Saul of Tarsus was the first member of the Church, the body of Christ

  1. (Rom 11:11-12, Eph 3:1-4, 1 Tim 1:16, Col 1:25):
    1. James 2:21-24 – Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
    2. John 8:30 – They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
  2. Paul was given a special apostleship (Rom 11:13, 15:16, Acts 9:15, 22:21, 26:15-17, 13:46-47):
    1. The gospel of the grace of God was first revealed to the apostle Paul (1 Cor 15:3).
    2. Paul says that the dispensation of the grace of God was given to him (Eph 3:2, Col 1:25, 1 Cor 9:17).
  3. Paul was not one of the 12 (Gal 1:1, 1 Cor 14:37, Acts 26:16, Eph 3:6-7):
    1. The 12 were sent to the nation of Israel, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom.
    2. Paul was sent to the Gentiles, preaching the gospel of the grace of God.
      1. The dispensation of the grace of God will conclude at the rapture of the Church and after that, the “kingdom program” will resume and Daniel’s 70th Week will begin.

We believe that God has dispensed His dealing with mankind in different ways throughout history. Those who are chosen to announce these changes of dispensations are called stewards. We are currently living in the dispensation of grace, the steward of which is the Apostle Paul. This current dispensation of grace was a mystery that was hid in God from the beginning of the world until revealed to the Apostle Paul.

One response to “Saul of Tarsus was the first member of the Church, the body of Christ

  1. 100% agreed!!! 🙂

    May your site and ministry grow from strength to strength.
    Grace and peace to you guys here at WWURD.

    — Paul says: For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 1 Corinthians 4:15
    — Paul says “According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I laid a foundation, 1 Corinthians 3:10

    Some similarities between Abraham and Paul, the progenitors of the two programs,
    Both Abraham and Paul were chosen specifically by the Lord to spearhead the start of each program.
    Abraham: Gen.12:2
    Paul: Acts 9:15

    The covenant God made with Abrahams was sealed with the sign of circumcision (in the flesh), whereas the promise given to Paul was that each member in the Body of Christ would be circumcised (in the spirit).
    Abraham: Genesis 17:12
    Paul: Colossians 2:11

    Abraham declared righteous by faith alone.
    Abraham: Hebrews 11:8, Galatians 3:6
    Paul: Ephesians 2:8

    The two programs are alluded to by the STARS and the SAND. The restoration of -heaven and -earth (Eph.1:10; Col.1:20 – to bring both together under the headship and rule Christ in fullness of times.)
    Abraham: Genesis 22:17, Rom.4:11-17
    Paul: Philippians 3:20, Ephesians 2:6

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