Thursday, September 15, 2016

KNOWLEDGE-NOW AND THEN - By Harold Steinbron

  By Harold Steinbron

Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 13:8-12

I used to believe that Paul's epistles just added a little whipped cream to the strawberry shortcake of the Gospel proclaimed by our Lord and the Twelve. This passage is one of many which convinced me that the prophecies, the tongues and the supernatural knowledge of the Kingdom program would be superceded by something more appropriate for this dark age in which we live. Remember the day of Pentecost happened before Paul ever recorded the wonderful things God revealed through him. That day must have been the start of the Old Testament Kingdom rather than the start of the Body of Christ. Because Israel rejected God (in rejecting the ministry of the Twelve) God set Israel aside during the Book of Acts, saved Saul of Tarsus, and used him as the revealor of the glorious truths he penned for our spiritual understanding.

Verse 10 says not He who is perfect, but rather that which is perfect. It must refer to a future, more complete revelation that God had promised to Paul, surely the Gospel of the Grace of God. Verse 12 says "Now we see ... but then," not here but there, as some want to explain it. This speaks distinctly to me of a clearer, rather, more complete unveiling. I Corinthians was written in the early years of Paul's ministry, and Acts 26:16 tells us Paul was to receive further revelations as God's plan was unfolded for us through the pen and life of Paul. He not only revealed the marvelous completeness of the Grace of God in the Cross, but he was the living demonstration of it-saved out of Judaism (the Law) to reveal the fullness of the Grace of God!

How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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