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  1. Luke 13:22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 13:23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. Jesus is speaking of entering into the Davidic earthly kingdom in which Israel will reign with Jesus for a thousand years (Jeremiah 23:5 Revelation 20:6 Revelation 5:10). 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. To enter into the kingdom Israel had to believe the gospel of the kingdom preached by Jesus and the twelve (Matthew 4:23). Israel had to endure until the end (Matthew 24:13) and bear the fruits of righteousness (Matthew 3:10 Matthew 5:20) to be saved to enter into the kingdom. 13:28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. The unprofitable and unbelieving Jews will weep and gnash their teeth when they are cast out into darkness (Matthew 8:12). 13:29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
  2. Hello I don't know what that means
  3. Hello Those who Peter called afar off could refer to scattered Jews (Daniel 9:7). Even if it means Gentiles it would have been Gentiles who believed the gospel of the kingdom. Gentiles could always come to God through Israel. These Gentiles would not be in the body of Christ but would have entered the kingdom along with believing Israel.
  4. Luke 13:6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 13:9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. Jesus was offering Israel the prophetic Davidic kingdom on earth during his three year earthly ministry. For three years Jesus was looking for the fruit of repentance. Jesus, after his resurrection, gave Israel time to repent and believe the gospel of the kingdom, and receive him as their Messiah and the Son of God.
  5. Hello 1 Corinthians 12:13 says we are baptized BY the Spirit
  6. Hello Paul did write about water baptism in 1 Corinthians 1:13 but mostly Spirit baptism as in Romans 6:3
  7. Hello Acts 2:3 says like as of fire It was at Pentecost that Peter says Joel was fulfilled and Joel does speak of the day of the Lord and his wrath.
  8. Hello The church, the body of Christ is not commanded or instructed to be baptized in water, this was for Israel (Acts 2:38).
  9. Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: 3:17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. Within these verses above there are three baptisms; only one is with water. John baptized the nation of Israel to cleanse them to be priests in the coming kingdom (Exodus 29:4 Revelation 5:10). John also baptized to identify Jesus as their Messiah (John 1:31). Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. What John and Jesus spoke of in regard to the baptism of the Holy Ghost was fulfilled at Pentecost. Ezekiel 22:21 Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of my wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst therof. Fire is associated with the wrath of God. Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? John was baptizing when he saw the Pharisees and Sadducees and warned them to flee the coming wrath. The wrath John spoke of is the day of the Lord (Isaiah 2:12 Revelation 6:17). The baptism of fire is the pouring out of the wrath of God. John was exhorting the nation of Israel to turn and recognize Jesus as their Messiah and be cleansed for his kingdom to escape the coming wrath. Luke 3:17 is speaking of the believing remnant of Israel being separated from the unbelieving nation of Israel. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. Jesus has saved us as well from the coming wrath.
  10. Hello You said "God did indeed pour out His Spirit at Pentecost on His people (Acts 2:38) and this was during the new covenant, as you have noted. You cannot have two covenants enacted and enforced at the same time. One cannot be in the new covenant and yet still be under the old one, in any regard" Pentecost was said to be fulfillment Of Joel (Acts 2:16). Joel is speaking of the day of the Lord and Israel knowing the Lord is in their midst; that they should turn to him. Peter was peaching to Israel at Pentecost to repent to escape the coming wrath (Acts 2:40). You said "The old covenant was made obsolete when the new covenant was ushered in by the Christ's death on the cross." Jesus died for the transgressions Israel committed under the first testament and to put in force the new testament. The new testament will be fulfilled at his coming (Hebrews 9:28 Acts 3:19 1 Peter 1:7 1 Peter 1:9). You said "Now, if Jews under the new covenant still had to keep the law, which is impossible because it is an obsolete covenent (see above), how could have Paul written what he did concerning the dire warning of them keeping the law:" Israel will be given a new heart at the coming of Jesus to reign in the kingdom and God will cause them to keep his statutes which they could never do on their own (Ezekiel 36:26-27). You said "Peter was among the people Christ said this to! How can you possibly think that Peter was somehow not aware of Christ's blood being for the forgiveness of sins when it was spelled out for him??" During the earthly ministry of Christ the twelve did not understand his death and resurrection (Luke 18:34) but it is evident by 1 Peter 1:2 Peter was writing of the blood of the new covenant. You said "It's right there - forgiveness of sins was to be preached to all nations, and it began in Jerusalem at Pentecost. All nations includes both Jew and Gentile." The kingdom was still being offered to Israel. Jesus was commanding to go unto the nations during the kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20). The law will go out from Jerusalem in the kingdom (Isaiah 2:2-3). You said "We are all saved by being justified through our faith in Jesus Christ and His blood - the One Who justifies. Justification and salvation are inseparable and because both Jew and Gentile can be saved, both justification and salvation apply to both as well." On this, the most important thing, we agree.
  11. Hello The Bible states what Pentecost was: Acts 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
  12. Hello Not quite the same Forgiveness of sins: For Peter under the law forgiveness depended on forgiving (Matthew 6:15). Under the new covenant they still had to keep the law (Ezekiel 36:27). For Peter forgiveness would not be until the fulfillment of the new testament at the coming of the Lord Jesus (Jeremiah 31:33-34 Acts 3:19). For Paul forgiveness is now through the blood (Colossians 1:14). The cross: For Peter the cross was an offence against their Lord and Christ (Acts 2:23). For Paul it was glory (Galatians 6:14). For Peter the death on the cross was for the new testament for Israel (1 Peter 2:24-25 Isaiah 53:5-6). For Paul the cross was salvation to all freely (Romans 3:24). The Resurrection: For Peter the resurrection was a lively hope for the coming of Jesus for salvation in the kingdom (1 Peter 1:3-5). For Paul it was for our justification (Romans 4:25).
  13. Hello Peter and the apostles and even Jesus preached believing in him. Jesus did not speak of his death and resurrection until toward the end of his earthly ministry. After the resurrection Peter also preached that Christ was raised to sit on David's throne. Peter and the apostles and Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom on earth for Israel.
  14. Hello I will simplify as best I can Peter and the eleven preached salvation unto eternal life by believing Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; that is all that they had to believe at that time. Paul preached salvation unto eternal life through faith in Christ (Romans 3:22-30). Paul preached Christ died for our sins, was buried ´╗┐and rose again as the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2-3).
  15. Hello 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. Acts 2:38 Peter (and the apostles) preached salvation unto eternal life by believing in the name of Jesus that he was Messiah, the Son of God (John 20:31). Baptism for the remission of sins to be cleansed to enter the kingdom and to receive the Holy Ghost to empower them for the kingdom (Acts 1:8). Paul preached salvation unto eternal life through faith in Christ (Romans 3:22-30). Paul preached Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again as the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:2-3).
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