worlds first christian takes to the world stage

July 25th, 2017

A close associate of Jesus wrote this. “Jesus came to his own and his own received him not.” An unfortunate and horrible declaration for any person or nation to have to bear. Don’t let it be said about you, as a modern day Jew, or Gentile, or for the nation you reside in.

Jesus himself had this reaction to the whole Jewish affair. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that killed the prophets, and stoned them, who were sent to you.” Despite their behavior Jesus pitied them by saying, “How often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Because of their rejection once again, the double punishment from the ancient chronicler seems to be the repetitive experience of the Jews through out history.
This time Jesus declares, “See your house is left desolate!” There is no greater tragedy for a nation or an individual than to be deserted by God. and every such tragedy has great consequences. And it’s playing out on the world stage today. And even more so for those Jews, who will have to experience Israel once again as a ravaged land.

Possibly most tragic is the forfeiture of their Messianic promised kingdom on this earth. That was the purpose for His birth more than two thousand years ago. The New Testament gospel books of Matthew through John finds the Jews still governed by the Old Testament observations of Judaism. The same for James; 1 and 2 Peter; the three small epistles of John and Jude. The contents of those books are mostly about the Jews, who now realize that Jesus was their promised Messiah. The writer’s audience were alienated from the church age. With the book of Revelation serving as a reviewer, the now and the future.

History moves on with the torch being passed to the Apostle Paul whose conversion experience was announced in a previous discussion and then detailed yesterday. Paul went on to author fifteen books of the New Testament. Starting with the book of Acts and concluding with Hebrews. Those are the books to study because they are written primarily for we Gentiles. That is not to suggest that the rest of the Bible should be discarded. Certainly not! The point being that church age doctrine is primarily contained within Paul’s writings.

In support of Paul writing the Acts of the Church. Peter offers the following. “Consider the long suffering of our Lord is salvation. Even as Paul our beloved brother according to the wisdom given to him has written to you. As in all his epistles, speaking in them of things in which are hard to understand. Those who are irresponsible twist them every which way (church age doctrines) as they do with other scriptures to their own destruction.” See 2 Peter 3:15-16.

Paul assuming the mantel of responsibility for introducing to the world community church age literature. He identified with Esaias, “I was found of them that sought me not. I was made manifest to them that asked not of me.” See Romans 10:20. And then writing about His manifestation recorded the following. “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began. But now made manifest, and by the prophetic scriptures made known to all nations according to the commandment of the everlasting God for obedience to the faith. To God, alone is wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever.” Amen. See Romans 16:25-26.

Settling his auththencity. Paul writes, “For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles. If indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you. How by revelation He made known to me the mystery, as I have briefly written already, by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ. Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets. That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel. Of which I became a minister according to the gift of grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.” See Ephesians 3:1-7.

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