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SHARING RIGHTLY DIVIDING

SHARING RIGHT DIVISION

Sharing Right Division part 1

THE BIBLE 

 

In studying what God dispenses to us and for us, we find that the Lord administers the operations of God. God’s wisdom is many sided, with two major divisions.

 

 Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created

the heaven and

the earth.

 

In First Corinthians 12:6, we find that the operations of God are plural, not just one operation throughout history. God chose to go through a series of stages in the accomplishment of his two-part, overall operation. Therefore, the operations of God must be determined for each particular time, in order to believe and understand the Lord’s administration at that time.

 

To understand and cooperate with God’s current operation, we must distinguish it from his previous operations and find out, from God’s word, the distinctions specific to God’s administering in the universe today, by this current operation.  The Bible uses several terms in referring to operations, dispensations, and administrations, such as:

day,

time,

times,

a work,

year,

dispensation,

operation,

ministration,

time past

far off are made nigh

ages to come

week,

ages.

 

Let’s read in

1 Corinthians 12:3,  “Wherefore I give you to understand, that

no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed:

and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost”.

 

That was Paul. Paul is the one that said that Jesus is the Lord on the Damascus road.

After Jesus had said, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest”, Paul said, “Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? He said that “Jesus is the Lord”. Remember that First Corinthians 12:3 said that

 

“no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost”.

 

Saul of Tarsus, Paul, had started speaking by the Holy Ghost.

 

Continue reading in

1 Corinthians 12:4,  “Now there are DIVERSITIES OF GIFTS,

but the same Spirit”.

 

So, there were GIFTS.

 

1 Corinthians 12:5,  “And there are DIFFERENCES OF ADMINISTRATIONS,

but the same Lord.

 

There were GIFTS, and ADMINISTRATIONS.

 

1 Corinthians 12:6,  And there are DIVERSITIES OF OPERATIONS,

but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

 

So, there were GIFTS, and ADMINISTRATIONS, and OPERATIONS.

 

Can you see that “gifts” are the out-working of whatever is the “administration” at that time? The Holy Spirit enables ‘gifts” in people to “administer” the “operation” of God. Can you see that the “administration” at any particular time is the out-working of God’s “operation” at that time? Each successive “OPERATION” of God determines that operation’s “ADMINISTRATION”, “DISPENSATION”, or ECONOMY of the Lord, which is worked out by that administration’s or dispensation’s “GIFTS” of the Spirit.

 

Corinth’s sign “gifts” were an outworking of an “administering”, or dispensing of the “gospel of Christ”. That dispensing occurred in the “body of Christ” before Christ dispensed the “gospel of the grace of God” for all men within the same body of Christ. There is no sign “gift” to be shown to Israel after Israel was blinded, broken off, and cast away at the end of Acts. That “OPERATION” of God had “ADMINISTERED” the Loammi of Israel.

 

Paul's courting of individual Israelites during Israel's diminishing was a “dispensation of the gospel of Christ” (First Corinthians 9:17-18), being "a work" which Israel “will not believe, though it be told him” (Acts 13:41, Habakkuk 1:5).

 

Let’s review what the Bible says.

1 Corinthians 12:4,  Now there are DIVERSITIES OF GIFTS,

but the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:5,  And there are DIFFERENCES OF ADMINISTRATIONS,

but the same Lord.

1 Corinthians 12:6,  And there are DIVERSITIES OF OPERATIONS,

but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

 

1 Corinthians 12:7,  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

 

To “manifest” is to show. The manifestation of the Sprit is the showing of the Spirit. In the body of Christ, if the showing of the Spirit has been given to every man, then every man has been shown the Spirit.

 

How are we shown the Spirit of God today? How do we hear the Spirit manifested today?

 

In 2 Samuel 23:2, David said,  

“The Spirit of the LORD spake by me,

and his word was in my tongue”.

(Prophecy)

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:

the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The words of the Son of God are spirit.

Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation,

and THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD:

 

The Holy Spirit's sword is the word of God, the Bible. The Holy Spirit speaks through the word of God.

 

1 Timothy 4:1  ÂNow the Spirit speaketh expressly,

that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,

giving heed to seducing spirits,

and doctrines of devils;

 

How many times have you heard:  “Believe the Bible, not the teacher”?

That is what First Timothy 4:1 is talking about. “SOME shall depart from the faith, GIVING HEED TO seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils”;

 

Today, the Bible is the manifestation of the Spirit that is given to every man.

So, we are told to “STUDY” it. (Second Timothy 2:15),

and “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16),

for it “is able to build you up” (Acts 20:32).

The showing of the Spirit is given to every man, but few STUDY it to find what the Spirit is SHOWING TODAY (First Corinthians 12:7).

 

Proverbs 30:5  says that “Every word of God is PURE:

he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him”.

First Peter 1:25 says that “But the word of the Lord ENDURETH FOR EVER.

And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you”.

“Wherefore”,

as First Peter 2:2 says,

“desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby….”

 

With all that in mind, let us all agree that what counts is what God said to us in the Bible, what he put in writing for us, to last, to remain, and to endure forever. He promised that he would preserve his inspired word, pure to us, in fact, pure forever. 

 

So, somewhere we have his errorless word today. His word does NOT have a single mistake in it. God's word is pure.  If you find a book that says it is a Bible, but it has a single mistake in it, then, it is NOT God’s Bible. God’s Bible is available in the world today.

 

First of all, can we agree on the Bible, on sticking to the Bible and to what the Bible says? The term, having A RELATIONSHIP WITH Christ, or with God, is A CLICH╔. It is something that is NOT in the Bible. Many of us have heard it preached as the only way to get to God or something. But WHAT GOD SAYS is what counts, right? Can we each agree on that, is what I am asking? Can we agree to accept what the Bible SAYS, and if it is not in the Bible to reconsider the source, where we learned it, and to reconsider why we are clinging to something that is NOT in the Bible. Then let’s stick to just what is TO US in the Bible. 

 

The principle is that God did NOT make any mistakes. He did NOT leave something out of the Bible that we are supposed to speculate on. If he does not say it in the Bible, we are NOT to go beyond what is written. We are only to believe all that he says, to whom he says it. Can we agree on that? Can we all agree to accept what the Bible says and not go beyond what the Bible says? Can we all agree to reconsider what we believe, if we can see that the Bible does not say what we were told that it says. Can we agree on that? 

 

If others talk about things that are NOT in the Bible, we will mainly talk about what the Bible actually says. We need to just brush off the extra biblical things that they say and not pay too much attention to it. Can we agree to do that?  Pay attention to what the Bible says.  That is my view anyway. That is my approach, when THEY SAY something that is NOT confirmable in the Bible to us, that you cannot confirm in the Bible, OR IN THE BIBLE TO US. 

 

1 Timothy 4:1  ÂNow the Spirit speaketh expressly,

that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,

giving heed to seducing spirits,

and doctrines of devils;

 

Sharing Right Division part 2

DIVIDING RIGHTLY – part 1

 

Do you understand what I am saying when I say that there is a big difference in Scripture? One part of that difference is what was revealed and prophesied in the Old Testament about the coming of Christ, and what Jesus Christ himself even prophesied about his coming back to earth to reign in Israel? 

 

There is a difference between THAT WHICH WAS PROPHESIED, and WHAT WAS KEPT A SECRET, as a mystery that was revealed to Paul, and ONLY TO PAUL . Do you understand that there is an absolute difference between, what WAS TOLD, and what WAS NOT TOLD? Do you understand what I am saying when I say that?

 

Here is a verse from Acts 3, verse 21, that refers to what was "SPOKEN by the mouth of all his holy prophets SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN." 

 

“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”.

 

That has to do with Israel, and the coming of the kingdom, etc. Israel was offered the gospel that Peter preached, that is the same gospel that John the Baptist preached, and that Jesus preached when he came to his own (John 1:11, Mark 1:14-15). Peter was not in the body of Christ that came later, being revealed only to Paul, and of which Paul was the first member.

 

I guess a starting point would be to come to an agreement that we understand that some of the things in the Bible were spoken, or written in the word of God, but they are NOT TO US.  For instance, Noah In Genesis 6:14. Are we supposed to keep this command by God?

 

"Make thee an ark out of gopher wood”.

 

Well, we do not go out to our backyard and start building an ark, three football fields long, do we? We don't do that because IT WAS NOT SPOKEN TO US.  It was spoken to Noah.

 

We have to pay attention to who it is that God is addressing when he makes promises or covenants. He will keep all his promises and covenants to the ones with whom he made them.  But, not to me just because I happened to pick up a Bible and read the words that he said when He promised something to somebody else. Let us all agree that we have to determine TO WHOM each statement was spoken? That is called “pronoun identification”.

 

After the Tower of Babel and the confusing and separating of the languages, God called out Abraham in Genesis 12, and made promises to him, and to his seed, and those promises were confirmed through Abraham’s son Isaac, not through Ishmael. Then, they were confirmed through Abraham's grandson through Isaac, which was Isaac's son, Jacob, not through Isaac’s other son, Esau. So God made those promises, and then, confirmed them to the seed of Jacob. And these promises and covenants were confirmed to the 12 tribes. For instance, “I will bless them that bless thee”.

 

Can we take a minute, and just look at them? We will look in Genesis, chapter 12. In those first three verses it gives several things that are basic promises that were made by God, to Abraham, and to his seed, or, later on, it actually turns out to be to the children of Israel.

 

Before Abram's name change to Abraham, God said:

 

Genesis 12:1  "Now the LORD had said unto Abram, GET THEE OUT of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, UNTO A LAND that I will shew thee".

 

So, God is telling Abram to GET OUT of his country, And to GO TO A LAND, and that GOD WILL SHOW IT TO HIM; And God said Abram:

 

Genesis 12:2 "And I will make of thee A GREAT NATION, and I will BLESS THEE",

 

So he says to GET OUT of the land where you are, the country, and the kindred, and your father's house. And he says to GO TO A LAND that I will show you, and the FIRST thing that he says is, "I will make of thee A GREAT NATION". SECONDLY, "I will BLESS THEE". THIRDLY, "I will make thy NAME GREAT". And FOURTHLY, "thou shalt BE A BLESSING".

 

Then, verse three says the FIFTH thing, "and I will BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE". And the SIXTH thing is, "and CURSE HIM that curseth thee". And then the SEVENTH thing, "and IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED". 

 

So seven covenants the Lord made, with Abram, and it was contingent upon Abram DOING what it says in verse one "GET THEE OUT of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, UNTO A LAND that I will shew thee".

 

Well, he did that, didn't he? He left and went up to Haran,  and Tereh, his father died there.  Then, he came down into the land, then called Caanan. 

 

In Genesis 13:14-15, "the LORD said unto Abram,

Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art

northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:

 For all the land which thou seest, to thee WILL I GIVE IT,

and to thy seed for ever."

 

Well, the boundaries of the land that he saw are marked out in scripture. 

 

Genesis 15:18  In the same day

the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying,

Unto thy seed have I given this land,

from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Genesis 15:19  The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

Genesis 15:20  And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

Genesis 15:21  And the Amorites, and the Canaanites,

and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

 

So, the boundaries of the nation of Israel are to be huge. It goes up into Syria, over into Iraq, and down into Egypt. So, it is NOT what is over there now. God is going to provide a land. He will give it to the seed of Abraham, down through Isaac, and down through Jacob. God said, “TO THEE will I give it, and TO THY SEED for ever."

 

It is NOT there now.  So, it has NOT YET BEEN GIVEN, or it would still be there. So, it will still be in the future that he will give it to them.  Now, Israel was a nation that had rejected their Messiah at His crucifixion. When they stoned Holy Ghost filled Stephen, they blasphemed the Holy Ghost, and they fell as a precious treasure, a holy nation, and a kingdom of priests. Israel was never again offered the kingdom as Christ and Peter had been offering them the kingdom.

 

We can see how the kingdom had been announced as being at hand. Look in the first chapter of Mark where Christ preached the kingdom. 

 

“Mark 1:14,  Now after that John was put in prison,

Jesus came into Galilee,

preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

 

What was the gospel of the kingdom of God? It was what Jesus was saying.

 

Mark 1:15,  And saying,

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:

repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

 

In other words, believe that “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.”

 

That was the gospel of the kingdom. That was the good news that it is “at hand.”

 

So what were they supposed to do? REPENT!  In other words, they were in apostasy.  There were very few that still believed that God would keep His covenants to Israel. Remember Simeon and Anna in the temple in Luke 2, verses 34 through 38, shortly after the birth of Jesus. They believed, but they were rare. 

 

The Scriptures were consistent that He was coming. Daniel had marked out 69 of the 70 weeks to bring in the Messiah. Micah had said that He would be born in Bethlehem Ephrata. Isaiah said that He would be born of a virgin. There were many Scriptures about His coming.

 

Isaiah 53:11 said,

“... shall my righteous servant justify many;

for he shall bear THEIR iniquities”

Israel’s iniquities. 

 

So, He was expected. He came but he was rejected by the religious hierarchy there, and by the majority of Israel. But, they were still offered the kingdom.

 

That was future from when Hosea prophesied it. But that is what happened during the book of Acts. We can read it in Acts 28. Paul was under house arrest there in Rome, and yet called the Jews together to give them this message, He told him that THEIR HOPE, THEIR ONLY HOPE was that gospel that Christ had revealed to him, that he was preaching, that he was in jail for, in chains for.

 

Acts 28:20 "For this cause therefore have I called for you,

to see you, and to speak with you:

because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain".

 

Paul had been captured because he had been preaching that Christ was raised from the dead, AND THAT ALL MEN HAD THEIR SINS PAID FOR, and could have their sins forgiven. He was preaching the gospel of the grace of God to them,  that they could that be saved from God's wrath by believing that Christ died for their sins. 

 

So Paul goes on, and he says in Acts 28:25: 

 

Acts 28:25  "And when they agreed not among themselves,

they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word,"

 

...or one message. I don't think Luke was saying it was one syllable.  People often use the word "word" that way, like this:"Just a word of warning, if you do that, it will be costly."

 

And here is what he said

 

"Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers",

Acts 28:26 "Saying, Go unto this people, and say,

Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand";

 

Paul wasn't saying, "you don't listen when I speak to you." Paul was saying, this is what is going to happen to you for disbelieving God all these centuries, and disbelieving your Messiah, and disbelieving my gospel to you, from Christ." Paul was saying, "You will hear, but you will not understand." It is an internal blindness, a spiritual blindness, a true blindness. And that is what we see today, isn't it, when you try to talk to a Jew about the word of God? It's like they are deaf, or blind.

           

Acts 28:26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say,

Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand;

and seeing ye shall see, and NOT PERCEIVE:

Acts 28:27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross,

and their ears are dull of hearing,

and THEIR EYES HAVE THEY CLOSED;

LEST THEY SHOULD SEE with their eyes,

and hear with their ears,

 

In other words, they had PASSED THE POINT. God was moving on, according to His will, to something else.

 

Acts 28:27

"THEIR EYES HAVE THEY CLOSED;

LEST THEY SHOULD SEE with their eyes,

and hear with their ears,

and understand with their heart,

and should be converted,

and I should heal them."

 

Sharing Right Division part 3

DIVIDING RIGHTLY – part 2

 

Israel had passed the point, not right then, but by that time. Israel had already fallen, back in Acts 7. But in God's mercy, Israel was given a "DIMINISHING" that still allowed individual believing Jews to become part of the little flock, as in

 

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":

 

But in that diminishing, Israel’s door of opportunity was slowing slamming shut. Later, here in Acts 28, individual Israelites received THEIR LAST SPECIAL OFFER to become part of the body of Christ. Let's go on with Paul's inspired words, sealing the nation of Israel in their casting away and blindness.

 

Acts 28:28 "Be it known therefore unto you,

that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles,

and that they will hear it".

 

That was Paul talking. He was Christ's only apostle of the Gentiles. He had already been sent to the Gentiles, but during Acts, Christ gave him "a work", in Acts 13:41 and Habakkuk 1:5,

 

Acts 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish:

for I work a work in your days,

a work which ye shall in no wise believe,

though a man declare it unto you.

 

That work was also called "a dispensation of the gospel" in First Corinthians 9:17-18. That work, and that dispensation did NOT limit Paul's gospel of salvation, or its effect, but Christ did limit his sending of Paul with that saving message during that "work", during that "dispensation of the gospel of Christ." During that "work", and that "dispensation of the gospel", Christ sent Paul with the gospel to the Jews and to the Greeks that would believe it, and from whom five times. Christ delivered Paul according to Acts 26:16-17.

 

That “work” was also to cap God’s grace toward disbelieving Israel. It was for the "despisers" that would not believe, but would perish, as God prophesied in:

Habakkuk 1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvelously:

for I will work a work in your days

which ye will not believe,

though it be told you.

 

Please don't get confused by the Bible term "Greek". Greek does NOT mean Gentile. The word Greek is more specific than the word Gentile. The word Greek does NOT mean "all the Gentiles". The Bible says "all the Gentiles" when it means "all the Gentiles." The term "all the Gentiles" regarding Paul's sending, does not appear in the Bible until after Acts 28:29, in Titus 2:11, and First Timothy 2:4-6. The first hint of the dispensing of the gospel of the grace of God being extended to all men is in:

 

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.

 

Yes, the "devout Greeks" in that period were Gentiles. But, according to the Bible (in Acts 17:1-4), the "devout Greeks" were Gentiles that had blessed Israel according to Genesis 12:3. Also, according to history, the "devout Greeks" were Gentiles that sought the wisdom and knowledge OF GOD. The "devout Greeks" came to the synagogues to learn about God, because they feared the God of Abraham, and they had faith that God would keep His covenants with Israel.

 

So, the "devout Greeks" were Israel blessers that came in under the covenants given to Abraham. That is how the "devout Greeks" got into the commonwealth of Israel. The "devout Greeks" were Gentiles that believed that God worked with man through Israel, and Israel's coming kingdom.

 

So, after Paul read to Israel, Isaiah's casting away curse from Isaiah 6:9-10, the Bible says:

 

Acts 28:29  "And when he had said these words,

the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves".

 

It says that the Jews departed. That was three verses from the end of the book of acts. The book of Acts closes because there is no more to hear about the Jews. The Jews were blinded, broken off, and cast away. God no longer worked with man through Israel.  They are not God's people, and God is not their God. 

 

 

However, there is a promised future for Israel. It is obvious that God is not going to break any of his promises. But, when it comes into practice, what it means is that God will bring them back together into "the land". 

 

Remember that all those things that happened in Matthew Mark Luke and John happened to Israel, the descendents of Abraham through Isaac, and Jacob.  And that is not us, is it?  It's not me, and it's not you. They were not written either to the Gentiles, or to the body of Christ.

 

Even those physical descendents of Jacob that are still around, would now have to seek God, as the Gentiles have to seek God. They cannot come to God the way that they could back then before they were cast away as it says in Hosea 1:9 would happen, and as we read by the end of Acts did happen.

 

Paul was inspired of God to read Isaiah’s casting away curse that was prophesied in Isaiah, centuries before, that they would be cast away in the future. That is where Paul got what he read to them. We see it there in,

 

Isaiah 6:9 "And he said, Go, and tell this people,

Hear ye indeed, but understand not;

and see ye indeed, but perceive not".

Isaiah 6:10 "Make the heart of this people fat,

and make their ears heavy,

and shut their eyes;

lest they see with their eyes,

and hear with their ears,

and understand with their heart,

and convert,

and be healed".

 

It was past the time for that.  God was keeping this secret, and sending his Messiah to die on the cross, and to pay for everyone's sins, and he had to keep that a secret. He blinded these, His people.

 

This should not have been a shock to Israel. Isaiah was roughly 700 years before Jesus came to earth, and they were warned then, in the Isaiah 6:9-10 prophecy.

 

Isaiah 6:9 "And he said, Go, and tell this people,

Hear ye indeed, but understand not;

and see ye indeed, but perceive not".

Isaiah 6:10 "Make the heart of this people fat,

and make their ears heavy,

and shut their eyes;

lest they see with their eyes,

and hear with their ears,

and understand with their heart,

and convert,

and be healed".

 

Even before Isaiah, David said it. In Psalms 69:22-25, David warned the people that they were going to be cast away if they kept blinding their eyes, and not following God. 

 

Psalms 69:20 "Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness:

and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none;

and for comforters, but I found none".

Psalms 69:21 "They gave me also gall for my meat;

and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink".

Psalms 69:22 "Let their table become a snare before them:

and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap".

Psalms 69:23 "Let their eyes be darkened, that they see not;

and make their loins continually to shake".

Psalms 69:24 "Pour out thine indignation upon them,

and let thy wrathful anger take hold of them".

Psalms 69:25 "Let their habitation be desolate;

and let none dwell in their tents".

Psalms 69:26 "For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten;

and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded".

 

Even way back before that, at the beginning of the nation, Moses said it in Deuteronomy 29:24-28, 

 

Deuteronomy 29:24 "Even all nations shall say,

Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this land?

what meaneth the heat of this great anger"?

Deuteronomy 29:25 "Then men shall say,

Because THEY have forsaken the covenant

of the LORD God of THEIR fathers,

which he made with THEM when

he brought THEM forth out of the land of Egypt":

Deuteronomy 29:26 "For THEY went and served other gods,

and worshipped them,

gods whom THEY knew not,

and whom he had not given unto THEM":

Deuteronomy 29:27 "And the anger of the LORD was kindled against this land,

to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book":

Deuteronomy 29:28 "And the LORD rooted THEM out of THEIR land in anger,

and in wrath, and in great indignation,

and cast THEM into another land, as it is this day".

 

But all through their history they were warned they would fall, be blinded, and be cast away if they DID NOT BELIEVE their God. But, they just ignored it.  It was like Israel was daring God by saying, "Well, we have not been cast away yet (so why worry) ."

 

2 Peter 3:3 "Knowing this first,

that there shall come in the last days scoffers,

walking after their own lusts",

2 Peter 3:4 "And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?

for since the fathers fell asleep,

all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

 

But, then it happened, in the book of the Acts of the Apostles,

Israel fell, and diminished, and was blinded and cast away".

 

Mankind would have been without access to God except for the fact that our loving and gracious God had another part of His two-part plan that he had already introduced in Acts 9, and which Paul started preaching sequentially in Acts chapters 9, then 11, then 13, then 20.

 

Look at Colossians 1:18,

 

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church:

who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead;

that in all things he might have the preeminence.

 

In connection to Israel, Christ is the firstborn from the dead in order to be their Messianic king in the land.

 

 But for us, we are NOT promised the land, are we? That was only promised to Israel. Those of us that are in the body of Christ by believing the gospel of Christ crucified for our sins are promised heaven, even though Israel was never promised heaven.

 

The first part of Colossians 1:18 tells us our connection to Christ.

 

“And he is THE HEAD of the body, the church:

who is the beginning….”

 

To us, Christ is the Head. To Israel, Christ is the earthly King. He is the same person, and He did die on the cross for both groups of people. But to them, he died on the cross and rose again for the reason Peter tells in Acts 2:25-30, especially in verse 30.

 

Acts 2:25 "For David speaketh concerning him,

I foresaw the Lord always before my face,

for he is on my right hand,

that I should not be moved":

 

Acts 2:26 "Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad;

moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope":

 

And, he did rest in hope, HE DIED. The phrase “REST IN HOPE” is interesting. Today we say rest in peace, but Old Testament believers did not yet have their salvation that was ready to be revealed in the last time according to First Peter 1, verse 5. They fell to rest in hope of the coming of their Messiah to blot out their sins.

 

Acts 2:27 "Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell,

neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption".

Acts 2:28 "Thou hast made known to me the ways of life;

thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance".

 

Peter had been speaking from scripture about David. Now, Peter turns and addresses the Jews and proselytes to whom he is talking.

 

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".

 

In other words, David himself was left in the grave. So, did God lie? Or was God prophesying about someone else?

 

Acts 2:30 "Therefore being a prophet  (David),

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";

 

That tells us some important information. Why does it say that Christ was raised up again? It was:

 

            … “To sit on his throne”.

 

That is the reason that scripture gives TO ISRAEL for Christ’s resurrection. It was to sit on his throne.

 

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DIVIDING RIGHTLY – part 3

 

Scripture gives the body of Christ a different reason for why Christ was raised up again. We are told an additional reason why Jesus was resurrected.

 

And today, for us that are invited into the body of Christ by the gospel of Christ, and the gospel of the grace of God, Paul tells the body of Christ our reason why Christ was resurrected:

 

Talking about Abraham, Romans 4:3, and 19 through 25 says:

 

Romans 4:3 "For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness".

 

Romans 4:19  "And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb":

Romans 4:20 "He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God";

 

Paul goes on in the next verse to describe what he had called being “STRONG IN FAITH”. Still talking about Abraham’s faith, the Bible goes on to say:

 

Romans 4:21 "And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform".

 

It was God that had promised things to Abraham. Abraham merely believed that God would do

what he said he would do.

 

Romans 4:22 "And THEREFORE it was imputed to him for righteousness".

 

Abraham’s FAITH that God would give him a son, that faith was accounted to him for righteousness IN THAT CASE.

 

Romans 4:23 "Now it was NOT written FOR HIS SAKE ALONE, that it was imputed to him";

Romans 4:24 "But FOR US ALSO, to whom IT SHALL BE IMPUTED",

 

(…the RIGHTEOUSNESS of God shall be imputed)

 

"if we"

 

And, here is our part, the stipulation, the condition. Here is Paul’s gospel for today. Here is how to be justified today.

 

Romans 4:24 "BELIEVE ON HIM THAT RAISED UP JESUS OUR LORD FROM THE DEAD";

Romans 4:25 "Who was DELIVERED FOR OUR OFFENCES,

and was RAISED AGAIN FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION".

 

It says,

 

Romans 4:25 "Who was delivered"

 

(That is, delivered to death on the cross)

 

"for our offences",

 

(It was not for His own offences, because JESUS CHRIST WAS SINLESS).

He was delivered to the cross for your offences, for my offences, for our sins. Christ died for our sins.

 

Now you can either think to yourself,

“Oh, no, you are NOT going to blame Christ’s death on me. He probably knows that I do the best that I can."

 

Or, you can think to yourself, “Wow, what love Christ has for me, to take on Himself, the guilt of the death judgment against me, and so, to die for my sins to save me from wrath".

The only positive response to God’s grace today is to trust that He will justify and save you AS HE SAID he would.

 

Romans 4:25 "Who was DELIVERED FOR OUR OFFENCES,

and was RAISED AGAIN FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION".

 

Being “RAISED AGAIN FOR OUR JUSTIFICATION” is an altogether additional reason from the reason that Peter gave to Israel for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, to sit on his throne.

 

So, you can see in the Bible, two different reasons for his resurrection. In one of Paul's early sermons, he nails it. He hits the nail on the head. He talks about Israel having rejected their Messiah, and slaying him. He was in the sepulcher three days and three nights, and God raised him from the dead, and then he says in

 

Acts 13, verses 38:,

“Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren,

that through this man is preached unto you

the forgiveness of sins….”

 

Not remittance of sins like Israel had, remitting them to a future date when Christ returns and blot them out.

 

When you divide between Israel and the body of Christ, you can see that difference. But, he says

 

Acts 13:38, “through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins":

Acts 13:39, "and by him all that believe are justified from all things….”

 

That is one way to be justified, by believing Christ, believing on him.

 

Acts 13:39, All that believe are justified from all things

from which you could not be

justified by the law of Moses.

 

Do you see the difference there? the division, the separation between them?  There are two different ways to be justified in that one verse. But, in only one if them does it say, by him all that believe are justified from all things. 

 

That includes

all sins,

all transgressions,

all iniquity,

all trespasses,

all past sins,

 all present sins, and

all future sins.

 

“…by him all that believe are justified from all things,

from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

 

So the law of Moses was different, It was on the other side, It was a different way to be justified that left them unjustified of certain things, until Christ returns. 

 

I hope that helps to see that there is a difference between what was Israel's way to be saved, and the way we are saved today.

 

We are not given the gospel that says to believe that the kingdom is at hand, and that Christ is coming back to rule on Earth. That is not our gospel.

 

IT IS TRUE. It will happen. but it is not our gospel. That is not the gospel that God said He uses to save people today.  It’s believing that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again for our justification. 

 

This is the gospel which Jesus from heaven revealed to Paul for all men, not only for Israel.  In First Corinthians 15, verses 1, through 4, Paul said in verse 1,

 

"I DECLARE UNTO YOU the gospel which I PREACHED UNTO YOU

which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand";

 

So, they received it, and they stand in it, and in the second verse it says,

 

”…by which also ye are saved….”

 

They are saved. Do you see it there?

 

“ye ARE saved”

 

It is not something that they  are waiting for until Christ returns, to be saved, IF they endure to the end. 

 

“ye ARE saved”

 

That is immediate, upon having believed the gospel of Christ crucified for our sins.

 

That is another evidence of that division that we are to rightly divide. Verse 2 goes on to talk about Believing, or believing in vain, which one? These verses are NOT talking about working to get saved, or about staying saved. These verses are about the gospel of how to get saved, about the condition or stipulation that God said He put on you for you to be saved. When you are deciding to trust Christ to save you, or not, Paul said you need to:

 

“keep in memory what I preached unto you”

 

Keep in memory what Paul preached from Christ.  Over and over, Paul said to keep in memory

 

“what I preached unto you“.

 

Otherwise, it says, you have believed in vain,

 

“unless you believed in vain“.

 

For salvation, Paul only preached one saving message, trust Christ to have died for your sins, been buried, and raised again for your justification.

 

So, the other gospels in the Bible for that time, were from Peter and Israel’s 12 apostles, for Israel, and about heaven’s kingdom coming to earth when Christ returns to blot out the sins of Israel when Israel was rising. So it is vain, or futile, to believe the other gospels that were out there then.

 

At that time, there was another gospel. There was Israel’s gospel with the law of Moses that Peter was preaching to keep the law, and to fear God, and to do works of righteousness. There was Paul’s gospel of the way to be justified from all things, from which ye could NOT be justified by the law of Moses. We see in Acts 10:35 that Israel had to fear God, and do works of righteousness. We see in Acts 21, verse 20, that there are thousands of Jews in the church of God in Jerusalem as late as Acts 21, and they are all zealous of the law. 

 

They are NOT like us. They are different from us. They ARE UNDER the law. 

 

Here is what the Bible says that Christ revealed to us, through Paul

 

Romans 6:14 "For sin shall not have dominion over you:

for YE ARE NOT UNDER THE LAW,

but UNDER GRACE".

 

And when you rightly divide between Israel's program, and what Christ has done for all men, without regard to Israel, you see that we are under grace, and they WERE not. According to First Peter 1, verse 13, they had to find grace by doing good works. 

 

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THE GOSPEL

 

If you look through Matthew 24, and 25, you can definitely see that Jesus Christ knew all about

the fall of Israel, and Israel’s diminishing, the casting away of Israel, Rome coming in, and destroying Jerusalem, the casting out of Israel, and Israel’s desolation, and Israel’s tribulation,  Jacob’s trouble, and the anti-Christ, and the resurrection of the believing prophetic remnant of Israel. 

 

But, he did not give Israel the specifics about it. However, he knew that beyond being cast away, they were going to be cast out of the land after blaspheming the Holy Ghost.

 

But, he kept all of that as a secret.  Do you know why he kept it as a secret. Let’s read the reason in God’s words, spoken by Paul.

 

1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,

even the hidden wisdom,

which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1 Corinthians 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew:

for had they known it,

they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

 

At first thought, you might think, “Well, wouldn’t that have been good to keep Jesus from dying on that executioner’s cross?” But then, you, and I, and every person born since then, would not have a Savior.  Jesus Christ did not come to earth to turn away and desert us sinners. In First Timothy 1:15, look at what God later revealed to Paul about why Christ Jesus came into the world.

 

1 Timothy 1:15 "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".

 

He couldn’t have saved us without having died our death, for our sins.

 

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength,

in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

 

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us,

in that, while we were yet sinners,

Christ died for us.

 

And the other thing there is that First Timothy states that God's will is that “all men be saved". 

 

1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved,

and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

 

And so, the second part of God’s will is that “all men … come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

 

That is exactly what we are doing. We are telling how “to be saved,” and how “to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 

 

Jesus Christ kept secret the full effect of the cross for salvation. If they had known all that Christ would accomplish on the cross, "they would NOT have crucified the Lord of glory".

 

But, he had to go to the cross, not only to justify many, for he shall bear Israel’s iniquities as prophesied in Isaiah 53:11. But also to die for our sins, as in Colossians 1:20.

 

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied:

by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many;

for he shall bear their iniquities.

 

Colossians 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross,

by him to reconcile all things unto himself;

by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

 

We have seen why we need to obey by rightly dividing to find the only salvation gospel by which God’s saves people today.  Now let's look at a popular teaching that right division debunks, and there are Bible teachings that right division simplifies and clarifies. So, let’s look briefly at the term “born again”. Remember that we want to get all our answers from the Bible, which overrules tradition, preachers, and history books.

 

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BORN AGAIN – part 1

 

Let us look at what we can find in the Bible about the term “born again”, not born through the flesh, but born from above. Let’s expose what God has said about it. What does born again NOT mean in the Bible, and what does it mean in the Bible.. 

 

Let's look in Exodus now. We saw those promises made to Israel.  We can see the seed of Abraham, some 75 or 80 people, going down into Egypt because of a famine in Canaan (Israel). God had planned out to do good for his people by placing Joseph, the one that was thrown out by his brothers, into a position of authority in Egypt, and had him set aside grain for the famine. 

 

Anyway, Israel went down there, and we see in Exodus 4:22, when 400 years had passed, and they had grown into a nation of roughly 600,000, as they were to leave Egypt to worship God, God spoke to Moses and told him,

 

"... thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD,

Israel is my son, even my firstBORN...." 

 

They were born.  You can see the connection there. They were born. But when they go further and further into iniquity, and away from God, and they crucify their Messiah, and they stoned Holy Ghost filled Stephen, they fell as God's holy nation and as a light unto the Gentiles. What Hosea prophesied in Hosea 1:9, had come true. 

 

"Then said God, Call his name Loammi:

for ye are not my people,

and I will not be your God."

 

 

Let's look in Ezekiel 37.

By verse 8, God will have brought Israel back into their promised land, but they're dead still, just bones, a valley of dry bones.

 

Ezekiel 37:5  Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones;

Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

Ezekiel 37:6  And I will lay sinews upon you,

and will bring up flesh upon you,

and cover you with skin,

and put breath in you, and ye shall live;

and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 37:7  So I prophesied as I was commanded:

and as I prophesied, there was a noise,

and behold a shaking,

and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

Ezekiel 37:8 "And when I beheld, lo,

the sinews and the flesh came up upon them,

and the skin covered them above:

but there was no breath in them".

Ezekiel 37:9 "Then said he unto me,

Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind,

Thus saith the Lord GOD;

Come from the four winds, O breath,

and breathe upon these slain, that they may live".

Ezekiel 37:10 "So I prophesied as he commanded me,

and the breath came into them,

and they lived,

and stood up upon their feet,

an exceeding great army".

Ezekiel 37:11 "Then he said unto me, Son of man,

these bones are the whole house of Israel:

behold, they say, Our bones are dried,

and our hope is lost:

we are cut off for our parts".

Ezekiel 37:12 "Therefore prophesy and say unto them,

Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people,

I will open your graves,

and cause you to come up out of your graves,

and bring you into the land of Israel".

Ezekiel 37:13 "And ye shall know that I am the LORD,

when I have opened your graves, O my people,

and brought you up out of your graves",

Ezekiel 37:14 "And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live,

and I shall place you in your own land":

 

There it is. Israel had been promised “the land”. For awhile, Israel had a part of the land. Israel never got the whole land through their own efforts, did they?

 

Ezekiel 37:14 "And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live,

and I shall place you in your own land:

then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it,

and performed it, saith the LORD".

 

Jesus confirmed this in:

 

Matthew 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet,

and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds,

from one end of heaven to the other.

 

Then, for more of what God will do with Israel, not with the body of Christ, look down in,

 

Ezekiel 37:21 "And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD;

Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen,

whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side,

and bring them into their own land":

Ezekiel 37:22 "And I will make them one nation

in the land upon the mountains of Israel;

and one king shall be king to them all:

and they shall be no more two nations,

neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all":

Ezekiel 37:23 "Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols,

nor with their detestable things,

nor with any of their transgressions:

but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces,

wherein they have sinned,

and will cleanse them:

SO SHALL THEY BE MY PEOPLE,

AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD".

Ezekiel 37:24 "And David my servant shall be king over them;

and they all shall have one shepherd:

they shall also walk in my judgments,

and observe my statutes, and do them".

Ezekiel 37:25 "And they shall dwell in

the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant,

wherein your fathers have dwelt;

and they shall dwell therein, even they,

and their children,

and their children's children for ever:

and my servant David shall be their prince for ever".

Ezekiel 37:26 "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them;

it shall be an everlasting covenant with them:

and I will place them, and multiply them,

and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore".

Ezekiel 37:27 "My tabernacle also shall be with them:

yea, I WILL BE THEIR GOD,

AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE".

Ezekiel 37:28 "And the heathen shall know that

I the LORD do sanctify Israel,

when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore".

 

For those who feel the need to help God express Himself more understandably, these next verses should help you to simply believe the words that God inspired.

 

Go back to where we saw in Hosea 1:9,

 

Hosea 1:9 "Then said God, Call his name Loammi:

for ye are not my people,

and I will not be your God".

 

That is the prophecy of Israel's fall, diminishing, and being blinded and cast away.  In the very next verse, the rest of that prophecy says,

 

Hosea 1:10 "Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as

the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered;

In other words, Israel still has a very bright future.

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".

Hosea 1:11 "Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel

be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head,

and they shall come up out of the land:

for great shall be the day of Jezreel".

 

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BORN AGAIN – part 2

 

So considering all these verses, can you see that not only had Israel been BORN as a nation coming out of Egypt in the past, but that in the future, they are going to be BORN, again. 

 

Also, notice that in Ezekiel 37, verse 14, the Bible says about Israel,

 

Ezekiel 37:14 "And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live...."

 

Now, compare that with what we have from God, about Israel in John chapter 3, verse 5.

 

Let’s look and see what the Bible says. We need to insist on what the scripture says, because this is probably pulling the rug out from under some of our long-held beliefs.

 

We see here He is not talking about going to heaven. The body of Christ goes to heaven before Israel’s prophecy fulfillment restarts. Israel, with Christ on the throne, will reign on earth from the land as covenanted. Things that are different are not the same.

 

John 3:5 "Jesus answered,

Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

Except a man be born

of water and

of the Spirit,

he cannot enter into the kingdom of God".

 

Every person is born of water.  Before a mother delivers, her water breaks. That is the fluid from her amniotic sac that carries the human while it grows. That is part of the human birth, being born of water. Jesus went on to explain,

 

John 3:6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh";

 

That is our physical birth when we are born from our mothers.

 

John 3:6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh;

and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit".

 

That coincides with what he had said before.

 

John 3:5...

Except a man be born

of water and

of the Spirit,

he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

Well now, people cannot understand this when they do not understand the division that God makes between what was prophesied since the world began, and what was kept secret since the world began, until God later revealed it to Paul. But, when you divide it rightly, you can understand that we do not have to make up things about this to make it make sense.  It does not have anything to do with what the Bible calls being saved. It does not have anything to do with that.

 

It has to do with what we just read, that the Bible says that the nation of Israel will be born again. They were born in the desert.  In Exodus 4:22.  God calls them my firstBORN.  They were born. And then they lost it. They became Loammi. They became not God's people. 

 

And then it said in Ezekiel 37 that Israel will be brought up out of their graves. That is all part of Israel's doctrine and program, not that the body of Christ, or of Paul's doctrine. Isaiah 66:8 describes Israel's process.

 

Isaiah 66:8  "Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things?

Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day?

or shall A NATION BE BORN at once?

for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children".

 

From these verses we have read, I hope you can see to whom it is that Jesus is talking in John chapter 3.  The Bible tells us a couple chapters before here, to whom he came.  John 1:11 tells us that

 

"He came unto his own, and his own received him not".

 

But, he came to his own. He came to Israel.

 

Christ verifies it by inspiring Paul to write about to whom it was that Jesus was talking when He walked the earth. 

 

Romans 15:8, "Now I say that

Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God,

to confirm the promises made unto the fathers":

 

That is those promises we read in Genesis 12, and other ones that were made to narrow it down and confirm it to them.  Jesus Christ came to confirm those promises, and the promises made in the prophecies about him, the Messiah, that he would come, and “be cut off, but not for himself“ in the 69th of those 70 weeks of years.

 

Let’s get back to John chapter 3. We have read verses five and then six.  They were born of the flesh when they walked the earth as Jesus did. To start with, God called Israel His firstborn in Exodus 4:22.  They had been born of their mothers, born of the flesh, born of the water, the amniotic water sack.  And yet, he was telling them you need to endure to the end. You need to be faithful unto death. 

 

And what were they looking forward to? They could only get into the kingdom by dying, and being born again.  That is the whole thing there in

Matthew 16:18:

“ upon this rock I will build my church;

and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

 

The gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Though they would lose their lives for Jesus sake and the gospel’s sake, they would be resurrected into the kingdom, if they endured to the end to be saved.

 

Mark 8:35 "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it;

but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's,

the same shall save it".

 

Here is one reason that we are no longer being born again

 

John 3:4 "Nicodemus saith unto him,

How can a man be born when he is old?

can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?"

John 3:5 "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee,

Except a man be born

of water

AND

of the Spirit,

he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

 

Born of WATER, AND, born of the SPIRIT. Verse 6:

 

John 3:6 "That which is born of the flesh is flesh;

and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit".

 

Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb and be born. 

 

Now if he could, if he did that, then, the second time he was born, he would still be born of water, born of the flesh, wouldn't he? So it would not yet have been born of the Spirit that Christ is talking about.

 

Another reason why today we can no longer be Biblically born again is because the nation of Israel had been born of the flesh, as God's people, centuries before, in the wilderness. However, we Gentiles had never been born as God’s people in the flesh. We could not be born AGAIN spiritually because we, as a people, had not been born of water, born of the flesh.

 

There is a verse that can help to clear up our understanding about what it is to be born again that is not the same as salvation. Both are spoken of in the Scriptures. But, born again is only spoken of about Israel. Paul never mentions us being born again. 

 

This is Paul talking about Jesus Christ, and he starts off talking about Jesus Christ being the creator in:

 

Colossians 1:16 "For by him were all things created,

that are in heaven, and that are in earth,

visible and invisible,

whether they be thrones,

or dominions,

or principalities,

or powers:

all things were created by him, and for him":

Colossians 1:17 "And he is before all things,

and by him all things consist".

Colossians 1:18 "And he is the head of the body, the church":

 

So, Paul wrote this after Christ

revealed the body of Christ to Paul,

and sent him to preach about it.

 

"And HE is the head of the body, the church:

who is the beginning",

 

This is talking about Jesus Christ.

 

"WHO is the beginning,

the FIRSTBORN from the dead";

 

That is exactly what we have been talking about. This is the very thing, being born a second time, but this time, SPIRITUALLY.

 

"who is the beginning,

the FIRSTBORN from the dead;

that in all things he might have the preeminence".

 

The Lord patterned something different for people today, and revealed it through Paul.

 

1 Timothy 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".

 

When we hear and believe Paul’s gospel of salvation to be forgiven, justified, and quickened, we are not only in Christ, but also in the body of Christ, "a new creature”. We are not born again, we are A NEW CREATURE.

 

Let me just a close with these verses that tell it very clearly what Paul was teaching us about how to be saved. He sums it up. We find that in: First Corinthians chapter 15, and verses 1 through 4:

 

1 Corinthians 15:1 "Moreover, brethren,

I declare unto you the gospel

which I preached unto you,

which also ye have received,

and wherein ye stand";

1 Corinthians 15:2 "By which also ye are saved,

if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,

unless ye have believed in vain".

1 Corinthians 15:3 "For I delivered unto you first of all

that which I also received,

how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures";

1 Corinthians 15:4 "And that he was buried,

and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures":

 

Trust Christ!

 

 

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