Examine the two sections carefully as the one for James supports the RCC system. Catholics do works because it is part of their religious rituals. When Christ said, It is finished, they don’t take Christ at His word. Mormons and Catholics add to Gods words. By grace ye have been saved by faith, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast PLUS ALL THAT WE CAN DO. Each likes to say that they keep the Law or at least try to. If you fail at just one, you fail them all. Catholics strongly want to be justified to law. Sorry guys, you Catholics keep tripping over your halos. You, like Peter couldn’t comprehend the gospel that saves, can’t comprehend the two audiences in question here. The Jews followed the law through the times of Christ and the 12. James 2:10 says that can’t be done. Here’s some extra learning graphics for you.
I have a video for you today about this issue from Richard Jordan and I think you will enjoy it immensely. Israel and the body of Christ He is a teacher of scripture I highly endorse as he rightly divides the word of Truth.
There are two gospels in play here. Peter and his gospel is directed at the Jews according to Galatians 2:7-9. Paul’s gospel comes through the revelation of Jesus Christ to him directly. Where is water baptism found in Paul’s gospel? In fact, where are any of the RCC Sacraments? Yet Paul’s gospel is the one by which ye are saved. When Jesus gave that same gospel to Peter, he rejected it causing Christ to say, Get thee behind me Satan. Pope Francis says that Paul was the greatest missionary ever! And in Acts 9:17-18 guess who is the one that earns priesthood succession? Paul and not Peter. It is a true saying under the gospel of Peter to the Jews. The Catholic epistles- Hebrews thru Revelation- were written to Jewish believers. Who was James written to? James 1:1- The 12 Tribes of Israel! Paul’s gospel is faith plus nothing!
In Part three, I will have some closing thoughts.
The RCC and the Mormon Church detest this verse. NOT OF WORKS as you can’t work your way into heaven. When Christ said, IT IS FINISHED on the cross He meant just that. That no one should boast like our Catholic commenter Kent and endlessly. By the way, this has nothing to do as Catholics claim with Martin Luther. They try and sell us on that God’s free gift was not enough. But James says that faith without works is dead. It says something different! I have no problem with that argument. That is, if it goes far enough.
Ephesians was written to the body of Christ including Jews apart from the Law. But who was James written for?James was written to the 12 tribes of Israel, the Jews. Interestingly enough, Hebrews thru Revelation are known as the Catholic epistles. Judaism also believes in works. There are two audiences and two programs in operation here. I’ll pick up there in part two.
I’ve covered this material before but I do so again for emphasis. Jesus sent His disciples to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. He clearly told them not to go to the Gentiles or Samaritans.
. Jesus was sent by the father to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. How much clearer can this be? The gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John dealt specifically with Israel. And his people rejected him even to this day. How about Peter? Where was he sent after the Lord had risen to heaven? Peter was sent to the Jews only. And the ministry of Jesus Christ? His ministry was directed to the Jews or the circumcised. Galatians 2:7-9 provides our last piece of evidence.
James, Peter, and John went to the circumcised or the Jews but Paul and Barnabas were sent to the uncircumcised or the Gentiles. This is more than clear to anyone with discernment.
In Jesus Christ’s entire earthly Ministry, He only ministered to two Gentiles. Romans 15:8 says, Jesus Christ ministered to the uncircumcised or to the Jewish people.The first
In Matthew 10:3-6 Jesus sent his disciples to the lost sheep of the House of Israel and not to the Gentiles or Samaritans. Those were his Specific Instructions to the 12.
Please note that his ministry was primarily to the Jewish people including the Gospels. He called one Gentile woman a dog in Matthew 15. Can you imagine the reaction to that today? He’d be called out on every Network. But Gentiles in his day were often called a dog. In fact in the Jewish Talmud Gentiles are referred to as less than a pig. Some Jewish people believe that yet today. Not very complimentary to be sure.
In my next posting on this issue I will turn to the Gentiles and their program with God. What you have seen here today is Israel’s program to God which runs from Genesis to the middle of the book of Acts and then again from Hebrews through Revelation. The body of Christ references from Romans to Philemon.
Many Christian’s believe that the gospel is good news. They believe the Gospels are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. And to a small degree they would be right. But THE gospel that saves is found in 1st Corinthians 15:1-4. That is the mystery that has been kept secret since the foundation of the Earth. It was unheard of in the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus. Several times Christ had tried to teach that to the disciples but they could not understand him or what he was saying about his death, burial, and Resurrection. Jesus Christ has put eternity into the body of Christ! Praise the Lord!
This is where the body of Christ resides today.The body of Christ is the mystery Paul often refers to that has been kept secret since the foundation of the world. Israel is on each side of the “But Now” Body of Christ. The body of Christ is the mystery and Israel is prophecy both prior and after the body of Christ. I hope this clarifies our position.
The RCC HAS ITS OWN PRIVATE INTERPRETATION OF THIS VERSE OF SCRIPTURE GOING BACK TO THE WORDS IN ARAMIC. The rock meaning Peter in Aramaic meant little stone or a rock head. What about the word church here?
The entire earth wide ministry of Jesus Christ4 was to the Jews with two exceptions. Read Romans 15:8. The Jewish place of worship were the synagogues. And there is no good Aramaic word for church here so it could very well mean the word synagogue. I was not sent except to the lost sheep of Israel from Matthew 15:24. Even when they rejected him, Christ persisted right up until the cross.
Peter visited synagogues during his ministry and his buddies were Jewish. Read Galatians 2:10-21. The meeting place in all the gospels was the synagogue which is used interchangeably with the church. Why should anyone need to cling to the RCC version of Matthew 16:18? WHAT ACCORD HAS LIGHT WITH DARKNESS?