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Why all the confusion?

Posted in Mid-Acts Pauline Right Divison on 2009/03/21 by howtobesaved

“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 masterbuilder, 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 ACKNOWLEGED PAUL’S MINISRTY 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)

http://www.av-1611.com/Confusion.htm

The Order of Paul’s Epistles

Posted in Mid-Acts Pauline Right Divison on 2009/03/20 by howtobesaved

(2 Timothy 3:16 KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Have you ever NOTICED THE “ORDER” of the words in II Timothy 3:16 in RELATION to Paul’s epistles?

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is PROFITABLE:

1. for DOCTRINE
2. for REPROOF
3. for CORRECTION
4. for INSTRUCTION in righteousness

Now look at the how Paul’s Epistles are placed in the Bible:

* Romans —-doctrine
* 1 and 2 Corinthians —- reproof
* Galatians —- correction
* Ephesians —- doctrine
* Philippians —- reproof
* Colossians —- correction
* 1 and 2 Thessalonians —- doctrine
* 1 and 2 Timothy —- instruction
* Titus and Philemon —- instruction

We can also look at the order of Paul’s Epistles as “milk to meat” with the basic information given first and then each book after adds to the previous knowledge given.

Yet another way:

Cross

* Romans
* Corinthians
* Galatians

(Faith)

Church

* Ephesians
* Philippians
* Colossians

(Love)

Coming

* Thessalonians

(Hope)

Congregation

* Timothy
* Titus
* Philemon

(Fellowship)

http://www.bereanworkman.com/books/rom_phile/order.htm

The Books of the Bible Rightly Divided

Posted in Mid-Acts Pauline Right Divison on 2009/03/11 by howtobesaved

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2 Timothy 2:15

Posted in Mid-Acts Pauline Right Divison on 2009/03/04 by howtobesaved

What does it mean to “rightly divide” the Word of truth? When it comes to the bible, there are MANY who say that there are so-called contradictions on its pages. Why do they believe this to be true? Well, what they see is that God will say something to the nation of Israel in one place, and then He would say the EXACT opposite thing to us today in the Body of Christ thru our Apostle Paul (compare James 2:24 with Romans 4:5).

They are not aware that God is operating a TOTALLY different program today, than He did in time past (and also in the future) with Israel. Right division is simply understanding TO whom and ABOUT whom a book of the bible is written to (compare James 1:1 to Romans 11:13).

God wrote a book to mankind called the bible. He wrote it to two separate and distinct groups of people, the nation of Israel, and the Church, the Body of Christ. He divided it up in 3 parts: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE! The books of the bible written to the nation of Israel are Genesis thru Acts (PAST), and Hebrews thru Revelation (FUTURE). Those books contain information TO and ABOUT the people of Israel, who were God’s chosen in time past, and will again be His people in the future (Romans 11:11, 25).

The books that God wrote for the Church, the Body of Christ (a term used exclusively and ONLY by God’s spokesman for today, the Apostle Paul), are the ones that Paul wrote; Romans thru Philemon (PRESENT)……. (1 Corinthians 14:37). Although we today can read and learn about how God dealt with that nation in time past and how He will deal with them again future from us; we do NOT, however, interpret and apply their information to ourselves!

We must “rightly divide” God’s Word of truth. We must give to Israel the truth “addressed” to them, and “divide it rightly” from the truth that God “addressed” to the Body of Christ! It’s not enough just to study the bible…but, when you study it, you MUST “rightly divide” it to “unlock” the riches of understanding that God put in it for you. Without studying your bible in this DIVINELY inspired way, the bible will not make sense, you will always be confused, and you will be “ashamed” before God.

That is why all the different doctrines, denominations and confusion exist out there in the world…because people do not “rightly divide” the bible. But, you can be “approved unto God”, as a workman that needeth not to be ashamed…when you “rightly divide” the Word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

http://departureready.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=studies&action=display&thread=453

Unravel the Confusion

Posted in Mid-Acts Pauline Right Divison on 2009/03/03 by howtobesaved

An article taken from http://www.submityourarticle.com/articles/Corey-Richardson-2499/Bible-21855.php
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The other day I listened to a radio preacher talk about how one obtains eternal life. He used Mark 10:17-21 as an example of Biblical repentance to obtain eternal life. In this passage, when the rich man asked Jesus,“Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Jesus’ reply was “… sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up thy cross, and follow me.”(KJV)

The preacher’s explanation of the verse was that unless unbelievers repent and turn their lives over to Christ, they cannot have eternal life. Sadly, he gave a false interpretation of the passage. Christ’s command to the rich man to sell all he had was specific and literal, not figurative. It applied to those living during and shortly following the time Christ was on the earth, preparing to establish the kingdom promised to Israel. That is why in Acts 4:32-35 you find the command obeyed literally by believers:

“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. … Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.” (KJV)

Do you know of any church-going people today who have actually sold all their possessions and given their money to the poor? Most likely not, because those are not the instructions God has given for us today during what the Bible calls “the dispensation of grace” (Eph 3:1). They were instructions given when “the kingdom of God” was “at hand.” (Mark 1:15). Other verses in the four gospels also apply specifically to that time. Consider Matthew 6:25-26:

“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. … Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”

If the above verses apply today, how do they reconcile with the following instructions that God gave through the Apostle Paul?:

“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.” (1 Timothy 5:8 KJV)

“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians. 3:10 KJV)

The key to understanding the commandments of Christ in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (the four gospels) is to realize that Christ’s earthly ministry was to the nation of Israel concerning their promised kingdom, not to the world at large. That is why Jesus said to the Gentile woman,“I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 15:24 KJV). The gospel of our salvation was revealed by the risen Christ Jesus through the Apostle Paul, “the apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13 KJV), as he explains in Galatians 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.”

The details of the gospel that was given to the Apostle Paul for us today are outlined in the first five chapters of the book of Romans, but Romans 3:23-26 summarize them well:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [fully satisfying sacrifice] through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (KJV)

This passage teaches us that it is Christ who does the work and God who does the justifying. The only response that God will accept from us is belief in Jesus as the fully satisfying sacrifice for our sins. The gospel today is clear. No works whatsoever are required for salvation:

“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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV)

Separating the words of Jesus Christ to Israel (during his earthly ministry) from the message of the risen Lord Jesus Christ to the church of today will unravel any confusion about the gospel. The wonderful gospel of the grace of God will become clear.

A Mid-Acts Trip through the Bible

Posted in Mid-Acts Pauline Right Divison on 2009/03/03 by howtobesaved

Please access pdf file at the following link:

http://www.biblicaladvancedbasics.com/MidActs.pdf

What is Mid-Acts Dispensationalism?

Posted in Mid-Acts Pauline Right Divison on 2009/03/03 by howtobesaved

Paul is repeatedly referred to as the Apostle to the Gentiles in the New Testament, but apart from this fact, Paul alone refers to the present time in which we live as the Dispensation of Grace (Ephesians 3:2). He also says that a dispensation of the gospel n was given unto him in 1 Corinthians 9:17-18.

A dispensation is the same as an administration, and in this present dispensation of grace, salvation is being dispensed to uncirmcumcised gentiles by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:9-9).

Before the Revelation of the Mystery was given to Paul, it was hidden, and was never the subject of prophecy (Ephesians 3:1-6, Colossians 1:25-27).

The 12 Apostles vs Paul
During the time of the Lord Jesus’ ministry on earth as depicted in the four synoptic gospels of Maztthew, Mark, Luke and John, the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven was preached (Matthew 4:23; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 24:14; Mark.1:14) which had been the subject of Old Testament prophecy and which clearly states that the Kingdom of God is to be established on this earth at some point in the future, with Jeruslam at it’s centre (Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-3; Zechariah 8:20-23). This is the prophesied Kingdom that Jesus stated was ‘at hand’ (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17; Matthew 10:7) with Jesus as it’s King. But the nation of Israel rejected Him and the wasn’t established as we can see today.

Since neither the Old Testament nor the four synoptic gospels ever mention salvation being offered to the uncircumcised gentiles (apart from Israel’s exaltation and becoming proselytes to Judaism), these scriptures cannot be written to the Church today in this Dispensation of Grace. Romans 15:4: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

With that said, all the prophecies wrt gentile salvation through THE GLORIFICATION OF ISRAEL have yet to be fulfilled because Israel is currently lo-ammi – in a fallen state to her unbelief (Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-3; Zechariah 8:20-23). Once the Dispensation of Grace has run it’s course and the times of the fullness of the genriles has been reached, the prophetic clock will once again start ticking and the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven will once again resume whereby gentile salvation will once again be through Israel. So salvation will once again be through Israel’s exaltation and not through her fall (as is the case during this age we currently live in).

It is clear from the four gospels that the 12 apostles didn’t know or realize that Christ would die and be resurrected, if they did, they would not have continued preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven, nor was this gospel the one by which we are currently saved. We are saved as per the Gospel preached in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, that Christ died, was buried and resurrected. We worship the risen, glorified Christ.

Besides, not once did the scriptures in then Old Testament ever foresee that uncircumcised gentiles would one day be saved through Israel’s fall, hence The Mystery given to the Apostle Paul.

We are also commanded in 2 Timothy 2:15 to rightly divide the Word of Truth, so we shouldn’t be reading Israel’s mail and especially taking it to apply to the Body of Christ today, nor should we be stealing Israel’s identity and so taking her promises for ourselves. The Jews are God’s earthly people. The Body of Christ are God’s heavenly people.