Sunday, August 9, 2015
“For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;” (Ephesians 3:1-5 KJV).
What else can the Apostle Paul teach us about dispensational Bible study?
Protesters of dispensational Bible study often resort to the ridiculous claim, “Dispensationalism was invented in the late 1800s-early 1900s by Darby, Larkin, and Scofield.” Bless their dear hearts—they need to hush and study today’s Scripture in their 1611 King James Bible. The Bible term “dispensation” existed long before the 1800s!
Beloved, we do not recognize, believe, and teach dispensational Bible study to be different (although we are different for recognizing, believing, and teaching it). Friends, we do not recognize, believe, and teach dispensational Bible study to be ridiculed (although we are ridiculed for recognizing, believing, and teaching it). Brethren, we do not recognize, believe, and teach dispensational Bible study to be shunned (although we are shunned for recognizing, believing, and teaching it). So be it! Let us be different, ridiculed, and shunned! Praise our Lord Jesus Christ that we are in the same predicament as the apostle He sent to us Gentiles!
Unless someone did not want to see, he or she would understand that “the dispensation of the grace of God” was given to the Apostle Paul (today’s Scripture). Jesus Christ revealed to Paul a secret, “the mystery of Christ.” Verse 6 elaborates: “That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.” The secret was that He would form a body of believing Jews and Gentiles, the Church the Body of Christ, separate and distinct from the nation Israel. This Body of Christ was to be formed, strengthened, and manifested to all, through Paul’s epistles, Romans through Philemon. God delayed Israel’s program to form this new agency!
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Is prophecy being fulfilled in the Dispensation of Grace?”