Friday, October 28, 2016

Ephesians 1:15-23

[15] Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 
[16] Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 

Paul was always thankful to hear about the testimony of real Christians. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and love unto all the saints are hallmarks of authentic Christianity. 

In the first part of this chapter (vs.1-14), the apostle Paul mentions seven spiritual blessings. In the latter part of the chapter (vs.15-23), he prays for the Body of Christ in regard to these blessings. He does not pray that we would be able to obtain these blessings, but rather that we would know that we already have it all in Christ! 

Due to their ignorance of the Pauline epistles, most believers today are seeking for things they already have in Christ and are therefore not enjoying the Christian life as they should be. They lack peace and joy because of their failure to know and believe who God has made them in Christ. For example, most believers are trying to obtain blessings (v.3), forgiveness (v.7), and acceptance (v.6) from God when He has already given us these things in Christ. 

The first three chapters reveal doctrine about the Body of Christ:
Chapter One – Our spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ 
Chapter Two – How we are made members of the Body of Christ
Chapter Three – The Body of Christ was a mystery revealed through Paul

There are two prayers in this first section, and they are both about believers having a spiritual knowledge of the truth set forth in these chapters (1:15-23; 3:14-21). The prayers in Paul’s prison epistles are spiritual (see also Phil. 1:9-11; Col. 1:9-14). We may pray about physical things, but surely the emphasis in our prayers should be on the spiritual. Spiritual knowledge of God is our greatest need! 

[17] That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: 
[18] The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
[19] And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 

The knowledge Paul is talking about is a spiritual knowledge that only comes by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:6-16). Many churches today are caught up in the vain philosophy of, “Know thyself,” but Paul prays that we would know:
1. God (v.17) – Our great goal should be, “that I may know him” (Phil. 3:10). 
2. The hope of HIS calling (v.18a) - There is one hope of our calling (Eph. 4:1, 4). Our calling is “high” (Phil. 3:14) and “holy” (2 Tim. 1:9). We are called by Paul’s gospel (2 Thess. 2:14). The Body of Christ is a called out assembly. We are assembled in Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). Yet, many claim that a church can only be local. Our hope is to be caught up and glorified with Christ in heaven (1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Phil. 3:20-21; Col. 3:1-4; Titus 2:13). Our position is eternal in the heavens (Eph. 2:6-7; 2 Cor. 5:1). The hope of Israel’s calling concerns a kingdom on the EARTH. The far majority of believers today think they have the hope of Israel’s calling. 
3. The riches of the glory of HIS inheritance in the saints (v.18b) 
4. The exceeding greatness of HIS mighty power (v.19)

The apostle Paul was given a twofold ministry for this present age: to every creature with the gospel and to the church with the mystery (Col. 1:23-29). Satan knows what God is doing in this age and is working to keep the lost blinded to the truth of the gospel of grace and believers blinded to the truth of the Body of Christ. Based on Paul’s prayer (v.18), it is possible for believers to be blinded to spiritual truth. What blinds believers to God’s truth? Very often it is the religious TRADITIONS of men (Col. 2:8). 

[20] Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 
[21] Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 
[22] And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 
[23] Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Most people seem to be only interested in what the power of God can do FOR them in a visible and tangible way. God is not doing signs and wonders in this age. However, His mighty power is at work IN us spiritually (Eph. 3:20). We have the resurrection power of God that enables us to walk in newness of life (Rom 6:3-4). 

Christ went down into the lower parts of the earth (Eph. 4:9), but is now exalted far above all heavens (Eph. 4:10). He is seated far above all principality, power, and might, and dominion; both visible and invisible (Col 1:16). As members of His Body, we are seated with Him and will reign with Him over all things eternally.  

The first church that I ever “joined” was a Baptist church. They taught me as a young Christian that there is only a local and visible church on earth that is entered through water baptism. The Lord used vs.22-23 to show me that there is one true spiritual church made up of all believers in this age. It is the church, which is the Body of Christ. There are many local churches, but there is only ONE BODY (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:4). Christ fills all the members of His Body with all spiritual blessings. All believers in this age are baptized by one Spirit into this one Body upon salvation (1 Cor. 12:13). 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Ephesians 1:1-14

[1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Paul’s name is the first word in every epistle that he wrote (2 Thess. 3:17). God put an emphasis on Paul’s distinct ministry. Many of his epistles state something about his apostleship in the first sentence (e.g. Gal. 1:1). He was given a distinct ministry from the twelve apostles and therefore his apostleship was constantly under attack.

All believers are saints (sanctified in Christ). It is God’s will that we are part of two churches in this age. We become members of the church which is the Body of Christ upon salvation and we should also assemble together locally with other like-minded believers for service (see also Phil. 1:1-2; Col. 1:1-2). 

Commentators make a big deal about the words “at Ephesus” supposedly not being in some of the ancient manuscripts. They talk about how this was to be an encyclical letter. All of Paul’s letters were copied and passed around to the brethren (Col. 4:16). 

The record of Paul’s ministry at Ephesus is found in Acts 18-20. He spent three years there and the ministry continued on after his departure with the help of Aquila and Priscilla and Timothy. There were Gentiles saved after Paul left because he mentions that he heard of their faith (v.15). 

Perhaps Paul refers specifically to the “faithful” because in this letter he is speaking to the spiritual saints that can bear the meat of the word. 

By the way, comparing this letter with the letter to the church at Ephesus (Rev. 2:1-7) proves that they are different churches under different programs (the seven churches in Rev. 2-3 are future Jewish churches in the tribulation period). For example, compare Eph. 1:3 with Rev. 2:7. 

[2] Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace precedes peace (Rom. 5:1). Paul says more about the grace of God than all the other Bible writers combined! Have you ever noticed that Paul never sends greetings from the Holy Spirit? We are sealed with the Spirit (v.13). Compare this with John’s greeting to the tribulation saints (Rev. 1:4). 

[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

We ought to bless God for all His blessings (Ps. 103:1-2)! In vs.3-14 the apostle Paul outlines some (not exhaustive list) of the spiritual blessings we have from the Father (vs.3-6), Son (vs.7-12), and Spirit (vs.13-14). Each member of the Godhead is active in salvation. It has been accomplished and made available by the will of the Father, the work of the Son, and the witness of the Spirit. Each section is one sentence and ends with praise to the glory of God. 

Most Christians never come to understand the plain truth of this verse:
We are blessed with ALL blessings the moment of salvation (Col. 2:10)
These blessings are spiritual
These blessings are in “heavenly places” (1:3; 1:20; 2:6; 3:10)

Most professing Christians seem to think they are God’s earthly people in a covenant relationship! They claim the blessings of Deut. 28:1-14, but conveniently forget about all the curses in vs.15-68.

Israel                               Body of Christ
Material Blessings              Spiritual Blessings
On Earth                              In Heavenly Places
Based on Performance       Based on Position

[4] According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

We are chosen “in Christ” (2 Tim. 1:9). Christ is God’s elect (Isa. 42:1-4). When did we get in Christ? When we trusted Him as Savior (v.13), NOT before the foundation of the world (else we were in Christ, out of Christ, back in Christ)! God foreknew that we would trust Christ. Nobody is predestinated to salvation or damnation. Those who are saved are predestinated unto glory. The standing of the Body of Christ before God is that we are holy, without blame, and in His love. We certainly don’t have to keep ourselves in the love of God (compare Jude 21 with Rom. 8:38-39).  

God has a twofold purpose that is revealed in His word (v.10; Gen. 1:1). 
1. Heaven (Body of Christ) – planned BEFORE foundation of the world (1 Cor. 2:7), kept secret since the world began (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 3:9) 
2. Earth – (Israel) prophesied FROM foundation of world (Matt. 25:34), spoken since the world began (Acts 3:21)

Satan, whose primary habitation is in the heavens, was focused on defeating God’s plan for the earth and had no idea about God’s plan to reconcile the heavens to Himself! Israel will inherit the earth, but we live eternally in the heavens (2 Cor. 5:1). We will replace the fallen principalities and powers (Eph. 3:10; Rev. 12:7-9). 

[5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

The word adoption is not used here in the sense of making someone a child who was not born into the family (always a hindrance to read modern and western definitions into Bible words). We were born into the family of God upon salvation. Adoption, as used by Paul, is about position rather than relationship. It is the full placement as a son. It has to do with position and the rights, privileges, and responsibilities that come with that position (Gal. 4:1-7). 

Being complete in Christ we have this position now, but we have yet to fully enter into the experience of all that it means to be a son of God. The apostle Paul speaks of adoption in relation to the Body of Christ in three passages and applies it in three tenses:
1) As to the past, we were predestinated unto adoption (Eph. 1:3-6)
2) As to present, we now have the Spirit of adoption (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5-6)
3) As to the future, we are waiting for adoption (Rom. 8:23)

"Abba" is Aramaic and is an intimate term for father, like our English word “Daddy”. This is what Jesus called the Father when He was praying in Gethsemane (Mk. 14:36). We are accepted in the beloved! 

Note that predestination is for God (“to himself”) and according to the good pleasure of His will (v.9, 11). This does not mean we have no will in the matter! By our will we can only receive salvation, we cannot accomplish it (Jn. 1:11-13). 

[6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

God made us accepted by His grace (2 Cor. 5:21; Col. 1:12)! Christ is the Beloved (v.7; Matt. 12:18, note beloved and elect). God accepts us as He does Jesus Christ! This has to do with our standing Christ. However, as to our state, we must labor to be accepted as a servant (2 Cor. 5:9; Rom. 14:17-18). 

[7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

To be redeemed is to be purchased with a price. What was the price? The precious BLOOD of Christ. There could be no redemption without His blood! How many sins did He forgive? ALL of them: past, present, and future (Col. 2:13)! The riches of His grace has given us unsearchable riches (3:8, not measured by human mind, cannot be searched out in OT prophecy). 

[8] Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 
[9] Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 
[10] That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The mystery was no afterthought or plan B! It was His eternal purpose (Eph. 3:11). It is a demonstration of His great wisdom (Eph. 3:10; 1 Cor. 2:7). One of our spiritual blessings is knowing the mystery of God’s will concerning the dispensation of the fullness of times. Anti-dispensational preachers accuse us of teaching that God failed in trying to establish His kingdom through Israel. They claim Christ preached a spiritual kingdom only and that His promises are being fulfilled spiritually in the church. Those that spiritualize the scripture tell spiritual lies. Israel failed, not God! He knew they would fall and He planned that through their fall He would reconcile the world to Himself (Rom. 11:11-15, 32-36). 

The word “dispensation” is found four times in the Bible (Eph. 1:10; 3:2; 1 Cor. 9:17; Col. 1:25). A dispensation is simply a dispensing of divine revelation. It is a dealing out, administration, or economy. Some think the dispensation of the fulness of times refers to the kingdom age. I believe it is the eternal state after the creation of a new heaven and earth. There is one family of God (Eph. 3:14-15), but there will be a distinction throughout eternity between the things in heaven and earth. All the redeemed are “in Christ”. A person can only be “in Adam” or “in Christ” (1 Cor. 15:22). Christ is the foundation to both programs (“chief corner stone”, Eph. 2:20; 1 Pet. 2:6). So the fact people were in Christ before Paul (Rom. 16:7) does not prove the Body of Christ began before his ministry. 

Notice the absence of “things under the earth” in v.10 (Phil. 2:10; Col. 1:20). There is no universal salvation. Those who die lost will remain lost for eternity. 

[11] In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

How amazing that we Gentiles, who were strangers from the covenants of promise, have obtained such a glorious inheritance (Eph. 2:11-13)! Every member of the Body of Christ has a guaranteed inheritance in Christ. However, we may add rewards to that inheritance (Col. 3:24). 

[12] That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

That Christ would save us and give us a glorious inheritance is to the praise of HIS glory! All we did was trust Christ (depending not on our works but His perfect and finished work). 

[13] In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 
[14] Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Salvation is in a Person (“In whom”). We are saved by grace the moment we believe on Christ. To believe on Him is not merely a mental assent that He is the Saviour. It is to TRUST Him alone as your personal Saviour. 

This is a great verse to explain how to be saved. We hear the word of truth, believe, and are sealed with Spirit. What is the gospel of OUR salvation? It is the good news that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day (1 Cor. 15:3-4). In “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15) we must rightly divide the different gospels revealed in scripture. There is only one gospel by which we are saved in this age (Gal. 1:6-12). The word of truth for Israel to be saved (Acts 2:38) is not the word of truth for all men in this age of grace (Acts 16:31; 1 Cor. 1:17). 

The Spirit of God does various things for us upon salvation. He:
1. Circumcises (Col. 2:13)
2. Regenerates (Titus 3:5)
3. Baptizes (Col. 2:12)
4. Indwells (1 Cor. 3:16)
5. Seals  (Eph. 1:13; 4:30)

A seal speaks of ownership, a finished transaction, and security. We are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9). By the way, that Paul calls Him the “holy Spirit of promise” does not mean he is referring to the prophesied baptism WITH the Holy Ghost (Lk. 24:49). There are two different spiritual baptisms as we shall see in chapters 3 and 4. What he means by “promise” is explained in v.14. An earnest is a promise to complete a transaction. 

According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, earnest means, “First fruits; that which is in advance, and gives promise of something to come. Early fruit may be an earnest of fruit to follow. The first success in arms may be an earnest of future success. The Christian’s peace of mind in this life is an earnest of future peace and happiness. Hence earnest or earnest-money is a first payment or deposit giving promise or assurance of full payment. Hence the practice of giving an earnest to ratify a bargain. This sense of the word is primary, denoting that which goes before, or in advance. Thus the earnest of the spirit is given to saints, as a pledge or assurance of their future enjoyment of God's presence and favor.” 

The earnest of the Spirit guarantees our future glory (2 Cor. 1:22; 4:13-5:8). We are awaiting the redemption of our body. We are the “firstfruits of the Spirit” (Rom. 8:23). 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Introduction to Ephesians

The apostle Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians contains 6 chapters, 155 verses, and 3,022 words. This is not a detailed commentary on every verse, but rather a collection of my personal study notes on this great epistle. Due to a busy schedule, time has not been spent on editing for grammatical and spelling mistakes. Thank you in advance for overlooking them. I do not claim complete originality for everything written in these notes. I appreciate the help that I have gleaned from others. 

It is my goal in these notes to help you gain a basic understanding of what each passage says and teaches as you study the book for yourself. Of course, this will not be possible unless you personally:
1. Believe the word of God (1 Thess. 2:13)
2. Submit to and rely upon its Author (2 Tim. 3:16)
3. Consistently follow His rule of study (2 Tim. 2:15)

The Pauline epistles are not arranged chronologically but according to a divine order for the spiritual edification of the Body of Christ. According to 2 Tim. 3:16, we must have doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction to be edified in the faith. The apostle Paul wrote nine epistles by inspiration of God to seven churches (Galatians actually written to a number of local churches in the region of Galatia). 

Salvation in Christ 
Romans - doctrine of salvation by grace through faith: justification & sanctification
1 & 2 Corinthians - reproof for not living by the doctrine of Romans (sanctification)
Galatians - correction for listening to doctrine not in line with Romans (justification)

Body of Christ 
Ephesians - doctrine of the one Body of Christ: the Head and His members
Philippians - reproof for not living by the doctrine of Ephesians (lack of unity, members)
Colossians - correction for listening to doctrine not in line with Ephesians (“not holding the Head”)

Coming of Christ
1 & 2 Thessalonians - doctrine, reproof, and correction concerning the coming of the Lord

Taken together these epistles provide the “form of sound words” (2 Tim. 1:13) for instruction in righteousness for the Body of Christ in this present mystery age. The apostle Paul also wrote four epistles to individuals. The epistles to Timothy and Titus concern the proper order for the church. The second epistle to Timothy deals with the apostasy of the last days. The epistle to Philemon is fittingly placed last because it illustrates the doctrines of Paul's epistles through a real-life situation.

Apostasy is a willful denial and departure from the truth. It is apostasy in this present age to deny the distinctive message and ministry of the apostle Paul (2 Tim. 1:13-15). Satan attacks the three main doctrines of the church epistles like nothing else. A study of church history shows a clear departure from and resurgence of Pauline truth.  

Ephesians is built upon the doctrinal foundation laid in Romans. The last verses of Romans mentions the great mystery that Ephesians unfolds (Rom. 16:25-27). Ephesians is the pinnacle of divine revelation. In Romans we learn that we are crucified, buried, and risen with Christ (Rom. 6:3-4). In Ephesians we learn that we are ascended up and seated with Christ in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). 

The six chapters of Ephesians are naturally divided in half (Eph. 1:3; 4:1) and provided a perfect balance between doctrine and practice:

Ephesians 1-3             Ephesians 4-6
Wealth                     Walk
Standing                     State 
Calling                     Conduct
Blessings             Behavior 
Riches                     Responsibilities 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Acts 10 - Cornelius (pt.3)

Acts 10:34-43

Why did God accept the uncircumcised Gentile household of Cornelius? Because of how he blessed the seed of Abrham (vs.2, 22, 34-35; Matt. 25:31-46). This is not out of line with the kingdom program of Israel (Isa. 56:3-8). Is this how Gentiles are accepted by God in the dispensation of the grace of God (contrast Acts 10:35 with Titus 3:5)? Our salvation has nothing to do with blessing the seed of Abraham (Eph. 2:11-18). 

Peter briefly rehearsed what God had been doing in Israel beginning with the baptism of John. He does not preach anything to the household of Cornelius that he had not already been preaching. There is nothing new in this message. 

What Peter states in v.43 is in harmony with what the prophets had spoken. Salvation is only to be found in the Messiah (Isa. 45:20-25). This can't be the same gospel that Paul received by revelation of Christ (Gal. 1:11-12). People read Paul's gospel into this passage because Peter said, "whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." But he also said, "he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." They were to believe that Jesus is the risen Christ and coming Judge. Notice that Peter does not say "Christ died for your sins." 

Acts 10:44-48

This baptism with the Holy Ghost is the same baptism that the apostles experienced in Acts 2 which is not the same spiritual baptism that Paul writes about in his epistles (1 Cor. 12:13).

Baptism with the Holy Ghost                Baptism by the Spirit 
Christ is the Baptizer                                The Spirit is the Baptizer
Spoken by the prophets                            A mystery revealed thru Paul
Supernatural manifestations                     No supernatural manifestations
For power                                                  For salvation 

This astonished the Jews that were present because the Holy Ghost was poured out for the first time before water baptism. The Lord interrupted Peter's message before he could say, "Repent, and be baptized for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38). The Gentiles receiving the Holy Ghost before the salvation of Israel was not in line with the order of how things are going to happen according to prophecy, but it did not contradict prophecy ("all flesh" could include Gentiles, Joel 2:28-32). 

Peter immediately commanded them to be baptized with water because he had been sent to baptize (Matt. 28:19; Mk. 16:15-16). Water baptism was part of the gospel of the kingdom, but it is not part of the gospel of the grace of God (1 Cor. 1:17). There is no record of Paul ever commanding water baptism. In light of the fact that Paul only baptized a few and could not even remember for sure who all he baptized (1 Cor. 1:14-16), I don't see how anybody who recognizes Paul's distinct ministry can say that water baptism is an ordinance in this age. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Acts 10 - Cornelius (pt.2)

Acts 10:1-8 

Cornelius was no "run-of-the-mill" idol worshipping Gentile. He was not a proselyte (a Gentile that submitted to circumcision and kept the law, Acts 2:10) because he was uncircumcised (Acts 11:3). But he was:
devout (religious- he was fasting, v.30)
feared God with all his house (implies he taught his house about the God of Israel)
gave alms to the Jews (v.22)
prayed to God alway (observed the Jewish hours of prayer, Acts 3:1)

He is the same kind of Gentile that the Lord Jesus was willing to minister to during His earthly ministry even though He was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Rom. 15:8; Lk. 7:1-10; Gen. 12:1-3). Under the kingdom program of Israel, no Gentiles could be blessed without Israel (Mk. 7:24-30). 

Cornelius was sincerely religious, but lost (Acts 11:14). Why would God hear this lost man's prayers, take knowledge of his good deeds towards the Jews, and send an apostle to preach to him about salvation? The salvation of Cornelius is an example of how God will save Gentiles in the tribulation period and Kingdom Age (Matt. 8:5-13; 25:31-46).

Acts 10:9-33

The vessel contained unclean animals. According to the law of Moses there were certain meats that God pronounced as unclean and that the Israelites were forbidden to eat (Lev. 11; 20:25-26). In spite of being very hungry Peter does not want to obey the voice and eat of the unclean animals because he still under the law. In light of what Paul wrote to the Body of Christ, we now know that Christ took the law out of the way for us by nailing it to His cross (Col. 2:14). But there is no record that at this point God had revealed to the believing Jews that they did not have to observe the law. In Acts we see that they obeyed the law for years after the cross (Acts 21:20). Many do not understand how Peter could say, "Not so, Lord". I think that Peter said that in confusion, not rebellion. That was his initial reaction, but he did follow through and obey the Lord. 

What did this vision mean? We need to be careful not to read more into the vision than what the scripture reveals. Many claim that unclean and clean animals in one vessel was a revelation of the Body of Christ (the text does not actually say there were clean animals in the vessel). At first, Peter is doubtful about what the vision meant, but after talking to the men sent from Cornelius and then seeing many Gentiles gathered in the house of Cornelius,  he understood that the unclean animals were symbolic of uncircumcised Gentiles. 

The uncircumcised were considered unclean (Isa. 52:1). As a law-abiding Jew, Peter would not have gone into the house of an uncircumcised Gentile without this special revelation from God. Peter also learned from the vision that he could now eat what had been called unclean without becoming defiled because God now pronounced it as clean. This was a singular issue and we should not take this to mean that God revealed to Peter that the believing Jews were to no longer keep the law. The law has been taken out of the way for the Body of Christ, but not for the nation of Israel (Isa. 2:1-5; Jer. 31:31-34). 

The main purpose of the vision was to reveal that God would now accept as clean those that had been previously called unclean. In other words, uncircumcision would no longer keep a Gentile separated from God and His people. That is not the same thing as believing Jews and Gentiles being spiritually baptized into one body (which was the revelation that Christ gave through the apostle Paul).  

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