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    1 Corinthians 15:33-58 KJV -

    Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
    34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
    35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
    36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
    37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
    38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
    39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
    40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
    41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
    42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
    43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
    44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
    45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
    46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
    47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
    48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
    49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
    50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
    51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
    52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
    53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
    54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
    55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
    56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
    57But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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    Don’t Hide the Cross Behind Holy Week

    By Justin Johnson

    Every year Christians are told to take a week off from preaching the cross to reenact events that happened before anyone understood it. They call this week Holy Week.

    You are told to be part of the kingdom palm waving crowd on Palm Sunday, but were not those the same people who consented to his death later in the week?
    On Holy Monday and Tuesday you are told to place yourself in the sandals of the disciples listening to Jesus’ ministry to the circumcision (Rom 15:8), but the disciples did not understand the cross and were afraid to ask him about it.

    On Spy Wednesday many participate in processions reenacting the events of Judas betrayal by wearing capirotes and carrying around religious statues and icons, but wouldn’t we not want to reenact that dark night of betrayal?

    Even though Christians are called children of light and ought not hide the gospel (2 Cor 4:3-4), Maundy Thursday is the beginning of three holy days of darkness called Tenebrae where the Eucharist is hidden under a blanket, crosses and Bibles are hidden in churches, and God’s love expressed in the cross is hidden behind the ritual of foot washing and symbolic candles.

    You are told that Good Friday is the day for sorrowful reflection, fasting, and mourning over the death of Jesus, but isn’t that contrary to glorying in the cross as Paul does (Gal 6:14)? Perhaps reflection ought to be spent on how three days fit between Friday and the end of Black Saturday.

    Holy Week ends with Sunday sunrise services talking about the climax of the empty tomb and resurrection putting an end to the darkness of the week before, that is, until next year.

    Children often ask the important question the apostles asked as well, “why did Jesus have to die?”, but Holy Week is over and resurrection is the end. There is no explanation from the traditionalists except that is what happened according to scripture.

    Two thousand years ago no one understood the good news of the cross at any time during that week (John 20:8-9; Luke 18:33-34), but that doesn’t stop religious persons from telling you to follow Jesus through Holy Week which comes and goes leaving more questions than answers.

    The reason why is found in the the revealed mystery, the gospel of the grace of God, given by the resurrected Lord when he returned after the Easter pageants end and shined light on the apostle Paul for you and me to understand his will.

    “Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel” – 2 Timothy 2:8

    Every year people forget what this scripture says.
    The annual religious recreation of a week of ignorance of the cross, darkness, and sorrowful morning has worked to undermine the grace ministry of understanding, light, and rejoicing in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    The gospel of grace of God does not end with the death and resurrection, it begins there. Our gospel of Christ should never be hid in darkness, behind symbols, or expressed in religious rituals.

    Never take a week off from preaching the glory of the cross, not even for religious holy days.

    “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
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    When Can Works Justify


    By Justin Johnson
    The opposite of faith is doubt. Faith is always required for salvation. Doubt towards God in salvation is unacceptable. Likewise, grace from God is always needed for salvation. Our good works are but filthy rags before a righteous God and also are unable to save us; we need God’s grace.


    But there remains confusion about where in the plan of salvation do ‘works’ come into play. The confusion enters when the plain verse from James 2:24 is compared with the plain verse in Romans 4:5.


    “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” – James 2:24
    “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. ” – Romans 4:5


    These are theological opposites. Some might call it a contradiction. Pastors are told in seminaries that the contradiction is only imaginary and that they mean the same thing; black is white; up is down. I don’t buy it.
    The theological opposite of justification by faith and works is justification by faith without works, just as the verses suggest.


    The plain reading of these two verses present a seemingly irreconcilable contradiction unless we understand the fact that James did not believe the same gospel that was given to Paul.


    Paul presents his faith in Romans 3 which is placed in the propitiatory work of Christ on the cross. His blood offered as payment for our sins (Romans 3:24-25). Since his faith was in the finished work of Christ there is nothing else for the sinner to do but to believe.


    “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. ” – Romans 3:26


    Of course, James could not have understood this mystery information as the book of James was most likely written before any contact with Paul and the gospel of the grace of God.
    James’ faith is described as the belief in the one God, Jesus Christ as the Messiah, and in doing every part of the law with mercy (James 2:13).


    “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. ” – James 1:22
    “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” – James 2:19


    After all, Jesus taught doing the commandments if you truly had faith: “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me:” (John 14:21)


    Although works could never in themselves save sinful humanity, they were required under the law for the obedience of faith. Since James’ faith was in the obedience of the law according to the commands of the Messiah, then a faith in works without works would be vain indeed.


    Works were needed for justification before the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery.
    Thank God that now we have been delivered from the curse of the law and we now know it is the work of Christ paying for our sins on the cross that justifies the ungodly by faith alone! Put your faith in the living Jesus Christ and his blood atonement for your sins.


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    “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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    GRACE AMBASSADORS
    MINISTRY UPDATE


    April 22nd, 2017

    Learning the World's Wisdom

    "The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." - 1 Cor 3:20

    God knew the thoughts of the philosophers and wise men of the world before they had them.

    God gave Solomon more wisdom and wealth than any other. Solomon spent half his life searching for "what profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?" (Ecc 1:3)

    What did he find? ... The same thing God already knew.

    "Behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit." - Ecc 1:14

    Solomon lived before the greatest historical philosophers man has ever known, but he already knew the end of their thoughts.

    If you are looking for worldly experience and thoughts from the wise about life under the sun, without all the bad consequences and wasted time of doing it yourself, then learn from Solomon's observations in Ecclesiastes as an old man who has been there and done that.

    If you are looking for truth and what is profitable to man in this life and the next, then learn from the words of the Lord Jesus Christ recorded by the apostle Paul:

    "In [Christ] are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." - Col 2:3

    "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable..." - 2 Tim 3:16

    "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." - Col 2:8

    "...forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." - 1 Cor 15:58

    What Paul knew was revealed by Christ from heaven. It was a mystery kept secret from Solomon and every philosopher today looking only under the sun.

    For Truth,

    Justin "not in vain" Johnson
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    The Lost Sheep of Israel

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    Was Peter Cursed by Paul

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    THE GOSPEL THAT SAVES

    "I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved ... how that 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 15:1-4 (KJB)

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    GRACE AMBASSADORS
    MINISTRY UPDATE


    April 7th, 2018
    Know the Problem


    People who do not see the problem will not understand the solution. Another solution will work just as well for them.

    If we clearly explain the problem then the true solution becomes necessary.

    Knowledge of the problems in Pentecostalism and Acts 28ism demands the Mid-Acts answer.

    Revealing contradictions in your Bible necessitates dispensationalism.

    When emotionalism fails is when doctrine becomes important. The knowledge of sin in the law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ.

    When you want someone to know the answer. Start with the problem.

    For His glory,

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    THE GOSPEL THAT SAVES

    "I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved ... how that 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 15:1-4 (KJB)

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    Did Paul Preach A Different Gospel?


    By Justin Johnson - http://graceambassadors.com/salvatio...fferent-gospel

    Although every man at any time is saved by the grace of God through faith, the content of faith differs from one dispensation to the next. That is, the message that is offered and believed for righteousness and salvation varies according to God’s progressive revelation.

    As discussed in ‘What are the different gospels in the Bible?’ various people at sundry times were counted righteous as a result of faithful obedience to separate messages.

    Where Abraham was counted righteous as a result of his obedience of faith to a promised nation, Moses taught the obedience of faith in the law for righteousness (Genesis 15:6, Deut 6:25). John the Baptist taught water baptism for remission of sins, and Jesus taught the ‘seeking the kingdom’ as a gospel worthy of righteousness (Mark 1:4, Matt 6:33).

    Later the disciples witnessed the death and resurrection of the Messiah and testified of the endurance of the saints for attaining salvation (1 Peter 1:7-9). The message taught by Peter, James, and John was that Jesus was the promised Son of God, and whomever believed this truth and followed the commandments would be counted worthy of eternal life (Acts 3:26, 1 John 5:12).

    Righteousness with the law
    Since the beginning ministry of John the Baptist, the disciples taught the necessary obedience of faith to the covenant laws for righteousness. Although faith was always required for justification, it was the active obedience of faith to God’s instructions that would gain a righteous standing before God.

    During his earthly ministry, Jesus 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)

    James says, “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone” (James 2:17).
    John says, “Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous” (1 John 3:7).

    Even the New Covenant promised to ‘write the laws in your hearts’ and ‘cause you to do them’ (Heb 8:10, Eze 36:27).
    Therefore it was no surprise when if anyone failed to keep the strict standard of righteousness taught by Christ, then they would be condemned! [See ‘What is the New Covenant’]

    “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.” – 1 John 3:9
    “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

    Righteousness without the law
    However, Paul taught the contrary. Instead of preaching the obedience of faith towards the law for righteousness, he taught righteousness by faith only.

    “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested …” – Romans 3:21
    “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:5

    In his exposition of salvation, Paul explains that we are reconciled to God while we were his enemies, disobeying the commandments and ‘strangers from the covenants’ (Eph 2:12).

    “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” – Romans 5:10
    Whereas under the message of the disciples righteousness was indicated by their deeds, Paul’s message indicates righteousness as a product of the work of Christ on the cross imputed upon those that believe (Romans 3:22-24, 2 Cor 5:21).


    A Different gospel
    Based upon the necessary conditions for righteousness, we can see that Paul not only taught a different message but a different gospel than the disciples. Whereas, the disciples taught faith in the Christ as the Son of God and commandment-keeping as their standard for righteousness, Paul revealed a message of trusting the function of the death and resurrection for justification (Romans 3:24-25).


    Peter taught the crucifixion as the ultimate example of unjust persecution (Acts 2:23, 1 Peter 2:20-24). However, the blood of Christ was something that was necessary for the glory of the gospel preached by Paul (Col 1:14, Romans 3:24).

    “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.” – Gal 6:14

    He taught the faith in Christ’s righteous atonement that grants justification apart from any works of the law (Romans 4:5). This message and gospel of grace is first taught by the Apostle Paul as it was revealed to him by Christ for he had not learned it from the disciples (Gal 1:11-12).


    Misunderstanding this gospel distinction is the cause of so much confusion about salvation. To become assured of our eternal destination, a proper understanding of the righteousness without the law is needed.



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    A Gospel Without the Cross


    By Justin Johnson

    Let’s start with a cliché: the word gospel means good news (something we don’t hear much of these days).


    Meanwhile, there are multiple times in the Bible that God’s messengers bear good news (‘good tidings’ is the Biblical phrase). The news is not always the same. The news is not always good for everyone.


    Not every gospel in the Bible is yours.


    John the Baptist and Jesus, in his earthly ministry, taught the gospel of the kingdom. The good news was that the long promised kingdom to Israel was finally “at hand”, it was “nigh”.


    “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” – Mark 1:14-15


    Without the Cross


    Salvation according to the gospel of the kingdom meant deliverance from the unrighteous rulers all over the world. God’s people, and the faithful nations, would be ruled by God’s Messiah in obedient Israel.


    What is certain is that the gospel of the kingdom did not require knowledge of the cross of Christ, not to mention understanding what it meant.


    In Luke 9:1-2 Jesus gave power to his disciples and sent them to preach the gospel of the kingdom of God.


    Nine chapters later, Jesus tells the same disciples that he must die, and they were clueless about it.


    “And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.” – Luke 18:34


    The preaching of the gospel of the kingdom is without the preaching of the cross.


    The Gospel of the Cross


    However, Paul’s gospel does include the cross, moreover, it is the preaching of the cross.


    “I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you…By which also ye are saved,… how that 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 Cor 15:1-4


    The disciples in the red letters were ignorant of the gospel of the cross. Yet the preaching of the cross is the power of God unto salvation for the church today (1 Cor 1:18).


    Rightly Dividing the Gospels


    As a result, a fundamental thesis of mid-Acts Pauline right division is established.


    The gospel taught by Peter and the Lord in his earthly ministry was without the cross. Nobody could be saved in Matthew-John by the gospel of the cross, which is the only gospel that brings salvation to all men today.


    Today, preaching the gospel without the cross is vain (1 Cor 1:17-18). There are other gospels in the Bible given to Israel that are without the cross. They would not be vain according to God’s promises to Israel, but they need to be rightly divided from the gospel that saves into the church.


    God is not bringing in his kingdom to Israel today, but he is ministering the good news of Christ crucified and resurrected for the sins of all men. A gospel without the cross is no gospel to lost sinners. The only gospel that saves today requires the cross of Christ.


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    Convinced People


    Imagine trying to persuade someone at the airport to switch their destination to match yours. How ludicrous! They already bought the ticket, checked the luggage, and are about to board their own plane. They were convinced of their destination when they showed up.

    This is what its like to evangelize someone with strong opinions contrary to the Bible.

    Wouldn’t it be better to find someone not yet persuaded and talk to them about your destination? Of course. People not persuaded are easier to teach a new thing. (Be fully persuaded.)

    However, if you meet someone with strong opinions don’t try to sell them another ticket. It will end in an argument or debate, and will waste your time.

    Your approach with people of strong opinions should change from teaching to listening. Ask questions and let them speak. The more they talk the less persuaded they may become if you ask the right questions. Resist the temptation to answer for them.

    If you can’t listen to them, then leave. It’s not our job to argue with everyone, but to make all men see (Eph 3:9). Some people aren’t looking, so, move on.

    You can’t convince someone against their will. So, don’t try to convince them. Listen or leave.

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    The Gospel Missing in John


    By Justin Johnson
    The purpose verse for the book of John is John 20:31.

    “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” – John 20:31


    John did not write his book as an historical narrative of every word or deed of Jesus. He confesses that there are many things that Jesus did that he did not write (John 20:31). He left them out because John is not an historical narrative, it is written to prove that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. This was John’s gospel.



    John’s gospel was the gospel of the name of Jesus. This was also the gospel preached in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. The gospel missing in John is the gospel given to the Church today for eternal life.


    The Gospel of Jesus’ Name
    Before entering the promised kingdom it was important for covenant Israel to correctly identify their Messiah and follow him.
    The good news to Israel in Matthew-John was that the Messiah had come and was identified by the greatest of the prophets as Jesus of Nazareth.


    Jesus had been sent from God to minister to God’s chosen people: Israel (John 1:11).
    Whosoever believed in the authority (name) of Jesus, as sent from God to be King of Israel, and followed him into the kingdom would find life (John 5:24).


    Whosoever denied the name (authority) of Jesus as the Messiah would not find life, even if they claimed to be a part of covenant Israel.
    The Messiah king of Israel would be given power to grant life and take it away (John 5:21).


    What’s His Name?
    This gospel of the kingdom and the name of Jesus can be found also in the three narratives of the Lord’s ministry.
    At the turning point in Jesus’ earthly ministry, he asks a question evaluating how successful their preaching of the gospel of his name had been.


    “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” – Matthew 16:13


    Their ministry would have been a success if the overwhelming response of Israel was, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
    Instead, only his few disciples believed this.


    The Rejected Messiah
    Eventually Israel rejected their Messiah, and crucified him instead of welcoming him as King.
    A dead king, a dead Messiah, was no Messiah at all.


    Yet, the authority of Jesus was not yet finished. As he was indeed the Son of God, and death had no power over him, he resurrected and commissioned the apostles to continue preaching the kingdom and the king, the gospel of his name.


    The Messiah of Israel left and ascended to heaven, and would return in the future to judge and make war in establishing his kingdom (Acts 3:21).
    But the apostles continued to preach the gospel of the name. Jesus was truly the Messiah of Israel, and his resurrection proved it.


    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12


    The Missing Gospel
    Jesus is the Christ, and he is the Son of God. He is the promised Messiah to Israel, and yet he has not yet returned to setup his kingdom as Peter preached at Pentecost.


    Instead, the kingdom ministry of the twelve apostles was interrupted by an unknown return of the Lord to give to Paul a dispensation of the gospel (1 Cor 9:17).


    The Lord returned to his chief persecutor to further reveal another gospel for salvation sent to all men. The gospel of his name has been superseded by the gospel of the grace of God.


    This greater gospel includes the good news of the Lord’s death, burial, and resurrection for salvation, which Paul calls the preaching of the cross (1 Cor 1:18).


    How could the cross be good news? The answer is in the revelation of the mystery of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 2:7-8, Rom 16:25).
    The mystery of Christ is that he is not only the Messiah to Israel, but is the Saviour to all, Jew and Gentile, without Israel’s kingdom, Israel’s law, and without Israel’s faith (Rom 11:32).


    While Israel would be saved by Jesus name as the promised kingdom Messiah, the world can now receive the gift of eternal life by what Jesus did on our behalf on the cross.


    Through his death on the cross sins could be forgiven, death could be destroyed, and eternal life freely given to Gentiles who were never given a promise from God (Eph 3:6).


    Conclusion
    The gospel of his name found in John 20:31 was the theme of the Lord’s earthly ministry to Israel in the book of John. Not one verse in John mentions the mystery gospel of the glory of the cross (Gal 6:14).


    There is a difference between the gospel of his name, and the gospel of his finished work on the cross. John’s gospel of his name does not include the good news of his death, burial, and resurrection as found in the mystery of Christ later given to Paul.


    For this more glorious gospel we must continue reading in our Bible to Paul’s ministry (starting with his epistle to the Romans), where the Lord returned to reveal the manifold wisdom of God (Eph 3:9-10).


    While John 20:31 will always be a true testimony of who Jesus is, it will always be missing the gospel that saves today which concerns what Jesus did for us.


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    The New Covenant Can Rob You


    By Justin Johnson

    Have you ever signed something without knowing what you were getting into? Don’t!



    This is a sure recipe for getting robbed.


    Sure, it’s a free trial* until next month when they automatically bill you for $39.95 (per month). Been there? Me, too.


    God is not a cheater, but many pastors will cheat you of your riches in Christ when they wrongly put you back under Israel’s covenants.


    Old Covenant Warnings


    Consider the Presbyterian pastor who puts you under the old covenant given to Moses. He might attract you with the covenanted promises of blessing when you obey, but he will wait until tithe tax season to warn you about the curses that come if you fail to comply.


    Know ye not that you are “not under the law” (Rom 6:14), you are at liberty from its bondage (Gal 5:1), and that Christ was made a curse for us (Gal 3:13)?


    Under the old covenant you are obligated to a required tithe, or else you have robbed God and can be cursed (Mal 3:8). If you can be cursed, you have been robbed of Christ by your pastor putting you under the old covenant.


    When you accepted old covenant preaching for the physical blessings it promised, you didn’t know what you were getting into. Beware. You need something better than the old covenant.


    New Covenant Warnings


    Hebrews describes something far better than the old covenant: the new covenant (Heb 8:6-8). The Baptist preacher says the old covenant was inadequate, but the new covenant requires Christ, and is better in most every way.


    Be careful before you get robbed.


    You say, “What’s wrong with the new covenant?”


    Nothing, if you are a Hebrew whose salvation is incomplete, ignorant of the mystery, waiting and laboring to receive your promised blessings in an earthly kingdom.


    Know ye not that, if you believe, you have atonement now (Rom 5:11), forgiveness now (Eph 1:8), salvation as a present possession (1 Cor 1:18), a completed position in Christ (Col 2:10), and have all sufficient grace right now by the gospel (Eph 1:3; 2 Cor 12:9)?


    The new covenant is promised salvation for Israel. Since their covenant has not yet been complete, Israel’s salvation is incomplete today (Heb 8:11-13; Rom 11:25-27). Their forgiveness, grace, day of atonement, and complete salvation provided by Christ is yet future (Acts 3:19; 1 Pet 1:13).


    Is the new covenant better than the old? Yes, in that it requires Christ. Is it complete? Not yet.


    If you are put under the new covenant it robs you of your complete standing and present possession of the unsearchable riches of God’s grace (Eph 3:8).


    When you accepted new covenant teaching of the Hebrew epistles for the Christ it taught, you didn’t know what you were getting into. Forewarned is forearmed. You need something better if you want to possess complete and finished salvation now.


    Things Excellent


    Paul prays that the Philippians would “approve things that are excellent” (Phil 1:10). This is what you need to do before you accept any covenant teaching your pastor tries to pull over your eyes.


    What is better than the old covenant? The new covenant. What is better than the new covenant today? The mystery of Christ excels where we find the dispensation of God’s grace offered freely to you.


    The church today is not operating under Israel’s covenants which are either inadequate or incomplete.


    If you are saved by the gospel of Christ today, you receive salvation now freely by grace through faith in the blood, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and all the unsearchable riches that come with that according to the mystery.


    Why contract for something you already have for free?


    Don’t let anyone beguile you of your reward with talk of shadows and types of Hebrew prophecy or judgments according to Israel’s laws (old or new).


    “Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” – Col 2:17


    You are in a mystery Body, not a covenant. If you are saved today and have the unsearchable riches of God’s grace be careful of being robbed of your riches by signing up for one of Israel’s covenants.
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    Differences Between the Old Covenant, New Covenant, and the Fellowship of the Mystery


    By Justin Johnson

    The old covenant, new covenant, and the fellowship of the mystery all describe different ways in which people receive God’s blessings.


    Ignoring the differences causes people to claim blessings or curses belonging to someone else, miss blessings belonging to them, and resort to sundry religious behaviors they think invoke God’s blessing.


    What are the differences between the old covenant, new covenant, and the fellowship of the mystery?


    Old Covenant


    The easiest place to start is with the old covenant, or the Law of Moses. This law was intended to be a blessing to the world through Israel’s separation and obedience.


    The law was declared to be their righteousness if Israel performed all that God instructed. It would also be a curse if they disobeyed, and it was this latter lesson that Israel would learn. They could not keep the law, and required a multitude of sacrifices to cover their sin.


    Israel as a channel of God’s blessing was not done away by their failure to keep the law.


    God had made promises to the fathers of Israel to make Israel the nation through which the world would be blessed. The promises of God cannot be revoked because Israel did not fulfill them by their own power.


    Old Covenant
    Israel is a nation separate from the Gentiles
    The law given to obey
    Covenant to make Israel the channel of blessing to the world
    New Covenant


    Israel was given promises from God to be the nation through which the world would be blessed. The old and new covenants were both intended to fulfill this promise. This is why both the old and new covenants are made with the house of Israel and Judah (Jer 31:31; Heb 8:10-11).


    Both the old covenant and the new covenant include the law, priests, a kingdom, and sacrifices for sin. Both were intended to provide the blessing of the world through Israel.


    Both are the subject of prophecy, and were not part of God’s mystery kept secret since the world began.


    The new covenant was made better for Israel in that God would perform all that they could not do on their own. He would be the better priest, he would give the Spirit to cause them to keep the law, and he would send Christ to establish the kingdom.


    The new covenant is merely the old covenant blessing, the promises to the fathers, made possible through the provision of God (John 1:17).


    Whereas the old covenant emphasized man’s performance, the new covenant was God performing for Israel what they could not. The old failed to fulfill the promises, but the new would not fail (Heb 8:7-10).


    Old Covenant
    New Covenant

    Israel must perform on their own
    God’s grace for Israel to perform by the Spirit

    Israel is a nation separate from the Gentiles
    Israel is a nation separate from the Gentiles

    The law given to obey
    The law written on their hearts to obey (Jer 31:33)

    Covenant to make Israel the channel of blessing to the world
    Covenant to make Israel the channel of blessing to the world


    More about the new covenant found here.

    The Fellowship of the Mystery

    Since the new covenant described God’s performance on behalf of Israel, many are confused by the difference between the new covenant and the fellowship of the mystery thinking they both require God’s grace and so must be talking about the same thing.

    The difference here is critical.

    The new covenant is God’s blessing of grace through Israel, their covenants, and their law written in their hearts. The fellowship of the mystery is God’s grace given to all freely without Israel, without their earthly covenants, and without their law written in hearts.

    Whereas under the old covenant God was the law giver, and under the new covenant God in Christ was the law keeper, under the fellowship of the mystery God in Christ is the law remover (Rom 6:14; Col 2:14).

    Whereas the old covenant was given to Israel, and the new covenant was given to believing Israel, the fellowship of the mystery is for all that believe the gospel of Christ: Jew or Gentile (2 Cor 5:17; Eph 2:15; Col 3:11). There is no place in the one body of the mystery for a separation between Israel and Gentile.

    Whereas the old and new covenants are the subject of prophecy to fulfill God’s promise of blessing through Israel, the fellowship of the mystery was not revealed in any promise from God since the world began (Rom 16:25).

    The fellowship of the mystery is not the fulfillment of any covenant, prophecy, or promise given to Israel. The dispensation of grace was hid in God until revealed to the apostle Paul for the church today (Eph 3:1-2; Eph 3:9-11).

    New Covenant Fellowship of the Mystery
    God’s grace for Israel to perform by the Spirit God’s grace to all without Israel
    Israel is a nation separate from the Gentiles Israel is fallen; no Jew nor Gentile in the Body of Christ
    The law written on their hearts to obey Blessing without the law; Not under the law; walk by the Spirit
    Covenant to make Israel the channel of blessing to the world All spiritual blessings in Christ without covenants for a kingdom, nation, circumcision, or priesthood.
    A Word about 2 Cor 3:6

    Despite the clear differences between the covenants and the mystery, Paul’s statement in 2 Cor 3:6 is often used to place the new creature back under Israel’s new covenant.

    There is no reason to do so, especially since doing so robs the church of spiritual blessings not found in Israel’s covenants.

    When Paul says he is an able minister of the new testament, it is because of what the new testament and the fellowship of the mystery have in common, namely, they both concern God’s gracious provision (sufficiency is the word used in context).

    The old and new covenant are both made to Israel, but in the new covenant God performs where they could not.

    It makes perfect sense, then, that the apostle of grace would be an able minister of the new covenant, since grace is what sets the new covenant apart from the old, and it is grace which sets the mystery apart from everything (Israel, the law, the covenants – 2 Cor 5:17).

    More is written about this here, and here, and here.

    Conclusion

    Once the differences between the old covenant, new covenant, and the fellowship of the mystery are understood, then the riches of God’s grace according to the revelation of the mystery will be better appreciated.

    Grace and faith were always necessary to receive blessings from God, but today grace stands alone in the fellowship of the mystery without Israel, the law, or covenants as the way God blesses the world.

    Grace can stand alone because of the fellowship of the mystery of Christ which is different from the old and new covenants.

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    My overall view is that anybody and everybody that believes and trusts in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God with power, that He was sent to the lost sheep of the 12 tribes of Israel, they rejected Him, bringing in the Gentiles, US !!! He died for our sins, was buried and rose the 3rd day and appeared for 40 days, ascended into heaven and is at the right hand of God. Christ who is God Incarnate, The Word made flesh who dwelt among us.

    Anyone that believes that is saved and sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise.

    So I suppose I'm saying that every denomination thinks they have the real truth and that causes divisions among the brethren. We are to be of one mind and preach no other doctrine than what the Risen Ascended Lord Jesus Christ told Paul to write. That's why Paul is the pattern and he beseeches us to be followers of him.

    1 Corinthians 2:2-5 King James Version (KJV)
    2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

    3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

    4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

    5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.



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    2 Timothy 3 - KJV -

    This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.


    2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,


    3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,


    4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;


    5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.


    6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,


    7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.


    8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.


    9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.


    10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,


    11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.


    12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.


    13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.


    14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;


    15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.


    16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:


    17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

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