Category Archives: 08 – Two Dispensations

We now enter a period where God is reaching out to Jews and Gentiles alike, in a manner that is not only unexpected by Jewish believers, but is actually distasteful to them — until God shows them otherwise! This is the beginning of what Paul calls the temporary setting aside of Israel. God is about to change their hearts, starting with Peter himself.

Turning Point

We stated long ago that the Book of Acts is a transitional book between two dispensations — Israel’s Kingdom program and the Age of Grace, the present day of the church (what Paul refers to as the mystery).  Since Acts … Continue reading

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Peter’s Third Imprisonment

Peter is in Jerusalem, along with the other disciples.  Some believers have been scattered to other parts of the world by persecution, but the church is enjoying a season of relative peace and is growing again daily.  Evangelism has begun … Continue reading

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Interpreting Peter’s Visit to Cornelius

We’ve done our homework on Acts 10:1 through 11:18, and we’re ready to ask the big questions: What does this passage mean? What are its implications for our understanding of the history of the Church and our understanding of the … Continue reading

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The Full Outline

Here is the full outline of Acts 10:1 through 11:18 as promised in the previous post, including the few lines we already developed.  If you took me up on the challenge, compare your outline to mine! Cornelius’ and Peter’s visions … Continue reading

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Peter Meets Cornelius – Starting an Outline

Our immediate goal is to rightly divide this passage — meaning that we should apply what we have learned about the differences between Israel’s kingdom program and our Age of Grace to it.  The alternative is to continue to see Peter … Continue reading

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Bible Study Methods

Our approach to this passage of scripture (Acts 10:1 – 11:18) will be different than the highly-detailed approach we’ve taken in the past.  Luke’s narrative is a straightforward historical account, with a certain amount of repetition.  While there are some … Continue reading

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Back to the Acts Timeline

The last several posts have taken us far afield from Luke’s timeline in the book of Acts.  We need to begin by regaining the correct historical orientation as we pick up Luke’s story line in Acts 9:32 again.  The preceding … Continue reading

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