God is Sovereign So Believe What He Says
To understand the Bible we must come to grips with the fact that God is sovereign. We must allow God to be Who He Is and believe by faith that He means what He says. When traditions or made-up theology mix law and grace, Israel and the Body of Christ, the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of grace, Peter and Paul, you end up with confusion and division.
The Bible is a progressive revelation it wasn’t all dealt out at once to Adam and Eve! God is the same and will never change but how He dealt with mankind through Biblical history changed significantly. For the first 2000 years, God dealt with all mankind directly and everyone spoke one language. Then He made a change and chose just one man out of millions to start a new race of people for Himself. God deals with Jews only (7 exceptions) for 2000 years. Dividing all mankind by Jew and Gentile with the Gentile world without hope and no access to God. (Ephesians 2:11,12) Then the sovereign God makes another change by offering all mankind the free gift of salvation apart from the law, Jew or Gentile makes no difference.
God is the same throughout all generations. But His methods of dealing with men through those generations vary. When God deals with mankind He prescribes exactly what it is we need to do and how to do it. What He prescribes has changed through time. For example, believers today do not have a Tree of life to feed on. Nor do we have to buy sheep and fly to Israel for temple worship. To become a mature believer one must recognize these changes, identify what is doctrine and what is for our learning. We read and study the entire Bible and make applications where allowed. But as for our gospel today and doctrine for the Body of Christ it can only be found in the writings of God’s chosen apostle to the Gentiles, Paul. Even the apostle Peter at the very end of his great ministry his last words referred his readers to Paul’s epistles. (2 Peter 3:14-18)
God is sovereign. He does as He pleases. Dealing solely with Jews, then dealing with both Jew and Gentile, revealing the Church, while casting aside His chosen people and returning to Israel are His prerogatives. All we have to do is believe it. Faith, Sine Qua Non.
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Mesa Bible Study, Jamie Pantastico