I've backed out of a few threads, tired of the circular reasoning and unfruitful discussion…anyone else can have at it if you've still got the energy and/or desire…This is my summary for several threads I've been in lately, including this one, The Law, and Context of Scripture…
Context: primarily, who, what, where, when, why
Jesus: "Sent not except for the lost sheep of the House of Israel" Mt. 15:24
Peter: sent to the circumcision…different issues, including circumcision and the law
Paul: sent to the Gentiles, the nations….grace, grafted in, don't boast against the tree
"having seen that I have been entrusted with the good news of the uncircumcision, as Peter with [that] of the circumcision", Gal. 2:7
Borrowing from CHB…"The apostles except for Paul was commissioned to preach the New Covenant to the Israelites because the Israelites were promised this. Paul came to see that we Gentiles and Jews who God had given this knowledge to were destined to be in the heavenlies. Not that we are any better than those who rule on earth, just a different place for 1000 years." Only saved through Jesus, but still some different issues to deal with...IMO, we often mix them up and try to make every issue primarily fit every individual. = Confusion and division.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works…Eph. 2:8,9
Yes we are to be obedient…through the grace of God, His strength..in Him we live, move, and have our being
"O that even they would cut themselves off who are unsettling you!" Galatians 5:12
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His glorious face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace….Helen Lemmel
Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, Romans 10:13
Jesus' death, blood, resurrection…the thread through it all!
G'day Mates, adios, hasta la vista, 'til we meet again..God will veil and reveal, and none of us knows it all. My goal is to be learning more of/from God.
Pursue Jesus, He will lead. God's blessing, James.