906 - Les Feldick Bible Study - Lesson 2 Part 2 Book 76 - Connecting The Dots Of Scripture - Part 30
Through the Bible with Les Feldick
LESSON 2 * PART 2 * BOOK 76
CONNECTING THE DOTS OF SCRIPTURE – PART 30
Genesis - Revelation (The Mysteries)
For those of you joining us on television again, we just thank you for everything. We appreciate the fact that many of you are learning how to study on your own. Nothing thrills us more than when you tell us that you’re sharing it with others.
I’ve always said, you know why most believers do not share their faith? They’re unsure of their wisdom. So rather than get caught and embarrassed, they say nothing. But once we get people grounded in the Word—hey, when these cults come to your door, are they ever lacking for words? Never! Boy, they’ve got their verses down pat. Well, once you get an understanding of the Word, and—like I said in the last half hour—you get an opportunity to share it, then you’re ready. That’s basically why we keep teaching. It is to prepare people to share their faith with those that they have opportunity.
Okay, back to Ephesians chapter 3. We’re still going to deal with the mysteries all afternoon as we’ve got them here on the board. Now we’re going to hit number 2—the Mystery of Christ. Christ a secret? Well, you’d be surprised. We’ll just take a good in-depth look at it. Ephesians chapter 3, now of course the verses we really want are verses 3 and 4. But let’s start at verse 1.
“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for (Whom?) you Gentiles,…” Gentiles! See, now didn’t I rehearse that again the last few programs? We’ve got to constantly remember—how did Paul end up being the Apostle of the Gentiles? Well, you remember back in Matthew chapter 10, the Lord had just chosen the Twelve, and He gave them marching orders. And what were they?
“Go not into the way of a Gentile, and into the city of Samaritans, enter ye not.” Why? “Go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
So, the Twelve were later on called the Apostles of Israel. Now, when Israel kept rejecting and rejecting and rejecting, and they epitomized it when they killed Stephen, who are we introduced to? The next player – Saul of Tarsus! Remember, he held the clothes of those that stoned Stephen. Now when you get into Chapter 9 remember, God is dealing with Ananias who’s going to be the go-between. And what does he tell Ananias?
“I’m going to send this man (Saul of Tarsus) far hence unto the Gentiles.”
Now, did you see the difference in the language? Jesus told the Twelve go NOT to the Gentiles, go to Israel. To this Apostle He says you’re going TO the Gentiles, and of course Israel as well. See the big difference. I mean a big difference.
And again, most of Christendom can’t get it. That’s one of the number one arguments, if I get any, in the mail, “Where do you get this business of a Gospel for the Jew and a Gospel for Gentiles?” Well, right there. How in the world, if Jesus sent the Twelve out into the Tribes of Israel, could they preach faith in His death, burial, and resurrection? It hadn’t happened yet. Nobody had any idea He was going to die. So they certainly had a different message.
But now to the Gentile world, this man becomes the one and only true Apostle of the Gentiles. Now, of course, we know that following him came Barnabas and Silas, Timothy, Titus, and some of those who were naturally called apostles as well, but are never called The Apostle of the Gentiles as this one is. Now verse 2:
“If (What kind of a word is that? Well, there’s a possibility you may not have. But--) If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given to me to you-ward:” Now those of you who have been with me for years and years, you know what that means.
Just like God gave Moses the Dispensation of Law, and Moses took it down from the mountain to Israel; to this Apostle, and I think on the same mountain, He now gives the Dispensation of the Grace of God—and He doesn’t qualify just one group over the another, but He says to take it to the Gentile world and Israel as well.
Two totally different programs. The Twelve Apostles were to Israel. This Apostle is to the Gentiles. Now verse 3, here comes our word.
“How that by revelation he (God) made known unto me the mystery; (The secret. That’s why I’ve got it up here with all the others.) (as I wrote before in few words, 4. Whereby, when ye read, (That is his epistles.) ye may understand my knowledge (And knowledge brings what? Wisdom. So you can just about put it all together. Those words all fit—that you can have knowledge and wisdom and understanding--) in the mystery of Christ.)”