Our blog shared 30 different Bible Contrasts but we have two bonus ones. today’s #31. This shows distinctions that matter when studying God’s Word. It is important to understand this perspective or we may get confused.
We see a number of dissimilar wordings within God’s Word. Some have seen them as contradictions in the Bible. We prefer the term “contrasts.” The main reason for these differences is that God is setting forth two separate programs (intimated even in Genesis 1:1). The first deals with the earth and Israel. The other concerns the heavens and Christ’s Body Church. It was given to the Apostle Paul to lay out these differences. He is God’s “apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom. 11:13).
So then we must recognize such Bible divisions if we’d truly understand God’s Word and be approved by Him (II Tim. 2:15). Then we must follow the last directives given by God through Paul as “the commandments of the Lord” for this present time (I Cor. 14:37).
Today is Part #31:
A MINISTER OF THE CIRCUMCISION (the Jews): This is how God’s Word summarized the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ (Rom. 15:8). This fact is often seen in the four Gospels. They begin by saying “He shall save His people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21) and to save “Israel””from our enemies” (Luke 1:68,71). The Lord’s words that “salvation is of the Jews” and He was only sent to “the house of Israel” (John 4:22; Matt. 15:24) confirm this truth.
THE MINISTER…TO THE GENTILES: The Apostle Paul thus represented his “of Jesus Christ” ministry (Rom. 15:16). God’s Word calls Paul “the apostle of the Gentiles” (Rom 11:13). He was imprisoned “for you Gentiles” (Eph. 3:1). Paul was the one “to whom God would make known” God’s truth of the “mystery among the Gentiles” (Col. 1:27). Even the leaders of the Jewish Church agreed that Paul was the one who “should go unto the heathen”—Gentiles (Gal. 2:9).
For more information and understanding, we recommend doing the PMA “Understanding your Bible” our 8 part lesson series available for free download at Free Bible Correspondence – Prison Mission Association
(These points come from Pastor David Adams, booklet, Bible Contrasts used by permission)