Welcome to another Berean Perspective Audio Podcast. In today’s discussion we will be looking a bit closer at Mid Acts Dispensationalism and the Epistles of Peter, and what Peter taught concerning the gospel of grace – heaven – the prophets – and the recipients of Peter and Paul. Does the Epistles of Peter teach what Mid Acts Dispensationalists teach? Did Peter preach the gospel of grace? Did Peter really teach another (different) Gospel other than what Paul taught? The answer is no, Peter did not preach a different gospel from what Paul taught.
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- What do Mid Acts Dispensationalist’s believe?
Paul was the first person to be saved by grace and that the 12 apostles were preaching a different (another) gospel message where by people (Jews/Gentiles) could only be saved (earthly kingdom) by faith and water baptism. Thus Paul was the first to preach grace through faith in Jesus Christ for salvation and to be heavenly bound.
The following quotes are from a Mid Acts site:
“there was a different gospel (good news) being proclaimed by Jesus Christ and his Twelve Apostles while He walked the earth. That gospel was called “THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM”. Acceptance into the Earthly Kingdom promised to Israel required faith and water baptism. However Israel rejected the Kingdom, even after the resurrection of their King – The Lord Jesus Christ. When they did, God set Israel (as a nation) aside and postponed that promised Kingdom. This is what Romans 11:11,12,15, & 25 is about. Rather than God sending the prophesied judgement of the tribulation upon them, He set that Kingdom program aside and began a NEW AGE which was never prophesied to come. It is referred to as “THE MYSTERY” and is called “THE AGE OF GRACE” – see Ephesians 3:1-11 and Colossians 1:24-27.” (link)
“The Apostle Paul was miraculously saved in Acts Chapter 9 to be God’s chosen vessel to reveal this new age of grace which affects the Gentiles as well as the Jews. Before the Apostle Paul was saved and given the revelation of this new age, Gentiles could only be saved through the nation Israel, based upon Israel receiving her promised Kingdom. But today it is different. Paul does not preach the good news of the Kingdom, but the good news of the Cross” (link)
- Peter’s Gospel of Grace in comparison to Mid Acts Beliefs/Teachings
Peter preached the gospel of grace, the gospel message for salvation for Jews and Gentiles, eternally saved by grace, heaven bound, that the prophets prophesied of the grace to come, and that those whom Peter wrote to were also the same as those whom Paul wrote to – the body of Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. 10 As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven–things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:3-12 NASB)
14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:14-18 NASB)
- Peter preached the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ for both Jews and Gentiles
Peter preached the gospel of grace through faith in Jesus Christ to Jews and Gentiles, and that they were saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Understanding what water baptism is according to the Scriptures is very important, for it was a way of public identification with Jesus, thus a change of life and identity, but Peter made it clear that water was not what saved anyone but a genuine faith in Jesus.
37 Now when they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” 38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 “For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” (Acts 2:37-39 NASB)
39 “We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross. 40 “God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible, 41 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. 42 “And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead. 43 “Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. 45 All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?” 48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days. (Acts 10:39-48 NASB)
7 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. 8 “And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; 9 and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. 10 “Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.” (Acts 15:7-11 NASB)
21 Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you–not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience–through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:21 NASB)
- There is only one Gospel of grace in Jesus Christ
Mid Acts Dispensationalists teach that Peter and Paul taught two different gospel messages for salvation, but that is false and un-biblical. Unfortunately what Mid Acts Dispensationalists have done is get caught up in perspective on following Paul solely, of which Paul rebuked those whom did that in the Corinth church.
10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For I have been informed concerning you, my brethren, by Chloe’s people, that there are quarrels among you. 12 Now I mean this, that each one of you is saying, “I am of Paul,” and “I of Apollos,” and “I of Cephas,” and “I of Christ.” 13 Has Christ been divided? Paul was not crucified for you, was he? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15 so that no one would say you were baptized in my name. 16 Now I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void. 18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:10-18 NASB)
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:6-9)
- In Conclusion
This is a brief response to many of you whom have been asking about what Mid Acts Dispensationalism is, is what they teach or believe true or false. Peter did not preach a different (another) gospel from what Paul taught, thus Peter and Paul preached the same gospel of grace in Jesus Christ when read accurately in context. This is also to those whom are caught up in it and continue to falsely accuse us of following the traditions of men or twisting the Scriptures. For more resources please check out our Hyper-Dispensationalism section.
If any of you have comments or questions concerning what has been shared here concerning what Mid Acts Dispensationalists believe/teach, or other issues, you are encouraged to share them with us either by leaving a comment or email.
10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. (Acts 17:10-11 NASB)