The Bible must be rightly divided to see the difference between the Kingdom message given to Israel and the Gospel message given to the Church, the body of Christ today.
In the four Gospels we see the parables being taught. In the Epistles we never see the parables being taught or even mentioned. During the Earthly ministry of Christ we take note that Christ and His disciples preached the Kingdom of Heaven message. In the Epistles we only see the Gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection being preached. In the four Gospels the Mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven are the object toward Israel. In the Epistles the mysteries of the Church are the object toward both Jew and Gentile.
So, why such a vast distinction? Why the law of Moses before the death of Christ? Why the Grace of God after the death of Christ? Why Israel? Why the Church? Here is a for instance...
During Christ's Earthly ministry He delgated authority to his disciples.
Matt 10:11... And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
These disciples were given authority by Christ...but why? They were given authority by Christ to "spread" the Kingdom of Heaven message throughout all Israel. To declare the Messiahship of Christ and establish the promised Kingdom on Earth. This Christ given authority would show God preparing His people for a complete restoration on planet Earth as prophesied in the Old Testament. But Israel as a complete nation "rejected" this Kingdom message and Kingdom authority because of doubt and unbelief. Even the disciples doubted the Messiahship of Christ because of the Adamic nature. So what happened?
The Kingdom of Heaven was postponed until Israel as a nation accepts the Messiahship of Christ and His Kingdom on Earth. This event will take place in the 1000 year reign of our Lord after the Rapture of the Church. Christ's parables simply showed the rejection of Israel toward the King and Israel's rejection of the message of Christ's Earthly Kingdom that was promised to be restored in Jerusalem. This is Kingdom authority not to be mixed up with Throneroom authority! Also this is a brief glimpse of Kingdom authority that Christ delegated in His earthly ministry...but what about authority now in the Church...since the death and resurrection of Christ. In this present Grace Age?
Unlike the Kingdom teaching under Law...The New Testament after the death of our Saviour describes the fact that Christ has all power today in the Throneroom. A Christian's position in this present Grace Age is to realize Christ as the one in authority. Christ's authority is not delegated to us today like it was in the Kingdom Age. Christ's authority from the Throneroom is simply granted to believer's because of their faith and trust in Christ. This is the Christian position that's taught in the records of the New Testament...in this present Grace Age. This revelation is simply the mystery of the Church...and is not taught in the four Gospels.
Eph 2:4-6... But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Because of the death, resurrection, and exaltation of Christ we have the privilege to exercise faith in the authority of Christ. We (the Church) realize who Christ is, where Christ is presently, and what Christ is doing for all the members of His body. With the ministry of the Holy Spirit (not omnipresent in the earthly ministry of Christ to the lost sheep of Israel only) we (Jew and Gentile) both have access to the Father.
Eph 2:18...For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
It must be understood Christians have a consciousness to Christ's Divine presence in the Throneroom. It must be understood the Holy Spirit takes Christians to the Throneroom where Christ is seated with "all power and authority". Christ from the Throneroom is exalted! Christ has all power and authority in Heaven and on Earth. All the Church has to do is to live with a consciousness to Christ's Divine presence in the Throneroom. Consciousness comes through belief, trust, and acceptance of Him. Christ meets the needs of our lives, delivers us from our problems, and gives us victory over every circumstance in life when we trust in Him for everything!
If you want more power in your life get out of the earthly ministry of Christ under Law. Get into the Throneroom of the Grace of God where Christ is exalted with all power and authority! Exercise your faith in His present tense authority. Exercise your faith in His presence now. Be conscious to Him in 2010. Put your faith into the person of Christ where He reigns from the Throneroom...today present tense!
Remember, Christ is the builder of the Church... Mat. 16:18!
Remember, Christ purchased the Church with His own blood...Acts 20:28!
Remember, Christ is the head of the Church where He governs His body from the Throneroom...Eph. 1:22.
Remember, Christ gives gifts unto men from the Throneroom...Eph. 4:11!
Remember, Christ sets Apostles, Prophets, and teachers in the Church from the Throneroom...1 Cor. 12:28!
This is Throneroom authority where Christ controls all things in time and eternity...not man! Throneroom authority is not to be mixed up with Kingdom authority!
This comparison between Kingdom authority taught in the four Gospels and Throneroom authority taught in the Epistles must be understood! This is rightly dividing the Holy Scriptures. Right division is necessary! Thank God we are under Grace today where we can have the constant victory in our lives... from the authority of Christ in the Thronerom. He's exalted! He's alive taking care of our needs! The devil is subject to Christ! Glory! All things must be put under His feet!
1 Cor 15:25-27...For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet.
This is Throneroom authority! Glory to Christ! I'm glad we're not under Law living in the four Gospels but under Grace living in the New Testament Epistles. Glory! Rightly divide God's Word! Learn it! Study! God will show you!