Sunday, June 25, 2017
“For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:” (Romans 11:13 KJV).
Behold, the verse that most have never noticed in the Bible!
Recently, a friend in the ministry dealt with a church-going man. When she asked him who our apostle was, however, he had no idea. Rather, he said, “All 12 Apostles were our Apostles. All the Bible is applicable to us.” This is a common misconception, and unmistakable testimony that the professing Church actually does not study the Bible. They just presume to know it.
Today’s Scripture is clear that Paul is a special apostle in the Bible—he is “the apostle of the Gentiles.” Ephesians chapter 3 affirms: “ For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:….” Notice how Paul did not teach the same doctrine as the 12 Apostles. The “dispensation of the grace of God” was committed to him so he could give it to us Gentiles. It did not say “the dispensation of the grace of God” was given to the 12 Apostles.
Furthermore, the Apostle Peter admitted that Paul knew doctrine that he had a hard time understanding, for Paul had special wisdom given exclusively to him. Second Peter 3:15-16: “ And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
In 1 Corinthians chapter 3, the Holy Spirit led the Apostle Paul to write: “ According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Notice the “wisdom” given to Paul….