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Did Paul Replace Judas
According to Acts 1:21-25
1. No
2. No
3. No
Acts 1 was dealing with the twelve tribes of Israel under Law.
Peter gives three qualifications determining the eligibility for the position.
They would:
1. Have accompanied the disciples during Jesus ministry while on earth
2. Have followed Jesus and the disciples in Johns baptismal ministry
3. Have witnessed the ascension of Jesus
The exact number of people that fit these three requirements is unknown, but the disciples appointed two who obviously passed the tests Barsabas and Matthias. What can be known is that Paul, chosen outside of Israel, did not meet any of these qualifications.

Did Paul Replace Judas
//So Paul met the 3 qualifications of holding the Office of Apostle//
Paul didn't qualify to be one of the 12. Where do you suppose Paul was during the ascension?
Acts 1:21,22
Wherefore of these men which have companied with us(Paul was not one of these men) all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Paul didn't walk with Jesus during his earthly ministry
from the time of John until His ascension.
He was not a follower of Christs' earthly as we see in Acts 9

Did Paul Replace Judas
Paul didn't accompany the disciples during Jesus ministry while on earth
Paul didn't follow Jesus and the disciples in Johns baptismal ministry
Paul didn't witness the resurrection and ascension of Jesus
It's obvious Paul didn't accompany the disciples throughout Jesus ministry, if he had it would have been as a persecutor.
Nor did Paul subscribe to the ministry of John the Baptist and his baptism. (Matt 3:7).
Finally, Paul in no way participated in the witness of Jesus resurrection or ascension as he first saw the resurrected Christ last of all after he appeared to the apostles.(1 Cor 15:8)

Did Paul Replace Judas
Some seem to think Peter was simply holding a man made election, but
Peter had authority from Christ to appoint the twelfth apostle. He ordained Matthias, because he met the qualifications and was chosen through prayer and the lots (Acts 1:24-26).

Paul, on the other hand, did not meet any of the qualifications of being numbered with the eleven. Furthermore, at the time of the Pentecostal appointment, Paul, who was then called Saul, was among those persecuting the followers of Jesus!

Christ In You
The imputation of righteousness by faith is due to you being in Christ (2 Cor 5:21). It is his righteousness imputed to you.
"You in Christ" concerns you being in his body, the body of Christ.

You received Christ in you when you heard and trusted the gospel of Jesus Christ (Eph 1:13, Col 2:6).
Paul prays that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith (Eph 3:17), and that we walk in him having received Christ in us (Col 2:6).

But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9

Mix Of Grace Law Or
John 3:16, a wonderful verse, if you are Israel looking for your Messiah.
It communicates the person of Jesus being Christ, but not the gospel we preach today. It says nothing of His finished work. This work had not yet been done, and would not be explained until revealed later to the church.
The church, the gospel, and our preaching of Jesus Christ for today was a mystery that had not yet been revealed in Matthew-John. We now know the gospel of Christ that saves through the writings of Paul in such passages as Romans 3, or succinctly in 1 Cor 15:1-4:
John 3:16, a good verse unless you are trying to preach the cross of Christ, the power of God unto salvation. Then, you might consider something in Pauls epistles like Romans 5:8.

New Covenant With Israel
God is under no obligation toward the church the body of Christ having made no covenants with the Body. Salvation is offered all of grace without obligation or requirement. God and Israel still have obligations under the covenants to fulfill before salvation comes to them.
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

What Is Vain Philosophy
Paul never calls the new creature, the church, which is the Body of Christ, sheep, nor does he refer to Christ as our Shepherd.
There isn't a lost person in the BoC. The only way to be lost today is not knowing the gospel that saves. If you are not saved, you are not a member of the BoC.
2 Cor 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost
If you're saved you're not lost. If you are a member of the BoC, you are not a sheep. The lost sheep were specific people in the Bible: Israel. Israels shepherd was their Messiah.
We in the church are called soldiers, ambassadors, athletes, warriors, and builders. All of these are sent out to build, win, fight, and represent according to Gods already provided instructions.

Christ In You
These are good reasons for Paul to reference the law and the prophets. None take away from Pauls special ministry to make all men see the fellowship of the mystery (Col 1:26, Eph 6:19).
When Paul uses other scripture (law and the prophets), it shows that Paul used all scripture for the profit of all, but it wasn't the only thing he spoke about.
1 Cor 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
It's easy to figure that Paul quotes the law and the prophets for the same reasons we do.
The more important question is why the law, the prophets, and the ministry of the twelve never mention the hidden wisdom of God found exclusively in Pauls ministry.

What Is Vain Philosophy
//Roman Cornelius is an Israelite not a Roman Polytheist.//???
A common mistake is to make Cornelius the pattern for the mystery of Christ since he was a Gentile. Yet, Cornelius was neither a result of Pauls ministry nor the mystery message of Christ.
The Lord revealed the mystery of Christ first to Paul (1 Tim 1:16). Paul was saved in Acts 9. The story of Cornelius is in Acts 10, but Peter is the minister not Paul.
Peter goes to him, reluctantly after a vision from the Lord and ministers to him the gospel of the kingdom. Peter didn't teach the mystery of Christ. Cornelius became a sign to Israel that the Spirit was receiving repentant Gentiles into Peters remnant group

Mix Of Grace Law Or
//.."that blindness in part is happened to Israel," Blindness is still upon Judah//
Israel was and is one nation. How many nations do you say Judah is?

Rom 11:7"What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the election (believers) hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded."
Who blinded them? God did, and He set a spiritual blindness on the nation that is holding until this very day. But it's not going to last forever, because one day that blindness is going to fall from the nation's eyes, and God will once again pick up where He left off with them.

Christ In You
Paul stands alone calling it the gospel of Christ and Christs gospel, also calling my gospel can only be explained by the fact that Christ gave it first to Paul exclusively.
No one else could claim my gospel. If we learned the gospel it was from Pauls writings. The twelve apostles taught the same gospel as John the Baptist and of which the prophets spoke (Mark 1:4, Mark 1:15, Acts 3:19-21).
Paul repeatedly says that the dispensation of the grace of God was given to him (Eph 3:2, Eph 3:7, Col 1:25, Rom 15:15).
The Lord revealed to Paul a mystery kept secret since the world began (Rom 16:25, Eph 3:3). Paul was the chosen of the Lord appointed to be apostle of the Gentiles (Rom 11:13, 2 Tim 1:11).
Right division reduces confusion

Mix Of Grace Law Or
Preach the gospel!
Most every Christian agrees this is what the church is supposed to do. Christians should know the word gospel means good news or glad tidings.
The question nobody asks should be, what is the good news?, or which gospel? Hardly anyone asks this. Many try to preach the gospel without knowledge of what it is.
If you have learned to rightly divide the scriptures, you have heard of the gospel of the grace of God and how it differs from the gospel of the kingdom. One was prophesied and the other kept secret since the world began a mystery (Mark 1:14-15, Rom 16:25).

Mix Of Grace Law Or
The simplest way to explain the good news today is,
1 Cor 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand, 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures

Mix Of Grace Law Or
//What does scripture say the gospel is?//
Johns gospel was the gospel of the name of Jesus. The gospel missing in John is the gospel given to the Church today for eternal life.
The gospel of his name has been superseded by the gospel of the grace of God.
This gospel includes the good news of the Lords death, burial, and resurrection for salvation, which Paul calls the preaching of the cross (1 Cor 1:18).
How could the cross be good news? The answer is in the revelation of the mystery of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 2:7-8, Rom 16:25).
The mystery of Christ is that he is not only the Messiah to Israel, but is the Saviour to all, Jew and Gentile, without Israels kingdom, Israels law, and without Israels faith (Rom 11:32).

Christ In You
It is wrong to think that there are only two things going on in the Bible: the old covenant and new covenant. In reality, there are at least three, the old covenant, the new covenant, and the mystery of Christ.
Just as wrong is to think there are only two people of God in the Bible: old covenant Israel and the Church. Instead, there are three, old covenant Israel, new covenant Israel, and the mystery Church.

What Is Vain Philosophy
Paul uses both the phrases the gospel and our gospel in his epistles, but when Paul mentions my gospel it shows that he had a unique message.
Pauls gospel made no distinction between Jew or Gentile. All are counted in unbelief as sinners, and are judged by God without respect of persons whether given the law or not.

Therefore, Paul says:
In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel. Romans 2:16
During time past, Jesus earthly ministry, and up to encounter with the Roman Cornelius there was a distinction between Jew and Gentile in Peters ministry preaching. The Jews had a special spiritual standing with the Lord. Gentiles did not.

Can Religion Save Me
//We are still under the law.//
Gods grace is free and available to all, but you must know where to find it in Gods word. Mixing law with grace makes grace disappear.

Can Religion Save Me
I "assume" from reading James 1:1 that he is speaking to the 12 tribes of Israel under Law.
But we are not under Law, but under Grace, neither Jew nor Gentile.
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace
Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

The Great Falling Away
//Why have denominational "churches" .... gone terribly wrong?//
Religious people live in ignorance by ignoring Bible doctrines, rightly divided.
God's will today is stated to be that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2:4). Requiring study (2 Tim 2:15).

None of us know everything and God still revealed truth for us to understand.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Cor 2:10
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Tim 3:16

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