Sunday, August 23, 2015
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14 KJV).
What else can the Apostle Paul teach us about dispensational Bible study?
Christian people rarely ask, “Why Paul?” (Because most have never asked that question, they do not recognize Paul’s special ministry, and lacking that understanding, they cannot and do not understand their Bibles!)
Jesus Christ had already selected, trained, and commissioned 12 apostles. Why the need for another apostle? Peter and the 11 had to convert all of Israel first (Matthew 10:5-7; Luke 24:47; Acts 1:8), and then redeemed Israel would preach to and convert Gentiles in Christ’s earthly kingdom (Zechariah 8:20-23; Matthew 28:18-20). When Israel refused to be converted nationally and become God’s kingdom of priests in early Acts, God through Paul’s ministry turned to the Gentiles without Israel’s rise to kingdom glory (Romans 11:11-13). Up until Paul’s ministry, God had never had a spokesman to all nations. Paul’s ministry was to all peoples, all nations, without distinction (Romans 1:5,14; Romans 11:32; Romans 16:26; Ephesians 3:9).
In the prophetic program God has formed (and will form) a “peculiar” people—the nation Israel—who would (will) work with Him in accomplishing His will in the earth (Exodus 19:5,6). Now, in the mystery program, today’s Scripture says that God through Paul’s ministry is forming another “peculiar” people—another group belonging to Him, another group that accomplishes His will. The Church the Body of Christ, His heavenly people, also redeemed from sin by Christ’s shed blood. Now that we are part of God’s family via the Body of Christ, we will accomplish God’s will in the heavenly places for eternity (Ephesians 2:6,7).
Hence, today’s Scripture says that we are “looking” for the day when “the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” brings us up into heaven (Rapture), fully equipping us to do good works in heaven!