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Independence Day - Part 2

Independence Day - Part 2

The lesson on July 20, 2014 was part 2 of the Independence Day message and it continued to show the parallels between the political independence the colonies declared from Great Britain to the spiritual independence Gentiles received from Israel at the end of Acts 28.  The lesson covers the reasons why God declares this separation from Israel and creates something new.  The new man identified in Ephesians 2:15 where Christ is the head is the new body created from this independence.  The scripture reading was from Acts 28:23-28 KJV

"23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, 26 Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: 27 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it."