Was Jesus and the 12 Apostles law-abiding kosher eating Jews?
How do we know?
Firstly, the Apostle Peter was too afraid to even mingle with a Gentile, that is, until the Lord gave him a dream to confirm that all men during Israel’s prophetic dispensation had been rendered clean because the Old Testament no longer applied where it was considered unclean for a Jew to associate with a Gentile :
Read Acts chapter 10.
Most think that the Lord gave Peter that dream in order to tell him it was okay for him to eat unclean animals/food. It wasn’t. That food represented the Gentiles which were considered unclean by the Jews during that time. But since Christ died for all men, Gentiles were now considered “kosher” and could be approached without fear.
28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Cornelius was a Gentile who did works of righteousness (which was in accordance to Israel’s kingdom gospel).
What does the Apostle Paul say about works of righteousness in the current dispensation of grace?
5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. On what basis?
On the basis that his faith alone (without works) is counted for righteousness.
Faith in what?
The finished work of Christ upon Calvary’s cross.
How do we know that Israel’s Kingdom Gospel isn’t the same was what the Apostle Paul is saying in Romans 4?
The Apostle Paul states that righteousness comes by faith alone without works, and James says that faith without works is dead.
It says what it says. One cannot wrest scripture to make it say what you erroneously believe.
The reason why James 2 and Romans 4 contradict one another :
Galatians 2:7-8 :
7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
Either you believe what the Bible says in plain simple English or you don’t.
What do you believe?