Rightly Dividing Your Bible
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson 
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study


My friends I have learned that without the proper division of the scriptures, it is impossible to have a working knowledge of God's word to us today. We are not Israel nor do we take Israel's place in God's program. We have a unique position in God's plan and purpose and Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles tells us that Israel has fallen temporarily and today, in the dispensation of the grace of God, Gentiles are blessed of God apart from Israel. My friends please remember that while all Scripture is for us, all Scripture is not written to or about us. This is the key to understanding the Bible. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope (Romans 15:4)

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15. While the entire Bible was inspired by God for our benefit, it is not all written to the same people. God spoke different things to different people at different times. Every time it was according to his two-fold purpose. The key to understanding the Bible hinges on our ability to discern what is written to us and what is not. This is what is meant by right division of the Bible. The only way that we can truly understand the Scripture is through the use of right division. That means separate the kingdom gospel, from the gospel of the grace of God, and separate the church the body of Christ from the Nation of Israel. Our instructions for this dispensation were given to the apostle Paul, and again they are unsearchable in all previous dispensations. Do not wait for your pastor to tell you these things he may not even want to know them himself. 

Understanding The Bible
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth" (II Tim. 2:15) In Eph. 2 the Apostle Paul sets forth the basic three-fold division in God's dealings with mankind: Time Past (v.11,12), But Now (v.13), and The Ages to Come (v.7). When the Bible is "laid out" according to this divinely inspired design we easily get an overview of not only what we are reading but when and to whom it was written. Thus the Word of God itself provides us with the key to its own proper understanding and right division. To “rightly divide the word of truth” means to properly handle the Bible by recognizing & making the division in it that needs to be made because of God’s different programs.

What It Means To Rightly Divide the Scriptures

The Apostle Paul tells us to study God’s word with a view to rightly dividing the word of truth. It is interesting that when people talk about how to study the Bible there is all kinds of different methods that people use: historical, literal, allegorical. There are all these different methods people use but you can see right here in the word of God that God’s method, through the pen of the Apostle Paul to Timothy and to us, is to rightly divide the word of truth. When the Apostle Paul thought about the concept of rightly dividing the word of truth, he thought of God’s Word in terms of its right division, that is, times past, but now and ages to come. (Ephesians 2:11,13,7) Very simply, as the Apostle Paul thought about God’s Word, he thought in terms of what God was doing in the past, what God is doing now, and what God is going to be doing in the future. 

Time Past: Eph. 2:11,12 sets forth the basic issue in Time Past as the division between Circumcision and the Uncircumcision, between the nation Israel and the Gentiles. When you find this issue governing the way God was working with men, you know you are in Time Past. This covers the Old Testament (see Gen. 17:9-14, Deut. 4:5-8, Num. 23:9) as well as Matthew thru John (see Rom. 15:8, Matt. 10:5,6; 15:24, John 4:22) and the early Acts period (see Luke 24:47, Acts 1:6,8;2:14,22,36;5:32;11:19).

But Now: Eph. 2:13 indicates that in the But Now portion Gentiles are no longer "far off" but rather the "middle wall of partition" between Israel and the Gentiles has been eliminated and now" those who were far off are made nigh." Romans thru Philemon provide the doctrine for the dispensation of grace (Rom. 11:13;15:16;16:25, I Cor. 14:37, Eph. 3:1-9).

Ages to Come: God will bring His purposes to fruition and thus Eph. 2:7 points to the Ages to Come. The books of Hebrews thru Revelation focus on this. Ages to Come, God's purpose with Israel is resumed and the nation Israel will go through a period of purging. God's purpose for Israel in ages to come is for Israel to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation that will rule with Christ when the kingdom of heaven is established on the earth.

Rightly Dividing Your Bible (Key To Understanding The Bible) Part 3
The Nation Of Israel 
(The Church) The Body of Christ Is Not The Nation Of Israel
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson 
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study

Many In The Church (The Body Of Christ ) Are Reading The Wrong Mail. Many Are Following God’s Instructions To The Nation Of Israel And Are Confused. Lets Find Out Who The Nation Of Israel Were In Time Past. When God Told Moses To Speak To The Children Of Israel in Exodus 31:12-13, Leviticus 27: 1-2 That’s Who God Is Talking To. 

The People That God Sent Moses Down Into Egypt To Get Were The Children Of Israel (Nation Of Israel) The Jews My Friends. We Are Not The Nation Of Israel. We’ve Studied Who The Gentiles Were, Now We Need To Know Who The Nation Of Israel Were In Time Past And Next Will Be The Church The Body Of Christ. We Must Distinguish Between These 3 Classes Of People If We Are Going To Understand Our Bibles.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope (Romans 15:4)

Where Did The Nation Of Israel Begin? After man’s rebellion in Genesis 11, the Nation of Israel begins in Genesis 12:1-3, where God promised Abram (later to be called “Abraham”) a great nation. “Abraham” means “father of many nations.” In Genesis 12 a new divine purpose of God was revealed creating a new division, beginning with Abram. God promised that a special blessing would come to the whole earth through Abram’s descendants. The line of this fulfillment went through Isaac, Abram’s son, and then to Jacob, the son of Isaac, who was the father of the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel. God chose the Nation of Israel because of His love for them and His unconditional covenant with Abraham. This doesn't mean that God loved Israel more than other people, it was just that He intended to use Israel as His means to love and bless everyone. Genesis 12:1-Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. God promised that Abraham descendants would inherit and Own Land. Genesis 12:7 And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him. Genesis 15:7 And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

Promises made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
God promised Abraham that his descendants would be numerous (Genesis 13:16; 17:2; 22:17) and that his descendants would eventually constitute “many nations” (Genesis 17:4-5). He also promised Abraham that his descendants would “possess the gate of their enemies” (Genesis 22:17) and be “blessed” mightily by God (verses 16-18). God also said that his descendants would be identified throughout history by the name of Abraham’s son, “Isaac” (Genesis 21:12). The blessings given to Abraham and Isaac were called the “birthright” blessings because they were passed on to successive generations as a right of their birth. The “birthright” blessings given to Abraham were passed on to Isaac, who married Rebekah. Millions of people would descend from Isaac and Rebekah over time. In fact, they would number in the billions throughout the generations of humanity on the earth. The blessing of numerous descendants who would possess the gates of their enemies was a continuation of the blessing God had promised Abraham that He would fulfill in Isaac (Genesis 17:17-19, 21). Isaac passed his “birthright” blessings on to his son, Jacob, even though the oldest son, Esau, would normally have received them. Genesis 25:30-34 informs us that Esau “sold” his birthright to Jacob for some red stew. Then when their father, Isaac, officially passed on the birthright, Jacob deceived his father into believing he was his brother. In essence, Jacob “stole” the birthright through deception (Genesis 27).One of the blessings Jacob received from Isaac was that other nations would bow down to the nations that would descend from Jacob (Genesis 27:29). Clearly, for this prophecy to be fulfilled, Jacob’s descendants would have to become great nations and empires. This same blessing also promised that God would bless the nations that blessed Jacob’s descendants and would curse the nations that cursed Jacob’s descendants. God reiterated Abraham’s blessings to Jacob in Genesis 28:10-15 by saying Jacob’s descendants would be as numerous as “the dust of the earth” and they would eventually spread to all four corners of the earth from the region of the Promised Land. Jacob’s name was later changed to “Israel” (Genesis 32:28), and he had 12 sons who became the “12 tribes of Israel.”

The name Israel derives from the name given to Jacob (Genesis 32:29). The Bible lists 12 sons of the patriarch Israel (Jacob) who each became the father of a tribe of the ancient nation of Israel. Here is a list of the 12 tribes of Israel from Genesis 49:Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah. Zebulun., Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Joseph and Benjamin. His 12 sons were the kernels of 12 tribes that later developed into the Jewish nation. The name Jew derives from Yehuda (Judah) one of the 12 sons of Jacob. So, the names Israel, Israeli or Jewish refer to people of the same origin. The Bible tells us that Joseph’s 10 evil brothers sold him into slavery. Joseph was carried into Egypt and sold there to Potiphar, Pharaoh’s servant (Genesis 39:1). Joseph was put into prison by a false accusation; however, he prospered by the mercy and sovereignty of God. God had a purpose for Joseph. Joseph prospered and eventually became governor over all of Egypt through a series of miraculous events. Eventually, Jacob was reunited with his long-lost son, Joseph; whom Jacob thought had been dead all those years. Joseph forgave his 10 brothers. Jacob moved his entire family into Egypt to be with Joseph. The Hebrew families multiplied greatly and became successful. Many years went by and a new Pharaoh took power that knew not Joseph; the Hebrews were enslaved by the Egyptian Pharaoh. 

History of Israel: The Biblical Record
The history of the twelve tribes begins when Jacob and his family went down to Egypt as "70 souls" Deuteronomy 10:22. In Egypt "the Israelites were fertile and prolific; they multiplied and increased very greatly," and there they became the "Israelite people." Following the death of Joseph - one of Jacob's sons who had become viceroy of Egypt - Pharaoh oppressed the Israelites by placing upon them burdensome labor. God "remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob," made Himself known to Moses and rescued the Israelites from Egypt. Israel history proclaims a dynamic account of God's miracles, judgments, promises, and blessings. Israel begins as a unilateral promise to one man, Abraham. For more than 400 years, Abraham and his descendants rely on that promise, even during a significant period of slavery in Egypt. Then, by means of an amazing series of miraculous events, God delivers the Israelites of out Egypt in the Exodus (Hebrew: "a going out"). The Exodus is the occasion that most Jews look to as the foundation of the nation of Israel. The Exodus is the act of deliverance which Israelites dwell on as the demonstration of God's love and protection of Israel. Once the Exodus was completed, God established a conditional covenant with the Israelites at the Mountain of Sinai. It is there that God proclaimed His Law (the Ten Commandments). It is there that God promises blessings for adherence to His Law and curses for noncompliance. The rest of Israel's history as recorded in the Bible is a continuing cycle of blessing and punishment for Israel's obedience and disobedience to God's Law. Throughout times of victory and defeat, king and judges, priests and prophets, restoration and exile - the Israelites are blessed when they obey God and disciplined when they do not. Some people mistakenly think that since the establishment of the Church (Body Of Christ), the Nation of Israel no longer serve any purpose. The truth is that God has many more plans for the peoples (Nation of Israel) who have descended from the 12 tribes of Israel after Christ returns. That will take place in the Ages To Come.

Rightly Dividing Your Bible (Key To Understanding The Bible) 
The Nation Of Israel (Part 4)
(The Church) The Body of Christ Is Not The Nation Of Israel
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson 
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study

When God Told Moses To Speak To Children Of Israel, That’s Who God Was Talking To. In Exodus 31:12-13, Exodus 33:5 and Leviticus 12:1-2 God Was Not Speaking To The Church (The Body Of Christ). If We Give What Belongs To The Nation Of Israel And Stop Trying To Follow Out With The Commands And Instructions That God Gave Them, Many Would Not Be Confused In The Body Of Christ. We can learn a lot from reading those scriptures but those scriptures were written to the Nation of Israel.

Key Information About The Nation Of Israel

Names/ Titles for Jews(Children Of Israel)
The Jews are referred to as My People by God in Ex 3:7, The Children of Israel in Ex 31:13, Children by Jesus in Matt 15:26, His People in Luke1:68. They are peculiar treasure, kingdom of Priests, and a Holy Nation Ex 19: 5-6. Holy People Deut 7:6-8. They had the Covenants, Circumcision, Signs, The Law, The Promises.

Circumcision-Gen 17:9-14 Begin with Abraham and was a sign of the covenant God made with him his seed ( Israel). The division between, the circumcision and uncircumcision begin in the book of Gen. It was there God erected the middle wall of partition between Jew and Gentile. Gen 22:17-18 God states his purpose in that Covenant. Special Status Num 23:9

Law- The Jews had enclosed the inner portions of their temple with a "middle wall of partition" and they jealously guarded it. God reinforced the middle wall by giving of the law through Moses. Deut 4:5-8 In "Time Past" God Himself had made a difference between Jews and Gentiles.

Signs: Signs was the birthright of Israel. I Cor1:22 says For the Jews require a sign. A sign was in indication to the Nation of Israel that God was dealing with them in a particular manner. Why Did they need signs? Ex 4:1, 4:5, God just wasn’t doing magical tricks with Moses. Signs were going to be significant with the Nation of Israel and they are key for us in the Body of Christ in understanding God’s Word rightly Divided. Ex 4:8-9, Jews required a sign that they might believe. Deut 26:8, Signs were Moses credentials to Israel. The 12 Apostles-Mark 16:17-20 had their testimony confirmed with signs. John 4:48, Luke 2:11-12, Acts 2:43.

Obedience/Blessings, Disobedience/Curses Deut 28, Lev 26, They had the IF Principle. Notice the importance of Land with their obedience and disobedience. They were an agricultural people, they lived and died by the produce from their land. They need God’s rain to survive. (Obedience/Rain Lev 26:1-3), Disobedience/No Rain Lev 26:18-20. Deut 28:8-12/Obedience, Deut 28:23-24/Disobedience/No Rain( Now for you and I under grace, when we are disobedient, we still eat, Look at me, does it look like I have missed any meals, thank God for Grace). Come with Me to 2nd Chronicles 7:14 and now verse 13, this mail belong to the Nation of Israel. Do we see the IF principle, My People, Don’t verse 13 sound familiar like the curses in Lev 26 and Deut 28. Malachi 3:9-10 you let me know if this sounds like the obedience and disobedience in Lev 26 and Deut 28, well, to make it all clear for everyone, Malachi 1:1, the word of Malachi to Israel, this book is informative because it tells me at the end of Malachi that the Nation of Israel will be awaiting their Messiah. The purpose of the book of Malachi is to deliver stern rebuke to the people and priests, to call them (Nation of Israel ) to repentance and to promise future blessings. Cannibalism Lev 26:29 God is God of his Word 2 Kings 6:26-29. 

Feast Days: Lev 23/Pentecost or Feast of Week, Passover, Feast of unleavened Bread, Feast of First Fruits, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement. Anytime you see these Jewish Feast Days, you are standing on Jewish Ground. (They belong to the Nation of Israel)

Water Baptism And The Nation of Israel
Baptism under the Old Testament Law According to the Bible, the washings of the priests and the sacrifices were baptisms. They spoke of ceremonial cleansing. Exodus 29:1-4; Leviticus 1:9. Water baptism was something in the prophetic program, it was a picture of cleansing. Israel was cleansed in order to be inducted into the office of the priest. When priests were ordained, the Law prescribed certain rituals to be followed, including washing them with water (Ex. 29:4). Let me reiterate that in the Old Testament, Israel’s priests would wash with water before entering into the priesthood (Exodus 29:1,4; Leviticus 8:6); they had to wash prior to dressing in the ephod (priestly garments), and had to wash before entering the Tabernacle and Holy of Holies (Exodus 30:17-21). 
Jesus Himself gave the reason He was being baptized in Matthew 3:15, when He told John the Baptist to “…Permit it to be so now for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” So, in accordance with the Law dispensed to Moses, Jesus was thirty years old at the time He was baptized, as we read in Luke 3:23 “…And when He began His ministry Jesus Himself was about 30 years of age.” (Perhaps those who insist we should “follow Jesus in Baptism” should also require the person to be 30 years old today).“AND I KNEW HIM NOT; BUT THAT HE SHOULD BE MADE MANIFEST TO ISRAEL, THEREFORE AM I COME BAPTIZING WITH WATER.” John 1:31. John’s water baptism is clearly and specifically stated; that “Christ might be made manifest to Israel.” The word “baptize” first appears in the Bible in Matthew chapter 3 when John the Baptist is preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 3:2). If a Jew had placed his or her faith in Jesus of Nazareth as Israel’s Messiah-King, this water baptism was “the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” and it was an outward profession of their faith in Jesus as the Messiah (Mark 1:4; John 7:29-30; Acts 13:23-25). 

Nation of Israel (Kingdom of Priest)
The Scriptures teach that Jesus was a Prophet, a great Teacher, the King of Israel, the Messiah, and at His baptism we see Him coming as High Priest to the kingdom of priests—the nation of Israel: “And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel” (Ex. 19:6). “But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, They shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast” (Isa. 61:6). In the New Testament we read in the writings of Peter, who in his own words was “an apostle of Jesus Christ, (I Pet. 1:1): “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people…having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles…” (I Pet. 2:9,12). water baptism was for the Jewish believers of the Gospel of the Kingdom. What is the connection between water baptism and the kingdom that Jesus was going to establish on the earth? In Exodus 19:5-6, God promised to make Israel “a kingdom of priests” (1 Peter 2:9: If every Jew was to be a priest, what would every Jew need to do? Wash with water, just like in the Old Testament! Mark 1:4 KJV: “John [the Baptist] did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” These Jewish believers of the Kingdom Gospel were sinners, and the water baptism was an outward sign of their faith (Luke 7:29-30).

Christ Earthly Ministry To Jews/Nation of Israel- John 1:11 (Own/Jews) Matt 2:2 ( Born King of the Jews) Matt 10:5-6( Lost sheep of the house of Israel/Jews) Matt 15:24 (Lost sheep of the house of Israel/Jews) John 1:31 (Manifest To Israel/Jews), John 4:22 (Salvation of the Jews).

Tithing And The Nation Of Israel
After God delivered Israel from Egypt, He set apart the entire tribe of Levi for priestly service to the nation. When God apportioned the promised land among the Israelites, the tribe of Levi had no share of the land but received one-tenth of all the produce of the land from the other tribes instead. The purpose for the tithe was two-fold. First, it was an act of worship; an act of giving back to God. Secondly, it was to provide for the priests, the Levites. The Levites were the only ones who could enter the holy of holies, the inner sanctuary. They were the ones who prayed for the congregation and presented their offerings before God. Leviticus 27:30, 32 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. “Tithes” commanded in the Law of Moses served as taxes to support various functions of the nation of Israel – supporting the government officials (Levites), funding the national religious ceremonies and festivals, and providing for the needy (widows, orphans and strangers. 

Who Are The Israelites? (Romans 9:4-5)
They are called Israelites(the name hoveringly bestowed upon Jacob by God Gen 32:28). The Adoption looks a particular event: when Moses was instructed to stand before Pharaoh and tell him that Israel was God’s son(Exodus 4:22).The glory refers to the glory cloud that led Israel from Egypt (Exodus 13:20-22 16:10). The covenants refer to Israel’s four great unconditional covenants that govern all that God will do for and with Israel-The Abraham Covenant(Genesis 12 and 13, a nation forever; The Palestinian Covenant, Deuteronomy 30, a land forever; Davidic Covenant, 2nd Samuel 7, a King forever; The New Covenant, Jeremiah 31, a redeemed people forever. The giving of the Law refers to Sinai
(Exodus 19-31). The services of God refers to the offerings, priesthood, and levitical institution (Hebrews 10:1-5). The promises refer to the messianic promises(Genesis 3:15; 49:10; Numbers 24:15-19; Deuteronomy 18:15-22). The fathers refer to the Nation of Israel patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Matthew 22:32; Acts 3:13).

What Does It Mean To Rightly Divide The Word of Truth?


By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study


Rightly Dividing Your Bible 
The Key To Understanding Our Bible

Part 2 

(Who Were The Gentiles?) 
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson 
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study

The Book of Genesis as you know is the book of origins. It's the book of beginnings, that's actually what genesis means. It is an amazing revelation by God written by the pen of Moses and in this Book of Genesis, in particular the first 11 chapters; we have a critical revelation of the origin of all things that constitute a full world view. The first eleven (11) chapters of the Bible cover the beginnings, the fall of man, the judgment of man, Adam's family record, the flood (man's wickedness judged). Covenant with Noah. The tower of Babel (one language changed to many). Next is Shem's family record ending with the introduction of Abram (Abraham).

While the "Word of Truth" is written FOR all classes of people, and FOR our learning, it is not addressed to all peoples in general, but part of it is addressed to the JEWS, part to the GENTILES, and part to the CHURCH. These three constitute the THREE CLASSES, into which humanity is divided. 1 Cor. 10:32The word Gentile is an English translation of the Hebrew word goyim (“people, nations”) and the Greek word ethne (“nations, people groups, people”). The term refers to a person who is not a Jew. Gentiles: all the peoples of the world who are non-Jews. In Time Past, a Gentile designates any lost member of the human race who is not a Jew. The term “Gentiles” in the New Testament always refers to people and nations outside of and apart from all the twelve tribes of Israel…. It can be said positively that IN NO CASE IN THE BIBLE, either in the Old Testament or in the New, DOES THE WORD “GENTILE” REFER OR APPLY TO ANY PART OF ISRAEL.

Following the flood of Noah humankind was divided into three major racial divisions descending from the three sons of Noah—Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The entire human race descended from these three sons of Noah. The sons of Japheth formed the largest group descending from Noah and include the peoples mentioned in Genesis 10:2-5, The sons of Ham, mentioned in Genesis 10:6-20, The sons of Shem, mentioned in Genesis 10:21-31.

As the history of the Old Testament unfolded after the flood, humankind continued to rebel against God, After the flood, God gave man a command in Gen. 9:1 and man rebel," And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth." We see God reiterate Himself in vs 7 “And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” Man was to go forth throughout all the earth; this was the expressed Will of God. But man resisted and rebelled against that commandment: in Gen. 11:4, it says, "Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make a name(for ourselves) lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth." This rebellion culminated in the judgment of the Tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9). The people were uniting themselves in disagreement against God, led by the arch-criminal and mastermind of this project, Nimrod. This time, instead of wiping them out in death as He had done through the Flood, God permitted them to live, but He segregated them by confusing their means of communication. In the end, they are separated from one another. All their glorious plans of building a great city and tower had to be abandoned because they could not communicate with each other. In Time Past, the Gentiles were without A God in this world. Remember this verse my friends Ephesians 2:11-12. It describes the situation before our Dispensation of Grace: “ Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision(Jews) in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:” We will be coming back to this verse as go further in our studies.

The Gentile (or, non-Jewish) ancestors were “without Christ” (Christ’s earthly ministry was to Israel only; Matthew 10:5-7; Matthew 15:24; John 4:22; Romans 15:8), our Gentile ancestors “had no hope,” and our Gentile ancestors were “without God in the world.” Although “time past” involved God’s dealings with the nation Israel, that does not mean that God did not care about Gentiles. According to the Scriptures, the very reason why God was dealing with the nation Israel was to form an earthly people through whom He could then send salvation and spiritual light to the Gentiles. God was dealing with the nation Israel, to save the nation Israel, so then redeemed Israel would minister to Gentiles, that the Gentiles receive and believe the God of Israel, the one true God of creation.

Please Read!!!! God Is Not The Author Of Confusion (Continuing Our Slow Walk)

Rightly Dividing Your Bible (Key To Understanding The Bible) 
The Church (The Body Of Christ) IT WAS A SECRET!!!!
By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson 
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study

When Did The Church (The Body of Christ Begin?)

A correct understanding of the significance of the Day of Pentecost will fully show that Christians have been misled by their pastors and bible teachers for many, many centuries. The problem stems from believers not rightly dividing the Word of truth. The Body of Christ had its historical beginning with Paul, before he wrote his first epistle. That it began with Paul, not with Peter or before, is evident from several important facts: First, the Body Of Christ is not mentioned anywhere in the Scriptures until we come to the writings of Paul, and it is the great subject of his epistles. Second, the Body of Christ is a joint Body, composed of Jewish and Gentile believers alike, with no difference, positionally, between them. The word Church is a general term for God’s called-out people in every age . They Body of Christ was never prophesied, it was a Mystery (secret), "hid in God" (Rom. 16:25) (Eph. 3:5,9). The Body of Christ was a new sphere of blessing; new promises (Eph. 1:3). Many pastors and bible teachers will tell their congregations to go back to Pentecost. I’ve learned that many really don’t know what they are really saying when they tell saints to go back to Pentecost. In Christendom, chapter 2 of Acts is called the birthday of the church by many. Nothing could be further from the truth, as you will see. church leaders, preachers, and theologians have been blinded to the truth because they wrongly divide the Word of truth. They refuse to accept the truth of 2 Tim. 2:15, and instead resort to human ideas in order to explain God’s Word. 

The Body of Christ (The Church) In The Dispensation Of Grace: A Secret

Paul wrote: Ephesians 3:1-10

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: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

The Church, the Body of Christ, was a new creation, a “secret” ( God revealed to Paul. As such, it did not exist before Paul (Ephesians 3.3-9; Colossians 1.26-27; Romans 16.25-27). Paul wrote to the Ephesians about the Body of Christ. He declared that it was a secret God had revealed to him alone. The Body of Christ itself remained a secret hidden from man until, in His own time, God initiated the Dispensation of Grace and revealed its message to the Apostle Paul. This was the beginning of the Church, which is Christ’s Body. A brand new unity of believing Jews and Gentiles as equals. Salvation BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH WITHOUT WORKS (Rom. 4:5) (Eph. 2:8,9) Truth revealed to Paul by the glorified, ascended Lord (Eph. 3:3) (Tit. 1:3) Baptism by the Holy Spirit into one Body (I Cor. 12:13). The mystery mentioned in Ephesians was hidden in God in ages past. It was something that could not be understood by human ingenuity or study. God revealed it to the apostle Paul by the Spirit (3:4). Ephesians views God' s sacred secret as believing Jews and Gentiles united into one body. In the But Now, Gentiles do not become Jews nor do Jews become Gentiles. Rather, both believing Jews and Gentiles become one new entity, The Body Of Christ (The Church) (Eph. 2:15-16). That is the mystery. The church (The One New Man) is a living organism made of many members. 1st Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? My friends, the Holy Spirit does not dwell in a building, He dwells in us. God’s Church (Ekklesia) is composed of believers (Jews and Gentiles), or saints, whom God by the Holy Spirit and the gospel of Christ has called out of this condemned world to be joined to Christ, as one flesh, to make up the one new man of Ephesians 2:15 and Ephesians 5:31 and 32. I Corinthians 12:12 and 13: “For as the body is one and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body; SO ALSO IS CHRIST: For by one Spirit are we all baptized into ONE BODY.” The Church, the Body of Christ is a new creation that is made up of those who have placed their faith in Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. 

The Church (The Body of Christ) Did Not Begin At Pentecost
Pentecost Was A Jewish Feast Day And Belongs To The Nation Of Israel

If you go back and read the Old Testament, you will discover that Pentecost was one of the Jewish feast days. Only they didn't call it Pentecost. That's the Greek name. Pentecost was one of Jehovah’s feasts for Israel. The Jews called it the Feast of Harvest or the Feast of Weeks. It is mentioned five places in the first five books—in Exodus 23, Exodus 24, Leviticus 16, Numbers 28, and Deuteronomy 16. The festival, which occurs on the fiftieth day after Passover. At Pentecost all the adult Jewish men would come from wherever they were living to Jerusalem and personally be in attendance during this celebration. It was the celebration of the beginning of the early weeks of harvest. There were several festivals, celebrations, or observances that took place before Pentecost. There was Passover, there was Unleavened Bread, and there was the Feast of Firstfruits. The Feast of Firstfruits was the celebration of the beginning of the barley harvest. The Feast of Pentecost occurred 50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits and was regarded by later Jewish authorities as the complement for conclusion of the Passover celebrations, since it followed the latter by seven weeks. It lasted for only one day (Deut 16:9-12), and was a joyous occasion when the entire nation gave thanks to a gracious heavenly Father for His abundant gifts of food. Pentecost was the fulfillment of prophecy and the Body of Christ is not even mentioned until Paul. The Messianic kingdom was prophesied throughout the Old Testament Scriptures; it was proclaimed “at hand” during our Lord’s earthly ministry and offered for Israel’s acceptance at Pentecost. The coming of the Holy Spirit, likewise, was prophesied by Joel at Pentecost Peter said: “This is that….” After the spirit had been poured out on Israel on the Day of Pentecost. Peter, on the day of Pentecost is delivering a message to the nation of Israel. We know this because in Acts 2:22 he identifies his audience, "ye men of Israel." On that day of Pentecost, Peter tells the nation of Israel about Jesus Christ whom they crucified but God raised Him from the dead to sit on the throne. Peter stated in Acts chapter two that, “this is that which hath been spoken through the prophet Joel” (Acts 2:16). At Pentecost, believers were added to something already existing. (Matt. 18:17) (Acts 2:47) Acts 8:1 speaks of “the Church at Jerusalem.” Paul, in Galatians 1:22, speaks of the Churches in Judea. Before Paul was saved he persecuted “the Church of God,” therefore, “the Church of God” existed before Saul (Paul) was converted.

Something To Think About
The Greek word "ecclesia" which is translated "church," does not automatically mean the Body of Christ, There are three distinct 'churches' mentioned in the Scriptures, (Acts 7:38) (Matt. 18:17) (Eph. 1:22,23). In Joel's prophecy there is no reference to Gentiles. At Pentecost, Israel had not been set aside (alienated) so how could they be reconciled with the Gentiles into one Body?. (Eph. 2:15,16). At Pentecost, the remission of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit resulted from water baptism (Acts 2:38). Is that how we receive the Spirit today? Provisions were made for the Church, the Body of Christ, by the cross (Eph. 2:16) but did not take effect until "due time" when revealed to the apostle Paul (I Tim. 2:6,7). My friends on the day of Pentecost, there is no mention of the Body of Christ. There is no mention of Gentiles being presented or accepted as equals. There is no mention of something new (a secret, the Body of Christ). There is no mention of a baptism by the Spirit. There is no mention of justification by faith alone nor of redemption through the shed blood of Christ. There is no mention of no longer being under the Law. In fact, they continued "preaching to none but the Jews only" and being "zealous of the Law." (Acts 11:19) (Acts 21:20). 

Problems For Those Who Believe The Church (The Body Of Christ) Started At Pentecost

God explicitly stated through the apostle Paul that the Church, the Body of Christ, was a “secret”. This presents a serious problem for those who believe the Church (The Body of Christ) begin on Pentecost because Paul made this declaration long after Pentecost. My friends there is no biblical evidence to support the view that anyone at Pentecost recognized that the Church, the Body of Christ, had come into existence. On the contrary, the Scriptural evidence indicates that at Pentecost the Twelve knew nothing about the Body of Christ. Peter addressed only Jews Acts 2:22, Acts 2:36. But Paul declared that the Church was that organism in which Jew and Gentile are equal. Peter obviously did not believe this else he would have addressed Gentiles. Furthermore, Paul is the only biblical writer who revealed the Church as the Body of Christ. No other writer mentioned it. Peter and the Eleven were looking for the end of the age, i.e., the kingdom of God on earth as revealed by the prophets, not the beginning of a new “Church” age. The prophets, John, and Jesus had revealed nothing of the fact that Jew and Gentile would be equal in Christ in a Body. On the contrary, Peter quoted Joel 2:28-32 and expected the “sun to be turned into darkness and the moon into blood” (Acts 2.15-21). Peter expected the Lord to come in judgment and to establish His kingdom. But where in the Old Testament is there any prediction of the formation of a joint Body of Jewish and Gentile believers. Where did Christ or His apostles even mention it during His earthly ministry? Where is even the term “Body of Christ” found until we come to the writings of the Apostle Paul? What right, then, have we to assume that the Body of Christ had its beginning at Pentecost? Peter specially applied the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy to “the last days of Israel. The prophet Joel wrote of Israel’s tribulation and kingdom and God’s wrath upon the Gentiles (Joel 2:28-32).

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Rightly Dividing Your Bible (Key To Understanding The Bible) Part 1

By Pastor Timothy D. Roberson 
By The Grace Of God Home Bible Study

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope (Romans 15:4)

Problem Today: The problem we find with Christianity today is that most of Christendom teaches that all of scripture (or a large part of it) is to us and treat it like a combination salad. Right Division doesn’t mean to cut scripture out as we learn from 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is profitable”. The key is to read and study scripture so you can keep scripture in it’s context. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15.

When studying the word of God, we should always ask these questions.

First, you must know who God is addressing.
1. Whenever you are attempting to understand a passage of Scripture, the first question
you should ask is, "Who is God talking to in this passage?"
2. Notice how Paul divides humanity into three groups in 1 Corinthians 10:32.
• Jews - those who are members of the nation of Israel
• Gentiles - anyone that is not a Jew - all other nations and people groups
• The church of God - those who are members of the body of Christ in this present
dispensation of grace - Ephesians 1:22-23; Galatians 3:26-28
3. God's Word is always directly addressing one of these groups, or individuals within
one of these groups.
4. Remember this: the entire Bible is written for us, but it is not all written to us.

Second, you must know who God's spokesman is for you today.
1. In every time period throughout Biblical history, we see that God had a spokesman.

• Noah was a preacher of righteousness and was God's spokesman in his day.

• Moses was God's spokesman when Israel left Egypt.

• John the Baptist, Jesus, and the apostles were God's spokesmen leading up to the
Cross, ( Message Was To The Jews/Nation of Israel). John 1:11, Matthew 2:2, Matthew 10:5-6, John 1:31, John 4:22

Peter was God's spokesman on the day of Pentecost, (Message to the Jews). Acts 2:22, Acts 2:36,

Apostle Paul ( Dispensation of Grace/Gentiles and Jews) The Church The Body of Christ ( Ephesians 3:1-8) The responsibility of mankind in every dispensation is to listen to God's spokesman and believe his message. As we approach God's Word, we must ask ourselves, "Who has God appointed as our spokesman for today?" This is an extremely important question if we are to rightly divide God's Word.