April 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm #39231Mari – AdministratorKeymaster
Re-cap of Part 1 & Part 2 of: No Doctrine Like The Grace Doctrine (before going on to part 3!)
Re-cap of Part 1: No Doctrine Like The Grace Doctrine!
In part 1, we saw that fellowship can only be true when it is through right doctrine/teaching. Rightly dividing the word of truth means to know what doctrine/teaching is for us today, what was in the past for others, and what teaching will be for others in the future. We see that following any other doctrine is worshipping God in vain and the only gospel for us today to be saved is believing on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, plus nothing.
We also saw that Paul was raised up separate from the 12 Apostles to bring the gospel of reconciliation between man and God, without Israel as the mediator to all men, but only through the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Whether Jew or Gentile, believing on Jesus and His sacrifice for our sins saves any individual today.
We know that Israel still had the mercy of God to understand and repent as a nation until the stoning of Stephen, when they blasphemed the Holy Spirit. Then Paul was raised up and Israel was soon cast away for a time.
We saw that the Apostle Paul brought us something new from the Lord. A message that had never been prophesied or revealed before.
We saw the mystery that had been kept secret since the world began, revealed and now made manifest to His saints.
We learned the dispensation had been given to the Apostle Paul and that he is our Apostle to the Gentiles.
We learned what a dispensation is and how God never changes in attributes and character, however His directions for humanity certainly do.
We learned that God gave Paul the power to establish us, which is the gospel, the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery!
We learned that we may now know the mystery of Christ, the dispensation of grace and the body of Christ….and that God kept it secret for a very important reason! To keep our salvation safe!
1Co 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.
Now fasten your seat belts, it’s time for a lightning re-cap of Part 2!
Re-cap of Part 2: No Doctrine Like The Grace Doctrine!
We saw that the Lord was sent to Israel as the long awaited, prophesied Messiah. His coming was foretold, and Israel looked and waited for their Messiah to come and bring a literal, earthly kingdom, where they would reign over the whole world. The kingdom Israel looked forward to was earthly, but it had spiritual principles as well.
We need to understand that Jesus was sent only to the House of Israel, as His own words declare.
Mat 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Israel was to be a blessing to all the nations. God created the nation of Israel to reveal the knowledge of God to all the world. They failed at this miserably and Jesus came to teach them, to lead them into their role that was designed for them to the saving of the whole world through them.
Instead, Israel cried out to have their Messiah crucified, and tried to have anyone who believed on Jesus killed as well. At this time Israel was still under the Law, and God dealt with Israel corporately as a nation. Individual Jews who believed that Jesus was the Christ, saved were saved being baptized in water for the remission of sins as John the Baptist called them to do, and as they were required to do for their future salvation, as plainly stated:
Mar 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
We saw that the Lord’s death was also prophesied, but no one understood this, not even the 12 Apostles. They did not know the importance of the cross at all.
Luk 18:31-34 Then He took unto Him the twelve, and said…the Son of man…shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put Him to death: and the third day He shall rise again. And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.
Joh 12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
We learned that Peter could and did preach the cross, but NOT the gospel of the cross, NOT the mystery of it and NOT the glory of it!
We saw that Peter taught the cross as an accusation and SHAME to Israel, blaming them for the Messiah’s death.
“…the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate” (Acts 3:13)
And what was the gospel that the 12 (Matthias being the new 12th…Acts 1:26) Apostles were to take to all the world? The gospel that saved with these signs following them that believed.
Joh 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
This was the gospel that saved them!
We saw that this is NOT the gospel that saves us today? We have to believe that He died for all our sins (I Cor. 15:1-4)?
We see that the Apostle Paul speaks of the cross as the GOOD news!
1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
We know that Paul was NOT one of the 12 Apostles, nor did he give their message to the Gentiles! We see he was a man born out of due time to take the new message of the gospel of the grace of God through the ministry of reconciliation!
We saw that the Apostle Paul taught the glory of the cross, our heavenly destiny, our role and who we are in Christ!
Next week Part 3: No Doctrine Like The Grace Doctrine!
April 4, 2017 at 6:58 am #39264PamParticipant
Thanks for the review, Mari. My old brain is getting more and more like Teflon. What goes in slides right back out! I agree that only by rightly dividing God’s Word can we truly understand the scriptures the way God meant us to.
April 4, 2017 at 8:51 pm #39292Sharleen AustraliaParticipant
Thanks, Mari. My husband and I are continuing to try to work out what to say to people when they ask us what we believe. Knowing what we believe and going through them one by one like you have is so important and very helpful. I am going to see if I can start helping non-dispensational Christians by starting with something about what we have in common before these steps. IE saved by grace alone. Most people would believe this statement in theory. So when you later say and NOTHING else they can only agree. When they add the importance of works/baptism/obedience doctrine we can ask why? So instead of looking like we are saying something different, we aren’t, we are sticking with the initial statement that we agreed on and they are the ones deviating from it.
Looking forward to the next recap.
April 5, 2017 at 6:37 am #39308PamParticipant
Sharleen, I think that is a very good approach. Most people have just not thought it through to the point we have. Although, I have found a number of people feel quite threaten when they are asked to do so.
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