December 23, 2013
December 22, 2013
Hello, today I hope to finish the second part of this lesson. I had left off on where would these new converts in Christ Paul had preached to would have went if the Lord had set up his Kingdom.
First I want to continue on Paul’s ministry and the changes that took place.
1Corinthians 22 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
What was Paul preaching to the Corinthians here? That it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. Believe what? The preaching. What preaching? The Gospel of the circumcision, No, The Gospel of the Kingdom, No.
The Gospel of the Grace of God. Which is 1 Corinthians 15:3.
All the people that Paul had preached to so far were in the “Body of Christ.” Jew and Gentile alike, that were in the covenants of promise. How did they get there? By believing the gospel, blessing Israel and fearing God. These were called commandments contained in ordinances.
The Body of Christ began with the Apostle Paul. Paul was the first person to really understand that Christ had died on the cross for our sins. Peter and the 11 did not know that until Paul explained to them what revelation he had received from God. “The Council at Jerusalem”. Acts 15:1, 34 . After the Apostles at Jerusalem heard that the Jews and Gentiles were being saved through the Gospel Paul had been given, James established some ordinances for them to keep as you can see if you read Acts 15:20.
When Paul went forth preaching and the Gentiles were hearing and believing the message of Grace, more Gentiles would show up to hear this new gospel. Paul would preach to anyone that was aligning himself with the Nation Israel. The Jews became envious and as I wrote before disputed against Paul and the new disciples and tried to kill him or run him out of their synagogues.
Paul goes before Caesar the second time and while he is in prison he hears of some Gentiles that had heard the gospel and believed, these were of the crowd at Ephesus who were not in the covenants of promise. These were idol worshipping Gentiles who had not feared God or did anything good for the Nation Israel.
When Paul hears of this he writes the Ephesian letter to those new believers at Ephesus. These are NOT the same as the ones at Ephesus in Act 19 I wrote about in the beginning of the first lesson. Paul knew those disciples that he had taught in the school of Tryannus.
Paul did not write the Ephesian letter to these new converts to show them how to get saved, he wrote this letter to show them what they already had in Christ. They didn’t know since they had never been associated with Israel or worshipped God. The moment those Ephesians heard the gospel of the Grace of God and trusted Christ, they were baptized by the Holy Spirit into that already existing body of Jew and Gentile that were in the covenants of promise. These new converts that had worshipped idols in the past were not in the Body of Christ by the covenants of Promise. How do I know that? What I have just written above. So, how did these Gentiles get into the then existing Body of Christ? They got in there by the Gospel. What Gospel? 1 Corinthians 15:3. Not by blessing the seed of Abraham as the other Gentiles had.
How do we know they got there by the Gospel?
Paul tells you in the book of Ephesians. Below are listed many things not being taught correctly today. The mystery of Ephesians 3 is not the joint body of Jew and Gentile, that could already be found as a mystery in the Old Testament scriptures. This mystery was one that could not be traced out. It had never been revealed until the Lord revealed it to the Apostle Paul. It was a mystery hid in GOD, that could not be searched out. The mystery of Ephesians is that people such as you and I can be in that same body that already existed with Paul, Timothy, Silas, and so forth. The letter tells them that the middle wall of partition has been broken down, (commandment contained in ordinances) as I wrote a few minutes ago.
Please read Ephesians 1and 2. Then proceed to this, if I write all this down maybe you wont see for yourself.
Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2. If you 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 a 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 know 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 fellow heirs and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
8. Unto me, who am less that 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:
The Colossians were basically the same as these Ephesians, please read Colossians.
Why have I taken the time to do this? Because I love you and it troubles me to see so many people who are being taught another gospel for their salvation today. Paul was the Apostle for you Gentiles, us, you and I. Had this not been written we wouldn’t have had any hope. Christ died for our sins, but unless he had reveled that to the Apostle Paul we wouldn’t have even had a chance folks.
Conclusion, where would those first coverts that got saved through the Gospel of Christ went had the Lord set up His Kingdom back there?
Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 32. And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 33. And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Folks read the rest of this chapter. There are some Gentiles going into the Kingdom in the Millenium(1,000 year reign of Christ) because they bless Israel in the tribulation, they blessed Israel back there, in the first Century and God had a covenant with them in Genesis 12. Read it and see.
Can you bless Israel today? I’ll let you answer that one.
I will however, recommend that NO ONE or No Country persecutes them. Even when the Lord sent them into captivity, those nations that mistreated them are going to be punished, you can count on it. Maybe even now as well.
The only way into the Body of Christ is by believing the gospel. We live in a period of time called the dispensation of the grace of GOD. One day it is going to end and when it does there will be no hope for being saved by grace again. Gget it today, there may not be another chance for you.
Believe on the Lord jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
You can learn all these things later, the important thing is for you to get saved, you cannot get it by repenting and confessing your sins and joining the church. It is by grace through faith today, not in most of the systems people are trusting in today.
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