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Signs and Wonders in Israel

Posted in Kingdom of Heaven Gospel on 2009/04/03 by howtobesaved

Jews Require a Sign

(1 Corinthians 1:22 KJV) For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

Israel was born out of signs and wonders. Israel became a national entity when God brought the out of Egypt, many signs and wonders occurred at that time. The nation of Israel had a beginning.

(Exodus 12:1-2 KJV) And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, {2} This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

Signs Confirmed Moses was chosen of God

When God called Moses, signs were given to confirm that Moses was chosen by God in order for the people to believe.

(Exodus 4:8-9 KJV) And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign. {9} And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

Israel’s Salvation

1. The nation of Israel had a visible (physical) salvation.

(Exodus 14:12-13 KJV) Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. {13} And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

The Israelites saw that they were saved. The word “saved” does not have the same meaning for us as it did for them. The terminology is not the same in the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Israel had a visible salvation that showed a visible demonstration of God’s power. The deliverance that Israel experienced could be seen.

(Exodus 15:26 KJV) And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

The is a difference between a visible healing and an invisible healing.

2. Israel’s salvation was conditional on obedience.

God told Israel that they will see this visible salvation IF they are obedient to do what He says. It is an “IF…THEN” statement.

If you obey… then this will happen:

(Deuteronomy 28:1-3 KJV) And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. {3} Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

If you disobey…then this will happen:

(Deuteronomy 28:15 KJV) But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

Back then, in times past, Israel could look around at the physical circumstances and see if God was pleased with them.

In Leviticus 26, there is a five-fold cycle of judgement for Israel if they are disobedient. Verse 3, begins with what happens if they are obedient. Verses 14, 18, 21, 23 and 27 all tell what will happen if Israel disobeys. In each incident, God tells them exactly what will happen so when Israel looks at the circumstances, they will know exactly what state they are in, how severe their disobedience is.

(Daniel 9:1-4 KJV) In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans; {2} In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. {3} And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: {4} And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

Daniel understood why he was in the situation he was in. Leviticus 26 and Jeremiah 25 told him that there would be 70 years of desolation. Daniel knew exactly where he was in accordance to the signs that he saw. When God deals with one in signs, He will always explain exactly what those signs are.

Circumstances today are NOT signs that God is trying to tell us something. If God is using signs to tell us something His word will always tell us what the signs is. Today, everything that God wants us to know is revealed in His written Word.

When Israel receives the New Covenant, they will know what God’s will is for them.

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

3. Israel looked for toward a spiritual salvation (future).

(Acts 3:19-21 KJV) 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; {20} And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: {21} Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Israel has to wait until Christ returns to set up His kingdom before their sins will be blotted out.
Our Salvation Today

1. We have an INVISIBLE salvation.

The salvation we have today is invisible; therefore it cannot be a sign. Signs are something that we see. The salvation that we have is of a spiritual nature. For a list of our spiritual blessings, see Ephesians 1. There, you will see that the list includes things like blessed with all spiritual blessings, chosen, predestined, accepted, redemption, forgiveness, wisdom, etc.

2. We get our salvation when we believe (now).

Our salvation is based on faith, not obedience to an “IF…THEN” law system. Therefore, we cannot look at the circumstances to tell us how or if God is pleased with us.

We know that we have all these things (Ephesians 1) by faith because God’s word tells us that we have them. We do not have one sign that tells us we have these things because we have them by faith.

(2 Corinthians 11:23-27 KJV) Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. {24} Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. {25} Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; {26} In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; {27} In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

Paul suffered through all these things, yet he wrote to Timothy,

(2 Timothy 4:7 KJV) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Circumstances had no bearing on what God was doing in the life of Paul. The things Paul suffered were not pleasant or comforting but he knew that what he was doing was what God wanted him to be doing, for he understood that our time in this earthly body is temporary.

(Romans 8:23-28 KJV) And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. {24} For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? {25} But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. {26} Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. {27} And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. {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.

Verse 25 tells us the God’s answer to our physical problems, with patience wait for it. Immature spirituality always wants the results to happen immediately. It is like that prayer, “Lord, grant me patience but give it to me now!”

(2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

We know that we have the things God says He has given us because God’s Word says that we have those things.

Trust what God has said and do not be persuaded by the circumstances of your life.

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Israel’s Kingdom Gospel vs Our Gospel of Grace

Posted in Kingdom of Heaven Gospel on 2009/03/14 by howtobesaved

Gospel of Grace vs Gospel of the Kingdom
And the gospel of the kingdom wll be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)

Many Christians believe that the gospel of grace must be preached in all the world to all nations before the second coming of Christ will materialise. A careful reading of Matthew 24:14 will reveal two crucial facts that are often misunderstood.

1. It is the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven that must be preached and not the gospel of grace before the consumation of the end.

2. The preaching of the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven is set forth as the end and not the second coming of Christ.

The ‘end’ as used in Matthew 24:14 comes from the Greek word ‘telos’ which means the final comsummate end of all things. And this only happens after the one thousand year reign of Christ on earth (known as the Millennial Kingdom). This word differs from the word ‘end’ used in Matthew 24:3 which is a Greek word ‘sunteleios’ in reference to the accomplishment of certain events before the close of the present church age.

According to the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthins 15:3-4, the gospel of grace refers to the good news pertaining to the grace of God. ‘That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.’

The gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven is the good news pertaining to the establishment on earth of a corporeal kingdom which will rule and reign for one thousand years in fulfillment of God’s covenant to David (2 Samuel 7:8-16).

Paramount to the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom is the call upon the nation of Israel to REPENT of her disobedience to the commandments of God. After the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, the nation was called to REPENT of their rejection and crucifixion of their Messiah.

Central to the gospel of grace, individuals are called upon to BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation of their spirit (Acts 19:43; 16:30-31; Romans 1:16; John 3:16).

Under the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom, signs, wonders and miracles were manifested to authenticate the messengers and the messages (Mark 16:16-20). While the preaching of the gospel of grace is to be accompanied by the Word of God from Scriptures, illuminated by the Holy Spirit and those who hear are to accept by faith.

In Matthew 24:14, the Lord Jesus focused on the end of the world, rather than the end of the church age. The preaching of the kingdom will come during the millennial age to all the nations of the world before the consummation of the end of the world.

Therefore, this end of the world will not come until after the return of Christ to earth, ruled and reigned for one thousand years and put all enemies under His subjection, including death, before delivering all things to God the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).

As Christians, our task is to preach the gospel of grace to all people. The return of the Lord Jesus is not solely dependent upon the success of the churches and missions organisations to fulfill this prophecy, though it is their mandate to disciple the nations (Matthew 28: 19-20). The fulfillment of the prophecy regarding the second coming of Christ is the prerogative of God alone.

The time of our Lord’s return has been set by God as given to us in Acts 15:14 and Romans 11:25, when the number of the Gentiles together with the remnant of Israel are fulfilled according to the election of grace to form the Body of Christ. When that prophecy has been fulfilled, then our Lord will return.

Adrian Fah is the author of The Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven

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Study on Romans 2:28-29: Explains why believers are not “Spiritual Jews” today. (Ben Webb)

Posted in Kingdom of Heaven Gospel on 2009/03/11 by howtobesaved

Romans Chapter 2, Verses 28 and 29:

28: For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Recently, a very amiable Covenant Theologian sent me an e-mail concerning the above passage, claiming that it proves the church is “the Israel of God”, because “a Jew is one who is a Jew inwardly”. His e-mail, and my response, are chronicled below. His e-mail opened as follows:

‘I do nevertheless challenge your assertion that the church is not spiritual Israel. Notice from Scriptures how the apostles annihalates this dichotomy.

‘The Dividing Wall Demolished (Ephesians 2:11-22)

‘The movement of the history of redemption is on this order. The people of God were an international people from Adam to Noah to Moses. Under Moses, the people of God became temporarily a national people. God instituted special civil and ceremonial laws to separate his national people from the Gentile pagans. In Ephesians 2:14 the Apostle Paul describes these civil and ceremonial laws as a “dividing wall” between Jew and Gentile. Because of that dividing wall, the Gentiles, considered as a people, were “separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” (2.12).

‘Now, however, because of Christ’s death, Paul assures Gentile Christians that “you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (v.13). How? Through his death, Christ has destroyed the dividing wall, torn the temple veil, destroyed the temple and restored it three days by his resurrection (John 2:19), by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross (Eph 2.15-16).’

My Response:

From my point of view, your above statement actually strengthens my position. To begin with, by destroying the “dividing wall”, Christ has created “one new man” out of the two (Eph. 2:15). And the word “new” means just that – something totally new. Not Israel, not Gentile. One totally new man. Romans chapter 11 also shows that there is no longer an Israel which is God’s people. Paul states in Ro. 11:11-13 that Gentiles are now saved through the “fall” of Israel (rather than through her exaltation, as was the case when the “dividing wall” was in existence). The context makes it clear that this passage is referring to the “fall” of “Israel”, and not just unbelievers within the nation of Israel (as one Covenant Theologian has insisted), because verse 7 states that “Israel” has not obtained “that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded”. So, when Paul states in Ro. 11:11-13 that through “their fall” salvation is come unto the Gentiles, he must be referring to the “fall” of the “Israel” he mentioned in verse 7. And because Israel is fallen, and God has created “one new man” that is neither Israel nor Gentile, this new man would be the church which is the body of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18, etc.) – never before mentioned while Israel was God’s chosen people.

My friend then continued:

‘Now, by virtue of our union with Christ, both Jewish and Gentile Christians are “fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household” (Eph 2.19); “For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh” (Phil 3.3). Why? Because “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil 3.20). How is it that Premillennialism, by having two parallel peoples of God, does not rebuild that very dividing wall which Jesus destroyed by his death?’

My Response:

I will answer your last question first. Pre-millennialism does not rebuild the dividing wall, because Israel has already fallen (Ro. 11:7-13; see my earlier explanation). If there is a dividing wall at all, it is because of *Israel’s* OWN unbelief, and not because of Pre-millennialism. John 14:6 makes it absolutely clear that no man comes to the Father, unless he comes through Christ. So, because Israel does not believe, they are not coming to the Father. Which means they are the ones putting up the wall. Not Pre-Millennialists.

Yes, the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile has been done away with through the blood of Christ. However, you seem to be implying a belief (and please correct me if I am wrong) that Eph. 2:19 means unbelieving Israel is still God’s people, in spite of what Paul states in Romans 11:7-13. And that just cannot be the case, according to John 14:6.

And finally, you mentioned the fact that both Jew and Gentiles believers are now members of God’s household, worship God in the spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, have no confidence in the flesh, etc. That should be enough to show that Pre-millennialists are not building again the dividing wall, because we agree with that statement.

Next, my friend continued:

‘Not All Israel is Israel

‘One of the clearest places in Scripture on this question is Romans chapter 9. The context is the very question we are addressing now, what about Israel? Who is the Israel of God? Has God abandoned his promise to Abraham? Paul’s answer is, a Jew is one who is a Jew inwardly, who loves the Savior of Abraham. Since Jesus was circumcised (Col. 2.11-12) for us on the cross, circumcision is morally and spiritually indifferent.’

My Response:

Actually, it is Romans chapter 2 where Paul discusses “he” who is a Jew inwardly. But neither chapter 2 nor most of chapter 9 concerns believers, even though chapter 9 is indeed an extension of Paul’s explanation in chapters 2-3, where he addressed him that was “called” a Jew (an unbeliever), who rested in the law (2:17).

I can see why you might think Paul is referring to believers, if Ro. 2:28-29 is read by itself. But in the context of the previous verses, Paul is referring to someone who is not only resting on his ability to keep the law (verse 23; see also verses 17-18), but is also physically circumcised in observance of the law (verses 25-27), “called a Jew” (verse 17), etc. And in verse 24, Paul makes reference to Ezekiel’s description of blaspheming Jews who are fallen ( Ezek. 36:20-23), reprimanding them thus: “…the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written”. So Paul is not referring to believers when he states that “he is a Jew, which is one inwardly” in verse 29.

And prior to that, Paul speaks of those who will actually obtain eternal life through well doing (rather than by believing on Christ), in verses 6-11 –

6: (God) will render to every man according to his deeds:
7: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9: Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10: But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11: For there is no respect of persons with God.

In the above passage, Paul is referring to those who will receive either eternal life or wrath, depending on their works. The phrase “the Jew first, and also of the Gentile” (verses 9 and 10) is important, and also shows that Paul cannot be referring to believers, because the Jewish believer does not receive “glory, honour, and peace” first, before the Gentile believer receives them. This only applied to those who never had a chance to believe on Christ.

Plus, we also know that Paul cannot be referring to believers in this passage, because God does not render eternal life to us according to our deeds, as he will for those in verses 6-7, who “by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour”.

In fact, the context of chapter 2 also goes all the way back to chapter 1, where Paul speaks of the fact that God gave men up to uncleanness (1:24), vile affections (verse 26), etc. These are those men who, if they “seek for glory and honour and immortality”, will receive “eternal life” (2:7). These are also those who “do by nature the things contained in the law” that Paul mentions in verses 12-15 –

12: For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13: (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14: For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
15: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

And again, Paul cannot be referring to believers in the above passage, because his focus is upon the law – and we are not under the law (Ro. 6:14; Gal. 5:18; etc.). So in verses 14-15 above, he is still speaking of those same people of verses 6-11 who will either receive eternal life or wrath, depending on their works. Those who will receive eternal life are those who “shew the work of the law written in their hearts” (verse 15).

Therefore, in Romans 2:28-29, when Paul refers to the circumcision of the heart, he is still referring to these same people of verses 6-15, who will receive eternal life, “of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile” (verses 9 and 10), who “shew the work of the law written in their hearts” (verse 15). These are the ones who Paul refers to as being a Jew “inwardly”, in Ro. 2:28-29 –

28: For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Plus, Paul’s use of the phrase “of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile” in Ro. 2:9-10 also explains why the unbelieving Jew still had the advantage over Gentile unbelievers, in Ro. 3:1-4 –

1: What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?
2: Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.
3: For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
4: God forbid…

In the above passage, when Paul explains the advantage of “the Jew”, the context of chapter 2 must again be carried over, concerning “he” that is a Jew “inwardly” (2:28-29). Paul never once refers to believers as being Jews inwardly. Quite the opposite. Concerning believers (those who are “in Christ”), he states in Gal. 3:28 that “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”. Even though we as individuals are male, female, Jew, Greek, etc., there is no difference in Christ, as he also states in Ro. 10:12 – “…there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him”. He confirms this in Col. 3:11, when he states that “…there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all”.

So, because there is neither Jew nor Gentile in Christ, we know that the Jewish believer does not have advantage over the Gentile believer, which would be the case if Romans 2:28-3:3 was referring to believers.

And now, I would also like to offer my own opinion on this (just an opinion). I think it is also significant that Paul does not say “you” are a Jew who is one inwardly, in Romans chapter 2. Rather, Paul says that “HE” (someone who is not being addressed) is a Jew, which is one inwardly, in Ro. 2:28-29 –

28: For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Since Paul never says that that *you* are a Jew who is one inwardly, I do not see the context of the above passage as pertaining to believers in the church (which is more fully explained in chapter 9). Rather, Paul is referring to those who “do by nature the things contained in the law” in verses 12-15, who are not believers, who have never heard the gospel. Like I said, this last part about “he” who is a Jew is strictly my own opinion, but in light of everything else I wrote above, I think it makes sense.

Anyway, back to what the scriptures themselves say:

In order to show in Ro. 10:12 that there is no Jew or Gentile “in Christ”, Paul must first explain in Ro. 9:6 that “they are not all Israel, which are of Israel”. Not all of Abraham’s seed are counted for his children, and not all Israelites have fallen (compare Ro. 11:7-11). Or, to put it another way, some of Abraham’s seed (those that believe) are still counted for his children. Compare Gal. 3:7, where Paul also states that “they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham”. Some Israelites, such as Paul, have not fallen, because they are now members of the body of Christ, and are therefore children of Abraham.

So, when Paul states in Ro. 9:6 that “they are not all Israel, which are of Israel”, he is showing why he is not referring to all Israelites as being fallen in Ro. 11:7-11. Those Israelites who are not fallen are believers, and members of the body of Christ, where there is neither Jew nor Gentile. Physically, they are still Israelites, as Paul is, “of the seed of Abraham” (Ro. 11:1). But they are not Israel, which is fallen.

As I started explaining before I was sidetracked, it is also clear from reading Romans 2:26-3:2 and 9:1-8 that neither passage has anything to do with believing the gospel, or salvation. Instead, Paul is giving a further explanation in Ro. 9:3-5 of his earlier statement in chapters 2-3 that these kinsmen of his still had the advantage over unbelieving Gentiles – the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises all pertained to the Jews, not us. This book of Romans was written during the book of Acts, probably during the time in Acts 20:3 when he abode in Greece for 3 months. And we know from Acts 17:1-2 that when Paul came to a city, it was his “manner” to preach in the Jewish synagogues –

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,

This further explains why Paul made the statement in Ro. 3:1-3 that the Jewish unbelievers had the “advantage” over unbelieving Gentiles – the Jews also had the “advantage” of hearing the gospel preached in their own synagogues, in addition to having the promises, covenants, etc. apply to them. Remember, Paul opens Romans 9 by stating that he could wish himself accursed for the sake of his kinsmen “according to the flesh” (verse 3), “of whom concerning the flesh Christ came” (verse 5). It is obvious that Christ’s earthly ministry was to the Jews, not Gentiles (Mt. 10:5-7; Ro. 9:5; Ro. 15:8); and Paul is simply following this example by first preaching in the Jewish synagogues, when he comes to a new town in the book of Acts. There are exceptions, of course, but Acts 17:1-2 says that this was his “manner”; and he generally followed this pattern throughout the book of Acts, when he had the chance.

Nor does Paul say that one who is a Jew inwardly is one who loves the Saviour of Abraham, as you had previously stated. Please forgive me for being blunt here – I think that is your opinion, and you are certainly entitled to it; but I don’t see where scripture ever makes this statement.

I do, however, agree with most of your next thoughts, when you wrote:

‘ “It is not as though God’s Word has failed” (Romans 9:6). The reason that only some Jews have trusted Jesus as Messiah is because not “all Israel are is Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children.” Rather, Abraham’s children are reckoned “through Isaac” (9:7) What this means is that “it is not the natural children who are God’s, but children of the promise” (v.8). How was Isaac born? By the sovereign power of God. How are Christians born? By the sovereign power of God. Every Christian is an “Isaac” in his own way. Why is this so? Because before the twins were born or had done anything good or bad–in order that God’s purpose in election might stand: 12 not by works but by him who calls–she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written: “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated (Mal 1.2; 9.11-13).

‘How can this be? It is because God “says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion'” (9.15).

‘It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” 18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.’

Editor’s Note: Like I said, I pretty much agree with most (but not all) of what my friend said here; and his statements with which I disagree are irrelevant to this discussion – for example, I do not agree that every Christian is an “Isaac” in his own way; but this has more to do with the predestination issue, than with the topic of whether or not we are “Spiritual Israel”.

However, my friend then wrote something that I strongly disagree with:

‘Is God unfair? According to the Apostle Paul, as creatures, we have no “rights” before God. God is the potter, we are the clay, but Christians are redeemed clay, objects of mercy, prepared in advance for glory. We must evaluate our condition against the backdrop of God’s patience with those objects of wrath prepared for destruction (Romans 9.22-3). These vessels prepared for glory are taken from Jews and Gentiles alike (Romans 9.24). This is what he promised in Hosea, he has made those who were once “Lo Ammi,” “Not my people,” i.e., Gentiles, to be “sons of the living God” (Hosea 2:23; 1:10; Romans 9.25-6).’

My Response:

My disagreement here concerns the fact that you are applying Hosea 2:23 to believers in the church today, even though the context of the passage concerns the future millennium. It is obvious that Hosea 2:23 pertains to the future, because the previous verses state that when this passage is fulfilled, the LORD will make a covenant with the beasts of the field, the fowls of heaven, and the creeping things of the ground. And this is certainly not the case today. Hosea 2:18-23 –

18: And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.
19: And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
20: I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
21: And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;
22: And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.
23: And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

Verse 18 above can be compared to passages such as Isaiah 11:6-8, which speaks of a future time when the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the lion shall eat straw, the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den, etc. So, because verse 18 above has not yet taken place, it is obvious that verse 23 has not taken place, either. Instead, the passage speaks of a future time when God will have mercy on Israel, after having endured with much longsuffering her previous idolatries (see verses 1-6 and 9-13).

What, then, is Paul’s point in Romans 9:25, if he is quoting a passage that has not yet been fulfilled? Again, context is important. In Romans chapter 9, Paul is giving an example of God’s willingness to make His power known by enduring with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction, so that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy (Ro. 9:22-25). Because it is written in Hosea 2:23 that He will do this with Israel in the future, then He can also do so today with those who are physically Israelites. This is the meaning of Ro. 9:22-25 –

22: What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
23: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
24: Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
25: As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

So, if I may give my own paraphrase of the passage here, God is willing to make His power known by enduring with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction (unbelieving Israel), so that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy (the church, which is the body of Christ), even us, whom He has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles (members of the church), as He said also in Hosea concerning unbelieving Israel, “I will call them my people, which were not my people” (He had previously called them Lo-ammi – “not my people”, according to Hosea 1:9).

This also explains Hosea 1:10, when the LORD says that “the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God”. This speaks of the same time that Hosea 2:25 is fulfilled.

Can you see what I am saying here? I sure hope so.

My friend then continued:

‘The reason that lawless Gentiles have “obtained righteousness,” and that Israel who pursued it by law has not, is because justification is not by works, but by grace (Romans 9.32). They stumbled over Jesus, the rock of offense. He did not fit their nationalist plans and I submit neither does he fit the nationalist/Zionist plans of Premillennialism.’

My Response:

I’m not sure what you mean here. Please explain what you mean by the “nationalist/Zionist plans of Premillennialism”. I do agree with the rest of your statement, but I am ignorant of these Zionist plans you are referring to.

My friend then continued:

‘It is not that Paul does not want Jews to be saved, but rather he says them because he wants Jews to be saved, and the only way for a physical descendent of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to become a true Israelite, is to be joined to the true Israel of God, Jesus, by faith. “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved'” (Romans 10.12). “Not all of the Israelites have accepted the Gospel”.’

My Response:

Again, I agree with much of what you have said, but I strongly disagree with your statement that the only way for a physical descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to become a true Israelite is to join the true Israel of God, Jesus, by faith. Your very next sentence disproves that statement: “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved'” (Romans 10.12).

So, because Ro. 10:12 states that there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, Israel has not attained to “the law of righteousness” (Ro. 9:31). Thus, Paul also states in Ro. 11:7 that “Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for”; he states in Ro. 11:25 that “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in”; etc. Therefore, physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob do not need to become “true” Israelites at all, because Israel has fallen. Remember – when Paul states in Ro. 9:6 that “they are not all Israel, which are of Israel”, he is showing why not all Israelites are among the fallen of Ro. 11:7-11, since those who are not fallen are members of the body of Christ, where there is neither Jew nor Gentile.

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Why all the confusion?

Posted in Kingdom of Heaven Gospel on 2009/03/11 by howtobesaved

WHY ALL THE CONFUSION ?
“Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” 2 Timothy 2:7
Did you ever wonder why there is so much confusion in religion today? Why is it that you can hear so many people teaching contradicting doctrines when they all use the Bible? There is an answer.

Most of the confusion and contradicting doctrine that you hear today is a result of failing to obey God’s command in II Timothy 2:15, to “Rightly Divide the Word of truth”. Most people do not distinguish between the KINGDOM MESSAGE of Christ and his apostles found in Matthew through John and Hebrews through Revelation and that of THE MESSAGE OF GRACE given to and through the apostle Paul in ROMANS through PHILEMON.

We are told to RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF TRUTH, and to follow PAUL, and failure to do so results in confusion.

WE ASK THAT YOU EXAMINE PRAYERFULLY SOME SCRIPTURAL FACTS KEEPING IN MIND WHAT PAUL SAID IN 1 Corinthians 14:37:

If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

ALL REFERENCES ARE FROM THE KING JAMES BIBLE.

1. PAUL IS THE APOSTLE TO THE GENTILES.
Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Romans 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

2. PAUL RECEIVED HIS MESSAGE BY DIRECT REVELATION AND HIS WORDS ARE THE WORDS OF CHRIST FOR TODAY.
Gal 1:11-12 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

3. PAUL LAID THE FOUNDATION FOR THE CHURCH, CHRIST’S BODY.
1 Cor 3:10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth there upon.

4. PAUL WAS THE FIRST MAN EVER SAVED TOTALLY BY GRACE.
1 Tim 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.

5. PAUL WAS GIVEN THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD.
Eph 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

6. PAUL’S MESSAGE WAS A MYSTERY N0T MADE KNOWN UNTIL REVEALED TO HIM.
Eph 3:3-5 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 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;

7. PAUL PREACHED A DIFFERENT GOSPEL FROM PETER AND WAS SENT TO A DIFFERENT PEOPLE. THE APOSTLES ACKNOWLEDGED PAUL’S MINISTRY AND WERE IN AGREEMENT WITH IT.
Gal 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
Gal 2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

WHILE WE DO NOT WORSHIP PAUL, WE DO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HE WAS GOD’S CHOSEN VESSEL TO MAKE THE MESSAGE OF SALVATION BY GRACE KNOWN IN THE DISPENSATION OF GRACE AND WE ARE TOLD TO FOLLOW HIM. (1 COR 11:1)

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ANOTHER REASON FOR CONFUSION

Before we begin our definitions, I want you to be aware of another reason why there is so much confusion in Christendom. The problem is that people read their Bible too superstitiously, thinking that “wherever” they read and “whatever” they read is what God is saying to them; but that is not so. Confusion begins by not paying attention to “Who” is being addressed in a passage of the Bible; and then, not believing that when God addresses “Israel,” He means Israel.

There is a portion of the Bible that specifically addresses US – Gentiles and Jews of this age. It is the books of Romans through Philemon. Now let’s see how knowing this fact clears up much confusion.

It is commonly taught that there is only one gospel in the Bible. (I’m not speaking of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John which are sometimes called the four Gospels.) I’m talking about the proclamation of the gospel in the Bible. Many–in fact most–believe that all the New Testament preachers (John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, the Twelve Apostles, and the Apostle Paul) preached the same gospel. This is totally unscriptural! The Bible speaks of several gospels: “THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM,” “THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD,” THE GOSPEL OF PEACE,” “THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL,” “THE GOSPEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION,” “THE GOSPEL OF THE UNCIRCUMCISION,” etc. These are not all synonymous terms for the gospel.

The “GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM” is what our Lord Jesus Christ preached during his earthly ministry, according to Matthew 4:23. By comparing this verse with Matthew 4:17, we know that the “GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM” is the preaching of the good news that the “KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND.” This was the “Kingdom” Jesus Christ taught his disciples to pray for in Matthew 6:10:

“THY KINGDOM COME. THY WILL BE DONE IN EARTH, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.”

God promised in the Old Testament to set up a Kingdom here on Earth through the nation Israel, in which Jesus Christ would reign as King! Christ was here; and the good news proclaimed was that the Kingdom was at hand. In Matthew 10:7 we find this to be the same gospel the Twelve Apostles were sent to preach. Also, in Matthew 10:5,6 we learn that this gospel was good news for the Nation of Israel. It is amazing, yet true, that even after the Twelve Apostles had been preaching this gospel for some time, they still did not know about Christ’s purpose to go to the cross and die for their sins. We know this is true because when Jesus Christ began later to tell his Apostles that he was going to Jerusalem to die, they did not believe him, nor did they understand hat he was talking about. The reason they didn’t understand was because they were preaching the good news about the Kingdom and to take the throne as their King – see Matthew 16:21,22; Luke 18:31-34; and Luke 19:11.

How, then, could the Twelve Apostles have been preaching the same gospel as the Apostle Paul later preached, when they did not know nor understand anything about the Cross at that time? Yet Paul says he preached (I Corinthians 1:18,23)

“THE CROSS” and “CHRIST CRUCIFIED”!

The point is this: the gospel that the Twelve Apostles preached during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ is not the same gospel the Apostle Paul was sent to preach later. According to I Corinthians 15:1-4, the gospel Paul preached was the GOOD NEWS of the DEATH, BURIAL, and RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ FOR OUR SINS.

Paul tells us where his gospel originated in Galatians 1:11,12. It was after the resurrection and ascension that the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to the Apostle Paul all that was accomplished on the Cross. In Acts 20:24, Paul calls this message “THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.” In Galatians 2:1,2, we see that this gospel is intended for the Gentiles as well as Jews; and in Galatians 2:6-10 we find that the Twelve Apostles learned of this gospel from Paul.

In this present age of “GRACE,” God has set Israel as a nation aside, and the Kingdom promised them has been postponed until a future time. Therefore the “GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM” is NOT God’s message of good news for today, but rather the good news of how the Cross saves Sinners of all nationalities. This is God’s message for today!

This is why the first epistle of Paul, set forth in our Bible, is the book of Romans. The book of Romans teaches precisely how God saves sinners. Therefore the following is God’s message of good news for YOU today!

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Things to consider…

Posted in Kingdom of Heaven Gospel on 2009/03/11 by howtobesaved

THINGS TO CONSIDER
By Steve Atwood

As you consider the following FACTS please keep in mind that the words of Paul in Romans through Philemon are the Words of CHRIST. However, many times they differ drastically from the words of Christ during his earthly ministry.

I. SALVATION:

FACT 1
UNDER THE KINGDOM MESSAGE AS UNDER THE LAW WORKS WERE ALWAYS A PART OF SALVATION, BUT UNDER GRACE SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT WITHOUT WORKS.

PETER: Act 10:34-35 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

PAUL: Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Eph 2:8 -9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

FACT 2
CHRIST SPECIFICALLY TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES AND OTHERS TO KEEP THE LAW. PAUL SAID WE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW.

CHRIST: Mt 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Matt 23:1-3 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

JEWS: Acts 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:

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

FACT 3
THE TWELVE TAUGHT THAT WORKS WERE NECESSARY FOR SALVATION WHILE PAUL TAUGHT THEY WERE NOT.

JAMES: James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

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

FACT 4
BAPTISM IS A WORK AND WAS NECESSARY FOR ISRAEL’S SALVATION BUT HAS NO PLACE IN GOD’S PROGRAM FOR TODAY. WE ARE LIVING IN THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD. (EPHESIANS 3:1-6)

PETER: Act 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.

1 Pet 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filthiness of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

PAUL: Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Rom 11:6 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.

FACT 5
JESUS TAUGHT THAT FORGIVENESS WAS CONDITIONAL ON MAN FORGIVING OTHERS WHILE PAUL TAUGHT THAT WE ARE FORGIVEN BASED SOLELY ON WHAT CHRIST DID.

JESUS: Matt 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

PAUL: Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

FACT 6
JESUS TAUGHT THAT THERE WAS AN UNPARDONABLE SIN AND YET PAUL SAID THAT THERE WAS FORGIVENESS FOR ALL SINS.

JESUS: Matt 12:31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

PAUL: 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.

II. THE GOSPEL

FACT 7
JESUS TOLD THE TWELVE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM WHILE PAUL WAS GIVEN THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD.

JESUS: Matt 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.

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

FACT 8
PETER PREACHED THAT SINS WOULD BE BLOTTED OUT AT THE SECOND COMING WHILE PAUL PREACHED THAT CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS, THUS WE NOW HAVE FORGIVENESS. PETER NEVER PREACHES CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS IN THE BOOK OF ACTS.

PETER: 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;

PAUL: 1Cor 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

FACT 9
PETER PREACHED THAT CHRIST WAS RAISED TO SIT ON THE THRONE OF DAVID WHILE PAUL PREACHED THAT HE WAS RAISED FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION ACCORDING TO “HIS” GOSPEL.

PETER: Act 2:29-30 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn wit an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

PAUL: 2 Tim 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel:

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

III. MINISTRY

FACT 10
PETER WAS SENT TO BAPTIZE WHILE PAUL WAS SENT NOT TO BAPTIZE:

PETER: Matt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

PAUL: 1Cor 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.

FACT 11
JESUS WAS A MINISTER OF THE CIRCUMCISION (JEWS), AS WERE THE TWELVE, WHILE PAUL WAS THE MINISTER TO THE GENTILES

JESUS: Rom 15:8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirming the promises made unto the fathers:

TWELVE: Matt 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

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

V. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

FACT 12
JESUS TAUGHT THAT THERE WAS NO NEED TO WORK FOR A LIVING SINCE THE KINGDOM WAS AT HAND WHILE PAUL SAID IF WE DIDN’T WORK THAT WE SHOULDN’T EAT.

JESUS: Matt 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

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

PAUL: 2Thes 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

1 Tim 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

FACT 13
JESUS TAUGHT CONCERNING PRAYER, ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE, AND YET PAUL WAS DENIED THIS PRIVILEGE AND WAS TOLD THAT GOD’S GRACE WAS SUFFICIENT.

JESUS: Matt 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

PAUL: 2 Cor 12:8-9 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

FACT 14
JESUS TOLD THE DISCIPLES THAT THEY WOULD HAVE A SUPERNATURAL ENDOWMENT OF KNOWLEDGE, PAUL SAID THAT WE HAVE TO STUDY.

JESUS: Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.

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

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