Two Apostolic Offices Were Created
What actually happened in Acts Chapter 15?
In Galatians Paul states it exactly right here. Peter was made the Apostle to the Circumcised (speaking of the Jews) and Paul was made the Apostle to the uncircumcision (speaking of the Gentiles). Now let us start right here in Chapter 2 of Galatians.
In Galatians chapter 2, Paul is referring back to to the meeting in Acts chapter 15, fourteen years earlier
2 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
3 But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
In Gal the next two verses 7 and 8 , Two apostolic offices were created in the meeting that took place in Jerusalem fourteen years earlier. Peter to the circumcised and Paul to the Gentiles (the uncircumcised).
7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
8 (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:) KJV
Now, even though the believing Jews and believing Gentiles are all saved by grace who come to know Him as the Lord and the Messiah from what Jesus did at Calvary. But in Acts Chapter 15 and then chapter 18 does more than just indicate that believing Jews do and should still observe the Law of Moses and are to be circumcised even after become saved. Why? We will get to that in a moment.
So what do we see here? We see “two different living standards or instruction” between the Jewish believer and the Gentile believer. Note: both being believers, but two different living instructions. Why the separation?
Now let us take this a step further.
Was the Gospels of Jesus written to us or for us? Jesus came to save the World, right? But did he come to minister to the Gentles? Was the Gospels written to us or for us.?
Lets us go to the story of the Gentile woman who had a daughter vexed with the demon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
The next verse; The woman’s faith does get her daughter delivered, Amen. But read how Jesus answers her:
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. KJV
He is sent to minister to who? The Lost sheep of Israel….Paul also states the same thing.
Paul says the very same thing right here.
8 Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: KJV
So just what exactly am I trying to bring out here? That the Gospels were ministering to Jews who who may be believers or not, are to keep the Law and to be circumcised. And that the gospels of Paul were instruction written specifically to Gentile’s and were not to do as the Jews in this matter. I am by no means putting down what Jesus said at all. I am however telling you that as a Gentile,” it does not all apply to you.” That if is contrary to the instruction of what Jesus,who sent Paul to actually write and to teach to the Gentiles, in Ephesians, in Corinthians, in Galatians, in Philippians, and in Romans etc etc. The letters of instruction written to the Gentile churches. That we need be careful and rightly divide the Word. I have faith in you.
It is all there in red, black and white in the Word of God. I have had many ask me after reading those scriptures, so I “Dominick” am saying that were are not under the law or the commandments? No Dominick did not write those scriptures, I just connected the dots. I hope and pray this will help you going forward in study and growth rightly diving the Word to who it is written to. Amen.
Now you are ready for the “True Grace And Freedom In Christ Series.”