God has never spoken to man in a language that cannot be understood, and He has spoken by prophet, angel and donkey, - always in a language which was readily understood by the hearers. Last of all God has spoken to man by His Son (Heb.1:1-2). What the Lord Jesus has spoken has already been recorded for us by His Apostles. There is no further revelation from God than what we already have, and that it is God’s word has been confirmed in the past by signs and wonders (Heb.2:3+4). The Pentecostal amnesty* proclaimed by Peter on the day of Pentecost was confirmed by God with a miracle, tongues (languages readily understood). The languages in 1Corinthians 14:23 could be learnt and understood. Paul said: "if you speak in foreign languages will not the unlearned conclude you are mad." Israel rejected the Pentecostal amnesty, first in Jerusalem, and then through the entire Roman Empire. Signs and wonders to confirm God’s word and offer of forgiveness if they repented for crucifying their King, were withdrawn, because they repented not. The offer of the kingdom, with signs of confirmation, to the covenant people (Israel), were withdrawn, and Israel was set on the same footing as the Gentiles ( strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope Eph.2:12) - and instead of the promise, the Gospel of the Kingdom, (Acts 3:25) - the Gospel of the Grace of God was preached to the Gentiles without signs and wonders, and the Jew could join the Gentiles and be saved on the same basis, by faith, and not by signs and wonders.
The evidence is in the Book, if you care to look.
There was no healing power for Trophymus, 2 Tim.4:20, and no miracle for Epaphrodites, who was sick unto death Phill.2:25, 26,27. When Paul was imprisoned in Rome a miracle at Nero’s court might have converted the world, but miracle there was none, and heaven has been like brass ever since, for the just shall live by faith and not by sight, and as long as the Lord Jesus is seated on the throne of grace all judgment is reserved for a future day.
Scriptures worth studying:
John 1:33 The Lord Jesus alone is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not received by laying on of hands but after conviction of unbelief (sin), righteousness (because Christ the King is not on earth), and judgment (because the Son of God was crucified), the Holy Spirit is given when we believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (the Old Testament Scriptures), and that he was buried, and rose again according to the Scriptures (Old Testament Scriptures), 1Cor.15:3,4.
*Pentecostal Amnesty - God’s offer of pardon to His covenant people Acts 3:19-21, if they repented for crucifying their King, He would not only forgive them but Christ would return, to fulfil the promises made to their (Israel’s) fathers. For further information read Pentecostal Error, Pente 2.
Pente 1 by F.J.R. 26.8.1997
The Pentecostal Error
The New Testament Scriptures are continually read amiss, simply because the great truths for this dispensation are either ignored or buried by centuries of tradition and perpetuated false teaching. We are specifically told that Jesus Christ was a minister to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. Surely it must be evident that the promises made unto the fathers have nothing in common with the revelation of grace enthroned for this dispensation. The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 15:24 "I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." And He instructed His disciples Matthew 10:6 "go not to the Gentiles, but go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying the kingdom of heaven is at hand." For the Kingdom to be an established reality, the promised King (of whose kingdom there is no end, Messiah Jesus) would have to be accepted and enthroned. They are the promises to Israel from Genesis to Malachi. Israel did not accept their King as prophesied by Zechariah 9:9 - but instead said that He was an impostor and crucified Him.
The Pentecostal amnesty was God’s offer to His covenant people, to fulfil the promises made to their (Israel’s) fathers, Rom.15:8, which is the Gospel of the Kingdom to be a reality. The promises to Israel are none other things than what Moses and the prophets have spoken Acts 26:22. None other things than the prophets Acts 3:24,25, from Samuel have spoken. On the day of Pentecost the offer of the Kingdom and the return of the King from heaven was renewed Acts 3:21 if they repented for crucifying their King. Some did, and in God’s mercy this offer was upheld for nearly 40 years in which the Gospel of the Kingdom was preached through the entire Roman Empire with the result that in every Synagogue God’s offer was rejected. Israel was proven a Nation of unbelief (Apostasy - claiming to be God’s people, yet not only rejected His Word but His Son and The Holy Spirit). There is no remedy for apostasy but judgment, and in A.D. 70 Israel was judged, and set aside. The Pentecostal dispensation to His favoured people, which is the offer of the Kingdom, ceased, and instead God concluded them all (Jew and Gentile) in unbelief, that He may have mercy upon all Rom.11:32.
Hence, instead of the Gospel of the Kingdom ( God’s promise to His earthly covenant people), the Gospel of the Grace of God is preached, that Christ is seated now on the throne of grace, and is offering free salvation, with a heavenly inheritance, to whosoever will, for God is not imputing man’s trespasses 2 Cor.5:19. This is the Gospel to the Uncircumcision. This is the "My Gospel" of Paul the minister to the uncircumcision. This is the Gospel that Paul communicated to the other apostles on his third visit to Jerusalem. Gal.2:1-9. When Paul wrote to Timothy he said it was "the Gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust," 1Tim.1:11. This is the Gospel which Paul received by special revelation, and is in complete contrast to what Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. It was to the "sons of the covenant" Acts 3:25 that the gospel of the covenant was preached "The Promise is to you and to your children Acts2:39. But to the Gentiles the apostle Paul preached the Gospel of Grace - the gospel of the "mystery" truth, that grace was "reigning through righteousness unto eternal life." Rom.5:21.
Most of you may already know that grace and works (law) are incompatible. Rom.11:6 and Eph.2:8. Well the same is applicable here, for neither are covenant and grace. Until Israel was set aside there was a difference between Jew and Gentile. Now "There is no difference, for the same Lord is Lord of all, and is rich unto all that call upon Him." Rom.10:12. These are the principals of the reign of grace.
Pente 2 by F.J.R.31.8.97