From Abraham to John the Baptist, to Peter and the 11, three years of Christ earthly ministry up to the stoning of Stephen and the great persecution against the Jerusalem church by Saul in Acts chapters 7 and 8 in all that time almost 2000 years; there was NO doctrine, NO message of salvation to the Gentile world. (with 9 exceptions)
Before the risen Lord revealed to the apostle Paul the gospel of the grace of God. (Galatians 1:11,12) The Gentile world was without hope and without God.
‘Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. ‘
For 1500 Years from Moses to Paul, Gentiles had no part in the Mosaic law or temple worship. The entire Gentile world was without hope and no access to Israel’s God. The Mosaic law was given to Moses to give to Israel, not to Gentiles.
So why does Christendom try to claim it today? If it wasn’t for Gentiles back then it’s not for us today!
The Mosaic law had no power to save only condemn
- The law was weak and beggarly.
‘But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? ‘
- The law was “the ministry of death”.
‘But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, ‘
II Corinthians 3:7
- The law was “the ministry of condemnation”.
‘For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. ‘
II Corinthians 3:9
But now…after the cross and with the new revelations given to Paul by the risen Lord we are not under the Mosaic law or temple worship but “both and Jew and Gentiles” are under God’s grace apart from the law. (Romans 3:21-22)
‘But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference (between Jews and Gentiles) ; ‘
‘For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.’
But Now…since the risen Lord chose Paul to be the apostle to the Gentiles and revealed to Paul the gospel of the grace “you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. Ephesians 2:13
But now… we have been released from the law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. (Romans 7:6)
But now…The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.’ – I Corinthians 15:56-58
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