God Is Not Confused
Has God Authored Confusion? Clearly it is men who have confused themselves. I read an article this morning on the inane question of when Paul wrote Galatians before or after the council at Jerusalem. Aside from the fact Galatians chapter 2 tells us in plain English translated from plain Greek directly and explicitly, this is such an inane argument.
In 41 years next week I have heard a cornucopian, plethoraic, smorgasbord (a lot) of inane nonsense from the seminarilly confused, as I call them. Not all of the professors and students there or having a foundation in education there are confused nor all the confusion authored by those of the thesis and dissertation set, however, there is serious confusion.
Reading and reading comprehension against the context of religion as opposed to what the Word says seems from my forty one years next week walking with the Lord appears to be the problem.
Disagreeing With Bart Eheman
One more time I indict the gospel of Matthew as NOT the gospel. Also Mark. Luke tells you his account of the life of Jesus and surrounding events is the result of his careful investigation.
Dr. Bart Ehrman (some chair or the other) is confused by the fourth account in John. It’s different he says and so he doubts it is authentic and makes note it is the only one where Jesus is portrayed as claiming to be God. So let’s deal with Bart first, then Matthew. Matthew 16: 13-17:
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. (NIV)
Who else now disagrees with Dr. Ehrman? At age 13 Jews consider the son as in possession of the father’s authority and possessions. The Son of God, then has what authority and possessions?
Jesus Allowing Himself To Be Worshipped
Jesus here agrees with Peter he is the Son of God. Likewise in Mark 8: 29 and then in Luke 9: 20. In Luke the transfiguration in which God declared Jesus as his Son to John, Peter and James in the presence of Moses and Elijah. Now you can skip Bart Ehrman’s book.
Now Matthew as Jesus himself states in 10: 5-7:
“These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (NIV)
Jesus is here, as also in Mark 1, preaching the “Kingdom of Heaven” meaning the eternal king on the throne in Jerusalem. The Jews had to reject this kingdom of heaven (Daniel’s seventh week must be fulfilled) and for the gospel of grace to come to Israel (no longer at the scene of the crime) and Gentiles. Read the Bible, that’s what it says.
Jesus again at Matthew 15: 24:
“He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
Jesus was a Jew. He was born under the law. He had no way to preach the gospel of grace under such a circumstance. The Jews in the vast majority rejected Jesus as king and high priest choosing Caiaphas and the temple law, they could not keep. Peter explains this in Acts 15 and Paul in Romans 7. That is what the Bible says.
New Covenant As Prophesied
Here to confirm this is the prophesy of the New Covenant Jeremiah 31: 31-34:
“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
32 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they broke my covenant,
though I was a husband to[d] them,[e]”
declares the Lord.
33 “This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the Lord.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
34 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,”
declares the Lord.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.” (NIV)
The covenant was made to Israel “after that time” because the Jews rejected it. This as foretold. This is repeated in Hebrews 8. The book of Hebrews sorts out the covenants for the Jews who believed Jesus.
Jesus Sent To Jews To Confirm Promises
Paul says this in Romans 15: 8:
“For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written:
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing the praises of your name.”
Gentiles, the story of Jesus’ life is told to you in three synoptic Gospels. Luke, you’ll note in his Sermon on the Mount does not mention the law. Jesus in Matthew 5 moves the law from stone tablets into the hearts of men, just as Jeremiah prophesied.
As the prophecy concerning Israel and Judah are different from what is prophesied about Gentiles so the gospel is different from the “kingdom of heaven.”
Once the law has done its work (Romans 7) there is only the grace of God in the shed blood of the lamb without blemish to pay the sin debt. The Bible tells you this most adamantly in Galatians with a curse of God for preaching anything else.
God made me to read all the engineering books before he began to move in very unexpected ways to fence me in to do his will.
So maybe it is that hard, but it does not seem hard to me. Acts 9: 15:
“But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” (NIV)
Jesus here after Paul’s blinding experience ordains him as apostle to Gentiles. In 724 B.C. Samaria was conquered and destroyed by the Assyrians and Israel was no more. So where were the people? They migrated west. That is what the Bible says. Ephraim had no priests or temple.
The Gospel For Gentiles Begins With Paul
So where does the gospel begin for Gentiles? Jesus is the atonement sacrifice and the gospels, especially Matthew lays out the fulfillment of the prophecy as Jesus’ calling card. Jesus the lamb that was slain for the sins of the whole world as John the Baptist testified.
Paul’s gospel is unique as the Bible plainly says.
“As for those who were held in high esteem—whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism—they added nothing to my message. 7 On the contrary, they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. 8 For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. 9 James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised. 10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.” (NIV)
Here we see clearly there was a difference in ministry to Jews and to Gentiles recognized by the apostles. No you complainers about dispensationalism they are not dispensations. They are covenants. This one signed in the blood of God who took responsibility, fulfilling the law and the prophets. Then, the covenant of Moses the Jews still cling too. And these preachers still mix in the same skins.
Rejected by Jews who also killed Peter, James, Stephen and others. Clinging fast to Moses whom Jesus warned the Pharisees, Teachers of the law and the high Priest was become their accuser.
Galatians Is Too Hard For Them?
Galatians which I have rarely heard preached, except for a few verses here or there is the most important book in the epistles. But it does not comport with the seminary confusions (Jesus AND the 10 Commandments) so it is essentially discarded.
“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— 2 and all the brothers and sisters[a] with me,
To the churches in Galatia:
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (NIV)
Confirms what Jesus told Ananias, as also the other apostles in Acts 15.
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” (NIV)
And here he reinforces his authority.
“I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. 12 I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
So we have Jesus ordaining Paul after blinding him and revealing himself, then telling Ananias to restore his sight and telling him Paul is Jesus’ chosen instrument to reveal his name to Gentiles. And we note here a few more years and Jerusalem was sacked and burned as Jesus prophesied. John, late in his life wrote Revelation, the last book of the Bible addressing Jews after the first few chapters.
The Gospel Of The Cursed
This set of events explains the diverse nature of John’s narrative in his story of Jesus. Paul, in line with Jeremiah 31: 31-24; Acts 9 and 15 tells you what will get you God’s curse in preaching:
“You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. 2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? 4 Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? 5 So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
The Law and the Promise
15 Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. 16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. 17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. 18 For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise.” (NIV)
The Falling Away In Plain English
Paul in Galatians 5 explains the falling away that he mentions in Thessalonians also as the precursor to the time of the end:
“You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.” (NIV)
Fruit Of The Spirit
But there is fruit until that day:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (NIV)
We are at the end of the times of the Gentiles (Luke 21: 24) The end of days is soon. Look at the massive armies surrounding Israel. Thank you for visiting and reading. Please if you have any questions leave them here below. If you have comments please leave them also. I will answer. Thank you again. Chris.