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  1. 15:1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved. The men were saying that salvation lied in adherence to the law. 15:2 When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question. 15:5 But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. These Pharisees, which were believers in Christ, were saying that the law was necessary for salvation. 15:6 And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter. 15:7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. Here, Peter is referring to Acts 10 where he was singled out and sent to Cornelius. Cornelius was a Gentile, who feared God; He may well have been a proselyte. Peter, when speaking in Acts 10, preached Jesus and Gentiles believed. 15:8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; Those Gentiles who believed Peter were given the Holy Ghost, as were the Jews. 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. It has always been by faith. 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? Peter was saying the Gentiles were already accepted of God; why contend with God and determine unbearable requirements be put on them, that God did not command. 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they. Peter here was saying that by the grace of God the Jews would be saved as well as the Gentiles. It has always been by grace that anyone is saved. This grace, however, does not mean that Peter is preaching Paul's Gospel of Grace. Paul preached faith in Christ alone, faith in what Christ did on the cross in dying for our sins, as our substitute; faith in his blood and resurrection for our complete forgiveness. Paul preached a gospel of Grace apart from Israel. A gospel that did not require the law or works. Paul preached that the wall of seperation between Jew and Gentile was abolished by the cross. 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: 15:14 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. Simeon is Peter. James is affirming that God was calling out the Gentiles to salvation. 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. James was saying that God saving Gentiles has always been evident. Israel in the coming Kingdom would be a light to the Gentiles for salvation. 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. James also upheld that the law was not required for Gentiles. Moses and the law is accessible and being preached in every synagogue; why introduce the law's demands to the Gentiles outside of the Jews. 15:23 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia. 15:24 Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment: 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.    
  2. 13:16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. Paul was primarily addressing the Jews. He included anyone who would fear God. God always allowed strangers to come to Him thru Israel. 13:23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus: Of the seed of David, God raised Jesus, to be Saviour to Israel. It was Israel, to whom Jesus came to save; it was according to promise. 13:24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. John was preaching to the nation of Israel. He was preaching repentance. 13:25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose. John was pointing Israel to recognize and receive their Saviour. 13:26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent. Salvation to the Jews is reiterated. 13:29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre. 13:30 But God raised him from the dead: Paul emphasizes that Christ Jesus was raised from the dead. 13:31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people. The resurrection was verified. 13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. The resurrection of Jesus secured the promise made to the Jews. 13:34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David. 13:35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: 13:37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption. 13:38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: In Christ they were promised forgiveness. 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Paul was saying that Israel could not keep the law; they could not be justified unto eternal life by the law and Moses. But by Christ, they could be eternally justified. 13:40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; 13:41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. Paul declared scripture foretold their unbelief. 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath. 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. The Gentiles were ready and willing to hear the gospel and believe. 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. The Jews were blinded by unbelief. 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. Here, Paul turns to the Gentiles to offer salvation. 13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. Israel in the Kingdom was to be that light; and in the future, they will. 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.        
  3. 11:1 And the apostles and brethren that were in Judaea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God. 11:17 Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God? The like gift is the Holy Spirit, given by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. 11:18 When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. The book of Acts, focused on the transition from Israel to the Gentiles, follows the diminishing of Israel, and rise of the Gentiles. 12:21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust. Matthew 12:21 It was no secret that God would be gracious to the Gentiles. The means, however, the dispensation of Grace; what would be accomplished by the Cross of the Lord Jesus, was hidden. In the Dispensation of Grace, which was not revealed til Paul, we will find no difference between Jew and Gentile, but rather, justification to eternal life to all who believe, Jew or Gentile, and the unity of being in one body. 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. It can be seen below, why they in verse 11 above, may have went only to the Jews. 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Matthew 10:5-6 11:20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the LORD Jesus. 11:21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. The Lord was turning to Gentiles.
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    10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. Cornelius was a Gentile, but, he was devout to the Lord. 10:5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He was told to send for Peter. 10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Peter had a vision of the Lord and was told that what the Lord had said was clean should not be seen as otherwise. The Lord was talking of Gentiles, no longer being deemed as unclean. The book of Acts is a transitional book; it moves from the old economy of the Law to the dispensation of Grace; it moves from the diminishing of Israel toward the Gentiles. It moves from the twelve to Paul. 10:24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and he had called together his kinsmen and near friends. 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: Peter spoke to those gathered, consisting of Jews and Gentiles. 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 10:36 The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) Jesus is Lord of all, but he went first, to the house of Israel. 10:37 That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. 10:39 And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Here Peter is accusing Israel, once again, in slaying Jesus. 10:40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; 10:41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. Peter is confirming the resurrection. 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. This is the "great commission", which can be noted, was not given to the Body of Christ, but to the Apostles. The Body of Christ is to be the ambassadors of Christ, pleading for all to be reconciled to God thru faith in Christ. 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. Peter is not preaching the cross here, he is preaching faith in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins. 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. 10:45 And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Gentiles believed and received the Holy Ghost, just as the Jews had. 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 10:47 Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? 10:48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. Peter, preaching the Gospel of the Circumcision, commanded baptism under the program of Israel.  
  5. 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? Acts 9:3-4 9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. Acts 9:7 In the above account of the Apostle Paul's conversion near Damascus the men traveling with Paul heard a voice. 22:9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. Acts 22:9 In the verse above it reads the men traveling with Paul heard NOT the voice. This apparent contradiction may well be resolved in the next verse to be examined. 26:14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Acts 26:14 In the above verse it may be significant that Paul heard the voice in the Hebrew language. It may be that the men traveling did hear the voice, but that they heard not may mean that they did not understand what was said. It could be they didn't understand the Hebrew language.
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    Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, Romans 16:25 Paul would not say that this was his gospel if it was the same that the twelve Apostles were preaching. Paul says his gospel was a mystery, not yet revealed; how could the Apostles preach a gospel that was a secret. If they were all preaching the same gospel, what would "that gospel" be that Paul was revealing to the twelve in Galatians? If Jesus was revealing the same gospel to Paul, that had already been given to the twelve, how could that be a mystery?
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    And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. Galatians 2:2 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision Galatians 2:9 Cephas is Peter
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    Paul privately explained the gospel he was given to the Apostles; they agreed not to put gentiles under the law, they did not do the same to the Jewish saints however . They agreed Paul would go to the Gentiles and Peter to the Jews. Peter continued to preach the gospel of the circumcision ( Jesus is Christ, Son of God, crucified and risen, and coming to establish His Kingdom on earth ). Paul continued to go to Gentiles with gospel of Grace.
  9. 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Philip preached to Samaria. He was preaching the name of Jesus and the coming prophetic Kingdom. The Kingdom was the fulfillment of prophecy; the reign of Christ on earth along with David and the twelve Apostles; the filling of the Spirit to obey the law of God and become a light of salvation to the Gentiles. 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Above, the angel of the Lord directed Philip to go to Gaza, where, he met the Ethiopian reading Isaiah. 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. Philip preached Jesus. 8:36 And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 8:37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. The Ethiopian believed that Jesus was the Son of God and according to the Israel program was baptized thereafter. 9:19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus. 9:20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. 9:21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? 9:22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ. Paul met the Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus and believed on Him. First thing he went to the Jews in the synagogues and preaches Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God.
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    Sorry ...new to this...didn't know about quotes. Paul was given the gospel of Grace by the revelation of Christ,he was not preaching the gospel of the Kingdom...he was preaching the interruption of Israel's program and the diminishing of Israel; and the dispensation of grace. Paul was preaching salvation apart from Israel and apart from the law. Paul was preaching a heavenly kingdom, not earthly, as promised to Israel.
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    6:1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration. ACTS 6:1 2:10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, ACTS 2:10 In Acts 6 the Grecians are believers in Christ by hearing and believing the Gospel of the Circumcision. They believed Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God and were looking for the coming Kingdom on earth that was prophesied and confirmed by Jesus's resurrection. As can be seen in Acts 2:10 there were proselytes; these were strangers to Israel, Gentiles, who trusted in God and followed the law. Some of the Grecians may have been proselytes that believed the Gospel. They were not in the Body of Christ since at this time Paul was not saved and given revelation; they were in the Church of God.
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    YOWM......Paul was not mentioned
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    5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. Here Peter was speaking of Christ's resurrection and how Christ has been exalted to God's right hand. It is Israel that receives salvation. He is admonishing them of their guilt for the crucifixion and seeking their repentance. There is no mention here of Gentiles nor the salvation provided by that cross. Peter is preaching the gospel of the Circumcision, which is, Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; Jesus's resurrection assured his return to establish His Kingdom on earth; the nation of Israel needed to repent.
  14. 4:2 Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. Peter and John were preaching Jesus. They were preaching Jesus and faith in Him unto eternal life. They were preaching His resurrection, and how that would ensure the resurrection of believers, and the coming earthly Kingdom promised to the nation of Israel. There is, however, no mention here of the cross of Christ Jesus; no mention of Jesus's sacrificial death, of Jesus being delivered for our offences and raised for our justification. It is the gospel of the Kingdom plus the resurrection of Christ, which is the gospel of the Circumcision, being preached. 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. Peter is preaching the gospel of the Circumcision and the assurance of the coming Kingdom thru Christ's resurrection. He is still preaching faith in the name of Jesus, that Jesus is the Son of God and the Christ. Israel had to believe on Jesus to have eternal life; it was then required that they confess him, be baptized, and keep the law to enter the coming earthly Kingdom of Heaven. 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Naming Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God was required for Jews to have eternal life. Although verse 12 is to the Jews, it is also for us. We can also acknowledge that it is only thru faith in Christ Jesus alone and His provision alone for our,forgiveness, justification, and righteousness unto eternal life.
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    3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? After a lame man was made whole Peter preached to the crowd. It was Israel that Peter spoke to. 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. Peter is still preaching the gospel of the Kingdom. He is still preaching faith in the name of Jesus. 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Peter is still preaching the gospel of the Kingdom. He is preaching faith in Jesus; faith in his name; faith in Jesus being the Christ, the Messiah; He is preaching repentance to the nation which will result in the coming of Jesus to establish His Kingdom in which Israel will reign over the nations with Jesus and be a light to the Gentiles. 3:25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. The gospel of the Kingdom that Peter is preaching is the fulfillment of the covenant God made with Israel. 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. To Israel first was repentance and salvation offered.