& DIFFERENT DISPENSATIONS!
THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM:
Preached by Jesus and his apostles (Matt 9:35,36).
Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd
The subject of which is Jesus as the Messiah reigning on earth on Davids's throne for the millennium (Matt 19:28, Acts 2:29,30, Rev 21).
Matthew 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jesus and his apostles stated the gospel of the kingdom is "at hand."
Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This gospel is associated with signs, wonders and diverse miracles
Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Matthew 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
It was NOT to be preached to the gentiles but ONLY to the lost sheep of Israel.
(Matt 10:5,6 & Matt 15:24).
Matthew 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:
Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Matthew 10:9 Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,
This gospel is a faith plus works gospel (Matt 7:21) (James 2:24).
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Baptism is required in this gospel for salvation.
(Mark 16:15-18 KJB). John 3:16
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Mark 16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
"Whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life."
Believe what? That Jesus is the Messiah.
John 8:23,24 "if you believe not that I am he ye shall die in your sins."
John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
John 8:24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.
Notice John 9:35 "Doest thou believe on the Son of God?
"These things are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ"
Paul never preached the Gospel of the Kingdom.
It is all about the nation of Israel inheriting the earth (Matt 5:5).
Heaven on earth (Deut 11:21).
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Deuteronomy 11:21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.
THE GOSPEL OF GOD
Peter and Paul both preached the gospel of God.
Peter preached it Acts 2:22-32.
Paul preached the gospel of God in Rom 1:1-4.
Nobody gets saved through the gospel of God. It is informational only.
Its message is relatively simple.
Jesus is the Son of God.
He was raised from the dead.
The significance of the resurrection for Peter and the little flock
was that Jesus would sit on David's throne as mentioned earlier
and in Acts 2:29,30.
Acts 2:29 Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with 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.
Peter didn't preach this as some great thing, rather he preached it as an indictment against the nation of Israel for crucifying their Messiah.
Paul preached the Gospel of God "straightway in the synagogues, that he is the son of God (Acts 9:20).
The significance of the Gospel of God is that if the Jews believed it, they would be "put out of the synagogue" (John 9:22, John 12:42, John 16:2).
Acts describes this as "the work" in Acts 13:2,41
and a "short work" in Rom 9:26-29."
Acts 17:3,4 describes the Gospel of God saying,
"And some of them believed."
Once they were "put of the synagogue where'd they go?
I believe that some of those Jews and even the gentile Cornelius is Acts 10 became members of the little flock (Luke 12:32).
When you add the Gospel of God to the Gospel of the Kingdom you get the Gospel of the circumcision (Gal 2:7 KJB).
Others; however, may have joined with Paul in the Body of Christ.
Paul instructed the two groups to abide where they were called.
(1 Cor 7:18-20).
Members of the little flock where not to become members of the Body of Christ.
THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST
Paul, however, didn't build on another man's work (Rom 15:20).
When you add "justification by faith apart from works"
(Rom 3:23-26, Rom 4:5, Rom 5:1 and Rom 15:19 to Gospel of God you get
the GOSPEL OF CHRIST (Rom 1:16).
Now Paul's purpose in ministry and my purpose in writing this is
Eph 3:9 "to make all men see what the fellowship of the mystery is, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God."
THE GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD
There are two programs in scripture.
Acts 3:21 describes the prophetic program and Rom 16:25 describes the mystery program.
Paul says he was given the "revelation of the mystery in the dispensation of grace" (Eph 3:2,3).
The primary aspect of the mystery is the Jew and Gentile coming together in one body (Eph 2:13-16).
When you add the mystery program to the gospel of Christ you get the "GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD (Acts 20:24)
i.e., the Dispensation of Grace.
Whereas Israel will inherit the earth.
the body of Christ will fill the heavens (Eph 1, Col 1).
THE GOSPEL OF THE UNCIRCUMCISION / CIRCUMCISION
Gal 2:7 includes two separate gospels in one verse (KJV ONLY).
Peter, James and John would preach the GOSPEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION to the circumcision.
They did that in Hebrews through Revelation.
Paul would preach the GOSPEL OF THE UNCIRCUMCISION to the gentiles
(or the body of Christ).
Paul did that in Romans through Philemon.
Paul did not write Hebrews (Heb 2:3).
Paul says a dispensation of grace was given to him in
Eph 3:2, Col 1:25,26, 1 Cor 9:17.
Paul says he would come to multiple visions and revelations (2 Cor 12:1,7).
He says he was the last to see Christ (1 Cor 15:8).
Lastly, Paul said he was first in the body of Christ.
1 Tim 1:16, 1Cor 15:3, Eph 1:12).
Salvation during the dispensation of grace is super simple.
Believe and trust (not works) (Eph 1:12,13) in the death, burial and resurrection
of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4) and receive the imputed righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21) as a free gift (Eph 2:8,9) and you're sealed for all eternity
(Eph 1:13) the moment you believe.
If Paul was first in the Body of Christ, then the church didn't start in Acts chapter 2. The Gospel of the Grace of God has to be different then the Gospel of the Kingdom because baptism is no longer required (1 Cor 1:17).
The GOSPEL OF THE GRACE OF GOD and the mystery started with the sudden appearing of Jesus to the apostle Paul. It will end with the sudden appearing of Jesus and the body of Christ will be "caught up" to meet the Lord in the air, commonly referred to as the rapture.
Peter and the other 11 apostles never preached the Gospel of the Grace of God.
They never preached salvation by grace apart from works.
(James 2:24 vs Rom 4:5; 6:14).
And Paul didn't qualify to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom (Acts 1:21,22).
Furthermore, while Paul's grace was effective immediately.
Eph 1:12,13; Titus 2:11.
Peter’s grace was in the future at Jesus’s second coming
(Acts 3:19, 1Peter 1:10, and 1 Peter 1:13)
and wasn’t guaranteed.
They are appointed unto wrath (Matt 3:7) and have to endure to the end of Daniels 70th week (Matt 24:13) while the Body of Christ
is not appointed unto wrath (1 Thess 5:9).
Israel will go through Daniels 70th week as the prophecy program picks up where it left off after the snatching away or rapture of the church.
(1 Thess 4:17).
THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL
At some point then an ANGEL will preach the "EVERLASTING GOSPEL" mentioned in Rev 14:6. Angels are NOT a part of the dispensation of grace.
(Gal 1:8, Col 2:18 KING JAMES VERSION ONLY).
It is important to note at this juncture Gal 1:8. "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we (Paul) have preached unto you, let him be accursed."
Does your preacher rightly divide law from grace, Israel from the body of Christ, Prophecy from Mystery? Does he preach the Gospel of the Grace of God through Paul, or does he focus on the Kingdom Gospel Matt - John and Hebrews through Revelation?
Test question: Did John the Baptist teach and preach the "Gospel of the Kingdom?"
The gospel of the kingdom is defined as signs, wonders and diverse miracles. He was the only prophet never to do a miracle.
He prepared the way…but he wasn’t commissioned to preach the gospel of the kingdom as were the apostles in Matt 10.
Apollos, early on, only knew John’s message...but it wasn't the gospel of the kingdom.
The Apostasy of the Christian Church
The majority of Christianity believes that the church, the body of Christ began in Acts 2.
For 40 years this is what I was taught while attending Pentecostal, Baptist and so called non-denominational churches.
Paul tells us in 2 Tim 2:15 to ‘rightly divide’ the word of truth.
Paul explains how to rightly divide in Eph 2.
We have ‘times past’ in Eph 2:11, ‘but now’ in 2:13-16.
and ‘ages to come’ in verse 7.
You’ll notice that ‘but now’ is defined for us by Paul as the ‘middle wall of partition’ between the uncircumcised and the circumcised being broken down and God reconciling both the uncircumcised and circumcised together in one body!
Why is this important?
I’ve always (up until a few years ago) believed that the Peter and Paul preached the same gospel.
But it is simply NOT true.
You see Peter, the other 11 disciples and Jesus, in His earthly ministry preached the Gospel of the Kingdom.
You can preach the Gospel of the Kingdom and not even know the blood atonement of Jesus!
In Luke 9:6 Jesus sent his disciples to ‘preach the gospel of the kingdom.
(Luke 9.2) and further down in the Luke 9:44,45 the disciples had no understanding when Jesus told them he was going to be delivered into the hands of men.
The same is true in Luke 18:33,34 when Jesus told them plainly that they were going to scourge him, put him to death, and the third day rise again.
Luke 18:34 says, “they understood none of these things.”
So, what exactly is the ‘gospel of the kingdom’ that they were preaching?
The gospel of the kingdom is all about ‘The Messiah’ sitting on David’s throne for the 1000-year millennial reign (2 Sam 7:12-16) (Acts 2:30).
Salvation was simply as John 13:19 puts it, ‘believing that I am he.’
Let me break down five components of the Gospel of the Kingdom that basically covers Genesis 1 to Acts 7.
First, there is no blood atonement (as in Jesus’s blood) as previously discussed.
Second, there is the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
This was the way into the kingdom (Luke 7:29,30).
Baptism was a sign of the Davidic covenant (Ex 19:5,6) as Israel was to be a holy nation and kingdom of priests.
A male would be baptized between the age of 30 and 50 (Num 4:39) in order to be consecrated as priests (Ex 29:4).
Baptism was a ceremonial cleansing from idolatry (Ezek 36:25).
Baptism is REQUIRED in the gospel of the Kingdom
(Mark 16:15,16 and Acts 2:38).
Third, the Kingdom gospel offers a future salvation at the 2nd coming of Christ;
which was ‘at hand’ during the four gospels
(Acts 3:19 ‘when the times of refreshing shall come ie 2nd coming).
Forth, Eternal life for the Gospel of the Kingdom folks is the 1000-year kingdom itself Mark 9:43-47.
To enter ‘into life’ is equated with ‘entering into the kingdom.’
Fifth, this kingdom is an earthly kingdom similar to King David’s Kingdom. Remember the Lord's prayer Matt 6:10 “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
And the sermon on the mount
Matt 5:5 “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”
Of course, this earthly theme starts way back in Genesis 13 & 15 when God promises the land through the Abrahamic covenant.
Most Christians generally don’t think about this as heaven and the body of Christ today shouldn’t because we have a true heavenly focus.
Eph 1 and Col 1.
Yet, Duet 11:21 clearly says, “That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.”
Jesus started his ministry stating in Matt 10:5-6 that he wasn’t talking to the gentiles. MATT – JOHN = ISRAEL ONLY.
Even at the end of Christ’s life, it was all about the Gospel of the Kingdom with the so-called great commission.
I say so called because the Great Commission assumed Israel would accept their Messiah after the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost.
But they stoned Stephen on Passover exactly one year after Jesus’s death.
Our commission in the Body of Christ is 2 Cor 5:18-21.
Even after his resurrection in Acts 1:3 Jesus isn’t talking to the disciples about the significance of the cross,
but things pertaining to the Kingdom.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is the subject of prophecy program (Acts 3:21).
The Gospel of Grace of God (Acts 20:24)
is the subject of Mystery program (Rom 16:25).
The standard teaching is that at the cross the nation Israel was set aside because of their rejection of the Messiah and God turned from them and went to the Gentiles.
That is not the case and Jesus proves it when he says, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” in Luke 23:42.
They stumbled at the cross.
But they fell exactly one year later when they rejected the Holy Spirit and stoned Stephen on Pentecost.
This one-year extension of mercy is consistent with the parable
of the ‘fruitless fig tree’ in Luke 13:6-9.
The book of Acts is not a pattern for us to follow in the dispensation
(set of instructions) of grace (Eph 3:2,3).
Rather, it demonstrates the rejection by Israel of the newly offered repentance.
And God's reason for setting Israel aside temporarily and sending salvation to the gentiles apart from Israel (Rom 11:11).
Eventually of course, the Gentiles will be blessed through the rise of Israel (Abrahamic covenant) in the ‘ages to come’ i.e., Hebrews through Revelation and the following millennial kingdom.
The first seven chapters of the book of Acts is Peter indicting Israel for murdering their Messiah and offering again the kingdom.
After the Stoning of Stephen the offer of salvation through Israel had been rejected.
There is no more testimony given in Jerusalem after Acts 7.
Paul gets saved in Acts 9;
he too begins to indict Israel in
Chapters 13,18 & 28.
The book of Acts is a transitional book.
The two key bookmark verses in Acts are 3:25,26 (ISRAEL FIRST)
and 28:28 (SALVATION SENT TO GENTILES).
The ministry of the apostle Paul
is based upon God setting Israel aside albeit temporarily!
It’s actually quite plain to see that if Christ died in Daniels 69th week, which it seems all of Christendom agrees, and Daniels 70th week or the Tribulation hasn’t begun yet,
then it follows that Israel’s program has been interrupted by Paul’s program.
Keep in mind a week is only seven years.
A millennium is 1000 years.
It’s been 2000 years since Christ’s death…do you really still think we are in the prophecy phase?
No, we are in the mystery phase (Col 1:26, Eph 3:3).
Paul defines the mystery very clearly in Eph 3:1-6. Eph 3:5 says, “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;
vs 6 That the gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:”.
The mystery is the formation of the body of Christ (Eph 2:11-16).
Now, it is true that both Peter and Paul preached the Gospel of God.
Peter preached it in Acts 2:22-32.
Paul preached it in Rom 1:1-4.
The Gospel of God is informational only stating that Jesus is the Son of God and that He was raised from the dead.
The Gospel of God is not a mystery; it was prophesied.
The significance of the Gospel of God is that if one chose to believe that Jesus was the Son of God they would be kicked out of the synagogues
(Jn 9:22, 12:42 & 16:2).
This is referred to as a ‘short work’ in Acts 13:2,41 & Rom 9:26-29.
Those expelled from the synagogue basically had a couple of choices.
They could join Peter and the ‘little flock’ (Luke 12:32) or they could join Paul in the Body of Christ (BoC). Paul says he was first in the BoC. in 1 Tim 1:16, 1 Cor 15:3, & Eph 1:12.
And he was careful not to build on another mans work (Rom 15:20).
It was not Paul’s goal to convert the little flock to what Paul calls ‘my gospel’ (Rom 2:16, 16:25 & 2 Tim 2:8.)
1 Cor 7:20 says, “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.” If you were saved through the gospel of the kingdom; there you remained. If you were saved through Paul’s gospel; there you remained.
We find in Rom 15:19 that Paul starts preaching the Gospel of Christ through mighty signs and wonders.
Basically his miracles mirrored those of Peter.
And just as Peters miracles quickly faded by Acts 7; Paul’s miracles quickly faded as well.
He told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach (1 Tim 5:23) and he wasn’t able to heal Epaphroditus in Phil 2:27. 2 Tim 4:20 states, “Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick.”
Why did God allow Paul to perform signs and wonders?
Well, because 1 Cor 1:22 says the Jews require a sign.
The BoC (Body of Christ) walks by faith, not by sight 2 Cor 5:7.
And keep in mind the BoC is made up of both Jews and Gentiles!
Tongues by the way ‘are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not…’ 1 Cor 14:22.
Therefore, Paul was able to do miracles to confirm his message to the Jews.
Anyway, when you add the Gospel of God to the Gospel of the Kingdom you get the Gospel of the Circumcision (Gal 2:7 KJB)
which finds its roots in the ‘Covenant of Circumcision’ Gen 17:7-11
which by the way is an ‘everlasting covenant.’
When you add the Gospel of Christ to the Gospel of God, you’re adding justification by faith.
Paul explains justification by faith as early as Acts 13:38,39.
We find this in Rom 3:23-26, Rom 4:5, 5:1.
Paul is the first apostle to explain the significance of the cross!
Romans explains the significance of the cross to the body of Christ and Hebrews explains the significance of the cross to the kingdom gospel saints.
Paul says that he will “come to visions and revelations of the Lord” (2 Cor 12:1).
Eventually Paul adds the Mystery, the primary component of which is the Body of Christ, and we end up with the Gospel of the Grace of God in Acts 20:24, 1 Cor 15:1-4 and the Gospel of the uncircumcision in Gal 2:7 traces its roots back to Abraham in Gen 15:6 when Abraham was credited with righteousness before he was circumcised.
Just for good measure; since I’m explaining the different Gospels in the bible; Paul said in Gal 1:8, ‘But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.’
We find in Revelation 14:8 an angel preaching the ‘everlasting gospel’ in the ‘ages to come.’
Not to worry though, the BoC will have been raptured out and ‘eternal in the heavens’ 2 Cor 5:1 by then.
The point is…there’s more than one gospel in the Bible! Is the Gospel of the Kingdom for you?
In Matt 10:5,6 Jesus states very clearly, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles.” and “Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.”
Later on, Jesus tells his disciples, as the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
I know this is hard to accept…but Jesus wasn’t talking to you.
Now, did God bless the gentiles before the Apostle Paul who stated for the first time in 4,000 years “I speak to you gentiles” Rom 11:13?
Yes, he did but there were only two doors through which the gentiles could come through.
First, they could become a proselyte Jew by becoming circumcised (Ex 12:48, Est 8:17).
Or second, if s/he was a blessing to Israel; she/he could qualify to receive a blessing while remaining on the wrong side of the middle wall of partition (Eph 3:14) (Gen 12:3).
All this to say that a King James Bible very clearly states that a dispensation (special set of instructions) was given to Paul
(Eph 3:2, Col1:25,26, and 1 Cor 9:17).
Paul says he was first in the BoC in 1 Tim 1:16, 1 Cor 15:3 & Eph 1:12.
He describes his gospel as a “mystery hid in God” in Eph 3:3-5 and Eph 3:9.
What is the significance of this? Good question! But for starters:
It means the Body of Christ did NOT start in Acts 2 at Pentecost because Acts 2:16 says, “this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel.” If it was spoken of by the Prophet Joel then it could NOT be what Paul was speaking about in Eph 3:5 when he says, “Which in other ages was NOT made known unto the sons of men…”
Furthermore, Pentecost was a Jewish feast and there were no gentiles (except proselytes) present.
The “afar off” in Acts 2:39 is not referring to gentiles but rather is a reference back to Dan 9:7 speaking of Jews that had been scattered.
This is a reference to the 5th course of chastisement we find in Leviticus 26:33.
One might argue that Jesus said that the disciples should go into all nations.
Yes, but only to the Jews that were scattered in all nations!
We find in Acts 11:19, “Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching NONE BUT TO THE JEWS ONLY.”
Paul says in 1 Cor 2:7,8, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our Glory; vs 8 which none of the princes of this world knew; for had they known it, they would NOT have crucified the Lord of Glory.”
Basically, that verse is saying that if Satan had known about the dispensation of Grace for the Body of Christ (both Jew and Gentile) he wouldn’t have crucified Jesus!
But guess what Satan did do. He removed the word dispensation from all bible versions except the King James and New King James.
In the K J B the word dispensation is mentioned 4 times. In the New King James version, the word is mentioned 2x. But in the New King James Satan distorts Jesus's ministry by using the words, “has become” rather than “was” a minister to the circumcision in Rom 15:8.
All other versions use the word administration.
Jesus said in Matt 10:5,6 that he and his disciples weren’t talking to us gentiles. Paul says in 2 Cor 5:16 we no longer know Christ after the flesh. Rather, we know him as the head of the body of Christ (Col 1:18) after Paul’s ‘visions and revelations’ (2 Cor 12:1).
The Body of Christ has a heavenly focus. It began with the sudden appearing of Jesus to Paul in Acts 9 and will end with the sudden appearing of Jesus (2 Thess. 2:1) The B o C will be “eternal in the heavens” 2 Cor 5:1. Prophecy will pick up again when the mystery program ends.
All this to say, “if you really want to enjoy all that Jesus has for you, then get your doctrine from Paul who wrote Romans through Philemon in a K J B!
It’s through Paul that we get wonderful nuggets of truth,
like Eph 2:8,9, Rom 5:1, Titus 3:5, 2 Cor 5:21 and Col 1:14.
The rest of the bible is for you; but it is not TO you.
Don’t mix the Gospel of the Kingdom, i.e., Circumcision, Baptism, Sabbath days, etc. and the Gospel of the Grace of God!
Remember to rightly divide.
in Hebrews through Revelations God picks up the prophecy program with Israel as they enter Daniels 70th week!
Is this all new to you?
You see the reason we have so many different denominations is that they like to get you saved through Paul’s gospel
(death, burial and resurrection 1 Cor 15:1-4),
and then add a little of their favourite verses from the Kingdom Gospel especially the ones about water baptism and tithing (Titus 1:10,11).
Also notice in verse 10 the issues Paul and Titus have been with the circumcision (Kingdom gospel folks).
When Paul says in Gal 1:8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” he wasn’t talking about some off the wall cult like Jehovah Witnesses or Mormons etc.
He was talking about those who mix the law in with grace.
If you’re not rightly dividing and you believe the whole bible is to you then
1.) you have a lot of contradictions to deal with
(see comparison list below)
2.) you’re necessarily mixing law with grace. We must rightly divide, law from grace (Rom 6:14), prophecy (Acts 3:21) from Mystery (Rom 16:25) and Israel from the Body of Christ (Eph 2:13-16).
Thankfully, Rom 5:20 states, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
And for those of you who think this type of teaching is some kind of license to sin remember Titus 2:11,12 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, vs 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.
It’s grace that teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
I hope you’re enjoying the grace of God. If not, all you must do is believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus 1 Cor 15:1-4 and you are immediately sealed (baptized) with that Holy Spirit of Promise (eternal security Eph 1:13).
Paul’s grace is a present grace. 1 Cor 1:18, Col 2:13, 2 Cor 5:21.
Peter’s grace is a future grace at the second coming of Jesus…
the entire nation will be ‘born again.’
Acts 3:21, Rom 11:26,27, 1 Peter 1:7, 1 Peter 1:10, 1 Peter 1:13.
By the way, Paul says in Eph 4:5 that there is “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism.”
That one baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit spoken of in Eph 1:12,13 that happens the moment you believe in the death burial and resurrection of Jesus.
That one faith is what Paul calls, “my gospel.”
Remember, if you try to add things like circumcision, baptism, Sabbath days, tithing etc. then you may be in danger of Gal 5:2 “Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. vs 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. vs 4 Christ is become of ‘no effect’ unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
Many people with whom I’ve tried to share right division will state something to the affect, “Well, it’s really all about love and unity.” What about Paul’s doctrine of separation? Jesus, through Paul, commands us to come out from churches that mix the gospels.
Rom 16:17 says, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 2 Thess 3:6 states, “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which ye received of us.
1 Tim 1:3 “…teach no other doctrine.”
1 Tim 6:3,4&5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrines which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing…”
If you still believe the whole bible is TO YOU.
How can you reconcile the verses below?
Compare the verses below: Paul wasn’t chosen to mature kingdom gospel saints. He didn’t even qualify as an apostle for the kingdom gospel (Acts 1:21).
And Peter in 2 Peter 3:16 speaking of Paul’s epistles said, “in which are some things hard to be understood.” This despite Peter having been with Jesus from the beginning and then spending 40 days with him post resurrection.
Peter understood the kingdom gospel, not the gospel of grace.
Gospel of Kingdom Luke 9:26 vs. Gospel of Grace of God Acts 20:24
1 John 2:20 2 Tim 2:15 – Study
Matt 7:21 vs Rom 10:9 – Confession
Duet 6:25 vs Rom 6:14 – Law vs Grace
Ex 34:10 vs 2 Cor 5:7 – Sight vs Faith
James 2:24 vs Eph 2:8,9 / Rom 4:5 Works/ Faith alone.
Matt 10:5,6 vs Rom 11:13 – Who’s Jesus talking to?
Matt 20:28 vs 1 Tim 2:5,6 – Ransom for many vs all.
1 Peter 1:5, 1:13 vs Titus 2:11 – Grace later or grace now
Jude 1:24 vs Phil 1:6 – is able vs will
Malachi 3:8,9 vs 2 Cor 9:6-9 – Tithing / Giving
Matt 3:7 vs 1 Thess 1:10 - Wrath to come
Acts 2:16 vs Eph 3:3-5 – Prophecy vs Mystery
Act 3:21 vs Rom 16:26 – Prophecy vs Mystery
John 3:16 vs Rom 5:8 – Our John 3:16
Mark 16:15,16 vs 1 Cor 1:17 – Water Baptism necessary?
Acts 15:1 vs Gal 5:1-4 – Circumcision necessary?
Ex 31:16 vs Col 2:16 – Keeping Sabbath necessary?
John 15:7 vs Phil 4:6,7 – Answers to Prayer.
Can you begin to see that if the ‘church’ obeyed 2 Tim 2:15 and rightly divided the Bible there would be no more need for Baptists as water baptism is not even necessary.
There would be no Pentecostals as the church didn’t start in Acts 2. There would be no seventh-day Adventists as Col 2:16 frees us from the everlasting covenant of the Sabbath.
Right Division solves Calvinism vs Armenian-ism.
(Ransom for many vs all).
The church is in apostasy because it rejects Paul.
2 Tim 2:7 Paul says, “Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.”
Most end times ministries are also wrong as the prophecy program doesn’t pick up again until the mystery program ends with the snatching away.
And in 1 Cor 14:37 Paul says, “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to unto you are the commandments of the lord.”
God gave Paul the instructions we are to obey for this dispensation.
(Eph 3:2, Col 1:25, 1 Cor 9:17).
God will bring both programs together.
Eph 1:10 states that in the “dispensation of the fullness of times he will bring together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.”
God had a purpose since Gen 1:1 when he created the heavens and the earth.
If you pick a gospel, you have a 50/50 chance of coming to God on his terms.
If you mix the two gospels, you have zero chance of coming to God on his terms.
Zero chance of ever understanding your bible.
Zero chance of ever truly resting in what Christ has done for you and enjoying eternal security.
The only thing you bring to your salvation is the sin that makes it necessary.
And if you’re adding works, this is where I’ll leave it up to Jesus, but Paul says, Gal 5:2-4 that Christ shall profit you nothing and you’ve fallen from Grace. It’s not for me to judge another man's servant. But if you haven’t taken the time to study as God commanded…
Paul’s ministry purpose:
Eph 3:9 “And to make all men see what the fellowship of the mystery is, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:”