The apostle Paul: what are we to do with him? Is he the replacement for Judas Iscariot as the 12th apostle? What about Matthias? Was Peter just too eager and presumptuous? Did Peter and the other disciples make a mistake in casting lots for Matthias? And what about the so-called “Great Commission?” Does Paul teach us to take the same gospel message that the other apostles took in the opening chapters of the book of Acts and fulfill the commission of Matthew 28:19-20 and Mark 16:15?
In this series we will let the Bible tell us plainly that all these assumptions are wrong. The Bible tells us that there was no mistake at all in the choosing of Matthias to take Judas Iscariot's place. The Bible tells us that the gospel message given to the 12 is different from that given to the apostle Paul. The Bible tells us that the so-called “Great Commission” of Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Acts 1 is the commission for the members of the remnant of Israel under God's program with Israel , and is impossible to be fulfilled today in this present dispensation of grace in which we live. And finally, the Bible tells us exactly what to do with the apostle Paul. Paul is to be understood to have a unique apostleship for us in this dispensation of grace. He is our apostle. He is not an apostle to Israel , but he is the apostle for us, the members of the church, the body of Christ. And in his epistles to us, for us, and about us, we will find that we, too, have been commissioned. We, in this dispensation of grace, are not excused from witnessing to others of the gospel of Christ. In fact, we function under two commissions – two grace commissions are given to us. Below is the complete series taught from late 2003 through early 2004.