Sunday, March 23, 2014

Without the prison epistles?

The Acts 28ers claim that those of us who are Mid-Acts have to take things pertaining to the revelation of mystery and the body of Christ out of Colossians and Ephesians and drag it into the Acts epistles.  The Acts 28ers believe that we (Mid-Acts) would not know anything about the revelation of the mystery without Ephesians and Colossians. We would be missing a lot, we would not have a complete Bible, but we would know a good bit of Paul and his distinct ministry and the revelation of the mystery.

Prison epistles (post Acts)

I Timothy
II Timothy

Acts epistles.

I Corinthians
II Corinthians 
I Thessalonians
II Thessalonians 

Again, Acts 28ers claim the post Acts epistles and say that we would not know anything about mystery age doctrine without the post Acts books. I will shew you what all we would know on just the Acts epistles.

But first, here are some things you need to know about "the mystery".

Here is the definition. (in bold)

Ephesians 3: 
[3] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
[4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
[5] Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
[6] That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 

How do you get in that body?
By a spiritual baptism "through the faith of the operation of God".

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 

What class/race/sect is in the body? None.

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

How was this body made possible?

Ephesians 2:
[13] But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
[15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
[16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Those are all things we would know from Acts epistles. In fact, here is a list of "mystery age truth" we would know without Ephesians and Colossians.

1. We would know that Paul's gospel was kept secret since the world began, that he received his gospel according to the revelation of the mystery by revelation of Jesus Christ.

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,

Galatians 1:
[11] But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
[12] For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

2. We would know that we are in the Body of Christ made possible by His blood and the cross.

1 Corinthians 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

1 Corinthians 10:
[16] The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
[17] For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

(That "bread" being the body and blood of Christ on the cross)

1 Corinthians 12:
[12] For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
[13] For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

[18] But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

[27] Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

Romans 12:
[5] So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

3.  We would know that there is no Jew or Greek in the body and that we are spiritually baptized into it.

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 

Galatians 3:
[26] For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
[27] For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
[28] There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The list goes on and on.....we do not have to have Ephesians and Colossians to know about the mystery revealed through Paul. 

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