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The Gospel of the Uncircumcision

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The Gospel of the Uncircumcision

But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;(Galatians 2: 7)  The gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto Paul.  Contrary to Peter’s gospel, which was to the circumcision (Jews), Paul’s gospel was primarily to the Gentiles:  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: (Romans 11: 13)

Whereas Peter’s gospel message was to “repent and be baptized,” Paul’s gospel was just the opposite:  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. (1 Corinthians 1: 17)

Peter’s gospel was centered on prophetic things concerningIsrael’s restoration; Paul’s gospel was centered on things kept secret, both those hid in Scripture and those hid in God.

The Mystery Hid in Scripture

Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: (Romans 16: 25-26)

What was Paul’s Gospel?  It is define in 1 Corinthians 15: 1-4:  Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how 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:

This Gospel was hidden in Old Testament Scripture, as in Isaiah 53.  While Old Testament Scripture tells of the death of Christ and John the Baptist said “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world,” (John 1: 29) neither Isaiah nor John say that is good news. Why?  God had chosen to keep the meaning of certain Scripture a secret, as is stated in 1 Corinthians 2: 7-8:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Before God created the world, He planned to have Jesus come to earth and die for man’s sins.  Even though He planned it before He created Adam and recorded it in Old Testament Scripture, He chose to keep its meaning a secret until He raised up Paul as the apostle to the Gentiles.  Had God not done so, Satan would not have plotted to have Him killed, knowing it would be his demise.

God’s wisdom surpasses all other wisdom.  Even though Lucifer was the wisest of all of God’s creation, his wisdom pales when compared with the wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1: 18-24:  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Paul’s Gospel of the Uncircumcision is about:

  1. Christ dying for our sins.
  2. Christ being buried, and
  3. Christ being resurrected from the grave on the third day.

In Ephesians 6: 19-20 Paul asks people to pray for him to have boldness to preach about the mystery (secret) of the gospel.  Look at the verses:  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

So Paul was talking about the secret of the good news (Gospel).  That secret had been hidden and now it became Paul’s responsibility to tell others about the good news.  Why would he need boldness to teach Christ died for your sins?  Because the Jews believed that salvation for the world would come through the nation ofIsrael, and it did at one point in time.  The good news is that Christ is all you need was kept a secret.  You will not find that anywhere but in the Pauline epistles.

Oh, there is plenty of good news in all of the Bible, but none like the good news revealed unto Paul.  The good news God revealed to Paul is centered on Christ, not Israel.  No longer was the blessing of God predicated on one blessing Israel, as you see in Genesis 12: 3: 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.

True, Christ is the seed of Abraham and all who trust Christ as Savior will be blessed.  But salvation, in the Age of Grace, is accomplished through the death of Christ and not throughIsrael.  You do not have to love or blessIsraelto receive the gift of salvation, all you nee to do is accept what Christ did for you.  That was the mystery of the good news.  The revelation that the cross was the focal point in God’s plan for salvation was a shock to the Jewish religious order.  Jesus was a threat to that order and that is why they plotted to kill Him.

Peter delivers a stirring message to Israelin Acts 2 and 3. He told them the nation denied the Holy One and set a murderer free.  He told them they killed the Prince of Life but God had raised Him from the dead.  He also said, “I know you did it through ignorance.”  But what He doesn’t say is very important to understanding why his gospel is not for us today.  Peter does not say that salvation is believing Christ died for your sins when  the people asked what they must do, he says:  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2: 38)

Then he says: Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. (Acts 3: 19-21)

Peter doesn’t say your sins will be blotted out the moment you trust Christ as Savior; he says your sins will not be blotted out until Christ returns to earth the second time.  That will be just prior to the 1,000 year millennial reign.  Peter’s statement is absolutely true, for that particular group of people, but it is not true for us today.Israel’s sins will not be blotted out until Christ returns to earth again.

Those who are saved believing the gospel Paul preached are:

Justified by His blood” Romans 5: 9.

Reconciled to God by the death of His Son” Romans 5: 10.

Have redemption through His blood” Ephesians 1: 7, and

Are made neigh by the blood of Christ” Ephesians 2: 13.

The mystery of the good news Paul preached is centered in Christ and on His death, burial and resurrection.  The Scriptures tell about the death of Christ, but until God revealed that to Paul it was nor known.

It was not know by Peter in Acts 1-8 because Paul is not saved until Acts 9.  Paul was the one who made known the mystery; he was God’s ambassador to make it known:  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6: 19-20)

The story of Paul’s conversion is found in Acts 9: 3-5; 13-16:  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. …Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

He tells King Agrippa about his conversion in Acts 26: 13-18:  At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Paul began his ministry to the Gentiles as the Lord instructed him, but everywhere he taught the Jews caused problems for him.  On one occasion the Lord, in a vision, warned him to leave Jerusalem:  And it came to pass, that, when I was come again to Jerusalem, even while I prayed in the temple, I was in a trance; And saw him saying unto me, Make haste, and get thee quickly out of Jerusalem: for they will not receive thy testimony concerning me. And I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee: And when the blood of thy martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by, and consenting unto his death, and kept the raiment of them that slew him. And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.

During the time of his ministry Paul was always defending the message of grace.  In his letter to the Galatians he is concerned:

  1. That those atGalatiahad departed from what he taught them about Christ and were being led to believe another gospel. (Galatians 1: 6-9)
  2. He tells the Galatians the gospel he preached came from God and not men. (Gal. 1: 11-12)
  3. He tells them he had gone toJerusalemand communicated t5he gospel he preached among the Gentiles.  However, he said he had to speak privately to the Jews or his efforts would have been in vain. (Gal. 2: 1-2)
  4. Then he says that Peter, James and John accepted the fact that he was to preach to the Gentiles and they preach to the Jews. (Gal. 2: 7-9)
  5. He explains it is Christ’s faith that saves, not man’s faith. (Gal. 2: 16)
  6. Paul declares that no man is justified by the law. (Gal. 3: 11)
  7. He also said the law was a curse and that Christ had redeemed mankind from that curse. (Gal. 3: 13)
  8. He also states that men had been kept under the law and shut up to the faith of Christ that was to be revealed. (Gal. 3: 23)
  9. He states that the law was only a schoolmaster to point us to Christ, and after Christ exercised His faith to die, we did not need he law anymore. (Gal. 3: 24-25)
  10. Then Paul encouraged them to stand fast in the liberty of the grace of God and challenged them to not go back to the bondage of the law; for if you do your will prostitute the grace of God. (Gal. 5: 1-4)
  11. He closed the letter to the Galatians by saying it is not circumcision or uncircumcision that matters at all, but become a new creature in Christ. (Gal. 6: 15)

The gospel of the uncircumcision is about becoming a new creature.  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5: 17)  The word creature comes from the Greek word ktisis:  which is translated as an original formation.

In algebra, X + X= 2X; 2X + 2Y = 2XY.  Thinking in algebraic terms, the formula for a new creature would be X + Y = Z.  The Church the Body of Christ is a brand spanking new formation, a new formula.  You do not take a Jew and a Gentile and get Jews and Gentiles united together.  You take Jews and Gentiles and get a group of believers that are one in Christ but are neither Jew nor Gentile.

The Mystery Hid in God

What is it?  Look at Ephesians 3: 1-9:  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:

God hid the fact that Gentiles would be saved apart form going through Israel.  But after Acts 28, Israelis declare Loammi and now the hidden comes to the forefront.  God reveals to Paul what he had “hid in Him” since before the foundation of the world. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision 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: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Eph. 2: 11-13)

Comparing the Gospel of the Circumcision with the Gospel of the Uncircumcision

Gospel of the                                                        Gospel of the

Circumcision                                                         Uncircumcision

1.   Inheritance I earthly                                        Inheritance – heavenly

      Jeremiah 23: 5-6                                              Ephesians 1: 3; 2: 6

      Matthew 5: 5; 6: 10                                         Colossians 3: 1-3

2.   Christ is King                                                  Christ – head of the Body

      Matthew 2: 2                                                   Eph. 1: 22-23;Col.1: 18

3.   Prophesied in Scripture                                   Hid in God before the

      Since the world began                                    foundation of the world

      Acts 3: 21                                                        Ephesians 3: 9

                                                                              Chosen before the

                                                                              Foundation of the world

                                                                              Ephesians 1: 4

4.   ConcernsIsrael                                               Concerns Jew & Gentile

      (A nation)                                                        (A body)

      Ezekiel 37: 21-23                                            1 Cor. 12: 13;Rom.10: 12

5.   Gentile blessing came                                     Gentile blessing came

      ThroughIsrael                                                 through fall ofIsrael

      Isaiah 60: 1-3                                                  Romans 11: 11-12

6.   The message, Repent &                                  The message – not to baptize

      Be baptized (Acts 2: 38)                                 1 Corinthians 1: 17

7.   Committed to the 12                                       Committed to Paul

      Matt. 10: 5-8, 16-20                                        Gal. 2: 7; Eph. 3: 1-2, 8-9;

      Galatians 2: 7                                                  Colossians 1: 25-26

 

In the Dispensation of Grace the Gospel of the Uncircumcision teaches:

  1. Jew and Gentile are made one by Spirit baptism. 1 Corinthians 12: 13, 27.
  2. Christ is the head of the body. Ephesians 1: 22-23.
  3. Our inheritance is heavenly. Ephesians 1: 3.
  4. We are to set our affection on heavenly, not earthly things. Colossians 3: 1-3. We are told to forget the things Christ did on earth. 2 Corinthians 2: 16.  We are to remember what transpired after His death and not the things He did in the flesh.
  5. We are complete in Christ. Colossians 2: 9-14.

When Christ rose from the grave He defeated Satan and He delivered us from the bondage of the law (Eph. 2: 15).  We are complete in Him, risen with Him and seated in heavenly places with Him.

Man and his religious organizations want you to “do things, suggesting that mere faith alone can never satisfy God.  Then they quote James 2, which says faith without works is dead.  What they fail to realize, or perhaps refuse to accept, is Colossians 2: 9-14 and Ephesians 2: 15 say something different.  And those books were written specifically to we Gentiles, James was written to those under the law.

I am complete in Christ.  The dictionary defines complete as: having all necessary or normal parts, components, or steps: entire; whole; having come to an end; concluded; thorough; consummate: complete control.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2: 20)

Paul speaks of the last days for the body of Christ in 2 Timothy 3: 1-5:  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Most fundamental churches teach a revival will occur before Christ returns.  That will be the case before His 2nd coming, but the church will be rapture before that time and we will see churches in a state of apostasy.  Look at how he describes it in 2 Timothy 4: 3-4:  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The elected leadership of this country has allowed Satan a foothold in government.  They have eliminated prayer in public schools, they have taken out “one nation under God” from the pledge of allegiance, they are debating the removal of “In God we Trust” from our currency, they have made states remove any copy of the ten commandment from public buildings, they have prohibit the displaying of the Nativity scene in public places and soon they will not permit the name God to be aired on radio and TV.

If that is not apostasy, what is it?  I believe we are nearing the time when God will be as fed up with us as He was withIsraeland will called His own to meet Him in the air.  Who is responsible for the debacle? We are.  We do not question the teaching emanating from the pulpits across the land.  We accept what they say without checking the Scripture to see that what they are saying is what God’s word says.  Let these preachers be accursed. You must never forget that Satan has his ministers and I would venture to say the number of them in church pulpits will boggle your mind.

The world is being led astray by apostate preachers whop try to mix the things of the law with grace.  We cannot do anything in the flesh which will satisfy God.  That includes water baptism, speaking in tongues, walking down an isle or praying through until you receive the victory.  God has already given us the victory, his name is Jesus Christ.  The works of man are filth in the eyes of God.  If man thinks by doing works he can please God or that his works will save him, man has been hoodwinked.  Put your trust in no man. Put your trust in God.