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Peter’s Gospel

The key element in understanding Scripture is to rightly divide it. (11 Tim. 2:15) It is imperative to determine who the Word is being addressed to. For example when God dealt with Noah He instructed Noah to build an ark. We do not read this passage today and determine, well God’s will is for us to build an ark and then build one. Of course we do not. God was instructing Noah to do what was necessary at the time for his salvation. Moses and the children of Israel had to keep a multitude of laws and sacrifices but again, this was for a particular people for a particular time. So we see how the message from God if not rightly divided and rightly applied can create confusion. The misapplication of certain passages can cause the rise of improper doctrine even to the point of heresies.
Let us look at the passage in Acts chapter 2. Peter is not speaking to us today and the message has no application to receiving salvation in this dispensation. The Gospel of the Grace of God was given to the Apostle Paul who at the time of this sermon was still a Pharisee.
If you were to use this passage for your salvation then you must be baptized in order to receive salvation. According to the New Testament Pauline epistle we know this is not true for the born again believer.( Acts 2:38) Water baptism for us just makes us wet and has no saving grace.

Acts 2:14] But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
[15] For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
[16] But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
[17] And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God,I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
[18] And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
[19] And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
[20] The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
[21] And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Peter begins his message with a quotation from Joel 2:28-32. Those in his Jewish audience, being familiar with the Old Testament prophets, would have understood the statements in Joel come after the promise the Lord God would be in the midst of Israel just before the pouring out. Peter was telling them Jesus, the Lord God, had been in their midst. NOTE verse 22 of our passage:

[22] Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

Please note to whom Peter is speaking. The passage clearly states : the men of Israel ! Are you, the lost Gentile, a man of Israel? Then the Holy Spirit must not be talking to you in this passage.
Whether Peter actually believed the events were a direct fulfillment of the prophecy or was attempting to prove a point we do not know. If he thought this was a direct fulfillment of the prophecy we know him to be wrong. The Holy Spirit was NOT pour out on ALL flesh, the sun did NOT darken, the moon did NOT turn to blood, the notable day of the Lord did NOT happen. The wonders Jesus performed did NOT involve smoke, vapor, fire or blood. The only statement which could be said to be accurate is the saving of those who call upon the Lord, which by the way is quoted in Romans by the Apostle Paul as being current for this dispensation. (Romans 10:13). I believe Peter did indeed think this scripture was being fulfilled as the restoration of Israel as an independent nation ruling the world was foremost on the Apostles mind (see Acts 1:6) and was expecting Christ to come right back and destroy the Roman army and restore the kingdom.
Peter believing this is now expecting the entirety of the passage to be fulfilled.

[23] Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
[24] Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
[25] For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:
[26] Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
[27] Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
[28] Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
[29] Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.
[30] Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
[31] He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.
[32] This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
[33] Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.
[34] For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
[35] Until I make thy foes thy footstool.
[36] Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.

Peter does not preach a substitution death of Jesus nor the shedding of His blood being an atonement for sin but rather they wickedly killed Him (though it was within God’s plan). He preached Christ went to Hell but God raised Him up and exalted Him to His right hand where He is waiting for His enemies to be destroyed.
He preached Christ is going to sit on the throne of David. So this Jewish audience understood in light of the Old Testament Christ was coming back to rule and the expectation was one of immediacy. They out of fear for a retribution by Jesus cried out what must they do. Not a fear of condemnation to hell or eternity in the lake of fire but rather one of fear of retribution for killing Jesus. Look at the message! No mention of dying in your sins, blood shedding atonement, eternal life, being born again, forgiveness of ALL sins, nothing associated with the saving of a soul. This is NOT the gospel as we know it.

[37] Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
[38] Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
[39] For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
[40] And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

Repent and baptism for the remission of what sins? Verse 23 in his message, “ye have taken” and slain Jesus. The murder of Jesus.  What promise would they receive? Forgiveness for the killing of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The only other promises the Jews knew of would be the restoration of the kingdom. Remember the message which had been preached by John the Baptist, Jesus and the Apostles ? REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM IS AT HAND. The message has not changed yet to the substitution death of Christ and eternal life promised to believers. Being born again is not even in their minds. They are NOT being taught salvation from Hell but rather, the “untoward generation”, the one who killed Jesus. (vs. 40)

[41] Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

If you believe this had anything to do with our gospel then indeed you must sell all that you have and join a communal church. (Acts 2:44-47) After all, they had no need of possessions because they were anticipating the imminent return of Jesus to sit on His throne in Jerusalem and the destruction of those who had destroyed Him.

Trinity

Gen 1:[26] And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
[27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

The Bible tells us the mystery of godliness is great (1 Ti 3:16). So it stands to reason men will have a difficult time understanding the doctrine of the Trinity. The word Trinity does not exist in the Scripture but without a doubt the doctrine does exist.
First, to reject the doctrine one must reject the KJV Bible, which indeed is the Word of God. The Bible clearly states God made man in His plural image. Note the words US and Our in Genesis 1:26 yet the very next verse uses the words HIS OWN for the very same distinction.
In order to have a greater grasp of this one only has to realize that man himself is a triune being. Let me write this again, MAN IS A TRIUNE BEING. What puzzles me are those that seem to grasp and believe man is a triune being but think God, in Whose image we are created, is not.

In 1Thes.5:23 we find:
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am not sure it gets any clearer than this. Man is a walking breathing three part being. We are composed of body, soul and spirit. Soul and spirit though intertwined are distinct and separable. according to Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The difference between our three parts and the Godhead’s is ours exists encased in our body (for now) while the Godhead exists separately.
So then, God is indeed three. Think of it this way.
God the Father = soul
God the Son = body
God the Holy Spirit = spirit
Here we have all three. All distinct yet all one. All God. So then man created in the plural image of God indeed is three parts: body, soul, and spirit.

 

Rapture

There are many questions in Christian circles about the doctrine of the church being removed from the world prior to the Tribulation (Rapture). I would like to examine 1 and 11 Thessalonians and address some of the questions.

1Thes.4:[13] But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
[14] For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
[15] For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
[16] For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
[17] Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
[18] Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

In first Thessalonians the Apostle Paul wrote of the rapture to the church as well as at some point taught them in person (11 Thes. 2:5). From the tone and admonition in second Thessalonians it seems some false teacher(s) attempted to convince the saints they had missed the Rapture and were now in the Tribulation
And were now awaiting the Day of Christ. (In passing let me mention there are more than one Day of the Lord Luke 17:22)

2Thes.1:[4] So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
[5] Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
[6] Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

The church was indeed suffering tribulation by those who rejected the gospel but God is going to give payback to those people who persecute the body of Christ with a tribulation of their own.

[7] And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
[8] In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
[9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
[10] When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

We, the Christians, will be at rest when Christ comes to wreck havoc on the lost. Not on the basis of our works but on the basis of our belief in the gospel.

[11] Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
[12] That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We are not to be worried about the tribulation for ourselves but rather we should be walking a life that glorifies Jesus. The calling will be for us to be at rest while tribulation is pour out onto the lost.

2Thes.2:[1] Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
[2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
[3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

We need not to worry about the day of Christ. The one where He is taking fiery vengeance on the lost because we will be gathered together with Him.
That Day, which day? THE DAY OF CHRIST WHERE IS TAKING FLAMING VENGEANCE ON THE LOST. All of these things must happen before the Day of flaming vengeance. So before the Day of Christ there must be a falling away first which is the precursor for the Rapture and the anti-Christ revealed.
Since we are still here (vs. 1) and the falling away has not happened (vs. 3) and the anti-Christ has not been revealed (vs. 3) the Day of Christ is NOT impending now.
All of the following must also occur before the day of flaming vengeance:
removal of the One who prevents it from happening now. (Holy Spirit)
the entering of the temple by the anti-Christ
the world following after him.

[4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
[5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
[6] And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
[7] For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
[8] And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
[9] Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
[10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
[11] And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
[12] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

[13] But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
[14] Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[15] Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
[16] Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
[17] Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

We need not worry because we are called to salvation. Not only salvation from our sin but from the wrath to come. (1 Thes 5:9-10)
The comfort we have according to 1 Thes. 4 is the gathering out of the saints.

When will the Rapture occur?

No one knows the exact day in time the Rapture (the gathering out of the world of the church) will occur but I would like to look at the conditions which will precipitate the event.

In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 we are given 7 individual body of believers with a unique message and messenger. In Revelations 2:1-7 we are told of the church at Ephesus. We will begin by looking at some uniqueness of this body.

1) This is the body which was informed the church is the bride of Jesus Christ. (Ep. 5)

2) This is the only body in Revelation which also has a Pauline epistle addressed to it. 

3) Paul prayed God would a “revelation” to them of the hope of His calling (Ep 1:17-19)

I believe the use of the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2 rather than being some random body was used specifically for these unique factors.

They are addressed by the One who walks among the 7 body of believers. We know it is Jesus.

They are the only body of the 7 who have dealt with false apostles. The other bodies deal with tribulations (IE  martyrdom, Jezebel, Balaam, false JEWS, depths of Satan)

They are promised eternal life as a reward. (Re. 2:7)

Their punishment for failure to do as told is REMOVAL! (Re 2:5)

In verse 5 they are threatened with removal within 4 verses is the first mention of tribulation coming. Coincidence?

So then we have the church identified as the bride of Christ being removed from the world. Does this sound like the Rapture to you? 

If so then what would cause the removal according to the passage? The Bible states they had left their first love and if they did not repent and do the first works Jesus would remove them. The passage indicates they were doing works but not the first works.

The body of Christ has been so caught up in doing social good they have forgotten the church is primarily here to lead others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ our first love. This is what will precipitate the Rapture. Jesus said in the last days iniquity will abound and the love of many shall wax cold. (Mt. 24:12)

Iniquity abounds now is this because the darkness has grown stronger or the light has grown dimmer? We, the church, have left our primary mission. We no longer love the Lord and become wrapped up in doing social good. We no longer tell the lost of Hell and judgment and try to lead men to Christ. 

The church no longer being effective will leave this world and then will begin the time period we call the Tribulation.

Kingdom gospel versus gospel of grace

2Tim.2:[15] Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

The Bible instructs us to study it. More than just reading the Scripture we are to STUDY it. Perhaps the most important factor in proper study and understanding is to “rightly” divide. Though the Bible was written for all humanity not every instruction can be broadly applied to every individual in every age.
The Bible was not only given to man over a period of time it is also meant to be applied over periods of time. As a minister it is tantamount to properly instruct the flock to rightly divide the Word.
For example God instructed Noah to build an ark. Noah moved by faith did as he was instructed to do. No Christian in our age would logically imply, well God told Noah to build an ark to be saved so I must build an ark too. Just the thought is ludicrous. By the same token myriad of Scriptures are misapplied weekly in pulpits across America to the detriment of the Christian body.
I would like to begin the website lessons with a comparison of the gospel of the kingdom to the gospel of grace.

Let us begin by looking at the gospel of the kingdom. It is important to note (as in all studies) to whom this gospel was intended. Look closely at Matthew 10. Not only should it be evident this is not the gospel of God’s grace to man but in verses 5-7 it CLEARLY says it is for Jews only. Now how a minister can read that and with a straight face tell a believer this gospel is the same is beyond my comprehension. If Jesus Himself says it is ONLY for the Jews then why would we believe it is for us the Gentile believer?

The kingdom gospel may be found in Matthew chapters 5-7 the gospel of God’s grace may be found in the Pauline epistles. Matthew chapters 5-7 are commonly called the sermon on the mount. Many believers wrongly believe this doctrine is for the Christian believer in Christ.
Let us examine the facts:
1) The message was given before the cross. Our gospel is all about the cross.
2) It was intended for the Jews. Our gospel is for all humanity.
3) Nowhere are the words faith, grace, blood, or the cross. You cannot preach our gospel without these.
4) It is a gospel of works (Mt 5:23-30) Ours is totally by faith (Ep 2:8-9)
5) It is one of not making provision for oneself (Mt 6:25-34 NOTE the word Gentiles in this passage surely indicating this is not one for the Gentiles) Ours is one if a man doesn’t work he doesn’t eat and if a man doesn’t provide for his family he is worse than an infidel. (11 Thes 3:10//1 Ti 5:8)
6) The one promises ALL things asked for will be received (Mt 7:7-11) Under ours Paul asked three times for a thorn to be removed but God told him NO! (11 Co 12:7-9)
7) It is one of keeping the commandments ( Mt 5:17-20) Ours is one of the commandments being nailed to the cross. (Col 2:14)

There are some wonderful sentiments preached in the sermon on the mount but you could do EVERYTHING in it and split Hell wide open when you die because this gospel is not for salvation in this age but rather instruction for the Jewish people in preparation for receiving their kingdom.

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