The Body of Christ which is His Church Did Not Begin Until Revealed to the Apostle Paul
Most in Christendom were taught or believe that Christianity began with John the Baptist. (or somewhere in between John the Baptist and Pentecost)
NO, John the Baptist was the prophesied herald that would come on the scene to announce to the nation of Israel that their King and the kingdom was coming! (Malachi 3:1)
John the Baptist did not come to herald “the Body of Christ”! The Body of Christ and the plan of salvation for Gentiles would not be revealed for another 14-15 years.
The Four Gospels are just a continuation of the Old Testament
The Erroneous Narrative
The “Christianity” narrative is that John the Baptist comes on the scene to announce to the world the King and kingdom are coming. Jesus Christ chooses 12 disciples and they perform many miracles, preach the gospel and baptize many building the Church. Jesus makes Peter the leader of the apostles and spokesman for the Church. The Jewish leadership rejects Jesus claims and along with the Romans crucify Jesus. Jesus Christ is raised from the dead three days later and commands the apostles to preach the gospel of grace to everyone Jews and Gentile all over the world. At the same time, this is happening one of the Lord’s greatest enemies Saul, while on the road to Damascus is confronted and converted by Christ Himself. Saul who is now Paul joins the other apostles and together start the great commission. Preaching the gospel of grace, baptizing, performing miracles and growing the Church.
The popular narrative is erroneous for one clear reason; there is no Scripture support for it. The narrative is loaded with true statements but the underlying message is erroneous and has led to division, confusion and false teaching.
Use Timeline Below as Reference
- First and foremost. The gospel of grace and the doctrine for the Body of Christ was revealed to the apostle Paul 11 years after Pentecost.
- Peter and the 11 knew nothing about the gospel of grace (Acts 20:24; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4) or the Body of Christ because it wasn’t revealed yet. How can anyone say that Peter was preaching the gospel of grace when God Himself says I revealed it only to the apostle Paul?
- John the Baptist was a Jewish prophet, not a “Christian”. John lived under the Mosaic law and believed that Jesus was the Christ (“Israel’s Messiah”). He would have fulfilled the role of “Elijah” as prophesied in Malachi 4:5,6. If the nation of Israel accepted his message.
- There is NO Scripture record of Paul joining Peter and the other apostles preaching the gospel of grace. The record is the exact opposite! God makes it clear that He chose Paul to be the apostle to the Gentiles. The resurrected Lord Jesus said it Himself that I revealed the gospel of the grace of God to Paul. Paul didn’t learn what he knew nor was he taught it by men but by the risen Lord Jesus Himself. (Galatians 1:11,12) (Ephesians 3:3-5) Most in Christendom seem to think Paul was taught by Peter and the other apostles. Ridiculous!
- It was God who told the apostle Paul to go up to the Jerusalem Church and set the record straight. At the Jerusalem Council, it was Paul who stood his ground and told them “who seemed to be something” how it was going to be moving forward. (Galatians 2:2) (Galatians 2:6)
- At the Jerusalem Council “those who seemed to be something” Peter, John and James shared NOTHING of value to the apostle Paul. (Galatians 2:6,7,8,9) (Acts 15:11) It was the apostle Paul who shared with them what the risen Lord Jesus revealed to him.
- The apostle Peter at the Jerusalem Council makes his grand statement that most DO NOT REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT PETER REALLY SAID. ‘But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”’ Acts 15:11 Not the other way around! Paul didn’t go back to his congregations and say sorry guys but now you have to be baptized, circumcised and keep all 613 laws.
- There is no Scripture support for Peter or any of the other apostles leaving Jerusalem to spread the gospel all over the world. They never left Jerusalem. (Acts 8:1; 7 years after Pentecost)
- The word Christian wasn’t used until Acts 11:26, in Antioch, not Jerusalem. Well after Paul’s conversion. Those who believed that Jesus was the Christ the Son of God were called followers of “the way”.
So much confusion, division, and infighting among the Body of Christ because of the Erroneous Narrative. Not to worry God’s Word reveals the following:
John the Baptist comes on the scene to announce to “Israel” and Israel only the King and kingdom are coming. Jesus Christ performed many miracles then chose 12 disciples and commanded them not to go to the Gentiles or into Samaria but go ONLY to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Together they preached the gospel of the kingdom to Jews only with two exceptions, baptizing and adding to the Jerusalem Church. Jesus makes Peter the leader of the disciples and spokesman for the Jewish Church. The Jewish leadership rejects Jesus claims and along with the Romans crucify Jesus. Jesus is raised from the dead and commands His disciples to preach the gospel of the kingdom throughout the world beginning first in Jerusalem. After Jesus ascension, the disciples continued to preach the gospel of the kingdom to Jews only and keep the Mosaic Law.
At this time one of the Lord’s greatest enemies Saul, while on the road to Damascus is confronted and converted by the risen and glorified Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The risen Lord Jesus chose Saul who is now Paul to be the “apostle to the Gentiles”. Paul does not join up with Peter and the other apostles and did not preach the gospel of the kingdom. Instead, God sends Paul to Arabia for three years where the gospel of the grace of God is revealed to him by the risen Lord Himself. That Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again three days later. Paul was preaching salvation is by faith alone in the death, burial, and resurrection apart from the law. Paul baptized and performed miracles but those actions ceased as the Word was close to completion.
In 51 AD, after Paul has been preaching grace for 11 years God instructs him to go up to the Jerusalem Church to tell Peter, James and John about the new revelations given to him by the risen Lord Jesus. Peter stands up and declares that from this point forward we (the Jews) shall be saved in the same way as Paul’s converts (the Gentiles).
Up until this point in Biblical history (22 years after Christ earthly ministry, 14 years after the cross) Peter and all Jews were still keeping the Mosaic Law. Peter only knew of the gospel of the Kingdom because that’s all that was revealed to him. It’s was Paul who told Peter the new revelations that now salvation is by faith alone to both Jew and Gentile apart from the Mosaic Law.
The apostle Paul continued to preach the gospel of the grace of God for 25 years spreading the message of Christ crucified all over the world. The overall message above is 100% accurate and fully supported by Scripture.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
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