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Revelation 22:20

This is a Home Bible study. It exists to promote the Word of God as it's written, which means nothing added or taken away, and minus opinions.

The Bible is the only source of Divine Truth in the world today. Although it is helpful and informative in many ways, the Bible might not tell us everything we want to know but the Bible does tell us everything we need to know.

My role is to guide you through the Scriptures; to explain what this book says and in some cases what it does not say because this is just as important.

Ultimately, you have a decision to make concerning your salvation - no one can make it for you. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator God, has given everyone the ability to make choices - this is is called "Free Will." I pray you consider your choice wisely.

II Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Covenant Gospel and Paul's Gospel of Grace - Part XV

Home Bible Study: Lutz, Florida
Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth
2 Timothy 2:15

Is there more than one gospel in effect today?

Part XV

The Covenant Gospel and Paul’s Gospel of Grace

House Work

I’ve been a Bible teacher for many years.  During those years, I’ve taught children, teenagers, and adults.  My teaching style remains pretty much the same as I when I started way back when, but more to the point the reason I decided to teach hasn’t changed at all.  I intend to teach what this book says and not opinion.

I have made the following statement in everyone of my classrooms, at every campfire setting, and wherever I’ve opened my Bible to teach and I’ve repeated it often,

This is not about me or about what I say; it is all about what the Word of God says.”

To put it another way hopefully this ministry will encourage you to study your Bible on your own either at home or in a small group of your choosing. 

Do not rely solely on the preaching or the teaching of others to direct your decision making.

This is just one of the reasons we have the Bible.  Why not use it?

Case in Point:

The Apostle Paul’s teachings were considered a bit eccentric to those who were hearing them for the first time; they were considered blasphemy by the Jews.  Many members of his audience labeled him a heretic. 

But there was a select group of individuals who eagerly listened to Paul message, and then afterward they took the time to carefully examine the Word of God seeking the truth.   These were the Bereans of Macedonia during Paul’s first missionary journey.

Paul at Berea
Acts 17

10: The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue.

11:  Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

12: Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.

I believe the Spiritual application is obvious, but here is a Scripture verse that helps.

Hebrews 13

9: Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace,

You must recognize that the source of the Truth is the word of God and the word of God alone.  And as students of the word, you must verify by the Word whether the things preached and taught are true.

Paul in Arabia (37 – 41 AD)

The Apostle Luke wrote the book of Acts. 
However, Luke doesn’t supply any details concerning Paul’s journey into Arabia.  Therefore, we are unable to draw any definite conclusions.

Since the Bible does not supply answers to the many questions surrounding Paul’s unexplained absence, or his activities during those three years, this has given rise to much speculation and opinion concerning this topic. 

  •   Some insist Paul headed into Arabia and began his ministry there to the gentiles, preaching Jesus to them.   

  •   Some believe Paul headed for Mt. Sinai, met with the Lord Jesus Christ, and once there was tutored (over a period of time) by the Lord; it was at this place where he received the revelation of “the mystery.” (Ephesians 3:2)

These are opinions and cannot be proved on this side of glory. 

So in keeping with the normal practice of this ministry we’ll leave these opinions right where we found them and move on.  But we have an important instruction written by the Apostle Paul that I draw you attention to at this time.

Romans 15

4: For whatever was written in earlier times (What’s Paul referring to?  Paul’s speaking of the Old Testament writings.  The entire Old Testament) was written for our instruction…, (or for our learning)

Why did I take you there?
We are to use the entire Bible.  The Old Testament was not written to us gentiles, but it certainly applies to us.  My last couple of Bible lessons have been primarily about Moses and the Apostle Paul and the similarities between these two men of faith. 

I’ve saved the most striking similarity for last and I think it’s the most obvious.

Three months after God’s servant Moses delivered the Israelites from their bondage in Egypt he met with the LORD God (Jehovah, the Creator God, a.k.a. Jesus Christ in the N.T.) on Mt. Sinai.  It was there on God’s holy mountain that the LORD God made a conditional covenant called the Mosaic Covenant or the Sinai Covenant (either term is correct) with the nation of Israel (Exodus 19-24). 

The LORD God chose Moses to be the one to receive these commandments and laws.  
God commanded Moses to teach them to the Israelites.

Obey God and Prosper

Deuteronomy 6

1: “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it,

2: so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.

3: “O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

The nation of Israel agreed to do all that the LORD God commanded.
(Exodus 19:7-8)

Point of Truth:  Moses was God’s go-between or mediator between Himself and the nation of Israel.  God spoke to Moses and Moses relayed the messages to His people.

Exodus 33

11: Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.

No need to diagnose that Bible verse.  It says what it means and means what it says.
Although, I dare say, there are more than a few, who dare to add their own “interpretation” to its rather obvious meaning.  Be careful of such people my friends.

Just so you know.  The information you just read came right from the Word of God. 
It was NOT my opinion.  I did not manipulate God’s Word.
I just guided you through the Bible to locate it.  This is what I do. 

I suggest you open your Bible and review these Bible verses on our own.  Search God’s Word for the Truth.  It’s important.  This is also how you are going to learn and this is how you retain the knowledge you’ve just acquired.

Now let’s look at the Apostle in comparison.

Paul went into the wilderness of Arabia in the years 37– 41 AD this much we know.

But we also know this:

Galatians 3

1: For I would have you know, (you may insert your name here – Paul only writes to Believers and here he writes to the established church in Galatia) brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.

2: For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a (what’s the next word) revelation (= a showing or revealing of divine will or truth) of Jesus Christ. 

Paul adds to this explanation.  Please drop down to verse 15.

15: But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His (what’s the next word) grace, was pleased
16: to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with flesh and blood (or with men),

17: nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me (here we see Paul declaring his apostleship and Paul did not receive tutoring from Peter, James, and John is what Paul is saying about how to proceed with his ministry); but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to Damascus (after his 3 year absence).

18: Then three years later I went up to Jerusalem to become acquainted with Cephas (Peter), and stayed with him fifteen days.

Now let’s compare Scripture with Scripture.

Ephesians 3

1: For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles –
(Paul wrote the Books of Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians, and Philippians during his imprisonment in Rome)

2: If indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace which was given to me for you; (read this verse again and again if necessary until the meaning becomes clear)

3: that by (what) revelation there was made known to me the (what’s the next word) mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

4: By referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ,

5: which in other generations (or times past) was not made known to the sons of men,
(Search your Bible – you won’t find a hint of the things Paul teaches in his writings in the  O. T; not even in Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.  In fact, if you remove the letters of Paul from your Bible, the Church-Age Doctrines disappear)

Where and when Paul received this revelation from the risen Lord Jesus Christ is unknown to us.  We do know Paul received the revelation of the mystery of grace after he escaped from Damascus (Acts 9:25) and before he came to Jerusalem (Acts 9:26).

A lot can happen in three years time.
Just for perspective sake, Paul could have received this information in a split second at any given moment in time.  How many of you are familiar with this Bible verse?

Luke 1
37: “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

I’m not saying this is what happened to Paul, but who’s to say?

The Bible doesn’t tell us everything we want to know.
But the Bible tells us everything we need to know.  Amen.

The rest is left to faith.  And that my friend stands to reason.
For the Bible teaches us this Truth:

Hebrews 11

6: And without faith, it is impossible to please Him (God), for he (or she) who comes to God must (what’s the next word folks) believe that He is and that is a rewarder of those who (do what) seek Him.

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