Acts 2: 36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Romans 11: 13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Acts 1: 6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Galatians 1: 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Acts 10: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Titus 3: 5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Acts 3: 21 ....., which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Romans 16: 25....., according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
What's going on?
Above are just four quotes from two different men. One was Peter and the other was Paul. They said different things! When the bible plainly says what you have just read above, and in one case it says one thing, while on the other hand, it says something entirely different....what do we do?
The only answer religion seems to have is COMPROMISE. Religion compromises by spiritualizing, allegorizing, getting a new translation, debating...or starting a new church! There is much confusion in religion and God is NOT the author of confusion!
"Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision*, for the truth of God, TO CONFIRM THE PROMISES MADE UNTO THE FATHERS:" (Romans 15:8) *When this term is used in the Bible it is referring to Jews.
The majority of the world's religious system, makes the fatal mistake of "anticipating revelation" and tries to put the truths that were only known AFTER they were revealed to the Apostle Paul BACK INTO the four Gospels and they are simply not there! Peter, for instance, preached the Gospel* of the Kingdom for three and one half years and did NOT EVEN KNOW THAT CHRIST WAS GOING TO DIE, MUCH LESS DIE FOR ANYONE'S SINS! *"Gospel", simply means good news, or good tidings.
"Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee Lord: this shall not be unto thee" (In response to Jesus telling them he was going up to Jerusalem and be killed, and be raised again the third day) This is just after Peter had been given the keys to the kingdom and the power to "bind and loose' Matthew 16:22
"And they understood none of these things; and this saying was hid from them (the saying of Jesus about his death, burial and resurrection) neither knew they the things which were spoken." - Luke 18:34
Following the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the women at the tomb going and telling the Apostles that the Lord’s body is missing and someone has taken it, John writes: "For as yet they KNEW NOT THE SCRIPTURE, that he must rise again from the dead." (John 20:9)
The situation is this: For three and one-half years Peter, James, John and all had already gone about and preached the Gospel of the Kingdom, they healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out demons. But they did not preach the fact that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS. They knew nothing at all about it! Therefore, the doctrine to the church, the body of Christ, is not in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John since the very essence of our faith is in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:1-4) What is the significance of this? That the Gospel preached by the Twelve was pertaining to the restoration of the Kingdom again to Israel, and is not about the gospel of “your” salvation.
The Gospel of YOUR salvation (Ephesians 1:13) is in Paul's epistles, Romans through Philemon. It is only there and there alone that you find the words, or ANY INFORMATION about "The Gospel of Christ" and also about "The Church, the Body of Christ."
Peter, in Acts Chapter Two, knows nothing at all about the church, the body of Christ. How can you tell? By the words that he speaks! By reading the words written in the verses and by believing that words mean what they say, as they say it, where they say it….you can see that Peter, in all his sermons in Acts Chapter Two through Acts Chapter Ten….never says “Christ died for our sins.”
Some people say, “well Peter just wrote different than Paul.” Could be, if Peter even wrote at all…but the fact is Luke wrote the Book of Acts, which is a continuation of the gospel of Luke. Both books are addressed to Theopholus…which means….friend of God. Check it out in Luke One, verse three….and in Acts 1:1.
Other people say, well the words are not the same….but they mean the same thing….it’s all the same. Now I suspect that the people who say THAT are people who really don’t know what the bible does say…or else don’t believe that words mean what they say. Do you mean to tell me that you believe that WORKING RIGHTEOUSNESS and NOT WORKING RIGHTEOUSNESS…..is the same thing? How can a man WORK RIGHTEOUSNESS and NOT WORK RIGHTEOUSNESS…..at the same time?
People like to prove that Gentiles were in the picture in the Jewish church on the day of Pentecost and they point to Cornelius…in Acts Chapter Ten. And those same people believe that when Peter reluctantly showed up at the home of Cornelius that he said, “well, Cornelius, you know that the grace of God that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men.”
The fact is, Peter said no such thing. First of all Peter was reluctant to go there….and when he gets there, what are the FIRST WORDS out of his mouth? Acts 10:28: “And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation….”
HOW can you get Gentiles in the picture in Acts Chapter Two, when here in Acts Chapter Ten Peter thinks it’s AN UNLAWFUL THING for him to be there?
Peter, in Acts Two, does not know the “why” of the cross of Christ and Peter in Acts two, three, four, five and up to and including Cornelius in Acts Chapter Ten NEVER SAYS “Christ died for our sins.” Instead, Peter preaches a murder indictment against the Nation of Israel. Peter, in Acts 2:14 says, “Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words. Come on down to Acts 2:22, “Ye men of Israel, hear these words….” And then Acts 2:36, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly.”
Who WAS dwelling in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost? Acts 2:5, “And there were dwelling at Jerusalem JEWS, devout men, (and Jews who were scattered as a result of being defeated by Nebuchadnezzar) out of every nation under heaven.” and verses 9,10 and 11 mentions about 15 NATIONS those devout JEWS were from. There were no Gentiles there in the Acts Two church and besides that….guess what? NOT A SINGLE WOMAN spoke in tongues! Twelve MEN spoke in tongues on the day of Pentecost and they were Jews, Jews, Jews according to Acts 2:13 and there was not a Gentile in sight.
Now when Peter got to the home of Cornelius he doesn’t say one single word DIFFERENT than what he has already said in Acts Two, Three, Four and Five. When Peter begins to preach to Cornelius he says, “I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.” Now how did Peter perceive that? By THE VISION he just had before he got there. In a vision of a sheet let down from heaven, Peter is shown that Gentiles WILL BE INCLUDED in the earthly kingdom WHEN it’s time for the “restitution of all things spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began” as in Acts Chapter Three, verse 21. Don’t just take my word for it. Take the word of God for it. Read it for yourself and see what the bible says. Read Acts two, three, four and five and FIND OUT what the BIBLE SAYS….not what some man says it says.
Peter told Cornelius, in Acts Chapter Ten, verse 34 and 35, “I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he that FEARETH HIM AND WORKETH RIGHTEOUSNESS is accepted with him.” So the message to Cornelius was, “keep on doing what you have been doing and you will be allowed to enter the kingdom when the kingdom comes.”
Now there is quite a contrast between what Peter said to Cornelius and what Paul wrote to Titus in Titus Chapter Three, verses 4 and 5:
“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, NOT BY WORKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…….”
Now anyone who says that what Peter said and what Paul said are the same thing….HAS A READING PROBLEM. There is a difference here and religion might as well face it. Paul had a different ministry and a different message than Peter did!
Jesus Christ, In Matthew Chapter Ten, tells the apostles,
Matthew 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:
Matthew 10: 6 “But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
And in Matthew, Chapter Fifteen, the Lord says,
Matthew 15: 24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
And in Romans, Chapter Fifteen, Verse 8, Paul writes,
Romans 15: 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers*: *Jewish fathers- Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc.
So we see, then, that the Lord's earthly ministry had nothing at all to do with the Gentiles. Genesis 1:1 Begins the bible with these words:
Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
That's two different places! And through the "revelation of the mystery" given to the Apostle Paul for us Gentiles, we begin to understand THE TWOFOLD PURPOSE OF GOD. The ministry of reconciliation that was HID IN GOD before the foundation of the world.
The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and the ministry of Peter, James and John, and the other Jewish apostles, can be summed up with what Peter said, in Acts Chapter Three:
Acts 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. *"Repent" simply means "change your mind."
Acts 3: 20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
Acts 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.
On the other hand, the ministry of Paul, could be summed up in one verse:
Romans 16: 25 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,
There is a difference between things SPOKEN and things KEPT SECRET.
Hence Paul writes:
"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15