Join us as we address the important topics concerning the layout, applications and instructions in the Bible. During our time, we stress the importance of rightly dividing scripture (2Tim2:15) in order to preach the gospel of Christ (Rom1:16; 2Tim1:9-10), the preaching of the glorious mystery of the cross (1Cor1:17-18; 2:6-8; Gal6:14), affording salvation sent to all men freely by God’s grace (Rom3:21-26; 1Tim2:4-6) in this dispensation of God’s grace (Eph3:1-9; Rom16:25-26; Col1:25-26), clearly.
Much debate and confusion surrounds the topic of Cornelius and Acts 10. Join this session as we recognize the following, important items:
- Paul was already converted and sent to Gentiles with the revelation of the mystery of Christ in Acts 9 (Cf. Ac26:15-18; 1Tim1:16).
- Peter and the Circumcision were not engaging in ministering to the Gentiles, which was unlawful for them to do
- Peter was still engaged in following the law via prayer hours, temple attendance and dietary restrictions
- Peter preaches the same message to Israel running from John’s required water baptism through Christ as the Messiah, killed innocently by his own people.
- This occurrence, orchestrated of God, further signifies Israel’s diminishment as well as allowing sufficient revelation for him to help the Circumcision in Acts 15 understand that Paul’s revelation and sending by the ascended Lord Jesus Christ regarding salvation sent to Gentiles without Israel is the work of God.
- Peter learns that the grace of Christ will be the means by which God saves the Circumcision as he had already done with those in the body of Christ (Ac15:11; 1Pe1)
Use the following maps to assist you in your personal studies of these important passages, and see if you come to the same conclusion.