First the Question: Are we to exalt the teachings of Jesus during His earthly ministry above those of the RISEN Jesus through the Apostle Paul? Yes or No?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 4-12-2012
Question: Even 7 years AFTER the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ it was NOT lawful for the Apostles to preach to a Gentile. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! Seven or eight years AFTER the Resurrection of Christ it was NOT lawful for the LORD’s apostles to go to a Gentile. Acts 10:28. THEN the Apostle Peter preached to Cornelius. A few years later the Apostle Paul said to the Jews, it was necessary that the Word of God should first be preached to them; BUT that he turned to the Gentiles when, and because, the Jews would not receive it. Acts 13:46. Now, out of the 723 responses we received to this question, only 51.7% of you got it! Therefore, NOW, let us take a look at,
The Incarnation of Christ AND The Body of Christ
If you have been keeping up with the messages on the Lion and Lamb Ministry you now see that we have two stumbling blocks, the TWO Mysteries, the Mystery of the Incarnation and the Mystery of the Body of Christ described in Ephesians and Colossians. How important it is that the Children of God should understand the important statements of John 1:11 and then Romans 11:30, “Christ came unto His own and His own received Him not. Because they received Him not, and believed Him not, the Gentiles received mercy from God.” KNOWING THIS, eliminates the need for ALL denominations. So, let’s continue…
In comparing the Kingdom of Heaven with the Dispensation of the Mystery these are good verses with which to begin: John 1:11 and Romans 11:30. “His own received Him not.” Christ came unto His own. God raised Christ up in incarnation to be Israel’s Saviour. Acts 13:23. Meditate upon this. Believe it one hundred percent.
Now, the LORD Jesus Christ, gave very positive instructions to His messengers, “go NOT into the way of the gentiles.” Matthew 10:5. Christ, in incarnation, declared that He was sent ONLY to Israel. Matthew 15:24. Christ was raised from the dead to be Israel’s Saviour. Acts 5:29-32. Acts 13:31-39. Believe this; for this truth is so IMPORTANT.
Now, pay attention to this point: Seven or eight years AFTER the Resurrection of Christ it was NOT lawful for the LORD’s apostles to go to a Gentile. Acts 10:28. THEN the Apostle Peter preached to Cornelius. A few years later the Apostle Paul said to the Jews, it was necessary that the Word of God should first be preached to them; BUT that he turned to the Gentiles when, and because, the Jews would not receive it. Acts 13:46. Then the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul wrote, that when, and because, Israel was cast away, reconciliation was sent to the Gentiles. Romans 11:15. Then followed that most important statement concerning the Mystery of Israel’s TEMPORARY blindness, that it should last until the fullness of the Gentiles come in. Romans 11:25-26. And then the all‑important declaration of Romans 11:30, when and because of Israel’s unbelief, the Gentiles obtained mercy from God. Why did the Gentiles obtain mercy? When did they obtain mercy? You only have to turn to the Word of God, The Bible, for the answers.
Christ’s own received Him not. But many of His own DID receive Him, in incarnation and in resurrection, and the Apostle Paul declared about the year 60 AD that there was a remnant according to the election of Grace, and that the rest of Israel was blinded. Romans 11:3-9. So Israel stumbled, and fell Romans 11:9-26, and God set that religious nation aside and brought in “the Reign of Grace.”
LATER ON the LORD revealed to and through the Apostle Paul, His eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus BEFORE the foundations of the world, that is, the hidden wisdom which was ordained unto the glory of members of the Body of Christ before the foundations of the world, but which was kept secret and not revealed to the prophets of Israel or to even the twelve apostles of Christ! Romans 16:25-26. Colossians 1:25-27. The Apostle Paul called this, “The Mystery of Christ,” “the Mystery of the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:4. Ephesians 6:19-20.
Now take note, just as the bewildered Jews during the years of Christ’s incarnation cried out, “Who is this Son of man?” (John 12:34), and crucified Him, the Lord of Glory, because they knew not, EVEN SO the bewildered Church leaders today are saying, “What is all this talk about “the Dispensation of the Mystery?” “What is this new message some are trying to impose on us?”
The answer is, “We speak the wisdom of God in a Mystery.” The wisdom that would put an end to denominations, isms, and schisms! And the question to be asked is, Why should it be a mystery after God made it known?
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)