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THE MUSINGS OF AN ACTS 9 DISPENSATIONALIST – Salvation & Expedience
We have been by tradition convinced that Matthew is our great commission from the Lord Jesus to go out and evangelize the world. If you are reading from a study Bible of almost any publisher or any school of theology, you probably have in the margin that this particular passage is indeed our "Great Commission. Certainly the Lord Jesus Christ knew he was not entering Jerusalem at that time to fulfill the prophecies concerning his Kingship, but rather to fulfill the prophecies concerning the lowly suffering servant who would die for the people. Labels: Great Commission guest article.
What message Paul preached in a typical Jewish synagogue?
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His visiting synagogues seemed paramount at every city. Even in Philippi he sought a gathering of Jewish ladies when, apparently, there was no synagogue.
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Paul surely visited far more synagogues than are named in the Acts and his epistles. Yet we need not guess at the content or focus of his ministry there. Being Gentiles and strangers to synagogue practice, many of us fail to realize that Paul had seated himself in the place reserved for visiting rabbis so as to be called upon if invited.
What an entre! The Exodus! He also skipped telling anything of their year-long encampment at Mt. He also skipped completely over all the negotiations which concluded in their refusal to make the thirteen day journey directly to the promised land. He went directly to their wilderness journey and their many provocations of God therein. And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot. And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years. How interesting, that forty years began it and forty years concluded this period yet Paul also swiftly passed over the centuries of their wilderness wanderings to the removal of King Saul! Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew Him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning Him.
And though they found no cause of death in Him, yet desired they Pilate that He should be slain. And when they had fulfilled all that was written of Him, they took Him down from the tree, and laid Him in a sepulchre. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. But Israel clearly enjoyed first priority throughout the entire book of Acts! Paul respected that priority and always went to them first. I cannot forget my own awakening to this fact. Now I would not have you ignorant, brethren, that oftentimes I purposed to come unto you He called for the leaders of the synagogues of Rome.
Right up to the end of Acts was God making good His promise of the New Covenant, and they were making a big mistake if they refused. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. It seems clear that just as Peter did all he could to bring Israel to repentance and that his ministry was that of offering the New Covenant within the promised land, we find the Apostle Paul, throughout his Acts ministry, including all his epistles written during that period, offering the same New Covenant to the hosts of Israel scattered throughout the Gentile world.
It does not seem possible he could have written it after Acts 15 and failed to mention it in his letter to the Galatian churches.
Circumcision was the issue in the Galatian epistle, the very issue which was resolved at the Acts 15 Jerusalem Conference. That Hebrews was written during this same period covered by the book of Acts seems beyond doubt. Many mid-Acts dispensationalists are persuaded that the competing messages throughout the book of Acts were the Gospel of the Kingdom giving way to the Gospel of Grace. We suggest that the competing messages were the Law of Moses, the Old Covenant, versus the New Covenant a ministry of grace as ministered by Peter in Acts and by Paul in Acts Let us consider all of the 33 NT appearances of the Greek word for covenant.
In John it does not appear. It appears 2 X in Acts, and , the covenant of circumcision. Others have suggested that the Greek language and grammar are by Luke but the theology is that of Paul.
etneotalca.ml For sure only Paul gave us two of the three comparisons of two covenants. Galatians , by Paul 2. Hebrews , by the ablest minster ever of the New Covenant. Theology Club: What happened to this forum? Theology Club: Repent and be Baptized Theology Club: The M. Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 Last Jump to page:.
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