Ephesus is an ancient city in Turkey’s Central Aegean region, near modern-day Selçuk. Its excavated remains reflect centuries of history, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire – when it was the Mediterranean’s main commercial center
Tarsus was the most important commercial port in the province of Cilicia since 2300 BC. A few decades before Christ, the Romans granted her the status of a free city with the privileges such a title entailed.
Mark Antony and Cleopatra lived in Tarsus in the 1st century BC.
The Apostle Paul was born in Tarsus and seemed to be proud of his birthplace. In Jerusalem, as he was being arrested, Saint Paul told the tribune: “I am a Jew and a citizen of the well-known city of Tarsus in Cilicia.”
Modern-day Acts 28ers’ assumption :
…… the Ephesians to whom Paul wrote the letter who never had anything to do with Israel in time past are the “you Gentiles” that Paul was made “a prisoner of Jesus Christ” for and “given the dispensation of the grace of God” for.
This broad assumption then begs the question :
So does that mean the Corinthians, Galatians, Thessalonians and Romans aren’t the Gentiles the Apostle Paul was given the dispensation of the grace of God for?
What about the Gospel he preaches in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4?
What about the catching away mentioned in the epistle to the Thessalonians?
What about the doctrines of justification, propitiation and sanctification mentioned in the epistle to the Romans?
Hence the reason Acts 28ers do not believe that 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is the gospel that saves men’s souls, nor do they believe in the catching away of the saints instead they tie it up to the Hebrew church and confirm it by quoting scripture from Revelation, as well as the catching away of Elijah in the Old Covenant. It is also the reason why Acts 28ers make Ephesians 2:8-9 the Gospel, but then in this instance, one needs to ask oneself – whose grace is being referred to. Acts 28 theology renders Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross null and void.
One also has to take into consideration Romans 1 where the Apostle Paul speaks about mankind’s total depravity. Of course, like most unsound teachings out there – the adherents do not realize that heresies tend to contradict themselves. One can see this in the half-baked Mid-Acts Dispensationalists who straddle Acts 28 theology and hold onto Romans 3:23-26 as the gospel.
You want to tell me that Alexander the Great’s Greek Kingdom (Daniel 2:32, Daniel 11:3-35 actually blessed Israel and therefore the Greeks were all Jewish converts, hence the Apostle Paul preached a different gospel to them?
Jews lived in the geographic area of Asia Minor (modern Turkey, but more geographically either Anatolia or Asia Minor) for more than 2,400 years.
Revelation 2 :1 ~ Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;