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Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
2 Timothy 2:15
Is there more than one gospel in effect today?
The Covenant Gospel and Paul’s Gospel of Grace
1 Timothy 2
5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
We’re here to study God’s Word, so let’s get to it.
But first let me make one of my teaching points clear.
I am not saying the Apostle Paul is the 2nd Moses - o.k.?
The ministries of these two men are as different as daylight is to darkness.
I am saying there are “similarities” between these two men that are noticeable, if you take the time to examine their lives and their particular calling; and that’s all.
Moses and Paul for example were both educated men and men of means at one time in their lives; but God could not use them in that state. Obviously God found both Moses and Paul insufficient for His purposes. However, both Paul and Moses were made sufficient by God's grace despite their insufficiency.
In the last Bible lesson, I left off comparing the Apostle Paul’s receiving “the gospel,” according to the revelation of the mystery, which had been kept secret for long ages past (Romans 16:25), to Moses receiving the Mosaic Law on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 31:18).
Moses and the Apostle Paul were called to service and taught their specific and unique “Divine Orderings” or management of human affairs in the world (a.k.a. dispensations) by the same person of the Holy Trinity; the Lord Jesus Christ.
Some review is in order for those who may be joining us for the very first time but it’s also educationally healthy for all of us to review our studies from time to time.
Repetition is the best teacher of all.
The LORD God gave the system of laws and commandments to Moses and told him to teach them to the nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 6:1-2).
What you may not be aware of is this.
The Sinai Covenant or Mosaic Law was between the LORD God and the nation of Israel only. Gentiles were excluded. But don’t take my word for it.
We will go to Scripture to see what the book says.
19: He (the LORD God) declares His words to Jacob (another name for the nation of Israel), His statutes and His ordinances to Israel.
20: (Read carefully) He (the LORD God) has not dealt thus with any nation; And as for His ordinances, they (all other nations) have not known them. Praise the LORD !
No need for a seminary education to decipher that Bible message.
It says what it means and means what it says folks.
But in this ministry we compare Scripture with Scripture.
Never build your defense or your principle on just one line or verse from the Bible.
4: who are the Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the (what is the next word) covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises
5: whose are the fathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), and from whom is the Christ (the Messiah) according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever, Amen.
We’ll take the time to examine one more before we move on.
11: Therefore remember that formerly you, the (who) Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” (or the Jews) which is performed in the flesh by human hands –
12: remember that you were (past tense) at that time separate from Christ, excluded (Now what does excluded mean? It means the same thing today as it meant back in the day. Before the dispensation of God’s Grace and the apostleship of Paul, Gentiles were excluded from) the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having (read carefully please) no hope and without God in the world.
The message above came right from the Bible. You may not like it.
Some of you may not agree with it. But it’s in your Bible. So you have to deal with it.
The Mosaic Law was given to Moses and then Moses was commanded to teach this system of laws to the nation of Israel. The Israelites, in turn, were commanded to teach these laws to their children down through the generations for all time. The nation of Israel agreed to do all that that the LORD God commanded (Exodus 19:3-8).
The Sinai Covenant is both a conditional covenant and an everlasting covenant between the LORD God and the nation of Israel because it is linked to the Abrahamic Covenant (See Genesis 12; 15).
The Apostle Paul
Without a doubt we know far more about where and when Moses received the Law from the LORD God at Mt. Sinai then we do about the Apostle Paul receiving “the gospel,” according to the revelation of the mystery (Romans 16:25) from the risen Lord.
Anything we suggest concerning this is pure speculation because Scripture is silent.
Paul received his revelation from the risen Lord because this is exactly what the Bible says. It is not my interpretation. Check it out.
11: For I would have you (insert your name here) know brethren, that the (note: Paul uses the word “the” here and not the word “a” with purpose. Study the book of Galatians and you’ll find that the Apostle Paul warns the church in Galatia about those who attempt to distort the gospel he preached to them) gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.
12: For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it (Paul is saying he did not receive “the gospel” from any man and this includes the twelve apostles), but I received it through a revelation of (who exactly) Jesus Christ.
When the Scriptures want us to know (and understand) something the information is clearly written, as it is above.
I’ve said this before many times and I’ll keep saying it until the Lord hauls me out of here:
The Bible may not tell us everything we WANT to know, but the Bible does tell us everything we NEED to know. Amen.
Sometimes you have to search this book to find the answers and sometimes the answer you seek is surrounded in mystery. In other words, the Bible is silent.
Case in point: the Apostle Paul’s unexplained absence in the wilderness of Arabia.
I recommend leaving Bible mysteries right where you find them.
Speculating on the Biblical unknown is just a bad idea from the start.
However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with discussing these Bible mysteries in your small groups. Just be respectful of your peers in doing so.
We can’t say for certain when or where the Apostle Paul received “the gospel” from the Lord Jesus Christ but it’s safe to say it happened sometime between 37-41AD.
What we do know is that the Apostle Paul wrote most of the New Testament.
There are 27 books in the N.T. The Apostle Paul wrote 14 of these.
And a great deal of the book of Acts is devoted to Paul and his missionary journeys.
The directions for Christian living are found in the Apostle Paul’s epistles and nowhere else. In fact, if you remove his letters from the Bible, all Grace-Age doctrines disappear.
· For instance, if you were to take Paul's Epistles out of the Bible, you cannot find anything about the Church, the Body of Christ, for no other apostle mentions the Body of Christ.
· You cannot find one of the great mysteries, such as the Rapture of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4; 1 Corinthians 15) or the mystery of the present hardening of Israel (Romans 11).
· No other apostle speaks of any of those mysteries.
Paul alone reveals them—the great doctrines such as Justification, Redemption, Sanctification.
Paul alone reveals them—the great doctrines such as Justification, Redemption, Sanctification.
· And what is perhaps the most tremendous fact of every real Christian's life, that of his personal union to the Lord in glory.
The great doctrines that Paul reveals may be outlined as follows—
1. The unrighteousness before God of all men.
2. The impossibility of justification by works before God—that is, of any man's attaining a standing of righteousness before God, by anything done by him. Do what a man may, he is a condemned sinner still.
3. The fact and the scripturalness of righteousness on the free gift principle—that is, of a Divine righteousness, separate from all man's doings, conferred upon man as a free gift from God.
4. Propitiation. That satisfaction of God's Holy nature and law for man's sins rendered by Christ's blood.
5. Reconciliation. The removal for man by Christ's death of that obstacle to righteousness which man's sin had set up between God and man.
6. The plan of the actual conferring of the gift of righteousness upon all who believe, without any distinction. This change of a sinner's standing before God, from one of condemnation to one of righteousness, is called Justification. Negatively, it is deliverance from guilt on account of Christ's shed blood, and deliverance out of the old creation, by identification in death with Christ on the Cross. Positively, it is a new standing in the risen Christ before God.
7. Redemption. The buying back of the soul through the blood of Christ from sin from the curse of the law—even death involving exclusion from God, under penalty; from the "power of death," which involves the hand of the enemy; and from all iniquity.
8. Forgiveness. The going forth of Divine tenderness in remitting penalty for sin, in view of the blood of Christ trusted in; and in complacency and fellowship, to creatures who before were necessarily under Divine judgment.
9. Remission of sins. That is the actual removing of transgressions or trespasses from the sinner, so that for all time and eternity his sins shall not again be upon him.
10. Identification (see above, Justification). The great fact that those who are in Christ were united with Him at the Cross, by God's sovereign inscrutable act; were crucified with Christ and buried with Him; so that their history is now ended before God; and when Christ was raised up as the First-born of the new creation, they also were raised up with Him, and their history began as new creatures in God's sight, in Christ, the Last Adam.
Of course, in the experience of the Christian, there comes a time when he is actually made partaker of this new life—that point of time when he is, as we say, saved,
or converted, or born again, etc. Nevertheless, the life that is in every Christian came up out of the tomb and it is in Christ Jesus that a man is created anew.
11. Incorporation. This tremendous doctrine Paul alone mentions and he makes it practically the foundation of all his exhortations to the saints with regard to their conduct and life. By "incorporation" we mean the fact that all those who are really saved and are new creatures in Christ Jesus become members of one organism, which is more real than the very earth we tread upon, called "the Body of Christ"—Christ Himself in heaven being the Head of this Body, and every real Christian a member of it. So that believers are thus members of Christ in heaven, and also member’s one of another here on earth. No wonder Paul is able to exhort the saints to love one another when they are members one of another (Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12; and Ephesians 4.)
12. Inhabitation. The wonderful fact that the Body of Christ and each member of it individually is inhabited, indwelt, by the Holy Spirit Himself, and not only so, but that the Church is being "built together" as a great temple of God so that in the future God's actual eternal dwelling place will be this wonderful, mysterious company built into a building called "a holy habitation of God in the Spirit."
This mystery is a great and marvelous one, the fact that we are saved, are partakers now of the life of the Lord in glory, that the Holy Spirit indwells us.
13. Divine Exhibition. That is, that through the Church, in the ages to come, is to be made known that which God counts His "riches," even His Grace (Eph 2:7; 3:10).
These 13 doctrines of the Apostle Paul were borrowed from “Paul’s Gospel” written by, William R. Newell
The failure or refusal to discern the Pauline Gospel as a separate and new revelation and not a "development from Judaism," accounts for two-thirds of the confusion in many people's minds today as regards just what the Gospel is. William R. Newell
(To be continued)
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