BioI was saved in a Conservative Baptist church in 1962 and attended BIOLA (Bible Institute of Los Angeles) shortly thereafter. I agree, for the most part, with Dr. Peter Ruckman; however, I am not a "Ruckmanite", per se.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8At some point in time, you will be confronted by the Holy Spirit and then you must either turn-away (harden) or turn-to Jesus ("die"). When you "die", you will then be "reborn" by the Holy Spirit. I see a recognition of your absolute sinfulness & the Holiness of God,but beyond that, I don't see any "works" necessary for salvation. At the point of receiving the Holy Spirit, you are "sealed unto the day of redemption"and "baptized" by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. If you died right then, you would be as "saved" as you ever would be.
You do err, not knowing the scriptures Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.Here in Acts 3, Peter is preaching the Gospel of the (Earthly) Kingdom to Israel. The Messiah must remain in "heaven" until Israel repents.Heaven is the destiny of the Body of Christ. Israel will receive its King & Priest when they repent. They will repent at the end of the Tribulation, and Jesus will return to earth. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. Exo 19:6a
"Repent and be baptized" was the message to Israel. Peter continues in Acts with the proclamation of John the Baptist. This command is for Israel. This command does not apply to the Body of Christ. When you try to apply instructions for Israel to the Body of Christ, then you err.
In the case of John the Baptist, "repent and be baptized" applied to Israelites. They had a lot to repent about, as they were chosen by God and given the Scriptures and the Prophets. This message was to prepare Israel for their Messiah. So, in this case, "repentance" required "works" (as illustrated in the Gospels and Acts, as well as the Hebrew Epistles... like James).
In the case of Abraham being given the land, Abraham was put into a deep sleep and God passed between the halves of the sacrifice. So, it is unconditional. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: Genesis 15:18
This theology is the cornerstone of Catholicism, going back to the very foundation of the Roman Church under Constantine. There are other "elements" of this 4th Century Catholic theology that go along with it. Unfortunately, even IFB churches adopted certain elements of this Catholic doctrine. One reason for this is that the "Reformers" (like Luther) did not go far enough, and so their teachings are simply adopted and continue to be so. The Apostle Paul would be weeping if he were alive today.
I believe the opposite. Paul is the apostle to the Gentiles, Paul uses the concept of the "body of Christ". The "body of Christ" is composed of Jew and Gentile, but it is not composed of "Israel" and Gentiles. I personally believe that Revelation is applicable, in its entirety, to Israel - and the Tribulation in particular (the "Church"/Body of Christ being absent). When a "body" is completed, it is completed... period. Now, consider the "function" of a "body", and the implications of that "concept"... (just something to ponder).
Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. Isa 13:13 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a man more precious [rare] than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. Isa 13:10-13
The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard Isa 24:20a It would take the near-earth pass-by of a planet-sized object to effect the earth in such a manner. It would literally cause a tidal-effect upon the earth's crust (ie: a global earthquake). The Great Tribulation will be a terrible experience.
What do you suppose Peter is preaching to Jews about, here in Acts 3? Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. Acts 3:19-21
Isaiah is quoted by Paul in Romans (see 9:26-29) and uses the term "remnant". "Remnant" is used elsewhere in the O.T. to refer to those Jews who will enter the Millennium. In Revelation, the earth "swallows them up" in order to protect the "elect" of Israel, who will survive and serve Messiah Yeshua.
To get an idea of what Jesus is referring to, read Revelation where it describes the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. There will be a small remnant of Jews (ie: Hebrews) that will be saved-preserved through the Great Tribulation, as illustrated by the story of Noah. These will serve Messiah when he returns to earth and repopulate the Jewish race.