by Bob Thompson

Acts 2 Pentecost - Jews & Proselytes saved.

Acts 8  Samaritans saved.

Acts 15 Council at Jerusalem

Paul observes Jewish vow. Acts 18:18.

Paul observes water baptism and blood sacrifices years after the cross!  Acts 21:18-24.

“The law of commandments contained in ordinances” abolished at the cross…
…but not revealed until after the close of the book of Acts.   See Eph. 2:14-15; Col. 2:14.

 After Acts closed, signs, wonders and  miracles ceased. Now Paul could not heal Timothy (1 Tim. 5:23), nor Trophemus (2 Tim. 4:20)  nor Epaphroditus (Phil. 2:25-26); yet he once “wrought special miracles,” including healing. (Acts 19:12). What happened?

 J E W I S H   B E L I E V E R S

 Jewish believers observe the Mosaic law and its physical ordinances for years after the cross.  The final revelation regarding “the law of commandments contained in ordinances" being abolished by Christ’s fulfillment of  them at the cross, was not revealed until Paul wrote Ephesians 2:14-15 and Col. 2:14.

 G E N T I L E   B E L I E V E R S

commanded to “OBSERVE NO SUCH THING” as the law of Moses!  Acts 15:19-29; 21:18-25.  This mandate immediately set Gentile saints apart from every physical ordinance stemming from the law of Moses!

STUDY OF THE  TRANSITION IN ACTS  -  Not one of the 7 prison Epistles of Paul address the doctrines of water baptism, the Lord’s supper new covenant tithing, or Sabbath keeping. Why? Because we believers are called to “walk by faith, not by sight.”  2 Cor. 5:7.  “We are the circumcision which worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no NO CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH.”  Phil. 3:3.

Strange, is it not, that after 1 Cor. 11, Paul, was not led of the Holy Spirit to say one, single, Solitary word in his 13 epistles about the supper or water baptism. Yet, on the whole, organized religion regards these two
Jewish rituals  as indispensable to sectarian programming.

 Furthermore, organized Churches embrace the New Covenant as belonging to them, though nowhere in Scripture are we told that the New Covenant belongs to the body of  Christ.  Think it over!

 Priesthood - blood sacrifices -  head-shaving – sabbath days – feast days – new moons – passover – ceremonial washings, etc.

Strange is it not?

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