My prayer is to be in tune with Gods word, but I often by speaking what I see in it, offend others. So am I seeing things as I should, and am I really open to an honest loving debate? You the reader are much better equipped to answer that question.
Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NASB1995)
Supposedly, we are told, that what is contained in the 4 Gospels, which are the records of Jesus’ teachings to His “Jewish” disciples, is a different gospel message; than that of Paul’s gospel to the mostly Gentile church. Thus the reason for the separation. And supposedly, His teaching was the gospel of the kingdom, and not the gospel of grace. Yet, interestingly the great commission was, as it is seen from Jesus own words, to be for all nations. Some do attempt to counter this thought by stating this command to be for only the Jews of all nations. It would be very difficult today I suppose, to prove that there were Jews in all nations at this our time, but it was true in Jesus day:
Acts 2:5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. (NASB1995)
But most Dispensationalists are reluctant to entertain this understanding, because Peter was the first disciple to take the gospel to the Gentiles.
So, I’ve covered what Paul states in the past the importance of the one gospel, as well as the importance of the kingdom message as being part of that one gospel. We see Paul teaching it. So what actually does that commissioning of the twelve, or thirteen teach us? This is a message for all nations. The all would include even Israel. The results of this commission’s fulfillment are at least partially seen in Revelation:
Revelation 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and [all] tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches [were] in their hands; (NASB1995)
Later John is told that these are those who come out of Great Tribulation. Yet, if these were saved as the result of a kingdom gospel and not of the one, and what Paul says is the only Gospel, and this multitude were to represent the people saved as the Dispensational’s teach it; with the purpose given by them, for these Tribulation saints; then these would not be stated to be before God’s throne, would they? Would they be in Heaven after the Tribulation? Wouldn’t they instead be before Christ on earth at the Judgment of Nations? And nowhere does it mention white robes for those associated with the judgment of nations, but it does for the Bride. Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. (KJV)
There is also much made by Dispensationalists over the absence of the word church in Revelation chapters 4 thru 19, but the likely reason for this absence of the word “church” is ignored. God inspired the writers of all Scripture. Yet they wrote in their own words. The fact is that John, who penned 4 other books of the Bible besides the Revelation, was not inclined to use the word church for the unit of all believers, but only for congregations of believers.
You will find that: other than the messages to the seven churches of the second and third chapters of the Revelation, which was dealing with local congregations, John only used the word church in one other letter of the 4 other books or letters accredited to him, and in it he was also writing concerning the local congregation, and not about the universal bride of Christ.
So, is there reason for our differences in thought on Doctrine? Yes. Should there be, if we are being taught by God? So why are there differences in doctrine? Do we by pointing out and exploring our differences learn truth?