I have read an article that teaches that there are two different gospels of Grace or two different dispensation of Grace – one is for the Jews and one for the Gentiles. Two in a sense that, they are not contradicting each other rather, one gospel is for the Jewish Church and the other is for the Gentile Church. And the Gospel of Grace for the Gentiles (the mystery) is revealed specifically through Paul while the Gospel of Grace for the Jews is revealed through the eleven apostles. I think it is also termed as the gospel of the circumcised and uncircumcised (Gal 2:7). I kind of agree with this view if we have to rightly the word of truth. Please enlighten me. Thank you.
Thank you for your question. Actually, I am also aware of these teachings. I have also read some articles who teaches these and we definitely need “to rightly divide the word of truth” as scripture tells us in order not go too far and move past scriptures and into our own thoughts.
Anyway, there are many red flags in this teaching that we need to look at that are unscriptural and are contradictory to what the Bible is teachings us. Here are some Biblical truths that oppose these red flags:
1. There is no such thing as “Two Gospels of Grace” in the Bible.
There is only one Gospel of Grace. It is called the Gospel of Christ:
Gal. 1:6-8 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: WHICH IS NOT ANOTHER; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”
The reason why the Gospel of Grace is called the Gospel of Christ is because Grace is a Person, and that is Christ (Titus 2:11-12). That’s why there cannot be two Gospel of Grace because there is only one Lord Jesus Christ.
2. There is no such thing as “Jewish Church” and “Gentile Church” in the Bible.
The Church is the Body of Christ (Col. 1:18, Rom. 12:4-5, 1 Cor. 12:12) and Christ has only one Body (Eph. 4:4). If Christ has two Churches, it also means that Christ has two Bodies, which can never happen. That’s why there is only one Church mentioned, and that is the Church of Christ (Eph. 3:6). You cannot read in the Bible those things as “Jewish Church an Gentile Church”.
3. Paul was NOT only sent for the Gentiles, he was also sent for the Jews.
Here are the Biblical evidences that Paul was sent to minister to BOTH the Gentiles and the Jews contrary to the teaching that he was only sent for the Gentiles:
Acts 9:15 “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel.”
Acts 19:10 “And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.”
Acts 20:20-21 “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
See also Acts 18:1-4. In fact, Paul has written a whole letter addressed to the Jews. That is the book of Hebrews. Even the Apostle Peter, when he was addressing the Jews, has mentioned this letter of Paul to the Jews in 2 Peter 3:15. So to teach that Paul was only sent for the Gentiles is contradictory to what the Bible is telling us.
4. The Eleven Apostles (which includes Peter), were NOT only sent for the Jews, they were also sent for the Gentiles.
Here are the Biblical evidences that the eleven apostles were sent to the Gentiles also and not only to the Jews:
Acts 8:26-39 – Philip was sent to share to the Ethiopian eunuch.
Acts 10:11-48 – Peter was sent to the house of Cornelius, a Gentile, and all the members of his house were saved. Peter even emphasized in verses 34-35 that God is not a respecter of person and that He pour out His Spirit to those who will accept Him saying: “…because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost (verse 45).”
Matthew 28:19 – Our Lord Jesus Christ here even instructed his disciples to go to all nations and baptized those who will believe. He did not instruct them to just go to the Jews.
In fact, the main purpose of the Lord Jesus Christ why He abolished the Law and introduce to us the dispensation of Grace is to break the division between the Jews and the Gentiles and to make the two one. This we can read in Ephesians 2:14-16:
“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”
The very thing that divides the Jews from the Gentiles is the Law. For the Law was only given to the children of Israel and not to the Gentiles (Exo. 19:3-8, Deu. 5:1-3; 4:8). So when the Lord abolished the Law in his flesh, the hostility (division) between the Jews and the Gentiles was also destroyed. And that He has only One Body.
Here are also the other verses that says there are no more divisions between the Jews and the Gentiles and that we are in one Body:
Roman 10:12, Colossians 3:11, Ephesians 3:6, Ephesians 2:19, 1 Corinthians 12:13
So be careful when you hear or read teachings or doctrines that still separate the Jews from the Gentiles. Or keeping an emphasis on this division. This is the very thing that was destroyed by our Lord. These people don’t really know what Grace means.
They are the people who considered themselves as “dispensationalist” or “rightly dividers” that unfortunately, only leads to a lot of error and divisions. Instead of “Biblical dispensationalism,” they often lead to “hyper-dispensationalism” where they teach that there are two Churches (Jewish Church and the Gentile Church) and Paul and Peter had different gospels and were sent to these two different Churches. This is so unbiblical.
There is also the teaching of “ultra-dispensationalism,” they are those who believe that no Jews can be saved today because Grace is still for the Gentiles. They believe that the Jews will only be saved when Grace will come back to them which is still on the Great Tribulation period. Again, be careful to these kinds of teachings. These are unbiblical and are contradictory to Grace.