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The dispensational boundary which occured in Acts 28:28-31 is when the Apostle Paul declares to the Jewish leadership that the final opportunity for their acceptance of Jesus as Christ is over. From that point on the message for the plan of salvation is now authorized to be sent from the Gentiles, apart from Israel. Prior to this point in scripture, salvation was always either through or with the Jew.
The lesson on February 28, 2021 was part 6 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study. We reviewed a portion of the last lesson and then proceeded to look at three clues looking at another date in Acts 18:1-23 Gallio (12 deputy of Achaia) – which is a significant date in the life of Paul. When and where did Paul write the “ACTS” epistles? Then, specifically, when did Paul write “Galatians”? Wayne took us through the three recorded missionary journeys of Paul. When Paul journeyed from Jerusalem to Rome (Acts 22:1-28:22) we get recorded events in history with Claudias Lysias Acts 23:29, Festus: Acts 25:25, King Agrippa (governor and Bernice with him): Acts 26:31 synchronizing with Paul’s own statement: Acts 28:17,18. A key piece of these travels was the the Romans saw in him "nothing worthy of death". In Acts 18, we read specific events in history that were recorded: Acts 18:1-3 KJV "1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth; 2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers." In Acts 18:11 it's recorded that Paul taught them for three and a half years. Tacitus says the Jews were banished from Rome in AD 52. The Reign of Claudius was from AD 41 - 54. So, pulling it all together, when dating Galatians, there are two major issues: 1 What is Galatia? (at least two visits Gal. 4:13) , Northern view: Late date necessary (after acts 18:23) or Southern view: No need for late date – Acts 16:6 is a revisiting. 2 Was Galatians written before or after Acts 15 and the Jerusalem council? Wayne answers these issues and explains why. The scripture reading was from Acts 18:12-17 KJV
This study started on January 10, 2021 and looks at the book of Acts from a perspective of the Apostle Paul's epistles. It will establish when the Pauline book was written during the Acts timeline and answer why it was written in relation to the context of the Acts. This study will provide a roadmap to properly understanding the doctrine of the Acts period and how the transition to the Gentiles is observed but always in the relation to Israel and the Kingdom of God.
The writings of the author CH Welch have been and continue to be a tremendous influence on those who look for dispensational truth. One of his great and influential contributions is the doctrine concerning the "dispensational boundary of Acts 28". Over the years I have also relished the consequences of this doctrine because it brings light and explanative power to the teaching of God's word rightly divided. Let me be clear -- this doctrine basically says that Acts 28:23-31 is a dispensational landmark containing a boundary. On one side is the hope of Israel and on the other, the revelation of the mystery and the commencement of a new age with Israel divorced and lo-ammi.
As I have discussed in other blogs, articles, and studies -- it has become clear to me that the context of Acts 28 demands a slightly different conclusion. To see this it is useful to reframe the timeline in terms of the wedding invitations sent in Matt.22:1-13. The major divisions then become clear -- the date AD 70 fits the beginning of the invitation to guests because this is when the city was burned Matt. 22:7, those who were bidden (those who were called) were not worthy Matt. 22:8. If we fit Acts 28 into this framework the following result below is the consequence. Please see the exposition on John's gospel for additional information, the series on Acts (soon to be created) and the Acts 29 topic here on rightdivision.com.