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Did you know that when God called Abraham, He placed a division between his descendants and all the rest of humanity?
It was God Himself Who established the “barrier” between Jew and Gentile, Israel and the Nations. Paul called this division a “middle wall of partition” in Ephesians 2:14. The Concordant Version calls it “the central wall of the barrier.” The Dabhar Version renders it, “the middle wall of the blockage.”
When reading the Scriptures, it is vitally important that you ask yourself two simple questions:
Recognizing and answering these crucial questions is an important key in following Paul’s instruction found in II Timothy 2:15 of “rightly dividing” (KJV), “correctly cutting” (CV, 1976 – 6th Edition) or “correctly partitioning” (CV, 1927 – 2nd Edition) the “Word of truth.”
It’s not until you get to the writings of Paul, the apostle, that you see the barrier removed. Read Paul’s letters and enjoy God’s truth for today.
“Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which
was kept secret since the world began.” ~ Romans 16:25
According to this verse, the revelation committed to Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, can be divided into two basic areas. The first of these areas he calls “my gospel.”
“… according to my gospel …”
This special gospel committed specifically and singularly to Paul (thus, “my gospel”) stands in contrast to the law. It is this good news that God will one day gloriously use as the standard to judge the world (Romans 2:16). This gospel, also known as “gospel of the grace of God”…
by Clyde L. Pilkington Jr.
Israel plays a key role in God’s plan of the ages. Though currently she has been set aside “until the times of the nations be fulfilled,” He is by no means done with her.
Today, God is operating His purpose in the ecclesia – the Church, the Body of Christ. The Scriptures provide us with the clear, critical distinction between God’s earthly nation and Christ’s celestial body.
Christendom, however, has diminished Israel’s divine significance in an attempt to advance their artificial homogenization of Scripture’s grand theme, thus obscuring the glorious evangel of our day – “the Good News of the Happy God” committed to the trust of Paul, our Apostle.
This work highlights some of the more prominent distinctions which belong to God’s literal, physical, earthly nation. In so doing, it is our desire to allow the reader to see more clearly God’s dealings with God’s favored nation, so that they may in turn embrace a far greater calling and purpose.
by Clyde L. Pilkington Jr.
360 Page PB
The risen Lord (II Corinthians 5:15;) committed to Paul, the apostle, the dispensation of grace (Romans 16:25), dealing with God’s Heavenly purpose “The
Body of Christ” (Ephesians 3:2; Colossians 1:25; Ephesians 3:9; I Corinthians 9:17).
In contrast, the dispensation of law was committed to Moses, dealing with Israel and the Nations – God’s earthly purpose. The student of the Bible should not fail to recognize its two major divine purposes. Nothing but confusion can arise from reading into one dispensation that which relates to another (II Timothy 2:15).
As the law of Moses was authoritative over Israel, so Pauline revelation is equally authoritative over the church, the Body of Christ.
1. Paul the Chosen Vessel: Why Paul? Permit…
by A.A. Sandoz