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  • What is Mid Acts Pauline Dispensational…

    This lesson describes the significance behind all the labels we use and clarifies the major impact of mid-Acts teaching and why being bold about the differences is important.

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    Grace Ambassadors Bible Fellowship - July 24th, 2016.

    Justin Johnson the Great


    • Basic Dispensational Lessons

      This lesson kicks off a series of Basic Dispensational Lessons. A literal reading of the Holy Bible affords the reader two advantages: the text means what it says and it can be understood plainly. There is no need for an expert interpretation, finding some hidden or unknown meaning, or spiritualizing verses beyond all reason and logic. Learn the basic dispensational concept of taking your Holy Bible literally in this first lesson of our new series of lessons entitled, “Basic Dispensational Lessons.”

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      • When This Dispensation Began

        This lesson identifies when the Dispensation of Grace began and demonstrates how this knowledge is necessary to understanding the most recent change in God’s ways.

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        • This is a REALLY good one folks !!!

          Making all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery is our job as saved saints in the Body of Christ. Learn how to communicate truth in this lesson titled, “How To Make Men See.”

          Last edited by patrick jane; May 11th, 2018, 05:24 AM.


          • Acts 11:18-30 From Jerusalem to Antioch

            This lesson is part 29 in a verse by verse study through Acts titled: From Jerusalem to Antioch.

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            Grace Ambassadors Bible Fellowship - May 8th, 2018


            • Really good.

              This lesson is part 1 in a verse by verse study through Ephesians titled: Introduction.Find the outline here :


              • Peter Taught Gentiles. Yawn.

                By Justin Johnson
                Sometimes people mistake the mystery of Christ with God’s blessing upon the Gentiles. More than one student of right division has fallen captive to this error. Beware.

                You can identify when this mistaken definition of the mystery is made because Cornelius in Acts 10 will be presented as a problem for Pauline right division.

                The line goes like this: Cornelius was a Gentile; Peter preached his gospel to Cornelius; thus, Paul was not the only one to go to Gentiles with the gospel.

                Supposedly, this diminishes the importance of Paul’s unique apostleship to the Gentiles (Rom 11:13), and gives evidence that Peter taught the mystery kept secret since the world began (contrast Rom 16:25 to what Peter taught in Acts 3:21).

                The Cornelius “problem” has been dealt with already very handily. Peter’s gospel was the kingdom gospel and he was operating under the law. The mystery of Christ is absent from Acts 10.

                Gentile Blessing Prophesied

                If the Pauline mystery of Christ was merely Gentile blessing then it would not be a mystery at all since we find that sort of Gentile involvement in Jesus’ earthly ministry. Jesus blessed the centurion’s Gentile servant in Luke 7:1-8 and the Canaanite dog in Matthew 15:24-28.

                We also find Gentile blessing in the prophets in passages such as Isaiah 49:6 where the Holy One is the Restorer of Israel and a light to the Gentiles.

                The prophets speak of the Gentiles being blessed through Israel in Zechariah 8:22-23 or Micah 4:2-4 where Gentiles follow the Jewish road to Zion to receive the blessed teaching of God’s law for the whole earth.

                Gentile blessing is not uniquely part of the mystery of Christ.

                Gentile blessing was part of God’s prophetic purpose for the earth going back as far as the promises made to the fathers (Romans 15:8-12).

                Paul explains in Romans 15 that Gentile blessing was not a mystery. Christ confirmed the promises made to the fathers which included the blessing upon Gentiles through Abraham’s seed.

                Remember, Abraham’s promise was that “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen 12:3). The Gentiles would be blessed at the glorious rise of God’s chosen people.

                “And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” – Isa 60:3

                The Mystery to Gentiles

                Meanwhile, Paul received grace from God to minister the unique mystery of Christ to Gentiles (Romans 5:15-16). He was the apostle of the Gentiles (Rom 11:13).

                That Gentiles would be blessed was no mystery. How they would be blessed is different according to the revelation of the mystery.

                Under prophecy they would be blessed through Israel and the covenants. The earthly purpose of God is to bless the world (i.e. Gentiles) through his covenanted people Israel.

                Under the mystery of Christ Gentiles receive all spiritual blessings directly through Christ and his completed work on the cross. The mystery purpose of God is to bless all men today through the abundance of his grace without any covenants.

                Peter and the Gentiles

                Peter went one time to Gentiles with a gospel in Acts 10. So what, it was not the preaching of the cross. Israel was destined to be the channel of blessing to the Gentiles anyway (Isa 61:6).

                Jesus was prophesied to be a light to the Gentiles (Isa 42:6). Yawn. Old news, there is nothing new here. The Messiah was always part of the covenant to bless the whole world. The mystery of Christ was hidden and not yet revealed in any of the prophets. The mystery is not merely Gentiles receiving blessings.

                The mystery of Christ includes salvation offered to all men freely by God’s grace without a covenant in order to form a new creature (Jew and Gentile) that would reside in heavenly places.

                Peter teaching a Gentile in Acts 10 provides an example of the difference in Gentile blessing according to the kingdom gospel and Gentile blessing according to the mystery gospel. Cornelius was blessed through the covenant of a law abiding Jew. Paul’s Gentiles received blessing through faith in the preaching of the cross.

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                Published: March 31, 2012
                Last Modified: August 10, 2012
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                1. -Did Cornelius Learn the Mystery?
                  -Objection: “Peter taught Paul’s gospel to Cornelius”
                  -Did Gentiles In the Old Testament Get Salvation?
                  -Not Every Gentile is in the Church
                  -Mistaken Views of the Mystery
                  -Objection: “Peter went to Gentiles first”
                  -Peter’s Audience


                • Acts 12:4 A Word Not to Passover
                  Very good study -


                  • Pentecost Not the Beginning of the Mystery Church
                    By Justin Johnson
                    “…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

                    “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” – Eph 5:32

                    The great mystery revealed in Paul’s writings consists of Christ and the church (Eph 5:32; Eph 3:6-9). Never before had God spoken of a joint body of Jew and Gentile, which would receive glory apart from national Israel, their covenants, or their law.

                    This new creature, as Paul calls it, was unknown since the world began, unknown by the ancient prophets (Col 1:25-28). This is why he calls it a mystery until revealed to him.

                    “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery” – Eph 3:3

                    Yet and still many in the church think this new creature had its beginnings on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2. Pentecost is where they find their pattern, their origins, and is the root cause of the widespread growth of Pentecostal charismatic belief today.

                    Consistent dispensational teaching has stood alone in insisting that the church was not in operation in Acts 2. Why? The simple reason is that everything described in Acts 1 and 2 is the subject of what was prophesied since the world began, and was not a mystery kept secret.

                    The church today is operating according to the mystery. The believers at Pentecost were fulfilling prophecy.

                    Consider the content of these first two chapters of Acts.

                    1. Jesus taught the twelve apostles pertaining to the kingdom of God that was already written in the prophetic scriptures (Acts 1:3; Luke 24:44-45).
                    2. Jesus commands them to stay in Jerusalem, God’s prophetic city (Acts 1:4)
                    3. Jesus tells them to wait for the promise of the Father which promise had been given by the old testament prophets (Acts 1:4-5)
                    4. They were expecting the restoration of Israel’s kingdom (Acts 1:6)
                    5. They were to preach salvation to Israel first, and then salvation to the world through Israel’s rise (Acts 1:8). This is the description of world salvation by the prophets.
                    6. Jesus ascended to heaven to fulfill the prophecies (Acts 1:9; Ps 110:1; Acts 2:33-35).
                    7. The angels explain about Jesus’ return to the earth according to the prophets (Acts 1:11-12)
                    8. Peter explains that Judas’ betrayal and death was a fulfillment of prophecy (Acts 1:16-18)
                    9. Peter explains that his office needs to be replaced according to the prophecies (Acts 1:19-20).
                    10. The method of choosing the twelfth apostle was that which God instructed Israel in time past (Lev 16:8; Pro 16:33).
                    11. There are twelve apostles in order to possess authority over twelve tribes of Israel (Acts 1:26; Matt 19:28)
                    12. The Spirit coming on Pentecost fulfills the shadow of the holiday given to Israel (Acts 2:1; Lev 23).
                    13. The Spirit is poured out on believing Israel as the prophecies had spoken (Acts 2:4; Isa 44:3; Prov 1:23)
                    14. The kingdom restoration of language began as prophesied (Acts 2:5-8; Zeph 3:9).
                    15. The apostles proclaim the wonderful works of God according to Ps 40; Ps 78; and Ps 107 (Acts 2:11)
                    16. Peter identifies what happened as a fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by the prophet Joel (Acts 2:16-21).
                    17. Peter preached to the men of Israel and the “house of Israel” (Acts 2:22; Acts 2:36)
                    18. Peter preaches Jesus of Nazareth as Israel’s Christ according to David’s prophecy about the Messiah (Acts 2:22-31)
                    19. Peter preaches the fulfillment of Ps 110:1 in Jesus resurrection (Acts 2:32-35).
                    20. Peter commanded his hearers to be repent, be baptized, receive the Spirit, all according to the promises given to Israel (Acts 2:38-41).
                    21. The believers sold all that they had in expectation of the coming kingdom, living communally, and continued daily in Israel’s temple (Acts 2:42-46).

                    After the abundance of evidence that the events in Acts 1 and 2 were prophesied, the only argument that remains that the church began at Pentecost is Acts 2:47.

                    “And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. “ – Acts 2:47

                    This scripture clearly says that the church was present at Pentecost, but if we are not to throw out every other verse in Acts 1 and 2, we must allow the scriptures to just as clearly describe it to be the prophesied church, and not the church according to the revelation of the mystery.

                    A study of the cross references found in Acts 1 and 2 to the events declared by the prophets can result in only one conclusion if the scripture is to be taken literally: the church at Pentecost was not the new creature that Paul describes which was kept secret since the world began.

                    What was kept secret (Paul’s new creature) cannot be what was prophesied (the events of Pentecost).

                    The operation of the body of Christ according to the revelation of the mystery began when the Lord revealed such a change in the dispensation first revealed to Paul (Col 1:25; 1 Cor 9:17).

                    The body of Christ today does not find its pattern in what was happening at the prophesied Pentecost of Acts 2, but in the pattern of the apostle Paul’s mystery ministry concerning Christ and his church of today.

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                    For more study on the events of Acts 1 and 2 listen to our verse by verse lessons here.

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                    Published: October 3, 2015
                    Last Modified: October 3, 2015
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                    1. -Was the Mystery Hidden in Prophecy?
                      -Secret Since the World Began
                      -When Did the Church Begin?
                      -Apostles and Prophets of the Church
                      -Did the Church Begin at Pentecost?
                      -Black Swans and the Mystery
                      -Things Old and Things New


                    • Stephen, Zechariah, and Israel’s Fall

                      By Justin Johnson

                      Stephen has long been described as the first martyr of the church, but the mystery information concerning Christ and his church was not revealed until after Stephen’s death.

                      No where in Stephen’s long message to the rulers of Israel in Acts 7 does he speak of the mystery of Christ, the gospel of Christ, or the church of today.

                      Instead, Stephen’s message echoed prophets before him since the world began (Acts 3:21). His stoning should remind us of the message, rejection, and stoning of Zechariah in 2 Chronicles.

                      Just as the prophet Zechariah was sent to disobedient Israel before their political fall, Stephen stood before disobedient Israel before their spiritual fall.

                      Zechariah and Stephen

                      2 Chronicles 24:19-21 describes the account of the prophet Zechariah that parallels the account of Stephen filled with the Holy Ghost.

                      “Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.” – 2 Chronicles 24:19

                      Just as Israel would not listen to Zechariah, Stephen accuses Israel of having ears that do not hear and of resisting the Holy Ghost.

                      “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.” – Acts 7:51

                      Accused of Breaking the Law

                      As a result of their disobedience of the law of Moses, God forsakes Israel and pours out his wrath upon the nation by sending them into captivity at the hands of their enemies.

                      “ And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.” – 2 Chronicles 24:20

                      Stephen issues the same condemnation against the rulers of Israel for not keeping the law of Moses, and calls them “uncircumcision” which identified them as people forsaken of God outside his covenant (Gen 17:14; Num 15:31).

                      “Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. “ – Acts 7:53

                      The Stoning of a Prophet

                      When Zechariah warned Israel of their disobedience to the law and the impending judgment he was stoned.

                      “And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.” – 2 Chronicles 24:21

                      Before his death Jesus warned the scribes and Pharisees of killing Stephen by referring to Zechariah’s death. Jesus said he would send prophets to Israel, but they would be killed.

                      “Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:” – Matthew 23:34

                      He then prophesied that they would receive the same condemnation as those who killed Zechariah in being guilty and forsaken by God.

                      “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.” – Matthew 23:35

                      When Stephen accused them of breaking the law, warning them of the Son of Man standing in heaven ready to return, Israel stoned him just as their fathers did Zechariah.

                      “Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out of the city, and stoned him…” – Acts 7:57-58

                      Israel Guilty and Forsaken

                      Israel had fallen politically in 2 Chronicles by stoning Zechariah and the prophets, and they fell spiritually at the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7.

                      Today, Israel is fallen, blind in part, and salvation is preached not according to prophecy through Israel, but according to the revelation of the mystery of Christ and his church (Rom 16:25).

                      “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.” – Romans 11:25

                      This mystery of salvation after Israel’s fall was not revealed until after the stoning of Stephen when the Lord saved the apostle Paul by his grace. Paul was the minister of salvation to fallen uncircumcised forsaken Jew and Gentile.

                      Instead of the first martyr of the church, Stephen represents the last in a long line of Spirit empowered prophets sent to the circumcision before their spiritual fall.

                      By stoning Stephen Israel became guilty of rejecting God, and his law; the Son of God, and his apostles; and the Spirit of God, and his testimony through Stephen.

                      1. -Israel’s Spiritual Fall
                        -Peter Taught Gentiles. Yawn.
                        -Secret Since the World Began
                        -What Moses and the Prophets Said Should Come…
                        -Chart: Stephen and Saul (Acts 7-9)
                        -Abel’s Blood, Christ’s Blood
                        -The Ethiopian Eunuch’s Testimony


                      • Originally posted by patrick jane View Post
                        does Paul's testimony of Christ meeting him on the road to Damascus get more detailed each time ?
                        Not long after Paul was converted on the Damascus road he preached the following message to the Jews:

                        "And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.....proving that this is the very Christ" (Acts 9:20,22).

                        At that time Paul had not yet received the gospel which he was to preach among the Gentiles. He wrote the following:

                        "But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus" (Gal.1:15-17; NIV).

                        When Paul received a gospel from the Lord Jesus on the Damascus road he immediately went to Damascus (Acts 9:6-8). But when he received the gospel which he preached among the Gentiles he went immediately into Arabia. That can only mean that two different gospels were preached during the Acts period.