In addressing the Christians at Corinth the Apostle Paul used this language, “Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth; to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called SAINTS”... (1 Corinthians 1:2 ). The Roman Catholic Bible does not teach that every person who was identified with some local church organization in the days of the apostles was a SAINT; BUT that Bible, as well as every Bible used by Christians, most certainly teaches that every member of the BODY OF CHRIST in those days was a SAINT, whether they worshipped in Galatia, Thessalonica, Philippi, Colossi, Ephesus, Corinth, or Jerusalem.
There is nothing more clearly taught in the Roman Catholic Bible in the writings of the Apostle Paul, than is the fact, that there were in the days of the Apostles, as there are today, two classes of adults with respect to salvation, “DEAD SINNERS” and “LIVING SAINTS” (Ephesians 2:1-9 ). With equal clarity the same Bible (in the Apostle Paul’s Epistles) teaches that a “DEAD SINNER” does not become a “LIVING SAINT” by what man does for God, BUT by what God does for man. “NOT OF WORKS, LEST MAN SHOULD BOAST.” (Ephesians 2:9 ). “If by Grace, then it is no more of works.” (Romans 11:6 ). We will refer later to the Apostle Peter’s message to Cornelius in Acts 10:34-35 .
The Apostle James wrote that Abraham was justified by offering Isaac on the altar. Abraham offered Isaac on the altar about forty years after he WAS justified, or DECLARED righteous, by Faith, WITHOUT works. (Genesis 15:6-8 ; Romans 4:1-11 ). Every Christian, who reads and believes the Bible, believes that God expects him or her to abound in good work. (1 Corinthians 15:58 , Ephesians 2:10 , Titus 3:14 ).
HOWEVER, there is as much difference between night and day as there is between FRUSTRATING the Grace of God and INSULTING God by offering good deeds or some religious ritual to supplement God’s own Divine work of Grace in saving the believing sinner from the penalty of sin, AND, appropriating the all sufficient Grace of God for good works after becoming a SAINT without good works or any religious ceremony.
The Apostle James addressed his Epistle “TO THE TWELVE TRIBES” (James 1:1 ). Some of those Jews were saved and some were unsaved. He referred to the ‘synagogue’. (James 2:2 ). In the second chapter James was referring to God’s oath to Abraham. The Apostle Paul in Romans 4 was referring to God’s covenant with Abram many years before. The Roman Catholic Church does erroneously teach some doctrines believed by some of the Twelve Tribes; but there is a great difference between the two companies.
When the Twelve Tribes were set aside (God’s religious nation) they fell (temporarily); they fell that salvation might be sent to the Gentiles. (Romans 11:11 ). Reconciliation and mercy and Divine riches were offered the Gentiles when and because of Israel’s fall, blindness, casting away, and unbelief (Romans 11:30 ; Romans 11:15 ; Romans 11:12 ; Romans 11:25 ). No Christian can understand God’s ‘Grace’ program and message for sinners who does not understand the eleventh chapter of Romans.
When a company of Greeks wanted to see the LORD Jesus Christ on earth (John 12:20-24 ), Christ did not respond to their request, stating that He had to die as a corn of wheat and fall into the ground. He had already told one Greek that she was a dog and it was not in order to give the Jew’s bread to dogs. (Mark 7:21-27 ). But some twelve years later, the Apostle Paul said to the Jews that it was necessary for him to proclaim God’s message to them FIRST. Then, BECAUSE they would not receive it, he said; “Lo, we turn to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46 ). Then many Greeks were saved. (Acts 13:47-50 , and Acts 14:1 ). Then Paul and his fellow disciples rejoiced that God had opened the Door of Faith unto the Gentiles, (keep in mind this is about TWELVE YEARS AFTER Christ had died and was resurrected), (Acts 14:27 ).
By comparing the Apostle Peter’s statement in Acts 15:7 , referring to his use of the kingdom keys with Cornelius, and the statement of Acts 14:27 , we should be taught that Peter’s keys did NOT open the Door of Faith for Gentiles that the LORD opened through the ministry of the Apostle Paul, who was the apostle, teacher, and preacher of the Gentiles and the prisoner of Christ for Gentiles. (2 Timothy 1:11 ; 2 Timothy 4:17 ; 1 Timothy 2:7 ; Romans 11:13 ; Romans 15:16 ; Romans 16:25 ; Galatians 1:15-16 ; Colossians 1:27-25 ; Galatians 2:7-9 ; Ephesians 3:1-2 and Ephesians 3:8 ). Let us not look to have that door opened BEFORE God opened it, by the Apostle Paul.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 . BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )
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