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Mark Vestal

Member of the church the body of Christ by Paul's gospel.
Former member of various denominational religious churches (1 Cor 2:5).  Now a possessor of faith alone in Christ alone (2 Cor 11:3).

A discoverer of the uniqueness and significance of Paul's gospel of the grace of God (Eph 3:2), the gospel of Christ (Rom 1:16), the word of truth (Eph 1:13), the mystery gospel of our salvation (1 Cor 2:7-8), God's word of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-19) revealed only to our apostle Paul by Christ ascended from heaven (Eph 1:13, Rom 16:25-26, 1 Tim 1:15-17), the gospel by which believers today accept the free gift of salvation by grace through faith in Christ and His accomplishment on the cross for us, and who are rewarded at the judgement seat of Christ (Rom 2:16, 1 Cor 3:15, 2 Cor 5:10), avoiding the end-times white throne judgement for non-believers (Rev 20:11, 1 Thes 5:9).

Paul's epistles (Romans through Philemon), compared to that of Israel's earthly kingdom gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), is where believers today discover they become members of the church the body of Christ upon belief (Eph 1:13, Eph 1:22-23).  God's Ephesians 3:2 dispensation of grace is a parenthetical administration of God separate and apart from God’s covenant program with Israel.  We are under God's grace, not covenant, until Christ returns to gather the church which is His body.  It is at that time God’s covenant program with Israel will ensue.

Paul's gospel:
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
"Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:"

I desire now more than ever (Philippians 2:11-13) to share TODAY'S good news with everyone alive (Eph 2:11-13) by following Christ's instructions (2 Tim 2:15), separating our gospel of grace (Acts 20:24) from that of biblical Israel's gospel of the earthly kingdom (Matt 4:23), where we today by belief (1 Tim 1:16), can accept God's free gift (Rom 5:15, Galatians 3:22, Rom 5:8), and enjoy the exceeding riches of His grace toward us in the ages to come through Jesus Christ (Eph 2:4-8).

2 Timothy 2:15
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Romans 1:16
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

May faith, hope, and love be with you (1 Cor 13:13).

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