WE ARE THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD
Leslie M. John
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:19-20)
”For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many” (1 Corinthians 12:12-14)
Apostle Paul was the one who was sent out to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. The salvation is by grace alone through faith in Jesus. Paul said circumcision is not required to be observed. Baptism is not part of salvation. Peter preached baptism as part of salvation but Paul did not preach baptism as part of salvation. There were so much of legalism in Peter’s preaching, but in Paul’s preaching ”Grace” is emphasized upon.
This is not to say that they disagreed upon what they agreed upon to preach or preached different Gospels, but Peter basically was preaching in early days only to Jews while Paul preached to Gentiles.
Did Paul rebuke Peter? Yes, he did. (Galatians 2:7-8). Did Peter retort Paul? No. Peter supported Paul at Jerusalem Council. (Acts 15:7). Was Peter preaching a heresy? No. Their preaching differed because they preached at different periods of time. Paul was not even converted when Peter preached (Acts 2;38)
Notice the words, ”our”, ”we”, ”all”, ”everyone” in Isaiah 53:4-6. These words include Jews and Gentiles all alike. Jesus came into this world for His own people, but His own rejected Him and the salvation has gone out even to the Gentiles. His death was not exclusively for a group of people but for all. Whosoever believes in Lord Jesus Christ as Savior shall not perish but have everlasting life. Those who reject Him as Savior will surely perish. It is they who will be judged at the “Great White Throne” (Revelation 20:11-15)
”Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all” Isaiah 53:4-6