LLM Question for 2-17-2012: Facts to Understand the Book of Acts, part 7 of 9
First the Question: The Apostle Paul never preached Acts 2:38, or for that matter Mark 16:14-18, Acts 3:19-21, and Acts 10:34-35, to Gentiles in the Gospel of Grace message. True or False?
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Question: This present Dispensation of Grace, the Dispensation of the Mystery, began with the twelve apostles on the day of Pentecost. True or False?
Answer: FALSE! Now, let me make this PERFECTLY clear. No Bible teacher is obeying, or can obey Ephesians 3:9, or can prove that the Body of Christ will not be in the Great Tribulation, who teaches that this present, Age and Dispensation of Grace, began with Pentecost, Peter and his Kingdom keys, AND that the Apostle Paul went right on continuing with the Kingdom message and program which the LORD Jesus Christ gave to the twelve Apostles. PAY ATTENTION, if Mark 16:17-18 are the credentials of a Christian, there are NO Christians. OK, so, out of the 734 responses we received to this question, 76.2% of you got it right! Therefore, NOW, let us take a look at,
Facts to Understand the Book of Acts, part 7 of 9
The Study of the Bible, that is not Dispensational, is not in obedience to 2 Timothy 2:15.
We use the word ‘dispensational,’ not only for lack of a better word, but because the Apostle Paul, who wrote 2 Timothy 2:15, wrote that a dispensation was committed unto him. (1 Corinthians 9:15-17; Colossians 1:24-26; Colossians 3:1-3). In 2 Timothy 1:12 he called it ‘a deposit.’ The Apostle Paul wrote that God wants all to see ‘the Dispensation of the Mystery.’ (Ephesians 3:9). The Greek word translated ‘fellowship’ in this verse is the word translated ‘Dispensation’ in the other verses.
The Apostle Paul called himself the architect, or wise masterbuilder, who laid the foundation. (1 Corinthians 3:10). None of the twelve apostles mentioned the Mystery or the Body, so far as we have any Bible record. They were not in jail for the Mystery, as was Paul. (Ephesians 6:19-20; Colossians 4:3-4; 2 Timothy 2:7-9). They were not the prisoner of Jesus Christ for Gentiles, with the Dispensation of the Grace of God, as was Paul. (Ephesians 3:1-3). It was after the Apostle Paul’s missionary journey that the Jewish saints learned that God had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. (Acts 14:27).
The Apostle Paul was the Apostle of the Gentiles, to which much scripture speaks. (Romans 11:13; Acts 22:17-21; 2 Timothy 4:17; 2 Timothy 2:11; 1 Timothy 2:4-7; Romans 16:15; Galatians 1:15-16, and Galatians 2:7-9). It was the Apostle Paul who said, “Lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” (Acts 13:46, and Acts 18:6). Not one of the twelve apostles preached Romans 11:30-31 or Romans 11:15, so far as we have any Biblical record.
Premillenialial Preachers, Pastors, and Teachers, for the most part, teach that the kingdom of heaven that was at hand in Matthew 10:5-8, teach that that kingdom is now in abeyance and will not be at hand until after God has accomplished His eternal purpose in this UN-prophesied parenthetical Age of Grace and Dispensation, during which God will complete the Body, or Church, of the Mystery, and to this I applaud them! HOWEVER, most of these Premillenialists THEN also teach that this present Dispensation of Grace, the Dispensation of the Mystery, began with the 12 Apostles on the Day of Pentecost. In THIS, they make a BIG mistake, and greatly err, and on top of that they add to the utter confusion of members of the Body of Christ.
If what these Pastors and teachers teach is true, then ask them: Why Paul? If what they teach concerning the Day of Pentecost is true, the the Apostle Paul was presumptuous, deluded, or egotistical, if not all three, in the claims he made.
Now, let me make this PERFECTLY clear. No Bible teacher is obeying, or can obey Ephesians 3:9, or can prove that the Body of Christ will not be in the Great Tribulation, who teaches that this present, Age and Dispensation of Grace, began with Pentecost, Peter, and his Kingdom keys, AND that the Apostle Paul went right on continuing with the Kingdom message and program which the LORD Jesus Christ gave to the twelve Apostles. PAY ATTENTION, if Mark 16:17-18 are the credentials of a Christian, there are NO Christians.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
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)