IF JESUS SENT OUT HIS APOSTLES
TO THE ENTIRE WORLD:
How Come the Wall of Partition
Was Still Standing High?
IF JESUS SENT OUT HIS
TWELVE APOSTLES TO THE
How Come the Wall of Partition
Was Still Standing High?
In the first part of this article-series I focused on the contradiction with Paul being sent out, in spite of the twelve apostles having been sent many years before Paul – presumably that the twelve really were sent out to Gentiles.
In this Part II – I shall focus on the other great contradiction: The wall of partition (which was the Law of Moses) was still standing high, when Jesus sent out His apostles, Acts 2 and on. It contradicts the thought that the twelve apostles were sent to us Gentiles.
In Ephesians as well as Colossians we learn from Paul that the wall of partition had been torn down as Jesus Christ established the Body of Christ, the Church, also called ‘One new Man’ – Eph. 2:14, 15; Col. 2:15.
Paul’s reference to this is the crucifixion of Christ – as He took with Him the Law of Moses on the cross, and had the Law blotted out, abolished, cast into the litter box forever. Col. 2:13-15 is quite sternly saying,
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), God made you alive together with Christ, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins, 14having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. 15When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal procession], having triumphed over them through the cross.” (Editor’s emphasize)
Paul wrote Ephesians/Colossians in 63 CE according to most scholars, while he sat jailed in Carcere Mamertino jailhouse, in Rome. He was jailed a second time by Nero’s police guard. (It is disputed whether it could have been in 64-65 CE as a consequence of the great city fire in Rome. Nero started a mass-arresting of suspects).
This actually means that the act of Christ abolishing the Law over 30 years earlier, was kept a secret. Since we find that the Christ believers in Acts period kept the Law – even Paul did so. In other words, this act by Christ was a part of the Mystery revealed to Paul, ref. Eph. 3:3, 4.
THE TWELVE APOSTLES OPERATED ON
THE INSIDE OF THE WALL OF PARTITION
So here we have another piece of hard evidence that the twelve apostles operated only inside Israel. The wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles was still standing, throughout Acts period! They operated when still the Law of Moses was in effect.
All the miracles, wonders, signs and the lot…were happening as the apostles preached to Israel on the inside of that fence, that separating spiritual wall constituted by the Law of Moses. This also means that the New Covenant was NOT replacing that Law in the time of Acts. It was laid ‘on top’ of the Law, so that the believers in Christ were forgiven their sins in cases where the Law would have them punished and condemned. Check out Heb. 9:15.
Paul’s message to the Jews in the dispersion – namely at Antioch in Pisidia, Acts 13:38, 39 – AMP Bible Web version – tells of this very clearly,
“So let it be clearly known by you, brothers, that through Him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you; 39and through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Savior and follows Him] is justified and declared free of guilt from all things, from which you could not be justified and freed of guilt through the Law of Moses.”
Rom. 3:31 may be the headline for the entire period of Acts, in matters of the Law,
“Do we then nullify the Law by this faith [making the Law of no effect, overthrowing it]? Certainly not! On the contrary, we confirm and establish and uphold the Law [since it convicts us all of sin, pointing to the need for salvation].”
They upheld it and lived according to the Law, and were blessed by the New Covenant’s over-rulings if sin were committed. Jesus died on the cross for them so that breaking the Law would not condemn them. They should for that reason confess their sins, ref. James 5:13-16,
Is anyone among you suffering? He must pray. Is anyone joyful? He is to sing praises [to God]. 14Is anyone among you sick? He must call for the elders (spiritual leaders) of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; 15and the prayer of faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. (Editor’s emphasize)
This is how it was in the time of Acts and all the believers at that time, 28 – 63 CE. We can actually call this same time period for ‘Messianic Israel’s life Behind the Wall’ – for it was not revealed to them by God that the wall was ‘killed’ at the cross when Jesus died Wednesday 28 April, in the year 28 CE.
It is obvious that Jesus could never have sent His twelve apostles out to us Gentiles in this time period. The wall was to keep Jews from any fellowship with us Gentiles. Comprende?
Was it not Jesus Who told His disciples NOT to go on the road out to the Gentiles? (Mat.10:5, 6).He told them to rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel!
It was the very same rules as it was during the time of Moses and the Hebrews at Sinai – we cannot find any clue of Moses going to the Gentile world commanding them to keep the Law! The Law was given them (Israel) to prevent idolatry such as seen with Gentiles. Comprende?
When we really search the Scriptures we are bound to find proof upon proof how it all went down, before God revealed His Mystery to Paul, as told in Ephesians and Colossians.