(Acts 4:5-12) 5 The next day there took place in Jerusalem the gathering together of their rulers and older men and scribes 6 (also An´nas the chief priest and Ca´ia·phas and John and Alexander and as many as were of the chief priest’s kinsfolk), 7 and they stood them in their midst and began to inquire: “By what power or in whose name did you do this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with holy spirit, said to them: “Rulers of the people and older men,
9 if we are this day being examined, on the basis of a good deed to an ailing man, as to by whom this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Naz·a·rene´, whom you impaled but whom God raised up from the dead, by this one does this man stand here sound in front of you. 11 This is ‘the stone that was treated by you builders as of no account that has become the head of the corner.’ 12 Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved.”
(Romans 4:25) 25 He was delivered up for the sake of our trespasses* and was raised up for the sake of declaring us righteous.
*(Isaiah 53:12) For that reason I shall deal him a portion among the many, and it will be with the mighty ones that he will apportion the spoil, due to the fact that he poured out his soul to the very death, and it was with the transgressors that he was counted in; and he himself carried the very sin of many people, and for the transgressors he proceeded to interpose.
(Matthew 20:28) Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.”
Alas, to whom was Isaiah 53 addressed?:
(Isaiah 53:8) For he was severed from the land of the living ones. Because of the transgression of my people he had the stroke.
Aha! My people!
(Luke 2:29-35) 29 “Now, Sovereign Lord, you are letting your slave go free in peace according to your declaration; 30 because my eyes have seen your means of saving 31 that you have made ready in the sight of all the peoples, 32 a light for removing the veil from the nations and a glory of your people Israel.” 33 And its father and mother continued wondering at the things being spoken about it. 34 Also, Sim´e·on blessed them, but said to Mary its mother: “Look! This one is laid for the fall and the rising again of many in Israel and for a sign to be talked against 35 (yes, a long sword will be run through the soul of you yourself), in order that the reasonings of many hearts may be uncovered.”
(2 Corinthians 5:21) The one who did not know sin he made to be sin for us, that we might become God’s righteousness by means of him.
(Romans 5:16) . . .. For the judgment resulted from one trespass in condemnation, but the gift resulted from many trespasses in a declaration of righteousness.
(Deuteronomy 30:3-4) 3 Jehovah your God must also bring back your captives and show you mercy and collect you again from all the peoples where Jehovah your God has scattered you*. 4 If your dispersed people should be at the end of the heavens, from there Jehovah your God will collect you and from there he will take you. . .
* Marginals (Isaiah 56:8) The utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, who is collecting together the dispersed ones of Israel, is: “I shall collect together to him others besides those already collected together of his. *”
*(Matthew 15:24) In answer he said: “I was not sent forth to any but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. *”
* (Matthew 10:5-6) 5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, giving them these orders: “Do not go off into the road of the nations, and do not enter into a Sa·mar´i·tan city; 6 but, instead, go continually to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. *
* Marginals (Isaiah 53:6) Like sheep we have all of us wandered about; it was each one to his own way that we have turned; and Jehovah himself has caused the error of us all to meet up with that one.
(Jeremiah 50:6) A flock of perishing creatures my people has become. Their own shepherds have caused them to wander about. On the mountains they have led them away. From mountain to hill they have gone. They have forgotten their resting-place.
(Ezekiel 34:6) My sheep kept straying on all the mountains and on every high hill; and on all the surface of the earth my sheep were scattered, with no one making a search and with no one seeking to find.
(Psalm 44:11) 11 you give us up like sheep, as something to eat, And among the nations you have scattered us.
(Isaiah 11:12) 12 And he will certainly raise up a signal for the nations and gather the dispersed ones of Israel; and the scattered ones of Judah he will collect together from the four extremities of the earth.
(Jeremiah 23:1-4) 23 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasturage!” is the utterance of Jehovah. 2 Therefore this is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said against the shepherds who are shepherding my people: “you yourselves have scattered my sheep; and you kept dispersing them, and you have not turned your attention to them.” “Here I am turning my attention upon you for the badness of your dealings,” is the utterance of Jehovah. 3 “And I myself shall collect together the remnant of my sheep out of all the lands to which I had dispersed them, and I will bring them back to their pasture ground, and they will certainly be fruitful and become many. 4 And I will raise up over them shepherds who will actually shepherd them; and they will be afraid no more, neither will they be struck with any terror, and none will be missing,” is the utterance of Jehovah.
(Jeremiah 30:11) 11 “For I am with you,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “to save you; but I shall make an extermination among all the nations to which I have scattered you. However, in your case I shall make no extermination. And I shall have to correct you to the proper degree, as I shall by no means leave you unpunished.”
(Jeremiah 50:17) 17 “Israel is a scattered sheep. Lions themselves have done the dispersing.. . .
(Ezekiel 6:8-9) 8 “‘“And when it occurs I will let you have as a remnant the ones escaping from the sword among the nations, when you get scattered among the lands. 9 And your escaped ones will certainly remember me among the nations to which they will have been taken captive. . .
(Ezekiel 11:16-17) . . .‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “Although I have put them far away among the nations, and although I have scattered them among the lands, yet I shall become to them a sanctuary for a little while among the lands to which they have come.”’ 17 “Therefore say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “I will also collect you from the peoples and gather you from the lands among which you have been . . .
(Ezekiel 20:34) 34 And I will bring you forth from the peoples, and I will collect you together out of the lands to which you have been scattered with a strong hand and with a stretched-out arm and with outpoured rage.
(Ezekiel 20:41) 41 Because of the restful odor I shall take pleasure in you, when I bring you forth from the peoples and I actually collect you together from the lands to which you have been scattered, and I will be sanctified in you before the eyes of the nations.’
(Ezekiel 28:25) 25 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “When I collect together the house of Israel out from the peoples among whom they have been scattered, I will also be sanctified among them in the eyes of the nations. And they will certainly dwell upon their soil that I gave to my servant, to Jacob. . .
(Ezekiel 34:5-6) 5 And they were gradually scattered because of there being no shepherd, so that they became food for every wild beast of the field, and they continued to be scattered. 6 My sheep kept straying on all the mountains and on every high hill; and on all the surface of the earth my sheep were scattered, with no one making a search and with no one seeking to find.
(Ezekiel 34:11-13) 11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “Here I am, I myself, and I will search for my sheep and care for them. 12 According to the care of one feeding his drove in the day of his coming to be in the midst of his sheep that have been spread abroad, that is the way that I shall care for my sheep; and I will deliver them out of all the places to which they have been scattered in the day of clouds and thick gloom. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and collect them together from the lands and bring them in onto their soil and feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streambeds and by all the dwelling places of the land. . .
(Ezekiel 34:21-24) 21 for the reason that with flank and with shoulder you kept pushing and with your horns you kept shoving all the sickened ones until you had scattered them to the outside. 22 And I will save my sheep, and they will no longer become something for plunder; and I will judge between a sheep and a sheep. 23 And I will raise up over them one shepherd, and he must feed them, even my servant David. He himself will feed them, and he himself will become their shepherd. 24 And I myself, Jehovah, will become their God, and my servant David a chieftain in the midst of them. I myself, Jehovah, have spoken.
(Joel 3:1-2) 3 “For, look! in those days and in that time, when I shall bring back the captive ones of Judah and Jerusalem, 2 I will also collect together all the nations and bring them down to the low plain of Je·hosh´a·phat; and I will put myself on judgment with them there on account of my people and my inheritance Israel, whom they scattered among the nations; and they apportioned out my own land.
(John 11:49-53) 49 But a certain one of them, Ca´ia·phas, who was high priest that year, said to them: “you do not know anything at all, 50 and you do not reason out that it is to your benefit for one man to die in behalf of the people and not for the whole nation to be destroyed.” 51 This, though, he did not say of his own originality; but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was destined to die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but in order that the children of God who are scattered about he might also gather together in one. 53 Therefore from that day on they took counsel to kill him.
(James 1:1) 1 James, a slave of God and of [the] Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes * that are scattered about:.
*(Acts 26:6-7) 6 And yet now for the hope of the promise that was made by God to our forefathers I stand called to judgment; 7 whereas our twelve tribes are hoping to attain to the fulfillment of this promise by intensely rendering him sacred service night and day. Concerning this hope I am accused by Jews, O king.
(1 Peter 1:1) 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the temporary residents scattered about.
(2 Corinthians 5:19) 19 namely, that God was by means of Christ reconciling a world to himself, not reckoning to them their trespasses, and he committed the word of the reconciliation to us. . .
(Ephesians 1:7) 7 By means of him we have the release by ransom through the blood of that one, yes, the forgiveness of [our] trespasses, according to the riches of his undeserved kindness.
(Ephesians 2:1-2) 2 Furthermore, [it is] you [God made alive] though you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you at one time walked according to the system of things* of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit that now operates in the sons of disobedience.
* Footnote Rbi8 Ephesians 2:2: Or, “order of things.” Gr., ai·o´na; Lat., sae´cu·lum; J17(Heb.), dohr, “period; age; generation”; J18(Heb.), kemin·hagh´, “according to the custom.”
(Ephesians 5:6) 6 Let no man deceive you with empty words, for because of the aforesaid things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.
Who were these sons of disobedience the Apostle Paul was referring to here? People of the Gentile realm the Ephesians were once a part of? Mankind in general, since all are sons of the disobedient Adam?
Behold the following:
(Isaiah 1:4) Woe to the sinful nation, the people heavy with error, an evildoing seed, ruinous sons! They have left Jehovah, they have treated the Holy One of Israel with disrespect, they have turned backwards.
(Jeremiah 15:6) “‘you yourself have deserted me,’ is the utterance of Jehovah. ‘Backwards is the way you keep walking. And I shall stretch out my hand against you and bring you to ruin. I have got tired of feeling regret.
(2 Chronicles 36:15-16) 15 And Jehovah the God of their forefathers kept sending against them by means of his messengers, sending again and again, because he felt compassion for his people and for his dwelling. 16 But they were continually making jest at the messengers of the [true] God and despising his words and mocking at his prophets, until the rage of Jehovah came up against his people, until there was no healing.
(Jeremiah 12:1) 12 you are righteous, O Jehovah, when I make my complaint to you, indeed when I speak even about matters of judgment with you. Why is it that the way of wicked ones is what has succeeded, that all those who are committing treachery are the unworried ones?
(Jeremiah 12:17) 17 But if they will not obey, I will also uproot that nation, uprooting and destroying [it],” is the utterance of Jehovah.
(Nehemiah 9:26) 26 “However, they became disobedient and rebelled against you and kept casting your law behind their back, and your own prophets they killed, who bore witness against them to bring them back to you; and they went on committing acts of great disrespect. . .
(Psalm 106:43) 43 Many times he would deliver them, But they themselves would behave rebelliously in their disobedient course, And they would be brought low for their error.
(Luke 1:17) 17 Also, he will go before him with E·li´jah’s spirit and power, to turn back the hearts of fathers to children and the disobedient ones to the practical wisdom of righteous ones, to get ready for Jehovah a prepared people.”. . .
(Romans 10:21) 21 But as respects Israel he says: “All day long I have spread out my hands toward a people that is disobedient and talks back.”. . .
(Isaiah 65:11-12) 11 “But you men are those leaving Jehovah, those forgetting my holy mountain, those setting in order a table for the god of Good Luck and those filling up mixed wine for the god of Destiny. 12 And I will destine you men to the sword, and you will all of you bow down to being slaughtered; for the reason that I called, but you did not answer; I spoke, but you did not listen; and you kept doing what was bad in my eyes, and the thing in which I took no delight you chose.”
What was the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience? Absolutely nothing to do whatever with mankind in general, The wrath that finally came upon these sons of disobedience was when the Romans came in 66-70CE and demolished everything they held sacred. As Jesus had foretold in Matthew 23 and 24 the destruction upon their world and the expression of Jehovah's wrath upon the Israelite sons of disobedience was now complete.
Written to the Gentile Roman congregation of anointed Jews/Israelites:
(Romans 11:25-32) 25 For I do not want you, brothers*, to be ignorant of this sacred secret, in order for you not to be discreet in your own eyes: that a dulling of sensibilities has happened in part to Israel until the full number of people of the nations has come in, 26 and in this manner all Israel will be saved. Just as it is written: “The deliverer will come out of Zion and turn away ungodly practices from Jacob. 27 And this is the covenant on my part with them, when I take their sins away.” 28 True, with reference to the good news they are enemies for your sakes, but with reference to [God’s] choosing they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are not things he will regret.
30 For just as you were once disobedient to God but have now been shown mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so also these now have been disobedient with mercy resulting to you, that they themselves also may now be shown mercy. 32 For God has shut them all up together in disobediencexref, that he might show all of them mercy.
my-xref(Galatians 3:19-22) 19 Why, then, the Law? It was added to make transgressions manifest, until the seed should arrive to whom the promise had been made; and it was transmitted through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now there is no mediator where only one person is concerned, but God is only one. 21 Is the Law, therefore, against the promises of God? May that never happen! For if a law had been given that was able to give life, righteousness would actually have been by means of law. 22 But the Scripture delivered up all things together to the custody of sin, that the promise resulting from faith toward Jesus Christ might be given to those exercising faith.
* (Acts 1:15-16) 15 Now during these days Peter rose up in the midst of the brothers and said (the crowd of persons was all together about one hundred and twenty):
16 “Men, brothers, it was necessary for the scripture to be fulfilled. . .
(Acts 2:29) 29 “Men, brothers, it is allowable to speak with freeness of speech to you concerning the family head David, that he both deceased and was buried and his tomb is among us to this day.
(Acts 2:37) 37 Now when they heard this they were stabbed to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Men, brothers, what shall we do?”
(Acts 7:1-2) 7 But the high priest said: “Are these things so?” 2 He said: “Men, brothers and fathers, hear. . . .
(Acts 13:15-16) 15 After the public reading of the Law and of the Prophets the presiding officers of the synagogue sent out to them, saying: “Men, brothers, if there is any word of encouragement for the people that you have, tell it.” 16 So Paul rose, and motioning with his hand, he said: “Men, Israelites and you [others] that fear God, hear.
(Acts 13:26) 26 “Men, brothers, you sons of the stock of Abraham and those [others] among you who fear God, the word of this salvation has been sent forth to us.
(Acts 15:6-7) 6 And the apostles and the older men gathered together to see about this affair. 7 Now when much disputing had taken place, Peter rose and said to them: “Men, brothers, you well know that from early days God made the choice among you that through my mouth people of the nations should hear the word of the good news and believe. . .
(Acts 15:13-14) 13 After they quit speaking, James answered, saying: “Men, brothers, hear me. 14 Sym´e·on has related thoroughly how God for the first time turned his attention to the nations to take out of them a people for his name. . .
(Acts 21:40-22:3) 40 After he gave permission, Paul, standing on the stairs, motioned with his hand to the people. When a great silence fell, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying: 22 “Men, brothers and fathers, hear my defense to you now.” 2 (Well, when they heard he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent, and he said:) 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Ci·li´cia, but educated in this city at the feet of Ga·ma´li·el, instructed according to the strictness of the ancestral Law, being zealous for God just as all of you are this day.
(Acts 23:1) 23 Looking intently at the San´he·drin Paul said: “Men, brothers, I have behaved before God with a perfectly clear conscience down to this day.”
(Acts 23:6) 6 Now when Paul took note that the one part was of Sadducees but the other of Pharisees, he proceeded to cry out in the San´he·drin: “Men, brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. Over the hope of resurrection of the dead I am being judged.”
(Acts 28:17) 17 However, three days later he called together those who were the principal men of the Jews. When they had assembled, he proceeded to say to them: “Men, brothers, although I had done nothing contrary to the people or the customs of our forefathers, I was delivered over as a prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.
However, on the strength of the above scriptural evidence, the following assertions in the IT volumes* are clearly and completely false:
Jehovah God eventually rejected the unfaithful nation of fleshly Israel. But his name was to continue among the new nation of spiritual Israel, the Christian congregation, even when that new nation began to embrace non-Jewish persons in its membership—Ac 15:2, 12-14; Am 9:11, 12.
(Ephesians 2:4-6) 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, 5 made us alive together with the Christ, even when we were dead in trespasses—by undeserved kindness you have been saved— 6 and he raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenly places in union with Christ Jesus. . .
(Colossians 2:13-14) 13 Furthermore, though you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcised state of your flesh, [God] made you alive together with him. He kindly forgave us all our trespasses 14 and blotted out the handwritten document against us, which consisted of decrees and which was in opposition to us; and He has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the torture stake. . .
The us, we, our , you, your are not addressed to mankind, but only and exclusively to the Nation of Israel of which the Ephesians and Colossians were now an integral part.
Romans 11:1-5 assures us that the Israel of God continues as a complete nation. It is that nation that is the kingdom of the Son of his love, which Jehovah had purchased with Jesus' life:
(Colossians 1:13-14) 13 He delivered us from the authority of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of his love, 14 by means of whom we have our release by ransom, the forgiveness of our sins. . . For more detail please go Here.
The Christian reader, of whatever flavour, will generally apply these personal pronouns to himself. Totally and misleadingly wrong, because of what these verses are actually saying.
Neither humans in general nor all so-called Christian humans:
Had a handwritten document, the Law, from God to obey . . . and
Were thus dead in trespasses against a Law they never had
Had their release by ransom from the debt incurred by disobeying a Law not theirs
Have been transferred into the kingdom of the Son of his love
Will ever be seated in the heavenly places
If you were to carefully and prayerfully consider Paul's use of these pronouns in all of his epistles, as well as his clear statements regarding Israel's continuing existence, in Romans 11:1-5:
I ask, then, God did not reject his people, did he? Never may that happen! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God did not reject his people, whom he first recognized. 5 In this way, therefore, at the present season also a remnant has turned up according to a choosing due to undeserved kindness.
and then, after having just promised Israel a new covenant in Jeremiah 31:31:
31 “Look! There are days coming,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “and I will conclude with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah a new covenant;.
this even more conclusive statement in the very same chapter. Here Jehovah guarantees permanence to His people Israel, His special possession, His inheritance, to and beyond the Messiah's coming right on into the Kingdom of the Heavens, their rightful place on Jehovah's mountain (Exodus 15:17-18) and assigned to them in Exodus 19:3-8:
(Jeremiah 31:35-37) 35 This is what Jehovah, the Giver of the sun for light by day, the statutes of the moon and the stars for light by night, the One stirring up the sea that its waves may become boisterous, the One whose name is Jehovah of armies, has said: 36 “‘If these regulations could be removed from before me,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘those who are the seed of Israel could likewise cease from proving to be a nation before me always.’” 37 This is what Jehovah has said: “‘If the heavens up above could be measured and the foundations of the earth below could be searched out, I myself also could reject the entire seed of Israel on account of all that they have done,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.”
One cannot help but understand what the spirit said to the congregations about Israel in the Scriptures for nearly two millennia.
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