Israel’s Great Commission, Part 10


One should take particular notice that not once in all five of the “Great Commission” passages does the word “grace” even appear. This is not to say, of course, that God did not have grace during this time, for He did – as He always does – for it is an attribute of God’s Own character and nature. If it had not been for grace Noah could not have been saved (Genesis 6:8). Yet we must remember that there is a difference between the grace of God as a part of His nature, and “the dispensation of the Grace of God” where the administration of all of God’s dealings is conducted in full and total grace (Ephesians 3:2).

In other words, there is a difference between the grace of God in a dispensation and “the dispensation of the grace of God,” a difference between God’s attribute of grace and grace being the ruling principle.

That as sin has reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto age-lasting life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:21).

Grace did not reign in Noah’s day, for God did not at that time show grace to the rest of the world – only to Noah and his family. The world perished. Grace was then, for that time, selective and limited. Only small rays of God’s grace broke through. Now, during this present age, God’s grace is immeasurably released.

Under Israel’s “Great Commission” there is not even one single reference to “grace” – let alone to “the Gospel of the Grace of God.” The fact is that it was still hidden at that time. The free gift of God’s grace, as well as the Jews and Gentiles in one Body were not to be found anywhere in this commission. These were all still yet unrevealed truths. None of them were known or preached until Paul (I Timothy 1:16; Galatians 1:25). Paul received them by revelation (Galatians 1, 2) from the heavenly Christ.

The plain truth of the matter is that God, in Paul’s epistles, has given us a complete and independent body of truth for this dispensation in which we now live (Romans 2:16), and a “much more” blessed commission than that found in “the Gospels” (II Corinthians 5:14-21; Ephesians 3:8-9).

Let us recognize that our position today is not that of being “witnesses” under Israel’s “Great Commission,” but instead of being “Ambassadors for Christ” of the evangel of the grace of God – God’s Grace Commission (II Corinthians 5:20). We have the “ministry of conciliation” given to us (II Corinthians 5:18), and the “Word of conciliation” committed to our trust (II Corinthians 5:19).

There is a two-fold purpose of God: the heaven and the earth. Israel is God’s instrument of His earthly purpose, and we the Body of Christ are the instrument of His celestial purpose.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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One Comment on “Israel’s Great Commission, Part 10”

  1. KJ Ehrenfeld Says:

    Unless one comes to the realization that there is a difference between the 2 Gospels, one will not be able to rightly divide God’s word. God revelaed this to me at age 64…so He can surely teach old dogs new tricks! How He has changed my life because of it!!!


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