Tuesday, April 30, 2013


When the Church began, on the Day of Pentecost following the Ascension of Jesus, it was made up entirely of Jewish believers.  Not only was the entire Old Testament written by Jews, the New Testament would be as well.  For all practical purposes, the Church appeared to be little more than a Jewish cult to the Romans and to non-believing Jews.

But something happened to change their perception of the Church.  A few years after its beginning, the Church suddenly ceased to be a Jewish "denomination," and it came to be viewed as a faith all its own!  In Acts 10:1-48, God revealed to the Jewish believers that the Church was to be made up of both Jews and Gentiles: 

*  God told Cornelius to send for Peter (v. 1-8).
*  God prepared Peter (v. 9-16).
*  Cornelius sent for Peter (v.17-22).
*  Peter and others went to Cornelius (v. 23-29).
*  Cornelius testified about his vision (v. 30-33).
*  Peter preached the Gospel (34-43).
*  The Gentiles believed and were filled with the Holy Ghost (v. 44-48). 

At last, the Church learned why the Jewish Feast of Pentecost involved waving two loaves of leavened bread (Lev. 23:15-21); the Body of Christ was to be made up of both imperfect Jews, and imperfect Gentiles!  Suddenly, all those "whosoevers" regarding salvation made sense!  Here are just ten of the promises God has made to "whosoever": 

"whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life" (Jn. 3:15).
"whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (Jn. 3:16).
"whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die" (Jn. 11:26).
"whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Acts 2:21).
"whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins" (Acts 10:43).
"whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the Word of this salvation sent" (Acts 13:26).
"whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed" (Rom. 9:33; 10:11).
"whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10:13).
"Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him" (1 Jn. 4:15).
"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God" (1 Jn. 5:1).

John wrote about this in his Gospel; "He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (Jn. 1:11-12).

Praise God! 

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