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We all too often read one program into the other and then wonder why we are confused about an outcome, or don’t understand what is happening in our lives. Yes, we should know about what happened and study both gospels, and the whole Bible for that matter, but they are NOT both written TO us. Only the Gospel of Grace is FOR and TO us all today~ The Gospel of the Kingdom is FOR us but NOT TO US. Most people today, even nonbelievers are aware of the fate of Jesus, who loved His people with a Godly love that none of us could even come close to matching, but just in case you don’t know, the Jews had him crucified, killed on the cross of Calvary, and did not accept Him as their Messiah and King, which he truly was.
At this point the Jews had rejected the Father in the Old Testament, and the Son in the 4 Gospels.
Moving on to the book of Acts, we find early on, in chapter 2, Peter preaching on the Day of Pentecost, and blaming the Jews for killing their Messiah. We also find the Holy Spirit coming upon them, that is, the Jews to whom Peter was preaching. Notice I said UPON not within or in. Keep in mind also at this point, that the Gospel of the Kingdom was not the same as the Gospel of the Grace of God given to Paul. How do we Know? let’s go to Scripture and see. Jesus and the twelve had been preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom for about three years~ but when Jesus Himself, while here on earth, told them that He was to go to Jerusalem and be killed, THEY UNDERSTOOD NONE OF THESE THINGS (Luke 18:34). If they had been preaching Paul’s gospel (which was not even revealed at this time) they would have understood perfectly!! The twelve never preached the death, burial and resurrection as preached by Paul!
As we move on through the book of Acts (a transitional book from Law to Grace), we find in chapter 7 the stoning of Stephen,which basically was, at this point, a rejection of the Holy Spirit (Acts 7:51-60).
Now with the rejection of the Holy Spirit,Israel has rejected all 3 Persons of the Godhead, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. This now resulted in the setting aside of the earthly program for a season,and then begins the transition from the earthly program to the heavenly program and the saving of the Apostle of the Gentiles, the Apostle Paul (Rom. 11:13) to whom was given the Gospel of the Grace of God, for this parenthetical period we .now live in between the Old and New Covenants of Israel.
There is not really any doctrine in the book of Acts for us, but it does give us some insight into how Paul was saved and how he became the Apostle of the Gentiles(and any Jews who would believe). We also discover that this “new creation” (2 Cor.5:17). known as “The Body of Christ” were called “Christians” first at Antioch under Paul’s ministry (Acts 11:26). The book of Acts also talks about Paul’s three missionary journeys and what happened during those times.
After the book of Acts, we now move into Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon,which are written TO and FOR us, The Body of Christ today. These books give us all the doctrine we need for this age of grace, and complete God’s Word. They also give us our marching orders for the church of this, our time, and gives us the new, now revealed,Gospel of the Grace of God. MANY PEOPLE believe that there is only one gospel, but as you study it, you will find that there are other gospels (gospel means “good news”)in Scripture and even more to come. (The everlasting gospel in the book of Revelation,Rev. 14: 6-7).
We now move into the books of Hebrews,James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1,2,&3 John, Jude and Revelation, which are the tribulation and post-tribulation epistles. These books will be essential when the earthly program is reinstated by God, after the catching away(also called “the Rapture” of the Church,the Body of Christ). These books are especially FOR, TO and ABOUT the Jews of that time to come, but again most Christians today read them as though everything in them is FOR us today, which it is NOT. They are trying to read the HEAVENLY program given to the Apostle Paul into the earthly program given exclusively to the Jews, and you will have to twist, bend, and mutilate Scripture to make it fit!