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I received the following question:

Hi, thanks for your website it’s great to hear there are others who see the dispensational boundary at Acts 28. I have a question regarding studying the vast amount of topics available. I have believed in this truth for quite a while now but feel I need to get a better grip on the basics, so I can give a clear, concise answer as to why I believe it – I know why I do but, where would you start in terms of having a good solid foundation with the basics?

Hope I am making sense and many thanks, yours in Christ.

Thanks for reading, and I am glad you are enjoying the website and are appreciating Acts 28 dispensationalism!

It is hard to say where to start, as there is a lot to cover. I have a series on dispensationalism that covers a lot of the basics on my Precepts website. Read the rest of this entry »

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I received the following question:

In God’s present Dispensation of Grace are there, or have there been, any “commissions” or “commissioned ones?” Are there, or have there been any “Apostles” in the Dispensation of Grace?

I know that in this administration there is one and only one mediator between God and man, and that is the man Christ Jesus. Therefore, the question could become: Is a commissioned one, that is, an Apostle, also a mediator?

I understand that an Apostle is one who is commissioned by God to perform a specific service; and in order to do so that one must be “equipped” by God. That is, this one must partake of God’s body, His substance, His essence to the extent required to perform the service. So, to restate the last question, is an Apostle, or commissioned one, also a mediator?

Of course an apostle is also a mediator. He could not be anything else. Today, the Living Word and the written Word are the only Mediators. Yes, the written Word is an apostle, Acts 28:28. As long as an apostle is acting in God’s place and is acting towards other people, he is acting as a mediator. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

Apostolos is used in both Acts period books as well as later, including Eph.4 where apostles and prophets are mentioned with pastors and teachers. Many post Acts letters by Paul use it as part of his credentials. He was an apostle to the nations. (We) thought that apostles are called by God, that there are not any prophets or apostles in the Acts period sense today. Is the definition changed by context as to what an apostle can do today? Some denominations differ with us, i.e. Pentecostals. With the Word in final form, isn’t it the Word that can be used instead of an apostle commissioned by God who is given God’s message?

You ask a very good question. We know that the book of Acts is the record of the “Acts” of the apostles, and so we believe this book records the fact that they not only spoke words they were commissioned to speak, but also performed acts they were commissioned to act, so that both their words and their actions were Divinely inspired. This then raises the question of why there would have been anyone apostled after the dispensation changed? In our day, the Word itself is apostled, as you say, and It is our apostle to lead us to Christ. We do not believe that we have apostles today either whose words or whose actions are inspired. Why, then, are apostles mentioned in post Acts 28:28 books? Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following article without comment from one of my readers. Therefore, I responded to it with the following.

The book of Acts – A record of Israel and their earthly prophesied hope.

A proper interpretation of the overall purpose of the book of Acts is essential to a correct understanding of the Bible as a whole. Because of this, it has long been a battleground for Bible expositors of all theological persuasions. Although there have been many theories advanced that attempt to explain its overall purpose, this paper focuses on the Acts 28 position as presented in the paper entitled “The Dispensational Frontier” by Charles H. Welch.
This view states that Israel was set aside after the apostle Paul’s pronouncement against them in Acts 28:28 and immediately following that Paul received the revelation of the Mystery that he writes about in the books of Ephesians and Colossians. Therefore, according to this view, Paul was preaching the truths concerning this newly revealed Mystery during the final 2 years of the book of Acts. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 3 Part 5

New King James Version 16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh,
Justified in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the Gentiles,
Believed on in the world,
Received up in glory.

The Resultant Version 16. And beyond all argument the secret of true worship is great: which was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, witnessed by messengers, heralded unto the nations, believed on in the world, received in glory.

Here we have a very important verse, but also another one that is difficult of interpretation, just like verse 15. As it stands we read that “without controversy the mystery of godliness is great.” However, we realize that the word “mystery,” which is the Greek word musterion, is used in Scripture not for an unsolved “mystery,” but rather for things that are secret. Particularly when a secret is mentioned, it is something that formerly God had kept a secret, but now He is revealing it for the learning of His people. In other words, once God starts talking about a secret, it is a secret no longer. What this is telling us is that it formerly had been kept secret, but now it is being revealed. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:

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1 Cor 9
19. For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21. To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
23. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Hi Nathan, would you please explain this passage?  When Mid-Acts is presented with evidence that Paul was still operating under the Kingdom program during the Acts period, they use this passage to explain away things such as Paul preaching to the Jews, Paul performing signs and wonders, and Paul taking a Nazirite vow. Read the rest of this entry »

I received the following question:applesoranges02

I enjoyed reading your article on the Canaanite woman.  I am an Acts 9 Pauline dispensationalist.  What you seem to say is that for a while Paul was preaching the same Gospel as the 12 but only gradually began teaching something different.

My question is, why did God call out Paul if he were not specifically to preach a different Gospel?  Was God positioning Paul as a contingency, and why couldn’t He have just used one of the twelve to transition into something new?

What you ask is a good question, and I will be happy to give you my answer.

Before we get too far into an explanation, we had better make clear what a gospel is. The Greek word is euangelion, and comes from eu, which means “good,” and angelion, which means a message (as you can see, it is related to “angel” or messenger). However, it is important to point out that a gospel is good because it is right, not because it is necessarily “good news” to the one hearing it, as I have often heard it said of the gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

I Timothy 2 Part 2

New King James Version 6. who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,

The Resultant Version 6. Who gave Himself a ransom for all, a testimony in its own times.

This verse continues to speak of the Man Christ Jesus. He gave Himself a ransom for all. The word “ransom” here is the Greek word antilutron. Lutron is a ransom or payment, such as might be made for a slave to redeem him. The prefix anti does not mean “against,” as it does in English, but rather “instead of.” The point here is not just that Christ Jesus gave Himself as a ransom for all, but also that He gave Himself as a ransom instead of all. He paid the penalty we owed to God in our place. Praise God for the glorious ransom He gave! Read the rest of this entry »

owie02I received the following question:

My (in-law) is from a Catholic background and from all indications is a Christian (but still has strong Catholic ties).  She believes in complete healing for today (if one has enough faith) even though there is plenty of evidence to the contrary!  I never know how to respond to her comments. (She sent me the article below.)

http://www.savedhealed.com/healing.htm

It is not unusual at all for people to use the Bible this way. When people suffer from illness, they grasp at anything that might give them hope of healing. If the doctors cannot find a solution, then they look to other things, and one is healing ministries. As you say, the problem is that these things do not work. They would like to believe they do, however, and some people will put a whole lot of time and money into healing ministries before they finally figure out for themselves that they do not produce results.

The list of “healing Scriptures” on this website is rather typical of the kind of passages these people will try to use to support what they are doing. It is quite a comprehensive list, so I do not know if I will try to answer every single one of these passages, but I will start at the beginning and explain what I believe about these things. Read the rest of this entry »

Who is writing what to whom − when, where, and why?

“what”JAMES

“who” – Written by the apostle James, “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1). The name in Greek was Iakobos (Jacobus/Jacob), but was translated as “James” in the KJV and other early English translations. This James was identified as “the Lord’s brother” (Galatians 1:19).

“to whom” – To the leaders (ekklesias – out-positioned) of “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.”

“when” – During The Great Scattering described in Acts 8-12 (A.D. 40s).

“where” – Written from Jerusalem.

“why” – The purpose of James was to address the leaders (ekklesias) of those who were scattered during The Great Scattering, the second period of Acts, following The Great Unity. It was written to deal with issues that the believers were facing, such as personal trials of faith, the conflict between rich and poor, and the hypocrisy of those who said they had faith and yet did not act upon it. Read the rest of this entry »