Rightly dividing the Word of truth
This is part 29 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
We now know that Paul is the apostle of the Gentiles, an apostle of one, he was given a different message or gospel than the twelve, he was given the gospel of the grace of God, he is the pattern to follow for everlasting life for all living people in our time today, and for the last two thousand years, and when we die God say’s we shall be judged according to Paul’s gospel, and not according to any other gospel given in the Old Testament including Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
Remember, God through Paul say’s, today there is no longer Jew or Gentile, but one new man made up of both Jew and Gentile, called the Body of Christ, the new heavenly program under grace. We no longer follow Christ after the flesh or His earthly ministry, but now we follow Christ according to His heavenly ministry. God chose Paul to be an apostle, because He was going to reveal to Paul the revelation of THE MYSTERY which Paul was to give to us. This mystery was not made known in any other age in the past, because it was kept a secret hid in God’s mind, until He reveled it to and through Paul only. So why is this new mystery message so important? Let’s find out!
Ephesians 1:1-14: 1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; 8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest (or guarantee) of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
The fourteen verses above from Ephesians are packed with many, many blessings, none of which any of us deserve. Please read these verses over, an over and really think about how today, God has blessed all true believers beyond our wildest dreams.
In part 30, I will show you what God say’s about man in his unregenerate state, or anyone in unbelief, and then as a believer how God in His mercy grants us even more blessings. ——– To be continued