Another gospel

Ga 1:6-8 ¶  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

There is a doctrine in certain areas of Christianity that claims there was and is a gospel for the Jewish ecclesia and a different gospel for the Gentile ecclesia. Based largely on the following verse.

Galatians 2:7 KJVS
[7] But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;

If you look in a Greek Interlinear you will find the word gospel does not appear a second time in Gal 2:7. http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/NTpdf/gal2.pdf Paul makes it clear to the Galatian church that the gospel that certain Jews came to teach them, was not another gospel but a perverted gospel of grace. If one examines the scriptures you will see there has only been one gospel that was preached to both Jew and Gentile. Peter makes a statement at a council in Jerusalem, which addressed the matter of whether the Gentiles had to observe the law of Moses and be circumcised, which sheds some light on the matter. Peter stated at that time, that the Jewish and Gentile members of the body of Christ, were to both have their hearts purified by faith and Peter further states the Jews will get salvation through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way as they. They of course referring to the Gentiles and the yoke of bondage mentioned by Peter in verse 10, was the law of Moses of which man was not strong enough to bear.

Acts 15:7-11  And when there had been much discussion, Peter got up and said to them, My brothers, you have knowledge that some time back it was God’s pleasure that by my mouth the good news might be given to the Gentiles so that they might have faith.
8  And God, the searcher of hearts, was a witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit even as he did to us;
9  Making no division between them and us, but making clean their hearts by faith.
10  Why then are you testing God, by putting on the neck of the disciples a yoke so hard that not even our fathers or we were strong enough for it?
11  But we have faith that we will get salvation through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way as they. Weymouth

Now the last verse bears repeating for a second time for those who think there was two different gospels.

Acts 15:11  But we have faith that we will get salvation through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way as they. Weymouth

Apostle Peter mentions two words associated with salvation, faith and grace when he addressed the council, that agrees with Paul’s epistles. One verse of which is known well by most Christians, Eph 2:8&9. He also puts the law in a proper context that agrees with Ro 8:3. You also have to keep in mind that the Apostles were all men off of the street and countryside. Fisherman, tax collectors and men we would today call blue collar workers. They were not highly educated. Apostle Paul came from a somewhat wealthy family and was extensively trained as a Pharisee., Acts 22:3. He would be a better writer and much more familiar with the law than the other Apostles. Paul brings the law in sharper focus throughout Galatians but makes a surprising distinction between two covenants, the law and covenant of promise.

Galatians 4:21-26,30 KJVS
[21] Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? [22] For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. [23] But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. [24] Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. [25] For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. [26] But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. [30] Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Verse 30 is very important. Only the son of the freewoman is a heir with Jesus Christ, Gal 3:16&29. And since those under the law were children of the bondwoman, how can those following the law today inherit the Kingdom?

Paul was well trained in The books of the law and the prophets, that is why God most likely used him to preach and write extensively about the gospel of grace. Another aspect in regards to the church in Jerusalem was that many priests of the law of Moses were converted to Christianity, Acts 6:7. This lead to some cultural dynamics that are not readily apparent during a casual reading of scripture. Although Peter was head of the church and strong in the Spirit, he was very weak in the flesh as many of us are. He denied the Lord three times when under the scrutiny of others, Lk 22:54-62. But that was before he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. But even after that, Apostle Paul recounts a episode in the book of Galatians where Peter withdrew himself from eating with a group of Gentiles when certain Jews arrived, Gal 2:11-21. It is easily understood how the priests that converted to Christianity had a powerful influence over the church in Jerusalem. The Apostles, as mentioned before, were common men who had spent their entire lives under the guidance and authority of the Levite priesthood. Cultural indoctrination is hard to ignore and often times it is reflex action. Plus God made the Israel of the flesh, Ro 9:6-8, a quarrelsome and contrary people, 1 Thess 2:15, Zec 12:2&3. Granted the Zechariah prophesy applies to the present day but historically this holds true for the religious leaders of Paul’s day, as they rebelled against Rome and attempting to establish the Kingdom of God on their own. You have certain verses in the book of Acts that point to the fact that the Apostles acquiesced to pressure placed on them from the Jews in Jerusalem. Most likely the priest who had converted to Christianity, Acts 21:17-24. This incident in the book of Acts is covered by several or more chapters, where ultimately Paul felt the need to appeal the case, which the Jews had brought against him by the Jewish authorities, to Caesar. Since he was a Roman citizen, Act 25:10&11. This incident lead to Paul’s lengthy incarceration in Rome awaiting his case to appear before Caesar. And while in Rome, Jews visited him to hear what he had to say regarding the gospel of salvation. At that point, due to many of them rejecting the gospel message, Paul informed them that the salvation of God went to the Gentiles.

Acts 28:23-28 KJVS
[23] And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. [24] And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. [25] And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers, [26] Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive: [27] For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. [28] Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.

You have to keep in mind that God intended for salvation to pass from the Jew to the Gentile to provoke the Jews to jealousy, Ro 11:11. Keep also in mind that the Pharisees and Scribes were well aware of Old Testament prophecy pointing to salvation going from Jew to Gentile. That would be quite a bitter pill for them to swallow. So much so that they fought against this change, 1 Th 2:16, perhaps even the priests that converted to Christianity. God writes the pages of history and knows all too well the difficulty in changing individuals and societies. The law of Moses had and still has a powerful hold on individuals and societies today. Perhaps the hold the law had over Israeli society during the days of the early church, and the eroding effect it was having on the doctrine of salvation by grace, was why God saw it necessary for Rome to destroy the Temple and city of Jerusalem. Apostle Peter, as the head of the church, endorsed Apostle Paul and his epistles.

2Pe 3:15-16  And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16  As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Further evidence of there being only one gospel is in the fact that Jesus, by his death, abolished the law of commandments contained in ordinances and made the two, Gentile and Jew, one new man.

Eph 2:13-15  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 ¶  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

So how can there be two gospels? The whole gist of Gal 2:7, is that Paul was making it clear that God had appointed him to bring the gospel of grace to the Gentiles, Acts 9:15. Paul was given the task of preaching the gospel of grace to the Gentiles and Peter was to bring the gospel of grace to the Jews, nothing more. I think several aspect that makes the whole two gospel misconception plausible is the mystery of God, and a improper understanding of grace. The mystery of God is Christ in you the hope of glory, Col 1:27. If you do a word study on the word mystery, you will find Paul was given the dispensation to disclose the mystery of God to the church at a specific point in time, and that that revelation filled up the word of God, Ro 16:25, Col 1;25-27.

Ephesians 3:3-6 KJVS
[3] How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, [4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) [5] Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; [6] That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Notice the wording in verse 6, fellowheirs, and of the same body. When you understand the significance of the mystery of God, you begin to realize that the gospels and epistles written before Paul received the revelation of the mystery of God, lack the entire gospel message regarding the salvation process. I don’t want to go overly long on this, but if you do a word study on the words mystery and sanctified as pertaining to the body of Christ. These words only appear in that context, after the mystery of God has been disclosed by God to Paul. The first three gospels lack knowledge of the mystery by the authors. The gospel of John was written much later, around 90AD, and contain verses that imply knowledge of the mystery of God spoken by the Lord himself.

John 12:24 KJVS
[24] Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
John 17:17,23 KJVS
[17] Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. [23] I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Being sanctified or made perfect, He 10:14, are contingent upon the mystery of God, which is Christ in you. Furthermore, God in Christ, and Christ in us, is the essence of the mystery of God. The mystery of God is first mentioned by Paul in Ro 16:25. It is then a simple matter to find a list of when the gospels and epistles were written. You might, as I did, print it up, cut to size and tape it to the inside of the front or rear covers of your bible. The gospels and epistles written before the mystery was disclosed, are not going have verses in them that deal with sanctification of the body of Christ. Because again, sanctification is contingent about Christ in you. I think Peter sums it up nicely in 2Pe 3:16. Which is that, unlearned and unstable men wrestle with the scriptures unto their own destruction. The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus, Ro 8:2, is about the heart. God, by His grace and by His Spirit is teaching us how to love one another, 1Th 4:9. Only by the grace of God teaching us and the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Ghost changing us, can the purification of our hearts be accomplish, Titus 2:11&12, Titus 3:5-7. In short the gospel of grace. The law was incapable of doing this, because the flesh is too weak to observe the law.

Ro 8″1-4 ¶  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

There is only one gospel and that is the gospel of grace which saves us, Jew and Gentile alike, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Ro 3:23-24. This graciousness of God, wherein He teaches us, chastises us and disciplines us, in tandem with the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Ghost frequently in our lives, is how we are being saved, Tit 2:11-12, He 12:5-11, Titus 3:5-7. Included in this process is sanctification, which is the death of the flesh, that can only take place by the seed of Christ falling into our flesh, crucifying our flesh, Gal 5:4. The end result is being found in Christ at his coming and claiming our inheritance which God promised to Abraham, and to his seed. And that seed of course is Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3:16,29 KJVS
[16] Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. [29] And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

That is the good news of the gospel of the Kingdom of God. But remember, just as there are vessels of mercy who were ordained for God’s purpose, so to, there are others ordained for a different purpose.

Jude 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The biggest problems I see dominating Christianity today is it is two pronged. It is on the one hand, too great of influence by the law in many denominations. On the other hand grace and how it functions is misunderstood and many denominations encourages lasciviousness.

7 thoughts on “Another gospel

  1. Bobbi

    Luke,
    This is a very thoughtful article. However, I can not agree with you on this.
    I learned about this through intense study, and much resistance. If you read the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. And then you read Paul’s epistles, you will see two completely different doctrines. One for especially Israel, one for all men. I hope you will check these for yourself, and may the Lord give the enlightening.
    1.)A. -The gospel of the kingdom- included water baptism. It is a part of the Law doctrine, is in all the gospels into Acts. It was to no one but Israel. If a person wanted to be in God’s blessing they had to convert. This was Israel’s purpose … to be God’s holy people on earth. This is true from the birth of the nation, until National Israel’s fall in Acts 7, I believe at the stoning of Stephen. It will be so again for Jesus says … Matt. 24:14. Most churches today think the so called great commission is to them but it was only given to the 12.

    B. – The gospel of the grace of God is to all men. This began by God saving Saul (Paul). Acts 9.
    – there is no water baptism in the grace gospel, we are baptised by the Spirit into Christ. 1 Cor. 12:13. Only God, through Jesus Christ can save a man.
    2. Our commission in the dispensation of the grace of God, is: 2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

    3. Look where the blessings of the kingdom to Israel are…Matt. 5:5 All over the OT Israel is prophesied to be a kingdom of kings and priests of the Lord, in the EARTH to go to the nation’s, to be a blessing. They are called kings and priests in the kingdom and sheep.

    3. The Body of Christ began with Saul (Paul) 1 Tim. 1:16. We are not for the earth. This gets to the heart of the Revelation of the mystery. We are not ever called kings or priests, or sheep. We are called “sons”. Rom. 8:14,19, Gal. 4:6, Phl. 2:15. Sons of God.

    4. The Body of Christ is for reconciling the heavenly places.
    Eph. 1:3-14, 2:4-7, 3:8-12, 1 Cor 6:3.
    1 Cor. 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

    Have you ever asked yourself why they would not have crucified the Lord of glory? Think on that one. It’s awesome!

    We know there are two realms in view… Gen. 1:1. Hardly much is said unless you dig for it about the heavens.
    Job 15:15, Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight. Psalm 82,
    Eph. 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    There are more but you have to dig. But there is no mention of resolve until Paul’s mystery!
    This is why we need the doctrine in Paul’s epistles. It is specific in its context. When Paul speaks of the truth according to Godliness, he is speaking of the Lord’s doctrine given him specifically. Rom. 2:16, 16:25,26, 2 Timothy 2:8.
    He is absolute on doctrine for us being in his epistles..
    Rom.6:17, 16:17, Ephesians. 4:14, 1 Tim. 1:3, 10, 4:6, 13, 16, 5:17, 6:1, 3, 2 Tim. 3:10, 16, 4:2, 3, Tit. 2:1,

    That’s probably enough for now. There is much blessing in the Bible study. But there are 2 gospels one for kingdom church, one for the Body. 2 people groups, 1 Lord, 2 realms.

    Eph. 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
    8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

    Both will be together . We can sort of see it in Rev.21…:)

  2. Luke Wagner Post author

    In short the difference you are seeing is due to progressive revelation. The mystery of God, Christ in you the hope of glory, Col 1:27, was first mentioned by Psul in Ro 16:25. This mystery fills up the Word of God, Col 1:25. Apostle John in his gospel was aware of this mystery and included statements that Jesus made that reflect Christ in believers.
    John 17:19,23 KJVS
    [19] And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. [23] I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
    The gospel of John was written well after the mystery of God was disclosed to the Apostles and prophets around the same time Paul received it, Eph 3:4&5.

  3. Luke Wagner Post author

    Apostle John was aware of the mystery of God and when it would be finished. He received this information and was instructed by the Lord to write of it in the book of Revelation.
    Revelation 10:7 KJVS
    [7] But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
    This of course agrees with Apostle Paul’s prophecies of when the Saints would meet the Lord in the air.
    1 Corinthians 15:51-52 KJVS
    [51] Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, [52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

  4. Bobbi

    Luke,
    Respectfully, what Lord Jesus said in John 17:19, 23 has naught to do with the revelation of the mystery I believe the scriptures, I believe the apostle to the Gentiles is the one the mystery was given to. For that is what scriptures say. John is a Jew writing to Jews. Everything before Paul was to Jews.

    Romans 15:8 KJV — Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

    2 Corinthians 5:16 KJV — Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

    Today, we follow the doctrine in the epistles of the Risen Christ. This is not the same dispensation.

    Gal. 1:1 KJV Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)
    Gal 1:11 KJV But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

    1 Corinthians 9:17 KJV — For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

    Ephesians 3:2 KJV — If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

    Colossians 1:25 KJV — Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

    Eph. 3:1KJV For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
    5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

    Colossians 1:26 KJV — Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

    2 Cor. 4:3 KJV But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

    Two different dispensations.

  5. Luke Wagner Post author

    Apostle John wrote the gospel of John around 90AD. Well after the mystery of God was disclosed to Paul and the other Apostles and Prophets of that day. It is the most theological mature gospel for that reason. At that point in time Salvation had long since passed from Jew to Gentile and the Temple had been destroyed in Jerusalem. Jesus confirmed the promises unto the fathers but…
    2 Corinthians 1:20 KJVS
    [20] For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
    All the promises of God are in Christ. Remember-
    Galatians 3:16,29 KJVS
    [16] Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. [29] And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
    In that same chapter Paul writes this.
    Galatians 3:17-18 KJVS
    [17] And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. [18] For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.
    How could there be a gospel of the law since inheritance is not of the law? Those that embrace the law are fallen from grace.

  6. Bobbi

    Gospel of the kingdom… was brought in under the law and prophets. If you look at what is said in the letters to the seven churches in Revelation, it looks to be the same.

    I think Paul wrote the last book. Col. 1:25
    I place John’s writing earlier by far than 90 a.d.

    John’s epistle speaks to the deity of Christ, just like Matthew speaks to prophesied King, Mark…The servant…Luke the man.

  7. Luke Wagner Post author

    Bobbi, I am sorry about yesterday. I reworked the Another Gospel article adding more historical outlook behind the Jerusalem council. http://www.justifiedfreely.com/?p=202
    One of the hardest concepts for me to come to terms with at the time is in the book of Galatians.
    Galatians 4:21-26 KJVS
    [21] Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? [22] For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. [23] But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. [24] Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. [25] For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. [26] But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
    Verse 25 is key. I wrote a article covering the distinction being made here. http://www.justifiedfreely.com/?p=775
    It is essential to understand there is only two covenants. Covenant of promise and covenant of the law. Inheritance is not of the law, Gal 3:16-18. There is a lot I have not put together regarding this topic. There is Covenant and testaments. A Testament is a will that divides up property and possessions after a person dies. We are heirs of Abraham due to being in Christ. See He 9:16&17. I want to stress I have not quite come to terms with this.

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