Understanding The Bible
Clarence E. Mason's Introduction to the
The Book of Acts and the "Earlier New Testament Epistles"


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Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible

It is important to observe that, although our Lord did not write a line of Scripture which is preserved for us, He nevertheless pre-authenticated the whole New Testament in the "Upper Room Discourse" of John 13-16, where, in speaking of the coming of the Holy Spirit, He said:

"He shall bring all things to your remembrance"  - John 14:26 THE GOSPELS AND ACTS
"He shall teach you all things"  - John 14:26 THE EPISTLES
"He will shew you things to come"  - John 16:13 THE REVELATION

It is also instructive to observe five additional facts:

  1. The N.T. knows only one Church, which Christ prophesied He would establish (after His death and resurrection), Mt. 16:18, 21.
  2. This one Church began at Pentecost through the coming of the Holy Spirit, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ, Acts 1:5; 11:15-16; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:4.
  3. Peter as well as Paul was given this revelation. Acts 10; Ephesians 3:1-4, 7-8. (Note "apostles" and "prophets" are plural; cp. Acts notes, p. 8.)
  4. This Church was a "new thing, " unknown to 0. T. people and unpredicted by O. T. prophets, Ephesians 3:5, 9-10; Colossians 1:26.
  5. Jews and Gentiles enter the Church on the same terms (faith) and share equally in the privileges, Ephesians 3:6; 2:11-22.


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