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    Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD

    Mid-Acts Dispensational Right Division is a Gospel Issue http://graceambassadors.com/salvation/mid-acts-dispensational-right-division-is-a-gospel-issue By Justin Johnson There is no more important issue for humanity than the gospel of our salvation. Yet, when you ask a handful of Christians to explain the gospel rarely do you get a consistent or clear answer. Common ideas about salvation are experiential and based on performance. These beliefs are not much different than other religions. They sound like this: – Doing the best I can – Going to church – Being good – Believing in God – Raised in a Christian home – Experienced God’s love More spiritually minded people will recognize that the gospel has something to do with Jesus. We hear the salvation gospel described as “believing in Jesus”, “following Jesus”, “making Jesus Lord of your life”, “accepting Jesus”, “receiving Jesus”, or “loving Jesus”. Pretty much, anything that has to do with Jesus is a legitimate explanation of the gospel for these folks. Even certified theologians differ about the gospel. Some think God chooses who will be saved. Others think God grants salvation in response to our behavior. Catholics believe it is a sin to presume that you are eternally saved. Now, that is confusion! The only thing clear about the gospel in Christianity is that few people can articulate it clearly. The Gospel of Our Salvation It is not the gospel of salvation merely to believe in Jesus; the devils do that (Mark 1:24, James 2:19). It is not the gospel to love Jesus with all our heart; the Muslims dothat as well. “Making Jesus Lord” is something the Mormons include in their theology, and every good Hindu “accepts” Jesus (they accept thousands of gods). None of the beliefs above can save you from God’s rightful judgment against our sins. Paul clearly states the gospel of our salvation in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. “… Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: …” – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 It was through Christ’s death that our sin is removed and we are justified. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21 We receive righteous standing with God by faith. “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” – Romans 5:1 Belief in this gospel alone will save you and give you the grace of eternal life (Rom 6:23). First, we hear this gospel of grace. Second, we trust it, then we are saved: no more, no less. “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…” – Ephesians 1:13 The Mystery of the Gospel What does this have to do with the mystery of Christ and mid-Acts dispensational right division? Everything. You can find gospel messages in the Bible before the gospel of grace surrounding the covenants, Israel, the Commandments, baptism, the Messiah, and the kingdom. Christians cause confusion when they fail to distinguish between the gospel of the kingdom and the mystery gospel of the grace of God. No one before the revelation of the mystery of Christ understood the significant meaning of the death of Jesus to all men (Luke 18:34). The mystery of Christ is the gospel of the grace of God. It is the preaching of the cross for salvation. No one before the revelation of the mystery understood how faith alone could justify sinners (James 2:24). The gospel of grace was kept secret from humanity (1 Cor 2:7-8). Mid-Acts right division recognizes the difference between God’s progressive instructions in the Bible, and clarifies our understanding of the gospel for today. By separating the gospel of grace from the message of the law, covenants, kingdoms, and baptism the glorious gospel of Christ stands alone. Resolving the confusions over tithing, tongues, and water baptism are only consequences and not the main benefit of mid-acts dispensational right division. The biggest benefit to the church of learning the mystery of Christ is clarifying the gospel of our salvation.
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    Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD

    When Believing in Jesus Can’t Save You http://graceambassadors.com/salvation/when-believing-in-jesus-cant-save-you By Justin Johnson “Are you saved?” “I believe in Jesus.” If you think this is what saves you, you might be deceived. You say, why wouldn’t someone who believes in Jesus be saved? Because you can believe in Jesus and not be saved. Don’t get me wrong. I believe in Jesus, too, and think that the salvation of all men is only found in him. Yet, the greatest lies resemble truth. The lie in this false gospel becomes obvious when you consider what is not expressed by this oversimplified statement. For example, Muslims believe in Jesus: he is considered a prophet in the religion of Islam and the Koran. The Hindus believe in Jesus: he is a great guru for them. Historians believe in Jesus: he was a first century Jew who lived in Galilee. Even the devils in hell believe in Jesus and tremble! Do you see that there are times when merely believing in Jesus cannot save? Here is how you know when believing in Jesus cannot save you. When you don’t know who Jesus is. If you don’t know that Jesus was Christ, the Son of God, then he cannot save you. Jesus said: “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” – John 8:24 This means Jesus Christ was God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim 3:16; Col 2:9). If he is not, he cannot be your Saviour (Titus 2:13). God is the only Saviour (Isa 43:11). If Jesus is not the fullness of the Godhead bodily, then he is an imposter, a liar, or worse. When you don’t know what Jesus did. Why did Jesus need to die? If you don’t know, then let me be frank: you are not saved, but you can be. Maybe he was not crucified at all like the Koran wrongly teaches? Perhaps he died naturally, or died without blood like some false Bibles teach. If he did not die, shedding his blood, cursed on a cross, then your sins cannot be forgiven (Eph 1:7; Heb 9:22). Without the cross, God has no means to save anyone. Did he not rise from the dead? Then, you have no proof Jesus was Christ, no hope of glory, no comfort in death, no salvation from sins, and no expectation of eternal life (Rom 4:25; Matt 12:40; 1 Thess 4:14). “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” – 1 Corinthians 15:17 When Jesus did not complete the work. James, the apostle to the twelve tribes, writes that faith without works is dead. Mere belief in Jesus does not justify unto salvation. After all, even the devils believe and know who Jesus is: “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”- James 2:19 “ And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.” – Luke 4:41 James was teaching justification to the twelve tribes of Israel under their law covenant. This was not written with the knowledge of the mystery of Christ, the gospel of God’s grace. The gospel of grace is that Christ did all the work necessary for your salvation (Rom 4:5; Titus 3:5). This is called grace, and it is offered freely (Rom 3:24). There is nothing else that need be done (Col 2:10). How can this be? Christ did it all. Your only response is faith. The only way to be saved is by grace through faith, and this is only possible if the work needed to save you was completed by Christ, the object of your faith. If you think you must contribute some work in order to seal the deal with God, then believing in Christ is not enough to save you. You are not trusting his finished work on your behalf (i.e his grace to you). How Believing in Jesus Can Save You The Lord Jesus Christ revealed the gospel that saves any man today to the apostle Paul. This gospel of grace allows Christ to save through mere belief in the gospel of Christ (Eph 1:13) “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” – Romans 3:25 Before that time, the righteousness of God to save by faith alone was not known, and so faith by itself would impugn the righteousness of God to save (James 2:20). Christ had to make himself known to Israel for people to believe who he was, he had to die and resurrect for men to know what he did, and the mystery of the gospel had to be revealed before belief could stand alone without works, law, or Israel (i.e. pure grace). There was a time when belief in Jesus was either impossible, or insufficient, but now according to the revelation of the mystery, faith in Christ is what saves upon hearing the gospel of the grace of God. Jesus was God in the flesh who died for your sins, rose from the dead, and revealed the gospel of his finished work having done everything necessary for your salvation. Trust him to be saved according to the gospel of grace. If you don’t know who Jesus is, what he did, or fail to trust his finished work, then believing in Jesus cannot save you. Are you saved? “I believe in Jesus” So what. What do you believe about him? How does he save you? How do you know?
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    Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD

    How to Be Baptized Without Getting Wet http://graceambassadors.com/tradition/baptism/how-to-be-baptized-without-getting-wet By Justin Johnson When most people think of baptism they think of water. Whether it be immersion, sprinkled, splashed, or sprayed, they think water has something to do with it. Did you know the Bible teaches it is possible to be baptized without getting wet? Consider John the Baptist. That he baptized with water is clear (John 1:31; Mark 1:5). Everyone John baptized got wet. However, in Matthew 3:11 the only man to be called Baptist in the Bible identifies two other baptisms that do not include water. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:” – Matthew 3:11 The Holy Ghost is spiritual and so is not made of water, and I’m pretty sure the baptism with fire would evaporate any moisture left on anyone who participates in that fiery furnace (Isa 4:4: Mal 3:2). Then there is the baptism of the nation Israel unto Moses in 1 Corinthians 10:2. They walked across the sea on dry ground and the Egyptians who were dunked in the water drowned. After Jesus was baptized with water by John, he spoke of another baptism for himself which would end in his death. The only water involved in the death of Jesus was that which flowed out of him (John 19:34). “But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!” – Luke 12:50 Many Baptisms: Some Dry, Some Wet There are many different baptisms in the Bible and most of them are dry. Baptism has become synonymous with water baptism, but baptism does not mean water. A better definition would be how someone is identified with something. This is why Paul describes a baptism into the body of Christ in 1 Corinthians 12:13. Everyone who is saved by the gospel of Christ today is identified with the Lord in his second baptism unto death. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” – 1 Corinthians 12:13 “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” – Romans 6:3 Baptism into Christ is identification with Christ. We become crucified with Christ without ever touching water (Gal 2:20). Baptism with water never symbolized death, but cleansing, as in the remission of sins (Mark 1:4). In the present dispensation of grace, our sins are forgiven through the blood of Christ through his death. There is only one baptism Paul says is necessary in the church, and it does not include water or a priest to perform it. It is performed by the operation of God when we believe the gospel of the death and resurrection of Christ (Eph 4:5). “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.” – Col 2:12 If you think baptism must always include water, then you are a little wet behind the ears. Baptism does not require water, there are many examples in the Bible, and the one baptism you need does not require a single drop.
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    Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD

    Sin and Your Identity in Christ http://graceambassadors.com/life/sin-and-your-identity-in-christ By Justin Johnson There are tremendous doctrines about who I am in Christ found in Romans chapter six. These identity doctrines deliver you from the power of sin and death. Missing these important identification truths produces a variety of doctrinal mistakes. My New Life in Christ Romans 6:3-4 describes that now we, that are saved, are identified with Christ. The old man, though present every morning in my flesh, is to be reckoned dead (Rom 6:6, 11). This teaches that the judgment and sentence of my old man is already complete. No longer am I trying to make it look better than what it was, nor am I letting it walk around with impunity. It is nailed to Calvary’s cross. There is now no eternal connection between me and my old man in Adam (Col 2:11). I am not merely destined to die then face a judgment unto condemnation and death. I am now destined to live in the resurrection of Christ (Rom 6:8). Freedom from Sin and Death As a result, sin and death have no more rightful dominion over me (Rom 6:9, 14). The life I live now is the resurrected life of Christ in me, the hope of glory! Without power of dominion, sin cannot accuse me, condemn me, kill me, or make me subject to it any longer. It can taunt me like the unrepentant thief crucified next to Jesus, but it is already dead. The thief was nailed to a cross! When it tries to raise objections to the court, it cannot because the court is already dismissed and the bailiff has him on the electric chair. Anything he might say are seen as last words, and irrelevant to his sentence of death. Death cannot threaten me with its fear of judgment, for my old man has been judged and is dead. I am now alive in Christ. Silencing Sin and Death When these identity doctrines are neglected, then all of the gracious benefits we have in Christ are called into question. Sin will try to adjudicate over your eternal life by asking, “Can we lose our salvation when we sin?” Grace responds with, “Your testimony and authority is not valid in this court. The case has been closed. The old man is already dead. This new man is free from your accusations.” Death will try to object, “But sin must be judged and suffering must match the crime. He did not suffer!” Grace responds with, “This man is in Christ. Christ died unto sin once, and does not die anymore. You have no right to speak in this court seeing as this man is already dead and resurrected in Christ.” Neither sin nor death can do anything to change who you are in Christ, free from both. Identification Mistakes Those who think that the sin of their old man determines their destiny, direction, or duty have missed the doctrine of their identity with Christ, dead to sin. Those who think they must suffer even unto death for their sin do not understand who they are in Christ, where death has no dominion. In Christ, you can forget the daily re-crucifixion of Jesus in the Mass, flagellation, the works of penance, fasting, stair walking, stigmata, prayers of confession, and whatever other forms of suffering the old man tries to perform on itself to make a fair shew in the flesh. Pleas are no good to save the man that is already dead. These are all useless to rid you of your sins or your sin. Christ’s Work Against Sin Christ dealt with all your sin problems by the cross. This is what we mean when we say, “Christ did it all”. He did more than die a death in your place; he died so that in your place he could conquer death in resurrection. Do not forget what the Lord Jesus Christ did for you, he not only died for your sins, but he died unto sin for you. Thank God we are now no longer identified by our weak and useless, corrupt and sinful, old man, but are now identified with the Lord Jesus Christ and the reign of grace.
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    “Repent and Do Works” http://graceambassadors.com/salvation/repent-and-do-works By Justin Johnson “But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.” –Acts 26:20 Acts 26 is an unnecessary source of confusion for students of Pauline truth. For example, in Acts 26:20 Paul says that he taught Jews and Gentiles to repent and turn to God and do works. Yet, we know that Paul taught the gospel of Christ’s free righteousness imputed unto us without our works. “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5 Is Paul teaching a works based message? Is this evidence that Paul taught the same as the works of Jesus and Peter in Matthew through Acts? Of course not. Repent and Turn to God The confusion begins with a wrong definition of the word “repent”, which does not mean to “turn from your sins”, or to “stop sinning”, or “promise to live a better life”. Repent simply means a change of mind. This is what it meant when the prophets told Israel to change their mind and hearts about disobeying the law, else God’s wrath would be invoked. This is what it meant when John, Jesus, and Peter charged Israel to change their mind about the coming of the Lord. While they were living in sin thinking the end would not come, they were told of the “last days” and the coming of the Lord to set up his kingdom. This is what it meant when Paul exhorted his brethren to change their mind about Jesus, and to the Gentiles to change their mind about sin and “dumb idols”. The admonition to “repent and turn to God” is an appropriate message since the beginning of the world. All men are called to change their mind about their own sin and turn their mind and hearts to God. Every gospel message includes this generic teaching. However, what is conspicuous by its absence is the will of God in the present dispensation. That is, the preaching of the cross for salvation is missing from this verse. Paul leaves it out in his apt defense unto a Hebrew-friendly king and Jewish prosecutors. Works Meet for Repentance While some would make a big ado about the works meet for repentance that Paul mentions, this is no more than the good works that God has always called his people to do. Before the flood, Noah preached righteous living. Moses taught good works under the law. Jesus and the Twelve taught good works in their ministry to Israel. Paul also encourages us unto good works in the dispensation that does not require works for salvation. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” – Titus 2:14 Just as God’s message to mankind has always included a change of mind about sin and towards the will of God, what follows is the exhortation to do good works. At no time, including this dispensation of grace, does God fail to encourage good works. Although, in this dispensation alone works are excluded as part of the faith unto salvation. So then, to the law abiding prosecution, and the king familiar with the righteous teachings of the law of the Jews, Paul explains that he was not teaching lawlessness or disobedience to God. This in no way contradicts Paul’s message in his epistles, nor does it conflate the mystery of Christ with the prophetic message to Israel.
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    Is Faith Without Works Dead? http://graceambassadors.com/salvation/is-faith-without-works-dead The Bible defines faith as the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). It is undeniable that faith without substance is no faith at all, but merely a false hope. However, those who do not rightly divide the Scripture often are plagued with a misunderstanding of the separate faiths that have been offered throughout dispensations. It is a misconception to think that the substance of faith remains the same for every person and group in the Bible. The Just Shall Live by Faith Scripture records that the just in every age shall live by faith, and yet the substance or content of that faith changes as it is revealed. “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:17 It is an unchangeable principle of God that the righteous, in any age, must live by faith, and operate according to the obedience of that faith (Acts 6:7, Romans 1:5). “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” – Hebrews 11:6 However, we must recognize the dispensational changes in the substance of that faith as it is revealed from God. Noah had faith in a flood and salvation by an ark. Moses had faith in God who would deliver them from Egypt, and salvation from enemy bondage. The Hope of Israel It is clearly stated in the opening verse of James, that he writes to the ‘twelve tribes’ and ‘my brethren’, who were Israelites, scattered by the persecution of unbelieving Israel. Writing to the twelve tribes, James writes concerning the faith and hope of Israel during the Pentecostal period. It is during this time that the gospel of the kingdom was preached by Peter who proclaimed the ‘last days’ before Christ’s return (Acts 2:16-17,3:19-21). Instead of having a hope based upon the preaching of the cross, Israel’s hope was in the salvation offered by the coming Holy One and promised kingdom (Luke 1:68-75). It was this information that Peter presented for acceptance by faith. “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” – Acts 2:36 Along with believing Jesus to be the Holy One, Peter called upon Israel to repent and perform the works necessary to exhibit their repentance according to what Jesus had taught. “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:20 A Faith That Produces Works In order to enter the kingdom, Jesus taught that Israel must be righteous. In fact, they must be perfect ‘even as your Father in heaven is perfect’ (Matthew 5:48). If a believer was to have faith in the coming kingdom with Jesus as its Messiah, then they would of necessity be obliged to perform the works of the law as obedience to that faith. The substance of the faith was entering the coming kingdom with Jesus as Messiah. The obedience to that faith would naturally be performing works required to enter the kingdom, and be admitted into Jesus’ kingdom. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” – John 14:21 When faith was obeyed by these Jewish believers, they would exhibit the works required by their faith. The substance of their faith was obedience to the law, even the new covenant, as Jesus, the Holy One, both taught and exemplified (Matthew 5:20, 8:4, 23:2-3). A Dead Faith If the substance of your faith was the coming kingdom, which required a righteous performance of works for admission, then you could evaluate a person’s faith by their obedience to perform works. “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” – James 2:20 The faith of these Jewish believers at Pentecost demanded the obedience of works. Otherwise, the substance of their faith was not alive – it was dead! Only someone who did not have faith of a coming kingdom, or did not want to enter the coming kingdom would deny necessary works. James reasons that a man reaches justification, which is the proof of salvation, through the necessary works. “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” – James 2:24 Another Hope, Another Faith The just will live by faith. Until the revelation of the mystery, the substance of faith always included God’s involvement with the nation Israel, its promised kingdom, and its associated covenants. It was not until Paul that salvation was offered by grace through faith alone apart from any special nation, kingdom requirements, or covenant stipulations (Romans 4:5, Eph 2:8-9, Romans 11:6, Eph 2:12). Paul offered a hope not based upon a promised earthly kingdom of peace and righteous rule, but a hope of salvation found within the preaching of the cross (Eph 2:7, Romans 5:2-4). The saving faith we are taught includes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ who was delivered for our offences and raised again for our free justification (Romans 4:25). We are given free justification by grace apart from any meritorious work of our own (Romans 3:24). Contained in this further revelation which was not revealed to Peter, James, or John prior to Paul was that our faith is not in a covenantal law, which required performance, but in the death of Jesus Christ for our sins. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;” – Romans 3:21 The Obedience of Faith The substance of our faith is the atoning work of Christ on the cross in our place (Galatians 2:16, Romans 3:21-26). Unique to this dispensation of emphatic grace, the obedience to this faith requires no works at all! “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5 Instead of evaluating our faith based upon performance, our faith is evaluated based on Christ’s performance in our place, which was sufficient for every man! Praise God! It was when we were weak, and given up by God as enemies, Christ died for us: “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” – Romans 5:6 Dead Faith in the Dispensation of Grace Citing James 2:14-26, teachers seek to justify a performance-based evaluation of ‘true’ faith today in the dispensation of grace. Yet, unknowingly, they rob people of the benefits the righteousness of God which only comes freely by faith in Christ (Romans 3:22-24,5:2). In order for a faith to be dead in this dispensation, the substance of their faith must be inactive. That is, if our faith is in Jesus Christ’s work on the cross, then a dead faith would be like preaching a dead Jesus who could not perform that which he promised (Romans 4:19-21). Contrariwise, any person who has faith in the cross of Christ has the full assurance of salvation because God is able to perform that which we could not – a proper atonement of our sins. Our faith can only be annulled or dead if the work of Christ was annulled or insufficient. Impossible! Do not be robbed of the glorious grace of God by a lack of rightly dividing the Scriptures. It is the precious truth of the efficacious atoning blood of Jesus that is the focus and climax of the gospel! Whereas James taught a faith that required works in order to be ‘perfect’, we are given a perfect position by our faith in Christ alone! Amen and Amen. (2 Cor 5:21, Phil 3:12)
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    I Am Not a New Testament Christian http://graceambassadors.com/prophecy/new-covenant/i-am-not-a-new-testament-christian By Justin Johnson I am not a new testament Christian. The Bible says I can’t be, nor can you. Now, before I get secretly voted off the deacon board, let’s consider why being a new testament Christian is of such importance. No one would bat an eye if it was proclaimed that I was not an old testament Christian, but what makes a new testament Christian much different? New Testament to Israel It is said, “the old testament was for Israel, but the new testament is for the church.” While it is true that the old testament was made with Israel, it would be wrong to say the new testament was made with the church. The scripture cannot be clearer that the new testament was merely a replacement for the old made with the “house of Israel and with the house of Judah”. “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,…” – Hebrews 8:10 (quoting Jeremiah 31:33). New Testament is not the Body of Christ It is said, “If you are not in the new testament, how can you call yourself a Christian?” The answer is realizing that Christ did more than mediate for the new testament made with Israel, he also created a new creature called the church, the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27). While both of Israel’s testaments speak prophetically of Christ, neither one speaks of the mystery of Christ to create this new creature where there is neither Jew nor Gentile. The mystery of Christ was kept secret since the world began, which means it was not contained in the covenants of promise made with Israel (Eph 3:4-5). The new testament does not explain the creation of the mystery church, but it does guarantee that Israel will not cease to be a nation, which has little relevance to the hope of the church today. “If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.” – Jeremiah 31:36 New Testament is a Law Covenant It is said, “The new testament is faith in Jesus Christ.” Yes, the new testament requires faith in the Messiah to be a partaker, but that is not all that it requires. Remember, faith without works is dead for the new testament participant, because the laws of God are written in their heart and mind causing them to do them (Eze 36:27). “…I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:…” – Heb 8:10 Rather than a lack of works testifying to dead faith, a lack of works today can testify to a strong faith in the power of Christ’s finished work for salvation. New Testament and the Kingdom It is said, “The new testament is the kingdom of God on earth.” While this may be true, according to the promises of the new testament we are not living in that kingdom today. “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them,…” – Jer 31:34 Instead of not needing teachers, teachers of the Bible abound in trying to exposit the truths of scripture. Instead of all Israel knowing the Lord, the majority of Israel is still in unbelief. All of Israel will not be saved and the new testament fulfilled until the kingdom is brought by the Lord from heaven. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” – Rom 11:26-27 No New Testament Christians Today The new testament was not made with Gentiles, it does not describe Christ’s work for the church, it is a law covenant, and it is not being fulfilled today. No believer today can be a new testament Christian if the Bible means what it says to whom it says it. Meanwhile, the believer today should be more than excited to be a member of the body of Christ, saved by grace without works, not under the law, teaching the gospel of the grace of God to a religious world whose only hope is wrongly thinking they have a special covenant with God.
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    A Division Ignored in the Covenant-Dispensational Debate http://graceambassadors.com/midacts/a-division-ignored-in-the-covenant-dispensational-debate By Justin Johnson It is commonly said that the Old Testament was for Israel, while the New Testament is for the Church. This wrong division has led to one of the most lengthy and heated rifts among Christians regarding the fulfillment of the promises and prophecies given to Israel. Covenantalists say that the Old Testament promises and prophecies are fulfilled in the New Testament Church. Dispensationalists (of the popular and historical Acts 2 variety) say that the promises and prophecies are not fulfilled by the New Testament Church and will be fulfilled by a return of Israel as a nation into their land. Both positions have their problems, and neither has it right. The Covenantal position must spiritualize plain prophetic passages in the Old Testament that speak about Israel. The Dispensational position must explain why many prophecies speak directly about the New Testament, Jesus’ earthly ministry, and Pentecost. There is a third answer to the dilemma that has largely been missed or ignored, because it requires a dramatic change in the way the scriptures are divided. Whereas both camps have tried to answer the question of prophecy by dividing the Old Testament from the New Testament, there is a better way to divide the scriptures: a division between prophecy and mystery. Reinterpreting the New Testament Covenantal teachers advocate reinterpreting the Old Testament by their supposed New Testament spiritual fulfillment. Many Dispensational teachers take the Old Testament literally, but find spiritualizing New Testament passages necessary in order to apply it to the Church. Both must spiritualize portions of scripture. The answer to the dilemma lies in rightly dividing both prophetic testaments from the Church, which is a mystery, and leaving both testaments in the hands of Israel, to whom they were given. The Church, which is the Body of Christ, was revealed to Paul and is described as a mystery (Eph 3:6, Col 1:27, Eph 5:32). It is not the subject of prophecy, whether the prophecy is the Old Testament or its fulfillment in the New (Rom 16:25, Col 1:26). After all the New Testament was never intended for the Church, but was prophesied and reiterated in Hebrews to be applied to Israel: “For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:” – Hebrews 8:8, quoting Jeremiah 31:31. Both Right, Both Wrong, Neither Work The Covenantalists are right that the New Testament will fulfill the Old Testament promises and prophecies, but they are wrong that we need to alter the original prophetic meaning for it to do so. The Dispensationalists are right that the prophecies are not fulfilled in the Church, but they are wrong when they try to apply New Testament doctrine to the Church. The necessary division for proper interpretation of the Bible is not between the Old Testament and the New, as if one was for Israel and the other for the Church. Neither testament speaks to the mystery of the Church, the Body of Christ. The most important division to make is between both testaments (subjects of prophecy to Israel) and the Church (the subject of the mystery). Prophecy vs. Mystery Rightly dividing the New Testament from the Church is what separates mid-Acts Pauline dispensationalists from every other dispensational or covenant teacher. Instead of interpreting the Old Testament by the New, or the New by the Old, we interpret the entire Bible through the lens of what is the prophecy and what is mystery; what is earthly, and what is heavenly. These are the necessary divisions that remove the confusion of so-called Christian scholars.
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    Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD

    What Is the New Covenant / Testament? http://graceambassadors.com/prophecy/what-is-the-new-covenant-testament Sometimes called the New Testament, the new covenant is a fulfillment of the promise God made with Israel to bring them back to the land and to help them obey the law. As a result this better testament would allow Israel to reap the blessings of God’s covenant made with their fathers (Luke 1:72-75). The beginning of this New Testament can be found in Deuteronomy 30:1-9, where God promises that he will: Have compassion on them (30:3) Gather them together from among the nations (30:3-5) Allow them to dwell in the promised land (30:3-5) Circumcise their heart so they can obey the commandments (30:6-8) Make their work plenteous (30:9) This testament would finally provide for the redemption of the nation Israel and institute what was needed to begin God’s strategy for blessing the ‘kindreds of the earth’ through their priesthood (Gen 12:3, 22:18, Acts 3:25). What Israel would fail to accomplish on their own accord under the old covenant, God would provide for them under the new. New Covenant prophesied The prophets also reminded the Jews of the promised new covenant: “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:” – Jeremiah 31:31 Jeremiah goes on to describe how God will ‘put my law in their inward parts’ and will ‘remember their sin no more’ (Jeremiah 31:33-34). Ezekiel also describes the supernatural empowerment that will accompany the new covenant as he writes: “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. “ – Ezekiel 36:27 The description given by Ezekiel also mentions how God will: Gather them from all countries (36:24) Allow them to dwell in the Promised Land (36:28) ‘Multiply the fruit of the tree’ (36:30) New Covenant confirmed In Romans, Paul says that Jesus was a minister to the circumcision to ‘confirm the promises made unto the fathers’ (Romans 15:8). Hebrews tells us that Jesus came as the mediator of the new covenant. Jesus testifies to this during the Passover supper with the disciples. In describing the symbolism of the meal he says: “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” – Matthew 26:28 During his ministry, Jesus was preparing his followers for the coming kingdom and new covenant when he taught them about obeying the law, and told them about the supernatural empowerment he would send from heaven (John 14:26, Matthew 6:24-33). The sign to all that men were part of the New Covenant blessing was if they bore fruit, were protected from harm, and spoke of the law written in their hearts. Therefore Jesus taught that, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” – Matthew 7:20 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them…” – Mark 16:17-18 “And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.” – Luke 12:11-12 The New Covenant enforced Hebrews tells us that the new covenant was not in force until after Christ died. “For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.” – Hebrews 9:17 So then, after Jesus died he sent down the ‘Comforter’ who would prepare the saints with the new covenant power to enter the kingdom (John 14:26). It is this ‘better covenant’ that the author of Hebrews describes while quoting Jeremiah 31: “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.” – Hebrews 8:6 It was for this reason that Christ died for Israel so that their past transgressions under the old covenant would be redeemed and they could partake of the promise of the new covenant (Hebrews 9:15). The enforcement of this covenant relationship with God was exclusive and severe. All of those who were part of the covenant were accompanied by the blessings of the covenant, while those who rejected or fell away from the covenant were denied salvation: “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” – Hebrews 10:26-27 The New Covenant never realized During Saul’s rebellion in Acts, God’s strategy for implementing the New Covenant was halted in order to implement a different strategy for a purpose that had never been previously revealed. This revelation of the mystery dispensed to Paul was information about God’s plan for heavenly places and a heavenly people. As a result the New Covenant promises have yet to be realized. Paul explains how those promises would be realized after the future ‘fulness of the Gentiles be come in’ (Romans 11:25-27). “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” (Romans 11:26) Although the new covenant has been confirmed and established as a result of Christ’s death, the results of that covenant with Israel are yet to be realized. Israel has not assumed the promised kingdom, nor is God’s plan for the earth complete. Instead, what pervades is the interim dispensation of reconciliation to all the world, where Christ is offered apart from any covenant or special people status or nationality (2 Cor 5:19).
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    Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD

    Are We Under Any Covenants? http://graceambassadors.com/tradition/are-we-under-any-covenants When the Bible speaks of covenants in the specific sense, it is speaking of the covenants given to God’s chosen nation Israel. No one today in the dispensation of Grace is a partaker of the covenants which are made between Israel and God. Hebrews 8:7 speaks of the first covenant and the second covenant given to Israel. The first covenant describes the Law as given to Israel at Horeb: “The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.” – Deuteronomy 5:2 The second covenant, or ‘better covenant’, is the ‘new covenant’ also given to Israel (Heb 8:13, 12:24). “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord;…” – Hebrews 8:10 And again in Jeremiah: “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:” – Jeremiah 31:31 Knowing that the covenants were given to Israel and Judah, Paul stated concerning his brethren according to the flesh, Israel, “…to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;…” Romans 9:4 Gentiles and the Body of Christ The covenants were between God and Israel regarding their future redemption as spoken of by the prophets since the world began. However, Gentiles in time past as well as those in the body of Christ today are not a part of the covenants. Paul says, “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” – Ephesians 2:12 In order for a Gentile in time past to get the blessings of God they had to follow the provisions of the covenant. (See “Did Gentiles in the Old Testament get saved?” for more.) However, they were estranged from the covenants given to Israel. During the dispensation of Grace, believers receive the benefits of the redemptive work of Christ on the cross outside of any covenant relationship. It was purely by God’s grace that we receive eternal life and the blessings associated with salvation. Otherwise grace would not be grace (Romans 11:6). Today there is neither Jew nor Gentile. There is no special status before God for any nation today. “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” – Romans 11:32 Instead of a covenant providing the necessary terms of redemption, believers today are of the same body and partakers of the promise in Christ by the gospel of the grace of God (Eph 3:6, Titus 1:2-3). We receive the mercy and the grace of God apart from our adherence to any covenant given in time past, we receive it by faith (Romans 5:1, 8-10). -Written in Their Hearts -I Am Not a New Testament Christian -30 Reasons We do not Operate Under the New Testament -No More Strangers and Foreigners -A Strange Teaching on the New Testament -What Is the New Covenant / Testament?
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    Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD

    Without Israel, Without Covenants, Without the Law http://graceambassadors.com/mystery/without-israel-without-covenants-without-the-law By Justin Johnson Most of the Bible talks about salvation. Most of the Bible talks about salvation coming through Israel, promised in covenants, with required works of the law. Christ sent Paul to offer salvation according to the mystery without Israel, without covenants, and without the law. As a result salvation is all of Christ. Without Israel When God was operating in the world through his chosen people salvation was said to be “of the Jews” (John 4:22). Salvation to the world would come through Israel’s rise to glory, and then the nations of the world would be blessed. Being a Jew meant being the first to receive God’s blessing, and being the channel of blessing and salvation to Gentiles. When Christ sent Paul to Gentiles it was because Israel had rejected Christ and salvation (Rom 11:25). Yes, Paul went to Jew first, but they did not receive it. Gentiles were receiving salvation without Israel through the preaching of Christ’s death and resurrection. Paul proves that both Jew and Gentile are under sin, and so being an Israelite has no advantage today toward salvation by grace through faith. Two thousand years later, it remains the same that Gentiles continue being saved while the nation of Israel as a whole has rejected it. Salvation according to the mystery is without Israel. “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin” – Romans 3:9 “For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.” – Romans 11:32 Without Covenants What made Israel God’s chosen people were the covenants given exclusively to them. Gentiles had no privilege or advantage with any covenants with God. Even when Israel failed, they could lay claim to the covenants of promises God had made with their fathers, David, and the prophets. God had promised them salvation. Confidence in salvation was found in the covenants God had made. In contrast, Paul preaches complete confidence of salvation to people who never had any covenants. On what basis could they be so sure? Paul explains that the work for salvation was already finished, and was being offered to them freely. While prophecy promised a future hope of salvation, it was a promise yet to be fulfilled. Paul preached a present possession of salvation according to the mystery. God is under no obligation toward the church the body of Christ having made no covenants with the Body. Salvation is offered all of grace without obligation or requirement. God and Israel still have obligations under the covenants to fulfill before salvation comes to them. “For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.” – Romans 11:27 Only according to the mystery of Christ does salvation come without a covenant of promise, but directly through the promise in Christ by the gospel (Eph 3:6). “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery… That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel” – Eph 3:3-6″ Without the Law How could man be righteous without obedience to the law or the commandments of God? This is explained clearly in Paul’s epistle to the Romans 3-5. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets” – Romans 3:21 The law was the subject of Israel’s old covenant, and the law was revised in Israel’s new covenant, but in both cases God’s law was what would prove their righteous faith. According to the mystery Paul speaks of salvation without the law being offered freely to all men. Conclusion Israel will be restored. The covenants of God will be fulfilled. The law is holy, just, and good, and will one day be preached to all nations. The mystery of Christ affects how salvation is preached. Salvation according to prophecy was through Israel, under the covenants, and accompanied by the law. The mystery of Christ is how salvation comes to all without Israel, without covenants, and without the law. This hidden wisdom of God in Christ Jesus was kept secret since the world began, but is now made known to all nations . -Are We Under Any Covenants? -Israel’s Future Salvation -A Look at History With and Without Israel -Peter Taught Gentiles. Yawn. -Does Romans 2:28-29 Teach A Spiritual Israel? -A Strange Teaching on the New Testament -Abraham, Father of Us All
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    Salvation, Doctrine and Rightly Dividing - MAD

    Not Every Gentile is in the Church http://graceambassadors.com/midacts/not-every-gentile-is-in-the-church By Justin Johnson A common mistake made when first learning to rightly divide is to divide Jew and Gentile into different dispensations. Salvation was of the Jews in time past (John 4:22), and is sent to Gentiles now (Rom 11:11). Armed with only these verses, muddled minds jump to the wrong conclusion that only Israel had access to salvation in time past, and only Gentiles have access to it now. This error is perpetuated by oversimplified or simply wrong statements like these: “Prophecy is about Israel, and mystery about the Gentiles.” “Israel inherits the kingdom, and we [Gentiles] the Church.” “Israel was promised the earth, and Gentiles inherit heavenly places. Actually, there are Jews and Gentiles in both prophecy and mystery, and also in both God’s purpose for Israel and for the Church. Jews in the Church That there are Israelites in the church of today, which is the body of Christ, has been discussed before and should be obvious. The new creature is neither Jew nor Gentile, but is made up of both (Gal 3:28, 1 Cor 12:13). Paul himself was a Jew (Phil 3:5), and there were not a few of his kinsmen that participated in the gospel of the grace of God that were Israelites (Acts 17:4). Any Israelite who desires salvation in the present dispensation of God will be saved only by faith in the finished work of Christ on the cross, just as every Gentile today, not through covenants or circumcision. Gentiles in Prophecy Not every faithful Gentile in the Bible was a member of the church the body of Christ first revealed to Paul in a mystery. Many were part of Israel’s earthly purpose. God had always made provision for these faithful Gentiles. Although Israel was the chosen nation of God, and to whom God gave the oracles, the purpose of God raising up Israel is so through them the world would be blessed. “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” – Genesis 12:3 Though blessing was available to all, Gentiles had to go to the nation Israel to access it, as they were the trustees of God’s word and promises. So, truly, salvation was of the Jews. Gentiles Blessed through Israel Throughout the scripture there are examples of Gentiles who were faithful to God’s instructions and received blessing by blessing the God of Israel. Consider righteous Abimelech who provided protection for both Abraham and Isaac, testifying that God was with them. “And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee;” – Genesis 26:28 Remember the Gentile harlot Rahab who by faith in the God of Israel did not die in Jericho, and lived among the Israelites (Heb 11:31, Josh 6:25). The Ninevites repented of their sins and cried unto the God of Israel for salvation (Jonah 3:7-10). The Gentile queen of Sheba blessed Solomon and the God of Israel when she saw the wisdom that he spoke, and his righteous acts. “Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the LORD loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice.” – 1 Kings 10:9 Gentiles in the Kingdom Prophecy even tells of Gentiles in the future kingdom of Israel. After all, to whom would the priests of the Lord minister if there were not other saved nations on the earth? “And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it [the New Jerusalem]: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.” – Rev 21:24 The Gentiles would come to Israel’s cities to receive blessing, healing, and instruction (Isa 2:2-3). In Jesus’ kingdom ministry to Israel there were Gentiles who showed their worthiness of entering the earthly kingdom by their faith in the Messiah. Remember the Gentile centurion who did not think himself worthy of being in the presence of Jesus, but knew he could heal him. “When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” – Luke 7:9 Or the Gentile Canaanite woman who recognized that although she was not among the people to whom Christ came [Israel], as a Gentile she could be blessed through Israel. “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt.” – Matt 15:28-29 Gentiles before Paul All of this should teach us that Gentiles could be blessed through Israel even before the revelation of the mystery of Christ was revealed to Paul in mid-Acts. That Paul was sent to the Gentiles directly (as well as unbelieving Israel), only showed that the message he taught did not put the Gentiles under the covenants of promise which required them to go through Israel to receive a blessing. There were faithful Gentiles before Paul. There were faithful Gentiles who followed Christ before Paul according to prophecy. Peter spoke to some in Acts 10. Paul speaks to these Gentiles in Romans 9:24 and Romans 11:13. [For more details about the Gentiles in Romans 9-11 listen to our verse by verse series here.] The prophecy given to Israel would bless both Jews and Gentiles in the earthly kingdom. The mystery of Christ given to Paul spoke of God’s new creature for heavenly places. By the preaching of the cross, salvation, blessing, and inheritance was freely offered to all men apart from Israel’s kingdom, covenants, and law.
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