, he never went against the Jewish conscience, so Paul himself kept the Jewish feast days. However, while not teaching those familiar with the law and the customs to forsake the law, Paul did teach that righteousness would not come through that law keeping. Of course that was true even in Israel’s program, while Israel’s program was in effect. They were not getting their righteousness through their law keeping, but Paul is explaining that that was meant to lead them to Christ.

Acts 17:1-4
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ [the anointed]
4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

Consorted: meaning spent time in the company of, or association with, Paul and silas. They would’ve learned a lot. Can you think of being on this earth today, and being able to walk with Paul, spend time in his company?

You have to look to see whether that’s talking about Greek speaking Jews or Gentiles. Speaking about Gentiles in acts 17:4.

With Paul wasn’t good news, everywhere he went, always followed by the precise opposite, when it came to the Jews he was seeking? In spite of God’s program with Israel nationally having been set aside, Paul is winning some of the Jews. We see that, that was his desire, but notice right on the heels of the good news of verse four, we find that huge three letter word that opens verse five; BUT.

Acts 17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

Paul and Silas would once again have to flee for their lives, as God was proving that blindness in part had happened to Israel nationally, until God’s program with the Gentiles in the age of grace would be brought to completion. As we continue our study in acts, we see the same pattern with Paul over and over again, everywhere Paul goes. According to prophecy regarding the earthly kingdom program, the Gentiles were supposed to come through Israel’s rise. That’s prophecy according to the prophetic program, which much of your bible speaks speaks about. Listen to Israel’s prophet Isaiah, as he foretells the glory of the nation Israel in a future day:

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.

Israel’s prophet Zachariah added to that when he said:

Zechariah 8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
God will indeed be with Israel when this day comes! The requirement for all of this to come about, would be for Israel to produce fruit according to the contract under which God had placed her. She would have to produce some righteous fruit. Did she? NO, and that law was given her to show she couldn’t, and that she had to call upon God do that for her. Jesus Christ; Israel’s promised messiah was born. He ministered to Israel for three years, prodding them to produce that fruit necessary to be a holy nation. He was really soliciting from that nation, a confession that they had failed to produce their righteousness through a law contract. The king was present there, but the holy nation/the kingdom of priests, was not. There was nothing holy about Israel; they were very prideful, neither meek nor humble. God hates a proud look the bible says, what’s that all about? Israel was very proud in that they thought their behavior would please God. They thought they could behave sufficiently under that law contract for God to consider them righteous. God wasn’t soliciting from them a list of what they did not do on one day, and what they were able to accomplish on the next. God was soliciting from them a confession that “under the contract we’ve never measured a degree of righteousness which would be worthy of being called a holy nation, a kingdom of priests”. They looked great on the outside, they had all the outward trappings of being Godly people, but according to Jesus Christ they were full of dead men’s bones. Their hearts were inclined away from God and onto themselves, and how good they were, and what they were doing, so in the final year of Christ’s earthly ministry we saw that parable of the fig tree (Luke 13:6-9). The truth of the parable (not given to Israel to understand at that time; they were in unbelief) was that Israel would be given a one-year extension of mercy, to produce that confession that she had not produced thus far, according to her ability to fulfill that contract through righteousness. The one-year extension of mercy didn’t start out very well. What did they do at the outset of that one-year extension of mercy? They crucified the messiah! Would that mean that God would not honor the conclusion of the one-year extension? No, he did indeed honor it. God is a merciful God. What did Christ pray while he was hanging on the cross?

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

They would indeed be given that full one-year extension of mercy. Christ died, he was buried and he rose again. His 40 day remaining ministry on earth to Israel, was when the one-year extension of mercy really began in earnest, we can say. Christ ascended into heaven and Peter picked it up where Christ left off; trying to continue to prod that nation into producing the confession that Leviticus 26:40 called for.

Leviticus 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

There would still be the larger part of a year, for Peter’s ministry to make a difference with Israel as a nation. She could still become that holy nation, that kingdom of priests, prophecy foretells will take place if she would make that confession. Peter speaking with urgency;

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

“Change your minds”, that’s what repent means, this is about “start obeying the law, get back to the law program, start doing this and stop doing that”.

The times of refreshing…from the presence of the Lord: The earthly kingdom being set up.

Acts 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

Well, she didn’t change her mind. Israel as a nation; the religious leadership which was also the governmental leadership (one and the same thing), did not change their minds. They continued in their rejection of the messiah, and in their insistence that they had righteousness in themselves. They hadn’t changed their minds about their ability to produce righteousness through performance. They still thought they could do it, so we are still left in acts with Israel being the focus even after acts 2, which ministers of righteousness are saying is where the church for the age of grace began. Not so! It’s the early going of acts; stephen delivered the stinging indictment upon Israel. The clock was ticking down when that indictment was delivered in acts 7. That one-year extension is winding to a close here, yet they continue in their resistance of their messiah and their refusal to change their minds about their ability to earn righteousness according to performance.

Acts 1-8: The story of Israel’s one-year extension, at the conclusion of which God’s program with Israel, to become that holy nation, hat kingdom of priests, was put on hold. Thus Israel obtaining the land as an everlasting possession, and the promised earthly kingdom to be set up with the 12 ruling on 12 thrones, was postponed, pushed off into the future. With that postponement, God began something new and that brought us to acts 9.

AD 34. Acts 9: The conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus.
Some 10 years after this conversion. Acts 13: Paul was commissioned to go out (Jews first, then Gentiles)
AD 64-65. Acts 28: The conclusion of the book of acts and the end of the acts period.
AD 70: The destruction of the temple.

We see Saul’s conversion takes place in acts chapter 9; he takes Christ at his word on the road to Damascus and something new began right there. God would begin dealing with man in a different and brand-new way, as he called out Paul. It isn’t like a broken railroad track; fewer and fewer people being saved into the earthly program and more and more people being saved into the heavily program. I do indeed see a point in time, in the book of acts, where i can say the body of Christ began. It is the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus! Everybody after that a body of Christ saint?! Yes, indeed, God was dealing differently with men, and that began with Peter. Not with Peter becoming a body Christ saint, but with Peter going to the house of Cornelius. What was Peter told before he went?

Acts 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

Acts 10:28 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.

…’don’t call that unclean which i’ve already cleansed’, and of course the Holy Spirit fell on Cornelius and his household. What did Peter say?

Acts 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?

Was that the message of the earthly kingdom program? Don’t say “Peter was preaching, so that’s not a body of Christ saint, that’s a kingdom saint”. No, that’s a body of Christ saint, everyone after Paul was a body of Christ saint. Why? Because Israel’s one-year extension of mercy had run out, with the stoning of Stephen, and the conversion of Saul. The holy nation/the kingdom of priests/the bride of Christ program put on hold, when that extension ran out, and it ran out by the time we come to acts 9. Something new begins; it’s called the body of Christ. Forget the message and forget the messenger, God is dealing differently with men as he did with Cornelius, and Peter was given to witness it. Peter had been and still was a member of the sign nation and sign program, so God gave Peter a sign that he was now dealing differently with men. In acts 15, Peter could stand up and tell those at the Jerusalem council that he had seen God deal differently with men; God was dealing with the Gentiles.

Paul now, in acts 13 (some 10 years after his conversion on the road to Damascus) was sent out to reach these people that Paul wanted to reach, which he said would be Jews first and then Gentiles. He went of to those three areas that we just looked at.
Asia first and then the areas of Greece Macedonia and then finally to Rome.

Paul goes to the synagogue first; unbelieving Jews and proselytes to Judaism, who were steeped in the customs of the law. That’s group number one, he went to them first. Then he went to unbelieving Gentiles, when the majority of Jews would not believe his message, he said “lo, we turn to the Gentiles” and he went to Gentiles in that area, and he taught the same message. The Jews who believed Paul’s message, became members of the body of Christ program. Paul then went to unbelieving Gentiles, and they became members of the body of Christ program. Not kingdom saints mixing with body of Christ saints, as so often believed today, but body of Christ saints who are Jewish, mixing with body of Christ saints who are Gentiles, during this act period. So the first group; the Jews who followed the law and the customs, were the people that Paul provoked to emulation, to come through his gospel and now Paul goes to Gentiles. Now you got a mixed bag church; a grace age church/a body of Christ assembly, and in that assembly you’ve got some Jews. They, their fathers and their granddaddies had known the law. They were zealous of the law, they were steeped in the law, but they were lost, as had Saul been until his encounter with Christ. These folks had an encounter with Paul, became believers and members of the assemblies Paul was establishing during that acts period. Now they’re in the assembly sitting there with all their laws and customs, and now some Gentiles are coming on board, that Paul’s reaching also. Paul has to tell these folks, who are body of Christ saints, how to relate to one another and how to relate to God, given they’re in a new dispensation, age and house ruler ship called the age of grace. Paul writes his six epistles, that were written during that period and for that purpose; Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians. If you read and study those six epistles, in light of the fact that Paul is dealing with the body of Christ assembly, where there are people who have been steeped in the law, along with Gentiles who never had anything to do with the law, and Paul’s telling them how relate to one another and what some of the distinctions are in this program, you’ll understand these early epistles. You’ll also understand why Paul quotes the law, and why you see water baptisms taking place during this early acts account. To those people water baptism had been the confession they were told to make. No one took that confession or their feast days away from them. Paul himself honored the feast days, being Jewish, during this period of time. God would allow no one to reject Paul’s message of grace, based on Paul’s life. They couldn’t look at Paul and accuse him of being a lawbreaker. Paul would indeed have to stand before kings, at the end of his ministry, and he would be accused of teaching the Jews, who were among the Gentiles, to forsake the law of Moses. Paul would say “I’ve never taught contrary to the customs to Moses or the customs of the fathers” (acts 20 and 28).

Understand that when Paul is talking about marriage in Corinth, he’s telling those folks who had been under the law and steeped in the law, how they should relate to one another in marriage. Now, did the great change of grace change anything in regard to marriage? We learned later on in Ephesians, that Paul said our marriages today are to be a picture of our union with Christ, but what did Paul tell those folks? Save for fornication, but what did he ultimately end up with? We’re called to peace; if an unbeliever wants to depart, let him depart. Some folks look at Corinth and say “Paul’s laying down a new law, he has just taken a new law, brought it over to the age of grace, and that’s the unpardonable sin today. If you happen to be someone who is divorced, you’re just useless, God can’t use you any longer because you have a divorce and that’s the unpardonable sin”. You would be surprised how many people there are out there that think that’s the unpardonable sin!

Paul is writing to folks who had been under that law and he’s telling them, now they’re under grace and that they’re not under that law. Did they cease doing the law? No, they were to use the law and use it lawfully.
In Corinth, what did they tell Paul they were doing? Observing the feast of the passover. Were the Jews supposed to observe the feast of passover? Absolutely they were, it was a perpetual covenant for them. They weren’t to stop observing the feast of passover, but what does Paul tell them? “this isn’t the Lord’s table what you folks are doing”. Is he establishing a new ritual for the body of Christ? No, he’s telling those Jews “let us keep the feast with sincerity and truth”. It was never put on the Gentiles to begin with, but Paul kept it. So you understand what is taking place, when you understand that Paul is dealing with Jewish members of the body of Christ, steeped in the law. It was tied intricately to their consciences, and Paul would never injure their consciences. Paul was a pharisee of the pharisees. Paul kept the law, but he knew that his righteousness before God wasn’t based on his law keeping, so he’s teaching that. In Galatians he’s telling them that no man is going to be justified through law-keeping. In Thessaloniki he’s having to explain the difference between the second coming and the rapture. Why? Because these folks knew about a promised second coming of Christ, and there will indeed be a second coming of Christ. The capstone of Paul’s epistles; Ephesians , Philippians and Colossians were written from prison, at the very end of Paul’s ministry. If you understand who he is writing to in those early epistles, you’ll understand why he’s saying what he’s saying, and why he is quoting the law. He did it for those folks, in the assembly who would be Jewish, so they could relate to it. Paul never took that law away from them.

The kingdom saints, on the other hand, began dying off as time went on and on. There came a time, AD 70, when the temple was destroyed, and the people who had been born under that kingdom program could see the futility of what they were trying to do, to start with. They should’ve seen it early on. The kingdom saints were just marking time, they were just waiting for the return of Christ. They thought that Paul’s program would be finished and that God would return and set them at the head of the class once again. It didn’t take place and here we are, some 2000 years later. 2010/2011 and God is still not finished with the age of grace! I think it’s marvelous that he’s given us that much time to be ambassadors of the ministry of reconciliation. Come to understand what the ministry of reconciliation is, and see how well it is accepted 2000 years later, and i think you’ll find that it is not accepted today any better than it was accepted back when Paul preached it. Thankfully we’re not running for our lives today, when we tell people, but from the response of some of the folks, you tell you think you might have to run for your life because they don’t like it very much at all. When Christ died for our sins, something happened to the sins he died for; your sins, my sins, the world’s sins were put onto our Saviour, and God judged them there. God’s justice was carried out when our Saviour bore our sins. Salvation has been been accomplished for everyone, there is no saving work to be accomplished for anyone today. If you’re praying for a lost loved one to come to Christ, the answer is given to you in scripture; you are the ambassador. If you’re praying for them, go to them and tell them the ministry. Christ is saying “i have already done my part, the other part is on you, you’ve become the ambassador”. Well, you say “I’ve done that, I’ve gone to them and i failed. They refused to listen to me”. Understand right up front there’s a pride problem there. This is family and there’s pride in play somewhere, so have somebody else take them the message. Don’t cease in your efforts to get them the message of reconciliation, because somewhere in their life, and most often through ourselves, they’ve come into the message of ministers of righteousness. They think that they’ve got to be good enough, make the right kind of commitment before God will accept them, they’ve got to turn from their sins…there’s a lot of things in people’s minds they think they must do or be willing to do, in order to get God to make a decision to save them, when he made that decision to die at Calvary. That decision has been made, God had it in mind all along, and the salvation work has been accomplished. It is matter of men accepting it or rejecting it today, it’s as simple as that. The gift has been offered, the gift stands there, and it is been given to men to accept or reject.

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#116 “Jews, Paul and the law. The Book of Acts” 1 [Curt Crist]


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Join us for ‘Welcome to grace’, where we will discover together the distinctiveness of Paul’s Apostleship, through the rightly divided word of truth. Now, join pastor and Bible teacher Curt Crist, as we explore the unsearchable riches of Christ!

Paul made the statement; “be followers together of him”, a statement he made three times, so we’re looking at the book of acts right now to see what took place in our Bibles, when a change took place from one program to the next. Before we jump full force into today’s study I want to do a brief recap of what we studied thus far in the book of acts. This is an important book, an extremely important book to understand, because acts is the book upon which many belief systems; denominational belief systems, have been established. Is there a difference between God God’s plan and program for the nation Israel and his plan and program for the church today, called the body of Christ. We believe there is indeed a difference, in fact I would say that most fundamental denominational Bible scholars believe there’s a difference in those two programs. For example, if you believe in a rapture of the body of Christ, that we will be caught up in the air to be with him one day, a catching away is how some people prefer to express it, after which God will bring his program concerning Israel and the land to completion. Then you understand that there are differences in what God promise to do through the nation he will recognize as true Israel, in time future, and that which God is doing today, during an age where he is not recognizing any nation above any other nation. People who speak of an age of grace, understand there are differences in this age and other ages spoken of in the Bible. Sometimes that word age is translated world. In actually it is the word age. God is the same, we know he does not change. While God is the same when it comes to who he is; his character, all that makes him who he is: God. He’ll never change in those respects. God has indeed changed in the way he deals with man down through the course of time, so we are not building arcs today, we are not bringing our sacrifices to a temple today. While some are being baptized for the remission of their sins, as taught by John, the 12 apostles and Jesus Christ while he ministered upon the earth, while some of those people will state emphatically that you cannot be saved, unless you are baptized, others believe today that water baptism is simply a testimony which should be expressed by those who are already saved. While these folks would believe it’s an important part of the Christian experience, they don’t believe it saves anyone. Still others believe that the apostle of the Gentiles, the apostle Paul, reveals a different baptism altogether. A baptism whereby the Holy Spirit immerses every grace age believer, not into the agent of water, but into the person of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So these folks take Paul seriously when he states in Ephesians 4:5; that being baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ is the only baptism God recognizes today:

Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Some believe that the miraculous powers present at Pentecost are still in operation today, and they’re working those things out in their assemblies. Others do not take that view at all. Why all the differences in denominations? Well the issue really is where the church the body of Christ had its entrance; where the church the body of Christ began, and this is where an understanding of the book of acts is vitally important. Did the church began at acts chapter 2 as most with suggest today? Was God working with a nation Israel until that Jewish feast day of Pentecost? Which time he began working in a brand-new way; with a brand-new group of people; the present-day church? You see much hinges on a proper understanding of the book of acts, a book I believe is perhaps the most misunderstood of Bible books today. There are at least four scriptural proofs that God’s plan with Israel, from a national standpoint, was still in operation in acts chapter 2. In fact Peter offers the kingdom to Israel, a literal physical kingdom, if that nation will simply repent in acts chapter 3, and that’s after acts chapter 2, as we can see. The focus remains Israel nationally; Israel as a nation, it remained that in acts chapter 2. The issue is still the land, all the way up until the stoning of Stephen, when we see something changed. The issue is still the promise to Israel of an earthly land and earthly kingdom to be set up in that land. That was the issue all through the early chapters of the book of acts. Now if we understand the chastisements that are sitting in Leviticus 26; four sets of chastisement. If we understand those chastisement in connection with the 70 weeks of years revealed by God to the prophet Daniel, in connection with the remaining time period of those chastisement. If we couple those two things with the parable of the fig tree in Luke 13, and we look at Paul statement in

1 Timothy 1:16 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.

Then you know that the beginning of the church, which is Christ’s body, began with the conversion of the man named Saul, when he encountered the ascended Christ on the road to Damascus. Now some folks would say it did not begin until Paul was called out, and separated in acts 13 for his Gentile ministry. Makes no difference to me which you take. I’ve no problem with either one, good cases and good points can be made about both positions. The question we’ve been examining is this; why do we see water baptism still being practiced after Saul’s conversion in acts chapter 9, especially when it one time, for the nation Israel, was for the remission of their sins. It was not a testimony. Why do we see Paul honoring Jewish feast days throughout the Acts period? Why do we see Paul continue to quote the law throughout the book of acts? Why do we see him going into the Jewish synagogues? Does the position suggesting the church called the body of Christ, began after, or at least at acts 28, have any merit? I think we’ll see it is not, as we dig into this marvelous book which covers Paul’s ministry during the period of some 30 years! Understand the book of acts isn’t just a book written about a a short time period. It’s the period that covers some 30 years in Paul’s epistles and many of those epistles were written during that acts period!

Acts 9:13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

Remember Ananias was being sent to Saul, the one who would be the person introducing the age of grace. We know that Saul at that point in time was persecuting kingdom saints, so Ananias is dealing with a little dread here. He’s fearing this man, he knows Saul’s reputation, he knows Saul is responsible for having kingdom saints, the saints of that earthly kingdom program, killed, put in prison and beat. In a sense, Ananias is arguing with the Lord at this point, maybe he’ll change his mind, hoping to give Ananias a past. Watch Ananias continue to make his case.

Acts 9:14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

The Lord is not about to to back away from the plan that he has for Paul.

Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

If you think about it, the Kings must fit in one or two of the other two categories; Gentiles or Jews. They were either Gentiles, Jews or proselytes to Judaism, so we don’t really want to concentrate on the Kings right at this point. We’re really looking at only two groups basically; Jews and Gentiles or proselytes to Judaism. Paul’s ministry during the acts period pertains to these two groups of people, and yes his ministry is always in connection with the body of Christ. How do we know that? Because the program pertaining to Israel from a national standpoint, the bride of Christ program, has been placed on the shelf. Her one-year extension, according to Daniel’s prophecy and the Luke 13 parable, has run it’s course and has come to a close.

Let’s look again at the two groups; jews and gentiles.
Everywhere Paul went, who did he visit first? The jews, and proselytes to Judaism who would’ve been with those Jews. Paul conducted three apostolic journeys after which he was sent to Rome, and his ministry was winding towards a conclusion, and in each area Paul visited (three different areas of the globe), he went to unbelieving Jews and proselytes to Judaism first. We’re going to examine the areas Paul visited and in the process we’re going to see God’s proof of the Jewish rejection of the apostle of grace. Now remember also when we talk about the Jews, don’t forget those Gentiles who were proselytes to Judaism. They are included in the Jewish group, and they were indeed taking hold of the covenant adopting for themselves the customs that belong to the Jewish folks.

Group 1: Unbelieving Jews, not kingdom saints. Paul never went to kingdom saints to convert them into body of Christ saints. He never laid his foundation were another foundation had been laid. Remember Paul’s statement;

1 Corinthians 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

So Paul did not go to kingdom believers, trying to convert them into body of Christ saints. He always went to unbelieving Jews and proselytes to Judaism; these were extremely religious people, unsaved.

Group 2: Unbelieving Gentiles. What makes group number one unique? Think about it for just a moment. Remember these folks had begun under the law program, that’s where they had their entrance. When Paul went to Jerusalem to communicate that gospel which he preached among the Gentiles, do you remember the conclusion of the Jerusalem Council? First of all, do you remember the issue when Paul went to Jerusalem to communicate that gospel, if not let me bring you up to speed on some of these things. There were those who had come into the Galatian assembly, who were telling Paul’s Gentile converts that they had to be circumcised in order to be saved. That had been a part of the Jewish program, it had been an extremely important part of the Jewish program.

Genesis 17:10-14
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.
11 And 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.
14 And 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 was an extremely important issue, for the folks associated with the promise of that land they were to get, but was it a necessity for salvation for the Gentiles? Well, for the Gentile proselytes to Judaism, it would’ve been a necessity. Was it a necessity for salvation when it came to Cornelius, the uncircumcised Gentile proselyte to Judaism (albeit a half proselyte; a proselyte at the gate)? No, it was not necessary at all. We know that. God was working in an entirely different way and Peter was given to see that God was doing something brand-new. Let’s look at the conclusion arrived at by the members of the Jerusalem Council, concerning Gentiles and the issue of circumcision. James is delivering the sentence here in Acts 15:

Acts 15:19-20
19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Things that would directly affect the Jewish folks. Now imagine Paul, as he preaches to a group comprised of Jewish and Gentile converts during the act perod, because that’s precisely what he did. He went to the Jews and Jewish proselytes first. Many rejected him, some accepted his message, he then went to the Gentiles and then came the assemblies of that time. Now Paul’s addressing assemblies, and especially in his letters written during the act period, comprised of both Jews, Jewish proselytes and Gentiles, who have heard his gospel, come to Christ under his gospel and come to understand what Christ did for them under Paul’s gospel. Now they’re celebrating together in an assembly, and Paul has to tell these folks not only how to get along with one another, and how they have a relationship with one another, but what God is doing with both groups, both groups in the same assembly. He has to tell them that keeping religious ceremonies cannot save them. He has to tell them that honoring the Jewish feast days cannot save anyone. He has to tell the Gentile Gentile converts that are among them, not to believe anyone who tries to place them under any such requirements. That would include circumcision, it was never given to those folks. Why? They had not been under any of those requirements in the first place. Could or should a Jewish man who had begun in the program for the land, who had already been circumcised and now become a part of the body of Christ, because he believes Paul’s gospel, reverse his circumcision if that were a possibility? Corinth was a fellowship comprised of circumcised Jews and uncircumcised Gentiles. The Jews among them were devout when it came to those customs that they were put under, the Gentiles not at all. Notice Paul’s words to these folks and how he’s writing to both groups:

1 Corinthians 7:18-19
18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised.
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Were some of those folks keeping the commandments of God? You bet they were, and it’s not that they were not to keep those commandments. They were body of Christ saints, those commandments simply could not save them.

1 Corinthians 7:20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

Paul is talking to both groups and he’s telling them “let every man abide in the calling to which he’s been called”, so Paul is speaking to believers; body of Christ believers, in Corinth. He’s telling one group abide in the calling to which you’ve been called; concerning the circumcision and I believe it goes beyond circumcision. I believe it goes to the customs of the Jews. Would circumcision save? Absolutely not, no way whatsoever. Would Paul try to reverse the customs of the fathers, for those who had been associated with those customs? Again, in no way would the apostle do that. Nearing the end of Paul’s ministry he returned to Jerusalem, and he met with James;

Acts 21:20-21
20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:
21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
This meeting with James really didn’t end this dispute that the Jews had with the apostle Paul, sort of like telling people today if you preach grace, you’re going to give people a license to sin. This was the same thing here, now they’re accusing Paul of teaching the Jewish folks in that Corinthian assembly, not to circumcise their children. If you know the rest of the story you know that Paul would ultimately be imprisoned in Rome, but I want you to notice the interesting thing that Paul does when he first arrives in Rome, and this issue is what began Paul’s going to Rome.

Acts 28:16 And when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him.

The question is; did Paul tell any unbelieving Jew or proselytes to Judaism, did he tell any member of the body of Christ within his assemblies (whether they be Jews or proselytes to Judaism), did he tell any kingdom saint, for that matter, to stop honoring the Jewish customs? Had that ever taken place with the apostle Paul?

Acts 28:17 And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together: and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.

Paul never reversed the customs of those who had been born under that program; the program of which those customs had been a part. While he never placed his Gentile converts under those customs, he never tried to remove those customs from the people who have been practicing them as part of the Jewish religion they had been adherence to. Why not? Because the consciences of those folks was intricately linked to the customs under which they been placed. What did Paul tell the saints at Corinth who thought that eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols, was an evil practice?

1 Corinthians 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

Paul could say the same thing about obeying the law, obedience to the Jewish customs or attending Jewish feast days…

1 Corinthians 8:13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

Was conscience important to the apostle Paul? I think you can see it was. Notice Paul’s words in acts 23, after he had been accused of teaching his Jewish converts, not to keep the customs of the Jewish program under which those folks had been born He is speaking to the Jewish Sanhedrin here folks.

Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

In other words, I’m continually exercising myself to have always a conscience void of offense, toward God and toward men. Paul never wanted any man to go against his conscience. That being said, Paul never permitted any Jewish custom for the purpose of gaining favor with God much less salvation through the exercise of that custom. If a Jewish Scripture told the Jews to do something, Paul didn’t offend their consciences by telling them not to do it. It had never been taken away from them. Even though they were his converts, new members of the body of Christ and their righteousness before God would be dependent upon none of those things. You see the need for the letter of Corinthians, why the two letters and why the letter to the Galatians, why the necessity of telling these people what was going on and how it was going on? Paul would never have even told a Gentile convert to offend the Jewish conscience, in my opinion, I don’t see that. So the first group to whom Paul preached in every area he visited during the acts period, was Jews and proselytes to Judaism. This is why you see baptisms taking place during the acts period. Even though you never see Paul conducting those baptismal rites and when he did, he has to tell you who it was he baptized. Very few and for very good reason. He does tell us he baptized some. Only two individuals and members of one household, and as I said very good reason is given there for that, and that’s over a period of 30 some years folks. Conscience could certainly have have been an issue there, but it goes beyond that as we’ve just seen the acts 28 period. Not only did God not want Paul to offend another person’s conscience, God having foreknowledge knew that Paul would one day be standing before kings and Jewish unbelievers, who would be accusing Paul of teaching contrary to the law of Moses. God knew that Paul would be able to defend against those charges, as we saw him do in acts 20 and 28. If they were going to reject God, if they were going to reject Jesus Christ through the apostle Paul, God was not going to allow it to be for the reason that Paul had taught against the law of Moses. If they were going to reject Jesus Christ was going to be because of the rejection of Jesus Christ, not because Paul taught against the law of Moses. Paul used the law he said, but he used the law lawfully. Paul honored the Jewish feast days. Paul baptized on very rare occasion, but never did Paul use the law or oblige anyone else to use it, including the practice of any Jewish custom or previous Jewish program requirement, for the purpose of gaining a righteous standing before God through the performing of it. That wasn’t the apostle Paul and as far as injuring another’s conscience goes notice;

Acts 16:3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him [Why? Because Timothy would have to adhere to that custom?!] because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

Knowing that, they knew they knew he had been circumcised, very likely had not been circumcised. His mother was a Jewess, but his father was a Greek. Helen here, not a Greek speaking Jew, but a Greek by nationality. Did Paul do this in order to accomplish Timothy’s salvation? Did he do it to gain Timothy an additional measure of righteousness in the eyes of Almighty God? He did it in order not to offend the Jewish conscience. Of course we know that if someone insisted on a Jewish practice for the purpose of gaining righteousness before God, or earning salvation or even gaining favor with God, Paul would’ve resisted with everything he had, and the apostle Paul did so. When it came to the circumcision of Titus, who was a Gentile, when Paul went to speak before the Jerusalem Council to communicate under them that gospel, which he preached among the Gentiles, the question was circumcision for salvation. A statement had to be made, and Paul wanted that statement to be made.

Galatians 2:1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.

Galatians 2:2 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.

The issue wasn’t conscience here, the issue was circumcision for salvation.

Galatians 2:3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:

Paul never taught circumcision or any other Jewish practice for salvation.
We see that Paul would not allow Titus, and Titus wouldn’t accept being circumcised, so it wasn’t for the issue of injuring their consciences at the Jerusalem Council

Galatians 2:4 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:

Galatians 2:5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acts 14:7 And there they preached the gospel.

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

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

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

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

The unbelieving Jews were not happy campers, no matter where Paul went. When it came to Paul, they didn’t want him or his message. God is indeed validating the blindness that he had brought upon that nation nationally, with the salvation of Saul, and that Paul had declared with the blindness brought upon Barjesus. Here they’ve stoned the apostle Paul. He’s approaching the latter portion of this first journey to Asia. How many listening today would want to continue on if the same thing would happen to you? You moved into a town, and some folks said “we want to hear you out, we would like to hear what you have. Let’s meet at the community center next week” and you meet at the community center and these folks are really interested. Their ears are wide open and they’re listening, and in through the door comes some folks from the first, or second or third of whatever and they say, ‘no you’re preaching heresy, you’re preaching damnable heresy, let’s stone you to death’. Would you want to continue? Paul did! He’d make three additional journeys, if we include the Rome trip!
Paul established grace assemblies during this trip to Asia, without question, and he would later write epistles, he’d write the epistle to the saints in Galatia after this. Whereby the Jews of that fellowship along with the Gentiles who would come in (they did not have those customs, the Jews did), could grow together in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can imagine the difficulties these two groups would face both attending the same assembly, having believed Paul’s message. Jewish believers and converts to Paul’s gospel, previous unbelieving Jews, who were devoutly religious; hanging onto those customs and Gentiles who did not have those customs in the first place. Now, you can see why in Corinth Paul wrote back and said “you tell me you’re honoring the Lord’s table”, which to those folks would’ve been the feast of Passover. Nothing wrong with them doing that. And why he would say “no this isn’t the feast that you’re honoring, you’re doing something else altogether” and why Paul could turn around and say “let us keep the feast”, because the Jews were not to have their consciences injured. They were supposed to do those things, they were told they would be everlasting for them, and they were indeed doing those things. Those folks who’ve been born under that law and who would held on those customs, the customs were not removed for those folks, and God knew they would not be. Paul would be able to stand before unbelieving, condemning Jews and Kings and say ‘I’ve never taught anything contrary to the Law of Moses’. Paul taught those folks that they could not gain their righteousness from doing those things. Had God ever told the Jews that they could indeed gain their righteousness and would do so? He gave the Law to prove that they could not do so, and told them through the prophets that they were not doing so. Paul had a dilemma in dealing with both groups, and in their minds breaking down the middle wall of partition between them so they could understand their unity; their oneness in the body of Christ. I think you can see why the Gentiles would’ve been distressed when certain men from Judea came down, teaching that circumcision was now necessary for salvation. Paul went to Jerusalem; the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15), and then the Galatian letter would be coming a little later on to these Saints at Galatia. The Jews of the Council sent chief men from their group with Paul, to validate they were not putting any of these things on the Gentiles. No mention of “now take them off of the Jews to” only “don’t put these things on the Gentiles”. Understand again you got two groups of grace believers. This is all going on in the same book of acts. Jews and those who had been proselytes to Judaism, with those folks still honoring the practices to which they become accustomed, and Gentiles who had never been a part of those customs in the first place. This brings us to Paul’s second apostolic journey. Paul is going to visit Greece on this trip, but he has no idea at this time he’s going to Greece. While he’s in Asia who does he pick up? Timothy! It was at this time, by the way, that Paul circumcised Timothy because of the Jews that were in those quarters. We’re told that the churches Paul had established; the assemblies on his first journey, were increasing in number during this time. It’s an interesting thing to note here that as Paul gets underway, the Holy Spirit forbids him to preach in Asia. He had already proclaimed the Jews in blindness in Asia. Does God want him to proclaim the Jews in another area of the world in blindness? Yes, so the Holy Spirit has another area in mind for Paul to go. He doesn’t doesn’t allow Paul to preach in Asia during the second trip. Not yet.

Acts 16:7 After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.

Acts 16:8 And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.

They’re on the far western coast of Asia. Paul wants to preach the message of grace, but the Holy Spirit won’t permit it.

Acts 16:9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.

So Paul and Timothy depart for Macedonia.

Acts 16:12 And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days.

Acts 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

What would be the Sabbath for the Jews? Friday evening to Saturday evening. Evidently a very religious place for the unbelieving, religious Jews. We have proselytes to Judaism, albeit they’re women proselytes, which is evident in the very next verse:

Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

How did the Lord open her heart? Did he reach in and mystically magically play a string that had never been played before? Did he supernaturally push a button and cause Lydia to believe the message? He did it through the gospel that Paul was preaching to her.

Romans 1:16 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.

Lydia believed Paul’s gospel. It was the gospel message itself that had intrigued this lady named Lydia. Obviously envy and pride had not been an obstruction in her case, as it had been with the majority of the Jewish folks. Lydia had been a proselytes to Judaism, so we should expect to see something connected to Judaism come into the picture here, and that’s precisely what we see:

Acts 16:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.

Was she a Gentile or a Jewish proselyte? A Jewish proselyte. What was told the Jews in Leviticus chapter 26:40?

Leviticus 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;

If they confessed their sins, God would remember the covenant he made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. That confession was called for, according to the layout and timing of Leviticus 26, when John came upon the scene; offering Israel the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. We know that wasn’t necessary for sin remission. We saw that with Cornelius, but here she’s baptized, you don’t see him mention ‘for the remission of sins’ there do you? And you will not again in the book of acts.
Did Paul baptize Lydia and her household? No! If he had, would she not have been mentioned back when he told us who he did baptize?

1 Corinthians 1:14-17
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
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.

Someone else did the baptizing; he was with Paul. Luke? Timothy? Silas? We do know Silas was with him on this occasion. Why? Because we’re going to see them cast into prison. So who would’ve done the baptizing? Silas? He was one of the Jewish elders present at the Jerusalem Council, according to acts 15:22:

Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:

Silas was either a Jew or a proselyte to Judaism, it really makes no difference.
There’s no mention whatsoever for the remission of sins in connection with his baptism, but it would certainly have been the response of a clear conscience for a Jew, in the presence of Lydia, to baptize her. Was Silas present, and did Paul conduct the baptismal service according to his list of those he baptized? You don’t see Lydia mentioned there at all. You don’t see Paul conducting any baptism service, but Paul would later be able to stand in front of Kings and say ‘I never taught contrary to the customs of the Jews or their fathers or the law of Moses for that matter’. So we can see something taking place here in relation to the body of Christ, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the remission of sins, as we saw in the case of Cornelius in acts 10. It was during the same time period, in Paul’s second journey, that the assemblies in Philippi were established and we see their letters coming later on, at the time of Paul’s imprisonment in Rome.
Always Jews or Jewish proselytes first, never going against their customs, and then gentiles. Both becoming members of the body of Christ; the new church Paul was establishing.

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Lost believers 2 (E.C. Moore)


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“6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-9

“4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Galatians 5:4

Any individual who is trying to keep the law, to be saved, cannot be in the grace of God at the same time.

“10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Galatians 3.10

There is no possible way that you can be accurseth from God, accurseth by the law, and at the same time be blessed and walking in the grace and the salvation of the Lord. If you’re trying to keep the law to get to heaven, then you’re accursed. The law has cursed you, the law isn’t trying to save you and helping you get to heaven, the law is bringing you down, because it’s just a school master to bring you to Christ (Galatians 3:24-25)

There are people in the church; the overall visible church today, that are lost. They believe in a God, a Lord and a Saviour, but they’re not saved, and their testimony in many cases is that they aren’t saved.

“5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Are you in the faith? People say ‘what faith are you'(?) I’m of Christ faith… Jesus Christ went to Calvary for me, Jesus Christ did the work of salvation for me, Jesus Christ paid for my sins at Calvary, Jesus Christ endured to the end for me, Jesus Christ’s faith was tested for me. I’m of his faith.

People say that the doctrine to the church which is the body of Christ, is in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John. If that be true, then look at this verse:

“46 ¶ And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46

What did He say for them to do?

“19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” Matthew 6:19

Do you lay up treasures upon earth? Do you put money in the bank? Do you buy bonds? Do you have insurance?

Then why do you call him, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which He says, IF the doctrine to the church the body of Christ is found in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John?

“17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-19

You that call yourself as being in the grace of the Lord, do you keep the commandments? Are you guilty of breaking those commandments?! How about you people that believe and claim in 1 John 1:9. You say ‘I repent of my sins and confess my sins every day’, are you telling me, that you go, the next day after confessing your sins, with the intent that ‘I can break one of the least of these commandments, and then confess my sins tonight and everything will be alright?
We need to ‘rightly divide the word of truth’;

“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

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: [that’s a place of authority unto the law, they teach the law]
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” Matthew 23:1-3

In other words, Jesus Christ taught his disciples to do and observe the teaching of the scribes and the Pharisees pertaining to the law, BUT He said “do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not”, and so people say ‘well, ‘that’s just up to the cross’…. Are you telling me that Peter, James and John and the other Apostles, the day of Pentecost, Acts 2 etc. that they made up their minds that they were not to observe the teachings of Matthew 5, 6 and 23? No, now you know better than that…

Why do you that say you are saved by the grace of God today, and yet you claim the passages out of Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, why do you not do the things He said do?

Luke 12:
Jesus Christ;
“22 ¶ And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.”

Somebody say that’s just spiritual. How can I put on my physical body, something that is spiritual?

“23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more raiment.
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”

Why don’t you who say you are saved by the grace of God, and yet say that the doctrine to the church which is the body of Christ is in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, quit your job and do what He said in the passage?! Are you telling me that what He taught you would be wrong?

“25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe , O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 ¶ But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.” Luke 12:22-33

Jesus Christ told them to sell out, did they believe it was spiritual or literal?

Acts 2:
“41 ¶ Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them three thousand souls.”

We got the group together up to this point… The belief is that the church which is the body of Christ started in Matthew 27, 28 or Acts 2 or whatever, but nevertheless, the point is that it is there, it’s just a mystery. There’s no mystery involved in this…
Jesus Christ said; “(…)preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved(…) Mark 16:15-16
In Acts 2 they said ‘what must we do?’ They’re not asking ‘what must we do to be saved’, whatever they’re asking, they said ‘what must we do?’ Under the circumstances we see it after having heard the message of Peter, they’re saying ‘what must 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(…)”

“42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
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 2:41-45

They did what He told them to do. If the doctrine of the church which is the body of Christ is in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John, He said unto you; “why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”

Show me some passages in Romans thru Philemon where what Paul had to say superseded what the 12 disciples had to say? Why don’t you show me some passages where what he had to say was an improvement over what they said? In other words, if the church which is the body of Christ is there in Matthew 27, 28, Acts 2-7 etc, but remaining a mystery, and then later on the doctrine of the Apostle contradicted what they said, and it did (!), why don’t you show me in the scripture where that is true?

I can show you where Paul went up to Jerusalem and preached unto them that Gospel which he preaches among the gentiles, and he did it unto them privately etc. I can show you in Galatians 2, where the 12 disciples saw the grace that was given unto the Apostle Paul. They gave him the right hand of fellowship; that they they would go to the circumcision, he unto the uncircumcision. I can show you that, but I cannot show you where they agreed with the Apostle Paul; “that we’re to stop doing what God told us to do and start doing what Paul told us to do”.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the teacher of the 12, and the same Jesus Christ, except in a glorified body and in a glorified position, is the same teacher of the Apostle Paul.

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

Matthew-Mark-Luke-John: The ministry is to the circumcision/the nation Israel. Jesus Christ teaches them.
After the resurrection, He’s with them for 40 days and teaches them, and they watched him ascend up. Then Stephen sees Him in the third heaven;

“55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” Acts 7:55-56

And later on, in Acts 9, He appears to the Apostle Paul, who was Saul at that point. He gave Saul/Paul a message that had never been heard before. Jesus Christ showed Saul that He had died for his sins. Peter did not know that. He sent the Apostle Paul forth, so there’s a period of time (the dispensation of the grace of God) which is parenthetical. The dispensation of the grace of God is not some improvement of Matthew-Mark-Luke-John. What was preached in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John is gonna be continued after the dispensation of the grace of God.

Matthew 24: Jesus Christ speaking to the 12 disciples;
“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.”

The end: Second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)”

The abomination of desolation: The Antichrist.

“16 Then let them which be in Judæa flee into the mountains:
17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.”

In other words, the ministry in Matthew-Mark-Luke-John is carried on after the dispensation of the grace of God. That which is in the dispensation of the grace of God, didn’t change the ministry before and after the dispensation of the grace of God. The doctrine concerning the dispensation of the grace is found in Paul’s epistles: Romans thru Philemon. It is FOR and TO you gentiles, it is FOR and TO the church which is the body of Christ. It has nothing to do with some improvement over that which Jesus Christ had already taught them.

“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.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4

You either trust in him alone to save you, or else you are trusting yourself to fulfill what He gave you to do.

“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 1:12-13

Will you trust in Christ? Will you look back to Calvary and believe that He died for your sins? Will you look back there and abide by the doctrine that Jesus Christ became your sin at Calvary, your sins were judged at Calvary; that God puts his sin upon His Son and God poured out his wrath upon your sins at Calvary, and that salvation is free to you right now by what He did for you, and not by what you do for him? Will you trust Him today as your Lord and Saviour? Will you finish it right now? Will you commit your salvation to the Lord Jesus Christ, and quit trying? Start trusting, and quit trying, and God will save you.

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Posted by on February 14, 2011 in E.C. Moore


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Lost believers 1 (E.C. Moore)


Brother Moore went home to be with the Lord last year (2010). Berean Bible Study Association are currently in the process of converting Brother Moore’s TV Broadcast to a digital format for safe keeping. His video teachings can be found at: Thanks to Berean Bible Study Association for providing us with these videos! You can also find many of his audio teachings at:

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“5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Corinthians 13:5

Lost believers: Those who falsely believe they are saved. They certainly believe/have believed in something, but whatever it is, it didn’t/doesn’t save them.

Rejection of the resurrection:

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;”

“12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. ” 1 Corinthians 15

Jesus Christ, in his earthly ministry to the nation Israel, speaking to the jews;
“30 As he spake these words, many believed on him.
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 ¶ They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.
38 I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.
41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” John 8:30-44

Did they believe on him? The scriptures says they did, and He spoke unto them that believed on him, that’s what He said. Notice in verse 44; what He said unto them after this argument. He said; ” Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth(…)” etc. They are lost… Believers, yes, but lost…

If you check yourself out according to the scripture, and you don’t come up to the qualifications and the standards for a saved individual in the scripture, then you’re a reprobate. What do you believe?! Do you really believe with all your heart, that Jesus Christ did in fact pay for ALL your sins?

“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

“6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Romans 5:6

“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.” 1 Timothy 1:15

When Jesus Christ died, all your sins were in the future. Do you honestly believe that your sins were transferred to Calvary and that God made his Son to be sin for you? And that he punished his Son for your sins?

Is there anything that you could do, whereby you would not be saved? You who say you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, is there any sin, that can be put to your account now? If you really believe that, then you don’t believe that he paid for all of them….

“31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” Romans 8:31-33

Who is there that can lay anything to the charge of those that God chose in Christ before the foundation of the world?! Jesus Christ died for them at Calvary, they believe on him as their Lord and Saviour, who is there that can charge them for their sins?

God knew,before the foundation of the world, every individual that would believe on Christ as their Lord and Saviour. He didn’t predestinate you to trust Christ as your Saviour, but he did foreknow if you will trust him as your Lord and Saviour.

“28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:28-29

Who did he predestinate? Those that he did foreknow. He did NOT predestinate someone to be saved, and someone to go to hell. Everyone that he  foreknew, what did he know about them, beforehand? He knew that they would hear that Christ died for their sins, was buried and that God raised Him, and that they would believe that and trust the Lord with all their heart.
As many as “he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren”
“24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

God is a spirit, Jesus Christ is in the image of the Father. One day we that believe on Christ will be in the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that we will be like him. God predestined it to be so.

“23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:23-28

“33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” Romans 8:33

If God justified someone, then God cannot see sin in that individual’s life. Why? The sins that he commits was imputed to Christ. The sin that he’ll commit tomorrow, Christ paid for in A.D 33. Every sin that he could ever do, Christ paid for!

“9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?(…)” 1 Corinthians 6:9

Who are the righteous?

“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:” Romans 3:21-22

The righteousness of God is imputed to those that believe on the Lord Jesus Christ based upon HIS faith and HIS work at Calvary.

You either trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, or you don’t trust him as your lord and Saviour. If you are confessing your sins every day trying to gain yourself salvation by doing so, you don’t trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! If you think your salvation depends on that, it wouldn’t be of grace:

“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

Why don’t you come clean and admit that? What are you afraid of?
If you believe with all your heart, then you’re not afraid that your sins may be imputed to you.

“9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-12

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith…
A lot of people today believe in Jesus Christ and they are not saved. They have not committed their salvation unto the Lord and quit fooling with it. They’re still trying to gain it themselves. I hope that isn’t you….

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Posted by on February 13, 2011 in E.C. Moore


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