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Until Paul’s Imprisonment Gentiles Were Still Guests at Israel’s Table

August 12, 2015

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The Nations were by no means on an equal footing with the favored nation. Only the scraps were for us. … Concerning which A.E. Knoch (1874-1965) wrote,

This is the place we gentiles have in the ministry of Christ. Our position was improved in the succeeding Pentecostal era. But it was not until Paul’s imprisonment that we were brought nigh and enter the family of God (Ephesians 2:18-19). Until then we were still guests at Israel’s table, if not puppies under it.

Concordant Commentary on the New Testament (1968), page 33

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Not Until the End of the Acts Era

August 8, 2015

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It was not until the end of the Acts era that the salvation of God is sent directly to the nations (Acts 28:29). The latter half of the second chapter of Ephesians (2:11-22) is an elaborate statement showing that, in the present administration of God’s grace, the nations are no longer in the inferior position accorded them in Paul’s earlier ministry.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Concordant Commentary on the New Testament, page 33
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