The apostle Paul repeated multiple times as a matter of fact that he alone received the gospel of grace (Galatians 1:11,12; Acts 20:24; Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 2:8) and the whole truth of the grace of God directly from the risen Lord Jesus Himself. (Ephesians 3:1-10; Colossians 1:24-27; Colossians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 2:7,8; 1 Corinthians 3:10; Romans 11:25) Fourteen years after Christ earthly ministry and eleven (11) years after Pentecost. And from Paul, these new revelations went out to others.
It is from these new revelations given to Paul that we learn the finished work of the cross was so much MORE than the nation of Israel rejecting their promised Messiah and together with the Romans crucified the Prince of Life. The cross was the fulfillment of God’s eternal purpose. (Ephesians 3:11) The risen Lord revealed to Paul a “Mystery” (μυστήριον) or secret kept hidden in God before the ages. (Ephesians 3:3-5; Romans 16:25; Colossians 1:26)
Which is, that now, after the cross, the whole world, all mankind Jew or Gentile has access to God. (Romans 3:21,22, 28; Romans 10:4; Romans 4:4,5; Romans 6:14) Salvation is now available to ALL, salvation is a free gift (Romans 5:15,16,17,18; Romans 6:23) and based solely on the finished work of the cross apart from the Mosaic law. All anyone must do to be saved is believe by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 10:9,10; Romans 1:16) that Jesus Christ, died for their sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later.
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