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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.

Media

May 2nd, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 13

The lesson on May 2, 2021 was part 13 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Wayne opened up with a review of the previous lessons and what we have learned in studying the Acts and determining what epistles that were written by the Apostle Paul in performing his Acts ministry of going to the Jew first and then to the Gentiles.  This lesson eventually gets into looking at when Corinthians was written.  Prior to that, Wayne took time to show how he mentioned his trip to Ephesus in Acts 19 (second missionary journey) and there were many examples of powers that were manifested to confirm the message that Paul was carrying to Israel as Jesus Christ was the Messiah.  He then showed how when you cross the great divide of Acts 28, PAul reveals the Mystery in Ephesians and Colossians.  This was a fresh revelation not in the scriptures but hidden in God!  PAul had the challenge to speak to the group of believers that were in Acts and then explain that they now have a new hope, but it was not found in the Old Testament scriptures.  To help with this, God gave gifts after Acts 28 in the form of Apostles and Prophets to help "adjust" the believers into this new hope.  Even PAul said in his prayer in Ephesians 1:18 that "the eyes of their understanding being enlightened..." realizing that it would require a spiritual unveiling of this new truth so they would be able see the final body of truth that was revealed by Paul.  This Mystery completed the word of God (Colossians 1:25-26 KJV).  This lesson was a good review of the transition of hope found in Acts to the new hope revealed in Ephesians and Colossians. The scripture reading was Acts 18:1-11 KJV

Acts - When and Why? - Part 13
April 25th, 2021
Fellowship of The Mystery

The message given on April 25, 2021 was a follow up to the presentation Wayne gave at the Truth for Today webinar that was held on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Wayne's topic was "The Fellowship of The Mystery" and we were able to receive it at Northside Bible on Sunday. Wayne started out by saying their were elephants in the room when he pointed out that those with modern Bibles won't have the word "fellowship" in Ephesians 3:9 but rather "dispensation". Wayne expressed that he needs to provide a study as to why the King James is the correct interpretation to use. Wayne provided a slide that showed the Acts period epistles of Paul and the posts Acts epistles of PAul (using periodic table symbol for the element gold in PAul the prisoners name. Gold is element 79 and its symbol is Au.) We then looked at examples in Romans (that last epistle Paul wrote during Acts) and saw the Acts period context. One example was provided on the handling of "baptisms and gifts" in Acts compared to the post Acts epistle of 2Timothy. The scripture reading was from Ephesians 3:1-9 KJV

Fellowship of The Mystery.mp4
March 21st, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 9

The lesson on March 21, 2021 was part 9 of the "Acts - When and Why? study.  Today we started in Romans 15 to look at when it was written during the Acts.  In verse 19 Paul talks of mighty signs and wonders.  Either the signs and wonders we read about in Acts exist today or they don't.  There were some resurrections performed during the Acts!  When was the last time you witnessed a resurrection?  They do not exist today.  The only way for one to happen is for God to say "come forth".  God's Spirit worked wonders during that time.  Paul's mission to the Gentiles during the Acts was after his appeal to the Jew first and then also to the Greek for the purpose of provoking Israel to jealousy.  Paul talks of his journey to Spain after his trip to Jerusalem.  Romans was written by Paul before he made it to Rome. The context of what Paul wrote in Romans fits perfectly into Acts 19 and at the conclusion of Paul's third missionary journey. The Hope of Israel is manifest at this time and the grafting in of the Gentiles into the wild olive tree of Israel was to provoke them to fruitfulness.  We further looked at Galatians to see how it was written during Acts as well.  Wayne encoraged us to read the article he wrote on RightDivision entitled "Why does Acts 28(29) matter?"  The scripture reading was from Romans 15:18-28 KJV

Acts - When and Why? - Part 09
March 14th, 2021
Acts Study - When and Why? Part 8

The lesson on March 14, 2021 was part 8 of the "Acts - When and Why?" study.  Wayne opened the lesson and took on a thorough review of how Galatians is a Pauline epistle but it was written during the Acts period and cannot divorce its context from the book of Acts. Showing us examples from Acts 19:6 KJV "... when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."  In Acts the Apostles had power and signs of the world that was to come.  These were real not what smooth pastors try to imitate today. In Galatians 4:26 KJV it says "But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all."  This is Israel's hope!  We have a different hope that was explained in Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians.  You have to rightly divide the Apostle Paul's ministry to those seven books written during the Acts and those written after.  Yet, even later after Acts 28 in 2 Timothy 1:6 Paul told Timothy "... I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands." that these gifts remained in a different fashion because they had to train the body of Christ from Acts with a new ministry that was hidden in God (called the Mystery).  We reviewed and example in 1 Corinthians 12:9-10 KJV "9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:"  This is all relevant and accurate to the context of the Acts period.  This lesson leads up to what is coming next in this study. Specifically, when did Paul write “Galatians”.  Paul's Jerusalem visits.  Looking intently at Acts 15 and another look at “at the first”.  The scripture reading was from 2 Timothy 1:5-8 KJV

Acts - When and Why? - Part 08
December 27th, 2020
Hermeneutics-Part7

The lesson on December 27, 2020 was part 7 of the "Hermeneutics" study and the last lesson in the series. Wayne took us through a quick review of what we previously covered before he transitioned to this lesson which was on rightly dividing the Apostle Paul's ministries.  It is so important for proper interpretation of scripture to identify Paul's ministry during the Acts period with that of PAul after Acts 28 with his prison ministry.  There were seven epistles written during Acts by Paul (Hebrews, Galatians, Romans, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians) and those books contain the perspective of the revealed plan that Paul was referring to in when he said " witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come".  Even at the end of Acts Paul says in 28:23 "...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."  Now after Acts, PAul received a new ministry (called The Mystery) while he was in prison and this ministry is covered in his last seven books (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Titus, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy). By identifying these separate ministries, you will be able to clearly identify the differences in callings, hopes and doctrine so you may rightly divide the scriptures and correctly handle topics like baptism, the Lord’s super, signed gifts, prayer promises, hopes and related adoptions, covenants and associated promises.  The scripture reading was from Acts 26:22-23 KJV

Hermeneutics - Part 7

Blogs

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.

Charts

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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