Monday, October 26, 2015
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:” (Colossians 1:25,26 KJV).
Dispensational Bible Study enables us to see and appreciate the final revelation from God. Satan is thus utterly embarrassed!
One of the most tragic situations in ministry is when “Christian-church-going” people have absolutely no idea what the Gospel is. Upon asking them, they silently and strangely gaze. They could not quote the Gospel of Grace if their lives depended on it. In fact, their eternal souls depend on it and they still do not have a clear understanding of it! After God has already revealed in His Word what the Gospel of Grace is, the millions upon millions who read the Bible and still never get it. Unable to tell us the central tenet of Christianity, they still say, “Oh, yes, I am a Christian!” (?)
There was a time where Calvary’s finished crosswork was unknown. The Gospel by which we are saved today, was once a secret, only known to God Himself. No man knew of it. Then, God began to speak about it in greater detail as the centuries passed. Calvary is spoken of in the Old Testament (Psalm 22; Isaiah chapter 53), but in veiled language, unclear and enigmatic. Jesus Christ knew Calvary was coming. He spoke of it to the Jews (Matthew 16:21; Luke 18:31-34; John 2:18-22). Still, He never preached Calvary as good news, and certainly not for the whole world to hear. Calvary was bad news, for Israel would—and did—reject and deliver Him to a cruel death. In the early Acts, Peter and the 11 referred to Calvary, but they preached it as a dastardly deed. Sinful Israel had murdered her King, but He had resurrected, was exalted at the Father’s right hand, and was coming back to judge them in wrath (Acts 2:22-40)!
Then, God finally disclosed the last part of His Word to man. With the Apostle Paul’s ministry, God revealed the full impact of Calvary, and it embarrassed Satan beyond comprehension!