First the Question: The Apostle Peter occupies a very prominent place in the first half of the Book of Acts; but he is NOT mentioned after the Jerusalem Council. Acts 15:13-30. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 12-4-2011
Question: The messages of Peter and the Eleven, in Acts 1-9, were addressed to ISRAEL alone. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! The Apostle Peter was a minister of the circumcision with the Gospel of the circumcision. During the “Acts” period Peter and the Eleven remained in Jerusalem. Galatians 2:8-9, and Acts 8:1. Their messages, during the first nine chapters of Acts were addressed to “Israel” alone. Twelve Apostles for twelve tribes. The “Twelve” is significant. The Apostle Paul was sent out of Jerusalem to the Gentiles. Acts 22:17-21. Now, out of the 712 responses we received to this question, only 68.2% of you got it right. Therefore, let us consider,
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The people of God before the birth of Jacob were neither Israelites, Jews, nor Old Testament saints. Abraham is called “the father of us all” (Romans 4:16) because righteousness is imputed to us as it was to Abram in uncircumcision. Romans 4:22-24, and Romans 4:9-12.
Now let us study these Scriptures:
Genesis 17:5, 7, 8, 24, “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.”, “And I will establish My Covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”, “And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.”
Galatians 3:17-19, “And this I say, that the Covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. “For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore there serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to Whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a Mediator.”
Exodus 6:4-5, “And I have also established My Covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered My Covenant.”
Exodus 19:5-6, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep My Covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people, for all the earth is mine. And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak to the children of Israel.”
Exodus 24:8, “And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the Covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.”
Exodus 31:16, “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.”
Exodus 34:27-28, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights: he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the Covenant, the ten commandments.”
Jeremiah 31:31-35, “Behold the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new Covenant with the House of Israel, and with the House of Judah. Not according to the Covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which My Covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD, But this shall be the Covenant that I will make with the House of Israel: After those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people, And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the LORD: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more, Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night.”
AND NOW - THE DAVIDIC COVENANT
2 Samuel 7:12-17, “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy Seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom, He shall build an house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his Father and he shall by My son, If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with stripes of the children of men: And My mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever, According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David,”
Daniel 9:24-26, “Seventy weeks are determined upon. thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and anoint the most Holy, Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times, And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.”
THE PROPHECY OF MALACHI
Malachi 3:1, “Behold I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the LORD, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His Temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, Whom ye delight in: behold, He shall come, saith the LORD of Hosts.”
Malachi 4:5-6, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the LORD And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
When the Messiah came to earth the first time He fulfilled many of the prophecies given to Israel, concerning Israel; but the literal fulfillment of the New Covenant, the Abrahamic Covenant, the Davidic Covenant, concerning Israel’s restoration of their peaceful possession of Canaan under the reign of their true King David has not yet been fulfilled.
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)