THROW OUT YOUR DENOMINATIONAL TRASHLEARN ABOUT GOD’S TWO PROGRAMS, TWO AGENCIES, AND TWO METHODS OF REVEALING HIS WORDGod designed His word to be studied dispensationally. God gave Paul to give to us the KEY to understanding His word (2Tim 2:15 KJV).It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been studying your KJV Bible, nor how long you’ve been a ‘pastor’ or a ‘Bible teacher’, if you AREN’T rightly dividing the word of truth, you ARE NOT understanding God’s word correctly. Period.It is impossible to be a mature saint IN Christ, without an understanding of God’s TWO programs, TWO agencies, and TWO methods of God revealing His word.God’s TWO different & separate PROGRAMS: Law vs. the dispensation of Grace.God’s TWO different & separate AGENCIES: Nation of Israel vs. the church the Body of Christ.God’s TWO different & separate METHODS of revealing His word: Prophecy vs. Mystery.Nation of Israel under the Law guided by God through PROPHECY.Body of Christ under Grace guided by God through the MYSTERY.God gave Jesus’ 12 disciples the “gospel of Jesus Christ” according to PROPHECY. (Mark 1:1-2 KJV)God gave apostle Paul the “gospel of Christ” according to the MYSTERY. (Romans 16:25 KJV)The gospel according to PROPHECY required water baptism.Whereas, the gospel according to the MYSTERY doesn’t include water baptism.The gospel according to PROPHECY was for ISRAEL only.The gospel according to the MYSTERY is for us today during this current dispensation of GRACE._________________________Learn more …GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PROPHECY vs. GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE MYSTERY – (POST – You’re Not A Bible Believer If … ) – https://goo.gl/Zl2GeqJESUS WAS A DISPENSATIONALIST – (POST with Paul’s sound doctrine) and 48-min Video – by Ray Keable – https://goo.gl/qUXIdXRIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH – (POST with a Timeline Chart of the Bible and some great resource links) – https://goo.gl/3lkrTyPAUL’S GOSPEL IS SO RADICAL THAT MOST CAN’T BELIEVE IT – (POST with a dramatic summary leading up to Paul) – https://goo.gl/hKqeBu________________________Master the basics of rightly dividing the word of truth…VIDEO – 30 min – Why Rightly Divide God’s Word? – Richard Jordan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlBRmPEMcWI&app=desktopVIDEOS – Through The Bible in Seven Hours! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDEA911E1C967B8C3VIDEO – Dispel Confusion of the Bible in only ONE HOUR – Guaranteed! – Rodney Beaulieu -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py6jR_CEjlMBIBLE TIMELINE (28 min Video ) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od8A5Ldc8T4HOW TO STUDY THE WORD OF TRUTH – (PDF) – http://www.grace-harbor-church.org/…/How_To_Study-English.p…THE BIBLE: THE BIG PICTURE – (PDF) – http://helpersofyourjoy.com/…/u…/2011/12/The-Big-Picture.pdfKEY TO UNDERSTANDING YOUR BIBLE – (ONLINE) – http://www.av-1611.com/Key_Understanding_Bible.htmTHE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE by Richard Jordan (PDF) – http://www.graceindiaministry.org/…/019%20The%20key%20to%20…MOSES AND PAUL: THE DISPENSORS OF LAW AND GRACE – by C.R. Stam – (PM me with a request to email this PDF to you)VIDEO SERIES – RIGHT DIVISION – ( Part 1 of 22 ) – by Pastor Tom Bruscha – https://www.youtube.com/watch…VIDEO – GOD’S GREAT MYSTERY – ( 80-min ) – Pastor David Reid – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flBuUbHmRZ8&%3Frel=0VIDEO SERIES – RIGHT DIVISION 101 – ( Part 1 of 30 ) – by Pastor Bryan Ross – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrMH6DXU7VsDEFENDING ANY DENOMINATION IS VAIN – 1-hr VIDEO Bible Study by Pastor Rodney Beaulieu —> 10 25 15 The Winds of Change – https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10205944322981299&id=1056404279========================SHARE COPY PASTE EDIFY
The following pictures highlight just a few things reading your KJV Bible with a rightly divided Pauline dispensational grace understanding will clear up, after all that’s exactly how God TELLS us to read and understand it!
(Don’t believe that’s what God says; check out these verses: 2 Timothy 2:15, Ephesians 2:8 & 3:2, Colossians 1:25, 1 Corinthians 11:1 and 4:16, 1 Timothy 1:16, etc.)
When the glorified risen Christ shone down from heaven’s glory and saved Paul on that Damascus road He began something new. He began the Body of Christ by saving it’s first member and making him, Paul of Tarsus, our example and pattern for today. It was to Paul that Christ revealed the mystery hid in God since before the world began about what the cross really accomplished. Over a period of years and multiple revelations Christ gave Paul the gospel of the grace of God and sent him forth to preach that glorious good news to the Gentiles. That’s not just good news, it’s the best news ever and Paul recorded it and all of Christ’s instructions for us today in the books of Romans through Philemon in your KJV Bible.
See for yourself what the Apostle Paul Writes To The Church The Body Of Christ to show us where to look for our doctrine and ensample today:
1 Timothy 1:15-16 (KJV): “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. 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.”
Ephesians 3:1-10 (KJV): “For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ 👉FOR YOU GENTILES, If ye have heard of THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD which is GIVEN ME TO YOU-WARD: 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; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel 👉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.👉 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; 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: TO THE INTENT THAT NOW👈 unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,”
1 Corinthians 3:10 (KJV): “ACCORDING TO THE GRACE of God which is GIVEN UNTO ME, AS A WISE MASTERBUILDER, I HAVE LAID THE FOUNDATION,”
Romans 16:25-26 (KJV): “Now to him that is of power 👉TO STABLISH YOU ACCORDING TO MY GOSPEL, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, ACCORDING TO THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY, which was kept secret since the world began, BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST, 👈and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known👉 TO ALL NATIONS FOR THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH:”👈
Romans 2:16 (KJV): “In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ 👉ACCORDING TO MY GOSPEL.”👈
1 Corinthians 4:16 (KJV): “Wherefore I beseech you, 👉BE YE FOLLOWERS OF ME.”👈
Romans 11:13 (KJV): “FOR I SPEAK TO YOU GENTILES, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I MAGNIFY MINE OFFICE:”
Romans 15:16 (KJV): “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.”
Colossians 1:23-26 (KJV): “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of THE GOSPEL, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; WHEREOF I PAUL AM MADE A MINISTER; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh 👉FOR HIS BODY’S SAKE, WHICH IS THE CHURCH: WHEREOF I AM MADE A MINISTER, ACCORDING TO THE DISPENSATION OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN TO ME FOR YOU, to fulfil the word of God; EVEN THE MYSTERY which hath been hid from ages and from generations, BUT NOW IS MADE MANIFEST to his saints:”👈
2 Timothy 2:15-16 (KJV): “STUDY to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, RIGHTLY DIVIDING the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they WILL increase unto more ungodliness.”
In order to understand how to keep our bible studies in context, we must first understand the key to doing so: 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV.
The entire Bible is the word of truth, from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22, and tells us not to add to the Word or subtract from the Word.
Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Deuteronomy 4:2 KJV
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.
Deuteronomy 12:32 KJV
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19 KJV
While it is true those commandments and warnings were given to Israel in those books, not the body of Christ, that is beside the point. The principle behind them stands true in all ages as we will see.
As I am always reminding my son, addition and subtraction are simple math, as is division. Adding and subtracting changes a sum, but division is cool because it increases knowledge about the sum, lets you find out what the sum is made of. God clearly told us to divide his Word for that same purpose, to increase our knoEphesians 1:3 KJV – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:wledge of the whole.
The sum of the whole Word of truth is the canon of 66 books, which must then be divided to increase knowledge about its contents as it does not speak to just one group of people all the time. It is divided primarily into two groups of books; those for Israel and those for the body of Christ; Two completely, distinctly different groups. They are not adjoined, and one does not replace another; they are different and things that different are not the same.
The bible is perfectly and chronologically divided in the King James Bible in its table of contents.
Genesis through early Acts is time past, prophecy spoken to Israel involving the Law on Earth.
Mid-Acts through Philemon is but now, the mystery hidden in God given to the Body of Christ by Paul our apostle based solely upon His grace and involves heaven.
Finally, Hebrews through Revelation is about the ages to come, again prophecy spoken to Israel and involving the Law and Earth.
We all know that things that are different are not the same. And there is no denying that the PRESENT revelation of the MYSTERY hidden in God is very different from the prophecy spoken of in times past and continuing in the ages to come. But let’s dig deeper to get the full context of just how different.
To understand the context of chapters or verses we are reading, we must first understand who wrote them, to whom they were writing and when the wrote.
When reading about our Savior, a wise rule of thumb to understand is that Jesus wasn’t talking to you. Think about it, He was sent exclusively to Israel while on earth, not to Gentiles.
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 15:24 KJV
At one point in His earthly ministry He even refers to us Gentiles as dogs a couple of verses later (Matthew 15:26).
Jesus had already commanded his twelve disciples that they were also to have nothing to do with Gentiles, but only Israel. He wasn’t talking to us on Earth, ok.
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: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 10:5-6 KJV
The Bible books the disciples wrote kept His commandment, therefore they are not to you, Gentile. The disciples exclusively wrote to Israel, just as Jesus told them.
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Hebrews, Peter, James, Jude, etc … none of this is TO you for doctrine. Read it, of course, it is there for our understanding and knowledge of what God’s two-fold plan is, but those books are not to or about you. Since they aren’t about you there is no need to concern yourself with all of the fear those books cause. They are simply not to the body of Christ, ok.
Again, notice that the earthly program applies specifically to Israel. Jesus taught his twelve disciples (representing the twelve tribes of Israel) to pray as follows:
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 KJV
Jesus’ kingdom is coming to this earth. The twelve disciples will rule here after they are resurrected (regenerated) because they are not part of the body of Christ which is assigned to heavenly places.
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.
Matthew 19:28 KJV
Israel inherits the earth. But Earth is not our inheritance. We are all about heavenly places in the body of Christ.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Ephesians 1:3 KJV
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 2:6 KJV
This is because the body of Christ was formed to replace Satans angels which are the principalities and powers, the spiritual wickedness in high places we learn about in Ephesians 6, among other passages. They are the corrupt of heaven and they will be cast out one day soon when we are caught up to take their place.
See God has two different programs: one of fixing corruption on earth, and another of fixing the problem of corruption in heaven.
Israel was created to fix the problem of sin on earth. The body of Christ was created to fix the problem of sin in heaven. This is why there are differences, major differences. Israel is not the Body, the Body is not Israel.
Hence, why we must rightly divide as we study. We have to pay attention to the who what and when. This how you know Jesus wasn’t talking to you. He was instructing Israel to be a kingdom of kings and priests on earth, not the Body. We will are not going to be on earth or kings and priests at all.
And it’s why Jesus sent Paul to you. Paul was the first member in the body of Christ and he is our pattern. Paul is your apostle for the purpose of heaven.
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. 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.
1 Timothy 1:15-16 KJV
It’s all about context!
There are no prophets, no new prophecies, and no more revelations being given to man today. That’s not how God is dealing with us now, He has already revealed it all and we can read everything He wants is to know without anything He doesn’t in the King James Bible, God’s preserved word for us today. Instead of looking for a man to tell us what to do, think, etc. read what God says in scripture rightly dividing the word of truth. All scripture is for you, so you can fully understand the unfolding of God’s two-fold plan throughout time, but it’s not all to or about you. Prophecy, spoken of SINCE the world began, is all about Israel and the Earth. Mystery, hidden in God since BEFORE the world began, refers to spiritual things and heavenly places. The Old Testament and four gospels are prophetic in nature, therefore they focus primarily on the nation of Israel, it’s all to for and about them. Acts is the account of the temporary fall or time out of Israel and fornation of the body of Christ. Romans through Philemon are the books revealing the mystery they are the books to for and about us as the body of Christ, its where we find our doctrines and specific instructions on how to live in this age of God’s grace. Then Hebrews through Revelation is to Israel after the body of Christ is caught up to heaven with Christ when the prophetic plan is back in full swing. These books are where the believing remnant of Israel going through Daniel’s 70th week, Jacob’s Trouble, for their doctrines and edification as they go through the Antichrists reign and the wrath of God being poured out on the unbelieving world That’s why Hebrews is addressed to the “strangers scattered abroad”, this is the Jews scattered among the nation’s where they are strangers, and James to the twelve tribes, we are not members of the twelve tribes.
In order to do what God wants you to do today just read what He wrote, the way He had it written, in the normal sense, don’t spiritualize, change or add to it any way. Don’t look to men for guidance, look to God’s word.
Since the late 1800s Satan’s plan to corrupt and pervert the word of God has taken hold of professing believers and made the body of Christ a mess of confusion and unfruitfulness for the most part. Since the so called modern translations of the Bible began questioning, subtracting from, adding to, watering down and outright denying the truth of the inspired words of God Almighty preserved for us (just as God promised ) in the King James Bible the body has become confused, confounded, and largely completely contrary to Christ and the instructions He gave for us today.
Modern translations call Jesus Satan in Isaiah 14:12 (compare Rev. 22:16; both are called morning star in most modern translations). The major Trinity verse 1 John 5:7 is either removed or footnoted in them. There are thousands of ommisions and changes that undermine or destroy key doctrinal and salvational truths; such as the diet of Christ, the power of His blood, His resurrection and the Godhead in the modern translations Such as NIV, ESV, CEB, NKJV, NRSv, ASV, The Message, New Living Bible, etc. They even work in occult, new age, and Luciferian teachings. They completely change the main instructions for us today that lead us to see the truth of what God expects of us today as members of the Body of Christ and His ambassadors here. They change 2 Timothy 2:15 to say rightly handling the word not rightly dividing.
But if you don’t rightly divided it and understand that while all of the word is for you to read so you can fully understand God’s two-fold plan to restore both heaven and Earth back under His government, not all of it is addressed to you or written about you. Most of it in fact is not, the Old Testament, Gospels (the past) and Hebrews through Revelation (yet future) are written to, for, and about the nation of Israel (all but the first 10 chapters of Genesis deal with Israel as the main focus.) as part of God’s prophetic program spoken of SINCE the world began. The book of Acts tells if the fall of Israel and rise of this dispensation of the grace of God, there is no doctrines found in it it just explains the change of God’s program. The body of Christ is not in any of those books, it’s just not. The body of Christ is the mystery hidden in God since BEFORE the world began and the only place to find it is Romans through Philemon; the 13 books written to, for and about us today by the apostle Christ gave them to, Paul. Paul whom He saved when He shined down from heaven’s glory on that dusty Damascus road that day saving the chief of sinners and making him the apostle to the Gentiles, committing the plan for salvation today to him to tell us about in his 13 Epistles.
That’s where we find how to be saved and what God wants us to do today, that’s studying your Bible rightly divided But if you go to a modern translation you’re likely to miss God’s instructions for today and this spend your time doing the wrong things during the wrong time and not representing Christ as a member of His body well at all. Read the KJV.
If you have any questions about the changes made in modern translations please ask me in the comments or send me a message, I will show you how Satan’s plan has taken hold like kudzu Vine and it’s time we root it out.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different Christian denominations? How can so many groups, who all claim to be Bible believing Christians, have so many different beliefs?
They are trying to interpret the Bible instead of allowing the Bible to interpret itself.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20 KJV
The Bible is God’s word and therefore it must be studied God’s way. God did not start any denominations. He is only building one spiritual church.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Ephesians 4:4-6 KJV
Did you know there is a verse that tells us exactly how to study the word of God?
Notice that it does not say divide truth from error, but rightly divide the word of TRUTH. All scripture is the truth and is FOR us, but it is not all written directly TO us.
God never changes in His person and moral principles, but He has changed in His dealings with man through the ages as He gave progressive revelation. If you don’t understand this, the Bible will be a confusing book to you.
We cannot possibly obey everything in the Bible. Consider the basic issue of what we are to eat:
Adam (creation, about 6,000 years ago) = no meat.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:29 KJV
Noah (about 1500 years later) = meat without blood.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. Genesis 9:3-4 KJV
Moses (about 1000 years later) = clean meats.
This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: To make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten. Leviticus 11:46-47 KJV
Paul (over 1500 years later) = nothing is to be refused. It should be noted that to teach otherwise in this age is actually considered a doctrine of devils per 1 Timothy 4:1.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 KJV
We must not try to invent our own divisions nor ignore the ones God put in His word. Everybody divides the Bible to a point by the designation of the Old and New Testaments, but we must rightly divide it, by acknowledging the distinctions and details God has placed in His Word. They are so important and put there for our benefit.
There are several distinctions and divisions in Scripture but when you get right down to the meat of it they can be summed up in two major ones: Prophecy and the Mystery.
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; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 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. Acts 3:19-21 KJV
Prophecy has been spoken of by the prophets of God since the world began. It deals specifically with one nation of people on the earth – Israel and God’s plans and dealings with them. You find the prophetic program as it is often referred to in the Old Testament as well as the four Gospels, and Hebrews – Revelation. Prophecy began first with the promised seed of the woman in Genesis 3, then it got narrowed to the seed of Abraham and the giving of the covenants which separated one nation – Israel – from the nations, to Moses and the giving of the Law further separating Israel from the Gentiles, on down to the seed of David which is Jesus Christ who came offering that nation their promised kingdom. That’s what the prophecy program is all about.
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, Romans 16:25 KJV
The mystery however is was a secret hid in God since before the world began. Note that carefully cause kept secret since the world began is way different than spoke of since the world began. That means no one knew about the mystery until it was revealed to Paul by the glorified risen Christ after the nation of Israel fully rejected their Messiah and His kingdom at the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7. It is a new and different program dealing not with the nation of Israel alone but with all men both Jew and Gentile alike as equals; All are counted in unbelief and the only hope for salvation any have is through belief in faith of Christ through His shed blood for the redemption of sins and eternal salvation. Only in Paul’s epistles of Romans through Philemon do you find the mystery, the grace of God, the formation of the Body of Christ. It’s just not in the Old Testament, Gospels or Hebrews through Revelation because God wasn’t operating on an all by His grace alone program during prophecy like He is today. Instead salvation was through Israel – you either were a Jew, you became a Jew or you blessed the Jews, and salvation was through grace plus works to show faithfulness to be bestowed at the first resurrection yet future when Christ returns and sets up His kingdom.
The following passages explain this in detail.
For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 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; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 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. 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; 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: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. Ephesians 3:1-13 KJV
Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Colossians 1:24-27 KJV
There is one family of God, but there is a difference between God’s earthly people and His heavenly people. If words have any meaning, there must be a difference between the nation of Israel who is destined to reign on the earth over the nations.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. 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. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. Isaiah 60:1-5 KJV
And the spiritual Body of Christ (neither Jew nor Gentile,) who is seated in heavenly places and is destined to reign there eternally (Eph. 2:6-7; Phil. 3:20; Col. 3:1-4).
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 KJV
All believers saved today are made members of that body the instant they trust Christ for their salvation by believing the Gospel of God, Christ crucified. That’s the only way to be saved today and if a person is trusting in anything other than that truth then they are still lost as a golf ball in high weeds. Similarly, if a person is saved but fails to recognize and acknowledge God’s plan and purpose for them as members of the Body of Christ in this dispensation of the age of grace then they will not be fruitful members but as 2 Timothy 2:15 points out they will be ashamed before God.
As always my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ may you be eternally gripped in His glorious grace.
Yep, he did. Today God is forming the Body of Christ, a new creature, and we are his ambassadors here on Earth. The moment we believe in Christ’s death to pay for all our sins ever (all means all past, present and future – after all they were all future when He died to pay for them), his burial to remove them forever,and his Resurrection three days later for our justification before God and giving us eternal life in Him then we are sealed into Him and His death, burial and resurrection. It is a gift we don’t deserve freely given that we could never earn, it is God’s glorious grace! So as members of His body we represent Him here, we are His ambassadors and as such we have a responsibility to learn what is expected of us today and then get busy doing it. The first member of the Body was Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles. The only place in the Bible where you will find the gospel of God’s grace that is the only one that will save us today is in the books Christ instructed Paul to write for us : Romans through Philemon. That is where all of the doctrine and directions Christ expects us to know and follow are found. He gave them first to Paul who then gave them to us. Wanna be a good ambassador today, Paul taught us all!