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Acts 28

Acts 28
28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
KJV

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. At this point the nation of Israel has been put on hold but will be still receive the promises and blessings made to them through Abraham in the future (when Elijah restores the revealed plan of God). Consequently, for the first time in scripture, Paul declares that whosoever will accept Christ and this calling, they become a member of the body of Christ where Christ is the head. This calling now has its own blessings and inheritance separate from Israel. To explain this “hidden plan” that is now revealed, Paul then begins to write the final 7 books in scripture, chronologically (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon, 1 Timothy, and 2nd Timothy.) The reason we describe this calling as the hidden purpose is that it was hidden in God, before the foundation of the world and not revealed until Paul was told to do so in Ephesians 3:9. The primary name given to us by the Apostle Paul for the special body of truth during this timeframe is called “The Mystery” (Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:25-26) and it is our calling for today.

Articles

September 13th, 2014

Introduction

Why study the book of First Corinthians? This book gives a good look into the Acts economy and to the personality of Paul. When we study this epistle we will appreciate many issues of the first ministry of Paul during a time when Israel was first and God was respecting and honouring his covenanted people, the nation of Israel. Many issues of today relate directly to the topics addressed in this epistle such as speaking in tongues 1Cor 12-14; factions within the church 1:11,12; abuses of the Lord's supper; taking of blievers to law before the unbeliever  6:1-8;  food and idols 8:1-3;  marriage and how it should work in the "time is short" age of the Acts 7:1-40 and the issue of people denying the resurrection 15:12.

July 17th, 2014
Mid-Acts Period Questions

We all need to ask questions as we ponder God's word. These are not to be construed as negative to your faith as are foolish and unlearned questions 2Tim. 2:23,  but on the contrary should simply be a part of the method of acquiring knowledge and understanding and therefore be faith building. The right questions should lead onto edification and strength and finally to perfection. It is with this spirit that I ask these questions and hope that the Father of lights will give a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (see Eph.1:17) to each and every one of us so that with enlightened eyes we may know!

April 22nd, 2014

What does it mean to be an Acts 28 site?

Simply stated, we believe the passage 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. At this point the nation of Israel has been put on hold but will be still receive the promises and blessings made to them through Abraham in the future (when Elijah restores the revealed plan of God).

February 27th, 2010

Lest those, who having read this study may feel that they have been robbed of so much that is precious in the Word - so much from which they derive comfort and help, we would like to make it clear that while the various books and parts of the Scriptures are definitely ADDRESSED TO different companies of people at different times we MUST distinguish between; the interpretationand application of the Word.

Interpretation deals first with those to whom the passage of Scripture is addressed. When this has been settled we can then apply the passage to ourselves if this is consistent with truth revealed in this present age of grace, this is a legitimate application of Scripture.

January 4th, 2010

Many, if not all, believers in Christ are aware that as we progress through the Bible, so God reveals more of His plan and purpose for mankind. We may turn to Genesis for teaching on creation, but we are not likely to offer God burnt offerings like Abel, Noah and others did. We may admire the faith of Abraham who believed that even in his old age God would grant him a child, but we know that we have to believe something different if the same righteousness is to be imputed to us. We may read of the ritual of circumcision, but we are unlikely to have our boy babies circumcised as a religious rite, even if we may do so for medical reasons.

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November 3rd, 2019
Genesis - Part 31

The lesson on November 3, 2019 was part 31 of the "Genesis" study.  Wayne took us back today to reemphasize why Right Division is so important when we are studying scripture.  In Genesis, the doctrine we learn of being a "keeper" is reflected in the sin that Cain had before he murdered Abel.  Can was a tiller of the ground which meant he had the responsibility to be his brothers keeper which is what he responded to God with after he had killed Abel and received the curse that God put on him.  We too as Christians have the responsibility of reading scripture and understanding doctrine that is given to what group of people and when it applies.  We recounted a recent debate between and atheist and a Christian where the atheist won because he pulled scripture out of the Gospels where Jesus had said they would not die if they take poison.  This was true in that dispensation but ended at Acts 28:28.  The scripture does not contain doctrine that is active today and the only way to refute what the atheist was arguing was with Right Division.  Wayne shared with us Appendix 83 from the Companion Bible that teaches us how to read Jeremiah since it explains the chronological order of Jeremiah's prophesies.  We learned that the way to Rightly Divide the scriptures is not from the Old Testament and New, but rather from Prophecy and The Mystery.  The scripture reading was from Jeremiah 23:5-8 KJV

Genesis - Part 31
October 27th, 2019
Genesis - Part 30

The lesson on October 27, 2019 was part 30 of the "Genesis" study.  Wayne opened up with a comment that a lot of what we have covered in the Genesis study is that of beginnings. Much of what we learn in Genesis relates to events during the Acts period and Acts 28.  Further, right division of scripture is so important that Christians need to rightly divide the ministries of the Apostle Paul. Then while diving into Genesis, we learned more of the double curse the ground that God had put on the Earth.  Next, we lean of the Hebrew word behind "keeper" which was "shamar".  Wayne points out all the 448 verses that use "shamar" and the importance of understanding the meaning since God uses it frequently.  In the end, we learned that Cain confused works for service with that of the gift by grace and he compartmentalized his life. He took what he was specifically ( a tiller) and did not keep the responsibility of the ground and its progeny.  The scripture reading was from Jeremiah 26:1-7 KJV

Genesis - Part 30
October 6th, 2019
Genesis - Part 27

The lesson on October 6, 2019 was part 27 of the "Genesis" study and Wayne opened with a review of the context of the question, "Why are their gifts apparent after Acts 28 when the Mystery had been given"?  This is thoroughly explained in the Acts 29 study but the first 20 minutes of today's lesson revisited the impact of the believers who had been given gifts prior to Acts 28 that flowed into the new calling and needed to be built up, that is why PAul wrote in Ephesians 4:12 "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:".  Post Acts 28, the Apostles and Prophets needed to “stir up” gifts to the Body of Christ who were learning “The Mystery” and were transitioning into the body of whom Christ is head.  The scripture reading was in 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 KJV

Genesis - Part 27
September 22nd, 2019
Genesis - Part 25

The lesson on September 22, 2019 was part 25 of the "Genesis" Study. In today's lesson, Wayne gave us another perspective of a serpent's attributes before the interaction with Eve.  Adam had named every beast of the field, and by naming them understood their attributes, which usually was reflected in the name Adam gave them.  The curse that God put on the serpent after the fall was that he would crawl on his belly and eat dust.  Well then, before then he must have been able to speak and move around without slithering. Perhaps he was originally rejected by Adam and the serpent thought he would get back in the Garden through Eve being more subtle than any beast of the field.  This brings a new light onto it.  In today's lesson, we look at Cain and Able.  We reviewed 1 John 3:11-12 "11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous" which described what we find in Genesis 4.  When God cursed the ground after Adam fell, he told him it would be hard to yield fruit since the ground was cursed and filled with thorns and thistles.  Cain was a tiller of the ground and Able was a keeper of sheep.  When they made an offering to God, Able's was accepted and Cain's was rejected.  That seems harsh but God had established the doctrine of forgiveness was to shed the blood of a lamb, not fruit of your own labor.  Wayne summarized by saying their are really only two religions in the world, the righteous way of Able or the religious way of Cain.  The scripture reading was from Genesis 4:1-8 KJV

Genesis - Part 25
September 15th, 2019
Genesis - Part 24

The lesson on September 15, 2019 was part 24 of the "Genesis" study.  Wayne continued the focus on the Devil and his Angels (Demons) and pursued the question of how they can influence us today in our calling (the Mystery). In this review, Wayne recaps the power that the Devil has in tempting Jesus, and how he has a place reserved in heaven where he accuses the brethren daily (e.g. Job) but in the main focus on today's lesson was to look at what we learned in our Acts 29 study.  We learned that those were possessed with a demon could be helped by the power of prayer and fasting.  Gifts given during the Acts period show up after Acts 28, particularly in relation to Timothy when PAul was asking him to stir up the gift that was in him.  He finishes by asking the question why we are seeing gifts after the Acts 28:28 announcement which is what we learned in the conclusion of the Acts 29 study before the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70. The scripture reading was 2  Timothy 1:1-7 KJV

Genesis - Part 24

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September 15th, 2010

Everyone I read or hear challenges everybody else to “rightly divide the word” (2 Timothy 2:15.) This is good advice, but it is obvious that many of those who challenge others to “rightly divide” are not doing so themselves. How can I be sure of this? They all disagree. As someone once said, “We can’t all be right, but we can all be wrong.” It is interesting to note that some pertinent verses in scripture are very salient and some seem to be constantly ignored. Probably no other verse has helped me get things in perspective as Acts 28:28.

May 15th, 2014

"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:   Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ."  Colossians 2:16-17

We have just finished the Book of Colossians in our weekly Bible study.  The book was written by Paul during his first imprisonment in Rome after he announced to the chief of the Jews:

May 29th, 2014

Eph. 6.15  (AV) And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Eph. 6.15  (TR) και υποδησαμενοι τους ποδας εν ετοιμασια του ευαγγελιου της ειρηνης

June 10th, 2014

The perfecting of the saints

The book of Ephesians is the high water mark of PAul's prison ministry. It relates to us both  the circumstances and content  of the revelation of "the mystery" which was hid in God. All saints immediately prior to this revelation believed and held to the hope which was proclaimed to them in the Acts and therefore would need to be adjusted to the new and unprophesied hope that was now their's by grace.

July 4th, 2015

The apostle Paul had two ministries, one during the book of Acts and the other after Acts 28. Much confusion in the christian community results from a failure to rightly divide between these two ministries. For the Christian, that is for the person who knows the Lord Jesus Christ as saviour there is no issue more important than to have a clear appreciation of the two-fold ministry of Paul.

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Acts 28:28 SiteWhat so special about Acts 28:28?

Simply stated, we believe the passage 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. At this point the nation of Israel has been put on hold but will be still receive the promises and blessings made to them through Abraham in the future (when Elijah restores the revealed plan of God).

Three Divisions of the New TestamentThis chart was presented by Mike Penny during his October 2009 seminar on Numbers in the New Testament. It looks at the number of occurences for topics in the Gospel Period books, the Acts Period books and the Post Acts Period books and shows when something has changed statistically speaking.  This is a great way to look at dispenstional changes by seeing how some topics are not present in the Post Acts period books of the Bible.

Acts Period Books

  • Acts
  • Hebrews
  • Galatians
  • Romans
  • James
  • 1 Peter
  • 2 Peter
  • 1 John
  • 2 John
  • 3 John
  • 1 Thessalonians
  • 2 Thessalonians
  • 1 Corinthians
  • 2 Corinthians
  • Jude
  • Revelation

Here are some dispensational characteristics of the Acts Period.

Post Acts Period Books

  • Ephesians
  • Colossians
  • Philemon
  • Philippians
  • Titus
  • 1 Timothy
  • 2 Timothy

Dispensational characteristics of the Post Acts Period

Gospel Period Books

Acts Period Books Post Acts Period Books
Matthew Hebrews Galatians Ephesians
Mark James 1 Thessalonians Colossians
Luke 1 Peter 2 Thessalonians Philemon
John 2 Peter 1 Corinthians Philippians
  1 John 2 Corinthians Titus
  2 John Romans 1 Timothy
  3 John Acts 2 Timothy
  Jude    
  Revelation    
       

  

Publications

The pamplet Right Division contains two articles:

These two articles in our humble opinion, demonstrate the principle of “right division” 2 Timothy 2:15. These testings of the things which differ are but tools to dispel the illusions of Satan. In any case, it is the reader’s privilege to taste and see.

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Order the book to assist your studies. Discover why Acts is such an important transition from God’s revealed plan to His hidden purpose.  Be sure and listen to the two audio studies, as well.

Foreward in the book (by David F. Webber, 1984, Oklahoma City, OK)

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