The Apostle Paul’s claims and his ministry

1 Corinthians 1:17 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

  1. He wasn’t sent to baptize (with water) as most churches do today.
  2. He was sent to preach the gospel, yet most today are ignorant as to what the gospel is which saves men’s souls.

Followers of the Apostle Paul?   No.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:2 – But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

  1. He renounced the hidden things of dishonesty.
  2. Didn’t walk in craftiness
  3. Didn’t handle the word of God deceitfully.

Proof that he was an Apostle sent of God:

2 Corinthians 12:12 – Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.

1 Corinthians 2:1-3 – And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.Not with excellency of speech or of wisdom.

Yet modern-day preachers come with excellency of speech and worldly, man-made wisdom and want to know everything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

1 Corinthians 2:13 – Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

2 Corinthians 7:2 – Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

Wronged no man, corrupted no man and defrauded no man – just told them the truth and nothing but the truth.  A claim institutionalized, denominational christianity cannot make as they defraud, corrupt and wrong men every day.

2 Corinthians 10:10 – For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

Compare this to most Pastors/Preachers of today whose bodily presence is awe-inspiring and bold, dressed to the nines in expensive suits, being clean shaven, “dressed for success” and whose speech is anything but contemptible – they stroke peoples’ “tail feathers” instead, by telling sinners they are worthy and that salvation comes with a change in lifestyle.

2 Corinthians 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

Today’s preachers claim to seek the Lord on such things and claim healing of same, yet the Apostle Paul sought God 3 times on this matter and the answer was a resounding NO (and with good reason).

2 Corinthians 10:1 10 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

Unlike Dale Carnegie or modern-day preachers who claim rudeness of speech to be unloving, Paul told the Corinthians what they needed to hear in no uncertain terms.

1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2 Corinthians 7:Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.

A lesson we can all learn: to be exceeding joyful in all our tribulation because:

Romans 5: And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 

 

 

 

 

TO MAKE ALL MEN SEE…

How does one make a person see the revelation of the mystery, who despises the word “doctrine” and associates it with Marxism or Communism? Especially in lieu of the fact that the Apostle Paul tells us to adorn the doctrine given to him by the ascended Christ, in all things?

How does one make a person see that being a good person won’t get them into heaven, and that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God? People who boast of their own good works for salvation are under the impression that they will soon reach perfection.

How does one make a person see who believes that God still heals peoples’ rotten flesh today, yet consult doctors regarding their own physical or mental ailments? Yet they are unable to see their own contradiction.

How does one make a person see that one’s (corrupt, evil, sinful) thoughts do not lead to one getting diseases and sicknesses, but rather the reason for same is that we live in a sin cursed world, in sin cursed bodies? After all, we are fallen creatures in need of a Saviour, not flesh renewing apostate preachers.

How does one make a person see that God isn’t punishing or judging people today for their sins, but rather that He is pouring out His unmerited favour on mankind, and that it is there for the taking by anyone who believes in Christ’s debt payment for their sins, and that men are responsible for their own shortcomings and failures because they reap in the flesh what they have sown in the flesh?

How does one make a person see who enjoys being entertained in a so-called Church Assembly each Sunday morning? Laughing, easy-going, friendly preachers who do not preach the negativity of being lost and hell-bound for eternity. Paul doesn’t call them Satan’s ministers of RIGHTEOUSNESS for nothing.

How does one make a person see who thinks the Head Pastor of a so-called Church Assembly is untouchable with respect to what he believes and preaches? They draw doctrine from Israel’s Old Covenant to back up their theory of not criticizing or questioning God’s anointed, i.e., the Pastors who liken themselves to Israel’s priests and rabbis in times past.

How does one make a person see who is under the impression that giving to a so-called Church Assembly is the correct thing to do and in so doing one will be financially blessed and protected? So why are they themselves still struggling financially after tithing every Sunday?

How does one make a person see the revelation of the mystery who believes solidly in Psalm 91 for their daily protection? “Ten thousand will fall by your side”. Not likely. It’s more likely that if and when you do encounter one other person with a weapon and you so happen to be empty handed, the outcome will be obvious, need I say more?  Psalm 91, one of Israel’s covenant promises ain’t gonna help ya one iota.

How does one make a person see who is ensconded in Pentecostal euphemisms and judgments like labeling those “bitter” who disagree with their line of thinking and believe it’s not about “legalistic doctrine”, but rather that “it’s about love, holding hands and agreeing with one another” with regard to Bible blending, ignoring or being ignorant with respect to dispensational boundaries and lumping it altogether to form a “happy club” where everyone agrees with one another.

How does one make a person see who upholds a perverted Bible version? After all, perverted Bible perversions dumb down right division, not to mention Christ’s deity, and more often than not these same people profess that middle English is difficult to understand, hence their reason for not acquiring, reading and believing the KJB.

How does one make a person see who thinks attending a so-called Church Assembly every Sunday morning makes them stronger, holy and more spiritual and by the time Sunday afternoon arrives, all holiness and spirituality have conveniently flown out the window because reality has sunk in? These people attend church to obtain their weekly or bi-weekly “Holy Spirit” boost because they run out of “Holy Spirit” rather quickly and need to be refueled quite often so as not to lose their good and happy feelings or even their salvation.

How does one make a person see who thinks that one’s thoughts actually make one the person one is regardless of one’s upbringing and inherent personality traits one is born with? “You are what you think”, as opposed to: you are what you believe. You are a member of the body of Christ, complete, saved and sealed because of what you believe.

You are not a member of the body of Christ because you think you are one because you attend a local Assembly once a week and repent of your sins.

The Apostle Paul is correct. Unsaved men and women are unable to discern spiritual things. Explaining Right Division and Israel’s fall and the raising up of the Apostle Paul by the ascended Christ as a chosen vessel to preach salvation to kings, Gentiles and Jews whose doctrine is mutually exclusive to that of the doctrine given to the twelve, or even to that preached by Christ during His earthly ministry is anathema to them because they think the Apostle Paul’s doctrine emphasizes that of the twelve. “He’s just the 13th guy who was chosen to make it all look pretty” because he talks about love in 1 Corinthians 13 and grace throughout his epistles.

They think you’re the one who is stir crazy, belong to a cult and take pity on you because (a) you do not believe in miracles, (b) you do not believe in interesting stuff like prophecies, Bible codes, God raining down His judgment on nations, or (c) we’re living in the end times, so the Antichrist must already be born and he’s one of the leaders of the Gentile European Union which has absolutely nothing to do with Israel’s prophetic program, but rather everything to do with Atheistic, liberal, self-destructing, political correctness.  (The EU, that is).

Their mantra is most likely to be: “You don’t believe in water baptism? But most churches out there baptize with water”, therefore they are right because they’re in the majority and believe the same thing, which must make you wrong, sorry for you, mate, and all their ministers have attended Bible college and you have not, therefore your doctrine puffs you up, whereas their Bible College education makes them humble.  Read : seducers.

This is why one needs to preach the gospel to these people first and foremost. Unsaved men and women do not have a clue as to what 2 Timothy 2:15 means even when you give them Ephesians 1:13 and Galatians 2:7-9, especially when they have a Bible perversion which dumbs down right division. 2 Timothy 2:15 in Bible perversions state to correctly handle the Word of God, which in essence to them means, to continually wipe the dust off it, Not to throw it around, treating it with respect, not sitting on it and definitely not standing on it, and keeping it in a safe place where it cannot be damaged or be used as a door stopper.

Things become even more difficult when unsaved pew warmers have not read the Bible themselves but simply believe what is preached to them from the pulpit and swallow it hook, line and sinker Sunday after Sunday without question, and if they do read the Bible it’s by way of proof-texting to prove their mixed up doctrine. You can make the Bible confirm anything you believe, hence the reason there are so many denominations because “it says so in the Bible”.

One of the worst things a saved Mid-Acts Pauline Right Dividing Dispensationalist can experience during his or her tenure on this earth is having to experience either the death of an unsaved loved one, or knowing that some, if not all of one’s family, not to mention most men will reject the gospel outright in favour of New Age or vain philisophy preached from the pulpits of either mainline, institutionalised denominationalism or other religions, not to mention that some are Atheists.

 

 

 

 

ORDER

It would be so much easier if one’s Bible was divided correctly and in the order God intended: Times past, but now and times to come, instead of the way it’s currently divided, namely into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Makes one wonder if more people would see the fellowship of the mystery if this were the case, realising that Paul’s thirteen epistles aren’t part of Israel’s New Covenant.

Also putting the book of Acts in its proper perspective, namely the transitional book which it rightly is, the bridge or cross-over from law to grace, transitioning from Israel’s prophetic program where the twelve apostles preached the law-based Kingdom Gospel of enduring to the end, to Paul’s grace gospel of faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection, namely the Dispensation of the Grace of God. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Correctly arranging Paul’s thirteen epistles pertaining to the dispensation of Grace and the body of Christ which contain what he aptly calls “my gospel”. Paul’s thirteen epistles too transition from the sign gifts, namely prophesying, tongue talking and healing to God’s grace alone being sufficient for the believer in this current dispensation (1 Corinthians 13).

The transition from his pre-prison epistles where he refers and speaks to/about unbelievers as well as believers, transitioning to his prison and pastoral epistles where he speaks only to believers. His pre-prison epistles emphasise salvation = getting people saved, and his prison and pastoral epistles put the emphasis on the edification of saints.
Then inserting a division to what is correctly known as the actual New Testament given to Israel which is once again based on the Law, beginning with Hebrews and ending with the book of Revelation, depicting seven law-based Jewish synagogues which are refined in the fire like gold, having to endure to the end (works required for justification).

These divisions correctly discern between the three timelines in the Bible, namely, TIMES PAST (Israel’s Old Covenant, including the parts of Genesis referring to Adam & Even and Noah), as well as the current dispensation known as “BUT NOW” (which refers to the Apostle Paul’s thirteen epistles which are doctrine for this current dispensation we are living in – take note how many times Paul says, “but now”), and then TIMES TO COME (which is doctrine to Israel during the tribulation period and millennium which are future).

To most the only division in the Bible is between the Old and New Testament, hence the reason why some believe they need to turn to God and he will heal their land, whilst others fight a spiritual “Joshua” battle, or face their “Goliath” and in so doing tend to spiritualize scripture.

They don’t know whether to turn from their sins, repent and be baptised in water, ask God for mercy, beg for forgiveness, confess their sins, change their lifestyles or believe everything/anything preached from the various pulpits of mainline denominationalist “churches”. Neither are they sure whether to sprinkle, dip, immerse or dunk in a baptismal font, swimming pool or the river Jordan.

Most have never heard of the Judgment Seat of Christ, nor are they aware of the difference between salvation and service. Most aren’t even saved – they think service (doing good works) is what saves their souls.

When someone professes to be gaining a closer or higher level in their walk with God, run for the hills, as one cannot get any closer to God than being saved, period. Claiming to gain a “higher spiritual standing” is petrification rather than edification. Fossil assemblies where they are ignorant of God’s imputed righteousness and try and gain His acceptance through their own righteousness by works of the Law, yet Paul emphasizes the fact that we’re no longer under the law, but under grace.

Anything one does in the flesh to gain rightstanding or justification in the eyes of God takes away from Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection for one’s justification. The gospel has now become watered down to “accepting Christ as one’s Lord and Saviour” circumventing what He did for you as a sinner. Christ doesn’t need your acceptance of Him, He wants you to believe His debt payment for your sins in order to be saved for your own good.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock”, and below is a picture of a man with long hair and a flowing white robe knocking on a door like He desperately needs you to open and let Him in (rolls eyes), actually begging you to let Him in because He’s homeless and needs to sup with you. “Poor Jesus, let Him in, his heart is broken and very few want Him or accept Him” which is in complete contrast to how He is depicted in the book of Revelation – mighty, powerful, the King of kings and the Lord of lords excercising His vengeance on an unbelieving world in times to come.

And that is what happens when unsaved religionists try to understand or make head or tail of the Bible. It’s like putting the Bible in a blender then choosing one verse out of the thousands of verses it contains and applying it to yourself like the Bible is some magic book and God led you to choose that particular verse. But God is a God of order, and there’s a definite order in relation to understanding the Bible, (2 Timothy 2:15) in order to realise God’s will and purpose for your life, for every man’s life, to know what the gospel is which saves your soul, to know how God is dealing with people when and how and particularly today.

In this current dispensation God is pouring out His unmerited favour on mankind in contrast to punishing and judging men for their wrong-doing or sin. Getting sick isn’t punishment, being destitute isn’t being punished, nor is being poor. Dying and not being saved is punishment.

Unsaved people have a tendency to be obsessed with their flesh, with the outerman. They want to heal and adorn their flesh which makes them feel good, and when they feel good about themselves (in the flesh) they automatically feel saved and blessed. No “negativity”. This is the reason why most people do not believe the gospel because firstly it puts them in a negative light, i.e., that they are sinners as opposed to being “good people”, and secondly Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross is gory and negative in their eyes.

Compare Pauline Christianity to the various religions of the world. Most, if not all religions make YOU feel good about yourself because they do not judge you to be totally depraved, on the contrary they tend to see “the good in all men” and put the emphasis on this instead. “Good men and women who come to God” instead of “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.

The basic error of a works/performance based programme which all religions adhere to and fail to comprehend is this: If they can or are able to save themselves through/by good works then Christ needn’t have been crucified, nor would it have been necessary for him to have risen from the dead.

Religions hand out probation instead of salvation, and that includes mainline, institutionalised denominationalism.

Probation is based on self-reliance which is opposed to God-given salvation, a gift which is to be received and seals the believer.  Christ didn’t die on the cross in order for us to perform, He died in order for us to have peace, knowing we are saved.

 

 

 

 

THE WORLD IS CURRENTLY OPERATING IN A STATE OF CHAOS

2 Timothy 3:13 ~ But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Evil men are unsaved men and women, who have corrupt minds and are reprobates, which would include Politicians, Religionists of all varieties, Educators, Governments, Media, Social Networking  – you name it, they are in the majority on this planet.  Their aim is to influence minds, the end result being change, a mindset that is totally devoid of Christian principles, human decency and integrity, a world where Atheism and Religion will rule.

Religion worships Man, namely what he can do to save himself; religion boasts of its own good works, and it boasts it can please God with these same good works, namely donating to charity, praying for the sick, resurrecting the dead, making people rich (being blessed), bringing in the Millennial Kingdom on God’s behalf, “saving souls”, living a good life, and self-proclaimed prophets warning others by way of “prophesies”, just as God did in times past with Israel.

We live in a world where Religionists in their thousands, if not millions have a form of godliness but deny the saving power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – Islam, Christian denominations, Hindus, New Age teachings, Judaism, Buddhism, Mormonism – you name them, they hold to a form of godliness, and deny that faith alone in Christ’s work on Calvary’s Cross and His resurrection alone can save men’s souls.

Please note I did not say “false religion”, I said “religion” because all religions are false as they are unable to save men’s souls.  They are man-made.  All roads do not lead to God, and all roads do not save men’s souls, neither does believing in Christ/God save one’s soul.  And for that matter, all roads do not lead to Rome.

Satan twists everything created by God :  The earth, the heavens, God-given doctrine (teachings) and God’s words.

Seducers : There are the New Agers who are currently professing that the current world we’re living in is undergoing a change and some people cannot accept it, it is otherwise known as a paradigm shift.  Some see it as a fight between good and evil, but good, law-abiding unsaved Man cannot win the battle between good and evil, hence I believe it to rather be a fight for the souls of Men.

When someone seduces another, do they do it in a harsh manner?  The art of seduction plays on one’s feelings and emotions, it makes one feel good.  It’s believable because it is wrapped in what seems to be righteousness and goodness and professes to have others best interests at heart.

Satan knows what the end result will be, he can read, but his aim is to cause as much chaos as he can, and to send as many souls to hell before he is thrown into the bottomless pit at the end of the Tribulation.

Self-control : In the past, unsaved Man held to Biblical principles (Judo-Christian)  which controlled his sin nature to a vast degree.   I say control, I don’t say that adherence to same saved him or justified him in the eyes of God.  These same principles represented western civilisation, which was mostly controlled by so-called Christian denominationalism, these principles in a nutshell are love and respect for one’s neighbour, an eye for an eye, personal safety, freedom to practice one’s religion in in peace and without fear, not to mention rule of law.  Law and order.  Respect.  Integrity.

But modern 21st century man due to the education he has received, not to mention the influence of the media, religionists, rock stars, et al has left Judo-Christian principles behind and now considers them to be fairytales, passe – old fashioned,  and puts them in the same category as making one’s own soap, ox wagons, candlelight and frying with lard.

Each generation is more liberal than the previous one.  Whereas in the past tattoos were only done by the lower classes, today it is considered to be art and is acceptable to most, yet I still look leery eyed on tattoos, it makes me think of David Beckham at the age of 70 or 80, or most 20 or 30 something year olds in 20 years time……… which validates my point :  Money cannot buy class, nor can it buy intelligence nor can it buy integrity.

Personally,tattoos are a reflection of Man’s inability on the whole to be forward thinking.  He only sees now.  Now is what matters to him the most.  Overall, I see it as a sign of having no hope. I cross paths lately with too many people whose mantra is, “Live life to the utmost, do it and enjoy because we only live once”.    Ecclesiastes anyone?

Even the way people dress today.  Has it ever stood out to you how sloppy people have become in their dress code(s)?  Anything goes today.   Does your hair look like a bird’s nest? No problem.   Do you flaunt your flesh to attract a member of the opposite sex? My personal view on this is :  If a man cannot and does not accept you for who and what you are, he’s not worth the time, effort or tears and he does not deserve you, I think the world calls it, “he’s not into you”.  If a man loves you and wants you, he’ll move heaven and earth to be with you, he won’t have a myriad of excuses, like “Inshallah” – God willing, because God really has nothing to do with it.

Generally, men have no respect for women today, but on the other hand, is it any wonder? Women generally behave and dress like men and they nag, they are lazy, they smoke and have tattoos and drink, cuss like sailors, and they rule over the household, but on the other hand you get men who were raised as spoilt mamma’s boys and do not respect any woman out there because “no-one can come close to mamma”, these men want servants, not wives.  Trophy wives : Make me look good to my partners, colleagues, friends and family, but don’t question me, and when we get home I’ll put you back on the pedestal, and all the men are going, “Jack, you old dog”, and the women, “You two make such a beautiful pair” – like they’re looking at birds or giraffes at the zoo.  Who else finds most people out there incredibly shallow?

Has it not become legal for women to walk around the streets of New York, topless?  Don’t you just love the mindset or politically correct mentality that went into that one.  It’s called equal rights, if men are allowed to walk the streets topless, so can women.  Then we have the public toilet issue :  toilets for all irrespective whether they are male, female or confused.  This is unsaved Man trying to deny his sin nature, if one thinks about it:  “All people are good, therefore no-one will accost anyone else in the mixed gender public loo”.  Evil men giving other evil men the benefit of the doubt.  Today, it’s all about human rights.  It has everything to do with human rights – humanism.

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.

As a saved person, you should not behave like them, nor should you talk like them, nor dress like them, nor think like them, nor believe as they do.  Lost people do not deny ungodliness or worldly lusts, instead they relish ungodliness and wordly lusts and do not live soberly, righteously and godly.  The culture today is one of drugs, alcohol, partying, and generally having a good time, no thought about tomorrow, nor  about eternity, but rather denying that eternity exists because they believe God doesn’t exist, and if He does, they are of the opinion He is unfair, unjust and that one needs to work for one’s salvation.

Today’s world has a mainly liberal mindset and mentality.  Their intentions are good : All should be able to live in peace and harmony, but to achieve this they set aside the rule of law, godly principles and God Himself, and prefer to do it their way.  The truth of the matter is, people aren’t born inherently good, so one cannot expect them not to abuse the social, political or financial freedom they are given by liberal governments.

Yet, in this dispensation of God’s grace we are living in, God will not rain down His judgment upon them for being evil/sinners as he wants them to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of truth : 1 Timothy 2:4.  While they are alive, there is still hope that they might be saved, hence the reason the Apostle Paul tells us to pray for all men.

God’s plan and purpose for all men is for them to be saved, and come unto the knowledge of truth.

I have to keep on reminding myself daily that I do not wrestle against flesh and blood because Satan uses people, even saved ones to do his bidding, to come against you, to cause strife, to deny scripture, to wrest scripture, to twist God’s words, to deny the saving power of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 concerning men’s souls.

I find it utterly amazing how some people who do not even know you, take an instant dislike to you for no apparent reason.  I have had that happen to me on more than one occasion and it has left me totally speechless, and more often than not it comes from the saved Quarters, yet even that it shouldn’t surprise me.

Ephesians 6:12 ~ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

At times I am overwhelmed at the total wickedness of this present evil world, especially when I compare the world I grew up in to the current state of affairs, but I remind myself that I should not fear anything, not even death because of who I am in Christ Jesus.

The Evil One’s agenda today  is to (1) Keep the truth hidden from as many people as possible concerning salvation and coming unto the knowledge of truth, and (2) to make it as difficult as possible for saved people to keep the faith; to run the race.

He either wants you (to remain) blind or he wants you to give up.

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT ME AND WHAT I BELIEVE : BECAUSE ETERNITY MATTERS

I am a Mid-Acts Pauline Right Division Dispensationalist.

What does it mean to be a Mid-Acts (Acts 9) Pauline Right Division Dispensationalist?

It means the Bible is progressive revelation. God, although His character and principles remain the same throughout the ages, works differently with people during different dispensations.

DISPENSATION is a Biblical word – Ephesians 3. The Apostle Paul was exclusively given the Dispensation of Grace by the ASCENDED Christ of which He was made the Chief Steward of, to dispense the relevant information on how men could now be saved.

God did not deal the same way with Adam & Eve or Noah as He dealt with the Jews. Adam & Eve were instructed not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil but they failed.

Noah was instructed to build a ship and he obeyed God, the end result being that he and his wife and intermediate family were saved from destruction and went on to populate the earth through his 3 sons, Shem, Ham & Japheth.

Today we are instructed to believe the Gospel and to rightly divide the word of truth – 1 Timothy 2:4; 2; 2 Timothy 2:15.

God called Abram out of Ur of the Chaldees and instructed him to leave his land of birth, and his family, although his nephew Lot and his father accompanied him, and that He (God) would make his (Abraham’s) descendants a great country, a light unto the world and He would bless them. They were made a peculiar people with their own set of laws and commandments.

Abram changed his name to Abraham. He believed God through faith alone and was saved – Genesis 15 and Romans 4. Only afterwards was Abraham circumsized – Genesis 17 and “marked” as sanctified – set apart from the heathen nations and God made a covenant with Him.

PLEASE NOTE : God made a covenant with Abraham, Abraham did not make a covenant with God.

Abraham’s descendants were known as Hebrews because Abram belonged to the Hebrew tribe when he lived in Ur, he was a descendant of Shem, and thus a Semite. Semitic.

The Hebrews were set-apart (sanctified) from the heathens by way of being given a set of commandments and laws – namely, the Levitical Law, and the Priests who oversaw and implemented these laws were from the tribe of Levi, hence the name “Levitical law”.

The Levitical Law of which the Mosaic Law (given to Moses on two tablets of stone) is a part of, is made up of 613 commandments in total, and what did Christ tell the Jews during His earthly ministry to Israel? He said, if you break one of these commandments, you’ve broken them all – all 613. James 2:10; Matthew 5:19.

Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, the four synoptic gospels depict Christ’s earthly ministry which was solely to Israel : Matthew 10:5; Matthew 15:24.

Why did Jesus say what He said in Matthew 15:24 and Matthew 10:5? Because in times past, Israel was the light unto the world, Gentiles could only be saved through protelyzing to her faith, namely Judaism. This is also the very reason why Jesus said this in Matthew 15:26: “But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”

Only when the Gentile woman in question blessed Israel was she accepted.

Gentiles had to prostelyze or bless Israel in times past in order to be saved. This is not the case today, and nor do we have any claim to Israel’s promises. God chose A land – singular, not many lands, and the land in question in the Bible refers to the Kingdom of Israel which is still future. Her tribulation doctrine lies between Hebrews and Revelation. Her perfect sacrifice is the Lamb of God without spot or blemish, not a bull or a goat or a lamb or a dove as in times past. God will again, in a future time, bring her back into the fold and she will inherit her kingdom on earth.

But Israel had a propensity to always follow the ways of the heathen Gentiles and fell into apostasy, they even crucified their Messiah which was the final rejection of worshipping God and following His ways. Read Acts 28. Hence the reason God sent her prophets – to warn her of her apostasy. Today she isn’t a chosen people, she is saved the same way we are : through faith alone in Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross, His burial and His resurrection from the dead on the 3rd day.

Today God is dealing with individual salvation, not nations as in times past. If an individual Jew believes the gospel – he is saved.

Hence the reason why God raised up another Apostle, the Apostle Paul and gave him a different set of “rules” with a different gospel to to that of Israel’s Kingdom gospel, since God had now declared Israel lo-ammi – not His people (Hosea 2), he created an alternative way for the world to receive salvation as He couldn’t give Israel’s Kingdom promises to Gentiles as most of those promises for Israel have not yet been fulfilled, and God doesn’t break His promises as His character and principles never change.

Proof:

Compare Romans 4 to James 2.
Paul says today in the Dispensation of God’s grace we ARE saved (as opposed to will be saved)  by grace through faith without works – Ephesians 2:8-9. What is the object of our faith? The gospel which is noted in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.

How do we know there is more than one gospel (good news) in the Bible? Because we aren’t saved in the same way as Noah was, nor are we saved the same way the Jews were – Galatians 2:7-9. The Gospel of the circumcision was given solely to Israel in order that Gentiles may prostelyze to her faith (times past), and the Gospel of the uncircumcision is given to Gentiles today in order to be saved.

There will however come a time when this dispensation will cease, and God will once again start dealing with Israel and the Kingdom Gospel will come into effect along with their law program.

2 Timothy tells us to rightly divide the word of truth – but what is the word of truth? Ephesians 1:13 tells us what it is. So why does God tell/instruct us to rightly divide the gospel of our salvation? Because there is more than one and we need to believe the right one, the which is in effect during the time we are living.

The Apostle Paul says we are no longer under the law, but under grace. Romans 6:14.

What was the spiritual status of Gentiles under Israel’s Covenant, law-based program? :

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

1) Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel.
2) Strangers from the covenants of promise.

Gentiles in times past had no claim to Israel’s covenants of promise or the commonwealth of Israel – unless they prostelyzed to Judaism.

And yet there are people today who claim all of Israel’s promises and make covenants with Almighty God.

Grace means God’s unmerited favour upon mankind – unmerited means it’s undeserving.  How is His unmerited favour expressed?  In the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.  It’s the object of my faith.  All we need to believe in order to be saved and heaven bound is to believe how that Christ died for our sins, that he was buried and rose again for our justification. Romans 4:25.

Since His grace is unmerited or undeserving – we cannot work for our salvation; we cannot work ourselves into heaven. All we can and must  do is believe His payment for our sins on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection.

Justification means being declared holy or righteous in the eyes of God. It’s what He did, not what we can do or have done.

Once we have believed the gospel we receive God’s imputed righteousness – Philippians 3:9; Galatians 2:16

Once you belief what Christ did for you and you rightly divide the Word of Truth – you will finally understand God’s plan and purpose for your life, and you will also understand the Bible. It will all make sense to you.

Thank you for reading my blog.  My prayer is for you to be saved and come unto the knowledge of truth – 1 Timothy 2:4.  Because eternity matters.

I wrote this in 2011, thought I’d share it here: THE TRAITS OF A RELIGIOUS BIBLE BLENDER

You can study your Bible (and it goes without saying that the only Bible in existence is an Authorised King James Bible) until the cows come home, and you can have historical Bible knowledge, but if you don’t know how to put 2 Timothy 2:15 into effect/to work and know how to rightly divide the Word of Truth, which is the Gospel of your salvation, (Ephesians 1:13), you shall and will remain in scriptural/spiritual ignorance and be a bible blender until you come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4;  2 Timothy 3:7.

TRAITS OF A RELIGIOUS BIBLE BLENDER:

*Believes salvation is though faith in God/Christ throughout the Bible (one gospel/the same gospel)

*Personally own or take the promises God gave to Israel in times past/times to come for themselves, or apply the book of Genesis to themselves, especially doctrine pertaining to Adam & Eve and Noah who weren’t Hebrews (Jews), but in their confusion they see Adam & Eve and Noah as being Jews who fall under Israel’s Covenant promises.  In short :  they put everyone under Covenant theology from Genesis right through to the Book of Revelation.

*Cannot discern between Israel and the church, the Body of Christ, the One NEW man.  Anything that is new didn’t exist before it was created <~~~ common sense & logic.

*Cannot discern who God is speaking to in the Old Testament (times past – Genesis to John), neither in Paul’s epistles, not to mention in times to come (Hebrews to Revelation, which is Tribulation doctrine for the Little Flock which is true/believing Israel).

*Cannot discern the differences between Pauline doctrine and Hebrew doctrine.  Romans to Philemon versus Hebrews to Revelation; or Romans to Philemon versus Genesis to John, nor can they discern that Adam & Eve and Noah weren’t Hebrews and weren’t under the Covenant God made with Abraham which was future to Adam & Eve and Noah.  There’s a dispensational change between Noah and Abraham, but God’s principles and character remain in tact, remain the same :  He loves righteousness; He is righteous; He wants people to be saved; He is merciful.

*Believe that God works the same way with people throughout the ages, i.e., Israel Old Covenant, Paul’s epistles, as well as the Hebrew epistles.  Same gospel in effect, even in hindsight when looking back in time, they believe Israel during Old Covenant times had a Christ based salvation because of the Old Testament prophecies, some of  which came to fruition at a later time (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John).

*Preterists believe the wrath of God already happened in AD 70 because (a) they aren’t saved; and (b) they cannot rightly divide the word of truth.  1 Corinthians 2:14;

*Amillenialists believe that Christians can assist in bringing about the Millennium Kingdom on this earth during their tenure on this earth.  Only God Himself can bring in the Millennial Kingdom on this earth:  Luke 20:43; Psalm 110:1; Mark 12:36; Matthew 22:44

*Post Tribbers believe that the rapture (the catching away of the Saints)  will occur after the time of Jacob’s Trouble and put the body of Christ in the period of God’s wrath. 1 Thessalonians 5:9.

*Mid Tribbers believe the rapture will occur midway through Jacob’s Trouble and put the body of Christ mid-way through the Tribulation period. (The catching away will occur at the mid-point of the Tribulation).

*Cannot discern nor explain the “contradictions” or differences in the Bible due to dispensational changes, or the different ways God deals with people at different times.  Whereas He called Abram out of Ur, saved Him, renamed Him Abraham and gave Him a promise, today God isn’t calling any one person out of any country and telling them to go elsewhere or promising to turn their descendants into a great nation.  Today He wants us to believe the Gospel of Christ in order to be saved and our promise is different:  All spiritual blessings in heavenly places.  Ephesians 1:3.  Whereas Abraham and His descendants had an earthly promise or promises, we, the body of Christ, the One New Man have heavenly promises.   Their earthly inheritance vs our heavenly inheritance.

*ALL denominations are as a result of bible blending – Catholics, Baptists, Bush Baptists, half-baked Baptists, Out of Church Assemblies, Pentecostals, Methodists, Anglicans, Church of Christ etc, etc, etc, etc.  Why?  Because they don’t know where they are in the Bible, they don’t know the Word of Truth, the Gospel that saves their eternal souls today. Men with corrupt minds, ever learning (Bible stories and occurrences like the flood happened, the wall of Jericho, etc)and never coming to the knowledge of the truth.  2 Timothy 3:7.  Some think that being able to name all of Methuselah’s sons is Bible knowledge or studying the Bible.  It makes them feel good, especially when you’re groveling and don’t even know who the guy is to begin with. (Kidding).

*Replacement theology states the church, the body of Christ, the One New Man has replaced Israel with respect to God’s favour, that there is no way they (Israel)  can return to the fold and be reconciled to God, not in future, not ever.  But the Book of Revelation states otherwise, it speaks to seven Hebrew churches, seven Christ-based Hebrew Churches whose theology/doctrine is performance based.  Faith plus works.  Read the book of Hebrews.

*Vegetarians, especially those involved in cults or caught up in the Holiness Movement believe they/we are rightfully vegetarians because they say, since Adam & Eve were first and hold precedence, (??) and because they were Herbivores, it over-rides the fact that God gave Noah permission to eat meat after the flood, also the fact that we today can eat anything we choose because we “came after Adam & Eve” whose diet has precedence when it comes to the food chain.

*Kosher eating adherents :  Profess that a Kosher diet is God’s will for one’s life and that eating non-kosher food/animals is displeasing to God, and that it is a sin.  Same people fail to adhere to the Levitical commandments concerning the wearing of fabrics, which amounts to nothing other than hypocrisy.

*Law keepers (thinking that one needs to maintain one’s salvation by upholding the 10 commandments) and ignore the other 603 commandments of the Levitical Law.  Hypocrisy.

*Continual repentance – not realising their sins were actually forgiven 2000 years ago on the cross when Christ died for their SINS and rose from the dead,  and in fact all they need to do right now is believe it for their salvation.  Nowhere in the Bible does it state one must repent OF ONE’S SINS.   It mentions repentance,yes, as in turning away from one’s unbelief to belief.  It rather states that in times to come and in times past, people had to/have to confess their sins and place them either on an animal (times past) – a burnt sacrifice, and in future they will confess their sins to the ultimate sacrifice, i.e., the Lord Jesus Christ who is Israel’s perfect Lamb without spot or blemish.  Continual confession – enduring to the end is what will save believers in times to come.

*Lordship salvation – believing one has to make the Lord Jesus Christ the Lord over your life in order to be (eventually) saved, which amounts to nothing other than a performance based gospel because you are working to please Him in order for Him to save you whereas Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us we are saved without works; and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 tells us what to believe in order to be saved.  Romans 10:9 is part of Israel’s Kingdom Gospel.  It’s confessing with one’s mouth (a work) that He is the son of God (which all of unbelieving Israel do not believe – as we can see in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John, hence the reason they crucified Him).  Paul is talking to Jews in Romans 9, 10 & 11.

Modern Day Corinthians –

Ever wondered why the Apostle Paul says this to the Corinthians:

1 CORINTHIANS 4:

10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

 


Members of the body of Christ who do not preach the gospel or who have gone off the rails and are preaching another gospel, who do not live righteously in Christ and who are conformed to the world are :

“Wise in Christ”

“Are strong”

“Are honourable”

In the world’s eyes, from the world’s point of view, that is –

because they don’t make waves, they don’t stir, aren’t controverisal, and probably the only thing they stir are unsound doctrine and martinis.  The world loves unsound doctrine  and conformance to their standards – all one has to do is take a look at what’s taught in denominational churches today to confirm this, hence they are “wise in Christ”.

If one can ever pick up the Apostle Paul’s sarcasm, it is in these verses.

If he is genuinely calling them wise, strong and honourable, why does he say:

14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

One can see this clearly today, people always think you want to shame them because they do feel shame when called out on their doctrine, but in effect it’s a warning.  But today they glory in their shame – in being wrong – because it makes waves (the wrong variety).

Paul, the Chief Steward of the mystery revealed to him by the ascended Christ, who should have been smug, elitist, had a lot of friends, a home and should’ve been everyone’s buddy, in reality was this:

13 Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

Why do saved people always try to garner the acceptance of both their peers and the world?  Because they conform, if they don’t “then there ‘s something wrong”.  They see safety in numbers and soundness in numbers – if the majority believe it, it must be right.   Like dead fish going with the flow.  If the majority agree on something – then it must be right.   Makes you wonder, if they were born in the Apostle Paul’s day – he didn’t have dozens of friends – “ooh, there must be something wrong with him”, he preached against Judaism, a performance based gospel and those conformed to the world, so one can only imagine that thousands today would’ve rejected him – even those in the Mid-Acts Dispensationalist Camp – i.e., the “wise”, the “honourable”, and the “strong”.

The Apostle Paul wasn’t a conformist, and yet you profess to follow him?