By Oscar M. Baker
Remember, in Acts even when the Gentiles came in, the Jew was still first. Acts 13:46; Romans 1:16. The Gentiles had an inferior position in reference to the Jew-- God’s chosen people. During the last 18 years of Acts, Gentiles were in a position to receive blessings by being “graffed” into the true olive tree as a wild olive branch. That would never have happened until Paul began to graft them in, Romans 11. Why and how this was done you find in Romans 11:17-24.
Before Acts 28:28, the Gentile’s blessings came through faithful Abraham by faith. Find this in Galatians 3:6-9, also in Romans.
During Acts, at least two baptisms for the Gentiles – by water to identify them with
Acts’ Gentiles could go to the synagogue, but they couldn’t sit with the congregation and had no part in the service of God. They could not be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors or teachers. The service of God pertained only to the Jews, Romans 9:4.
Gentile believers before Acts 28:28 were separated from the Jews by a wall of partition – mainly ordinances (circumcision being the main part of the law). The uncircumcision (=Gentiles) didn’t have the law, they didn’t have the promises, they were without God. He was the God of Israel, and they were strangers and foreigners,
[To be continued…]
From TFT tape, 03/24/81, “Gentile Before and After Acts 28:28”