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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 3rd, 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

August 19th, 2019
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 6

The lesson on August 19, 2018 was part 6 of "Practical Lessons and Right Division" study.  This study has been looking at different aspects of our practical walk in this age with our specific calling.  It is important that we learn of the distinctives or our calling how we may then walk worthy.  Wayne continues the focus on Ephesians 3:3-21 and the very unique truth that PAul is sharing with us and how God is wanting to reconcile "The All Things" which includes Adamic man on the Earth but also Principalities and Powers in Heavenly Places.  We learn how important the role of Headship plays i

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 06
September 23rd, 2018
The U, V and W of Right Division - Part 11

The lesson on September 23, 2018 was part 11 of the "Practical Lessons and Right Division" study.  This week's focus was on Ephesians 6 and the whole armor of God.  Wayne majored on verse 16 which covers the Shield of Faith because of how important it is to quench the fiery darts of wicked.  Is it any wonder since PAul tells us that we are a showcase to Principalities and Powers in Heavely Places demonstrating the manifold wisdom of God.  We are not alone in God's plan and he is addressing spiritual wickedness in high places with the church where Christ is the head.  The remaining time is s

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 11
September 16th, 2018
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 10

The lesson on September 16, 2018 was part 10 of the Practical Lessons and Right Division study.  This weeks focus was on the house that we find in Ephesians by reviewing a concordance of where house is mentioned.  We learn how this house has a family with a heirarchy reflected in the God head with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  God provides the will or plan, the Holy Spirit is the teacher and the Son carrys out the plan.  In Ephesians is shows the emphasis on the headship of Christ being the head of the newly created body that we are a part of.  Wayne takes us through serveral passag

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 10
September 9th, 2018
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 9

The lesson on September 9, 2018 was part 9 of the "Practical Lessons and Right Division" study.  Wayne opened up with a chapter by chapter review of Ephesians.  From chapter 1, the major points were the Inheritance and predestination of God, the Greatness of his power to us who believe.  Being Far above all principality and power and The FATHER gave Him to be head over all things to church (the body, fullness).  Chapter 2 included the Reconciliation to God – we both have access unto the FATHER.  There is One Body created (one new man) and that it is a Building fitly framed – growth unto Holy Temple, which is the Habitation of God.  Chapter 3 we saw the Revelation of mystery and that Now unto principalities and powers we learn of the Purpose of the ages.  PAul says we should Bow my knee unto the FATHER … every family (patria) heaven and earth That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.  Chapter 4 involved the Edifying of the body of Christ where we Grow up unto him and our Whole body fitly joined together.  Chapter 5 we are encouraged to be Followers of God.  This Sacrifice to God – is a sweet smelling (Sacrifice to the FATHER).  We learn of Submission, headship of the husband wife.  In Chapter 6, we learn further of how Children, Servants, Masters fall under the headship and that we should put on Armour of God – because we wrestle against principalities powers in heavenly places.  Finally we learn of how PAul used Tychicus to spread the word.  The scripture reading was in Ephesians 6:1-4 KJV

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 09
September 2nd, 2018
Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 8

The lesson on September 2, 2018 was part 8 of the "Practical Lessons and Right Division" study.  The scripture reading was from Ephesians 4:13-16 KJV.  Wayne reviewed the interpretational note again that allowed us to review the Acts 29 position of the particular calling PAul was teaching and eventually transitioned into the Mystery.  This new calling caused PAul to "mend the nets" where he lead the ministry to the Body of Christ to bring them into the new knowledge of The Mystery.  In Ephesians 4, PAul is actively working to establish this calling for the perfecting of the saints, which was the "mending of the nets".  The goal was to bring the Body of Christ into the knowledge of the Mystery and calling which no longer had signs and wonders but rather a new hope with the fullness of Christ.   This weeks lesson continued with the importance of the Headship of Christ and the hierarchy and order that this headship establishes when followed.  This is a very unpopular doctrine in today's climate and when today's churches adopt this position and incorporate this view in their churches are very damaging to the Headship of Christ.  This fallout will impact those Principalities and Powers that are observing us and will eventually lead to the end of the age and the start of the judgement of Revelation.

Practical Lessons and Right Division - Part 08

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 28th, 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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