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Dispensational Distinctions in Paul’s Epistles

December 28, 2017

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A very clear dispensational distinction exists between the revelations contained in Paul’s earlier epistles, viz., Romans, Corinthians, Galatians and Thessalonians, and his later epistles, viz., Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Timothy and Titus. To illustrate the striking difference between the teaching of the earlier and the later epistles, it has been calculated that the word “Jew” is mentioned 25 times in the earlier epistles, and only once in the later. Israel is mentioned 14 times in the earlier and twice in the later, while the word “Israelite” is mentioned 3 times, Abraham 19 times and tongues 22 times in the earlier epistles, and none of them is even mentioned in the later.

Moreover, during the earlier period, the apostles, Paul included, did much in the way of healing, but during the later period Paul had to leave Trophimus at Miletum, sick. If Pentecostal powers were still at his disposal, why need he have had this infirmity?

These facts are readily explained when we remember that the earlier epistles were contemporary with the events related in the Book of Acts, while the Jews still had the opportunity to repent of their sin in the rejection and crucifixion of their King, and that of accepting the teaching of the apostles, Paul included, founded on the offer of pardon conveyed to them through Peter in Acts 3:19-21. This offer was open to them for over thirty years, and it did not come to a conclusion until Paul in Acts 28:25-28 pronounced the final rejection of the nation by God, because they had persistently rejected these gracious offers of pardon.

H.W. Fry
Things to Come, April, 1910
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Recognizing Distinctions in Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

December 26, 2017

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In order to rightly divide the Word of God, we must recognize that there is a great distinction between the promises of the Old Testament, including the Gospels, as compared with the revelations of God’s abundant Grace in Christ as revealed to and through the Apostle Paul, and contained in His Epistles.

H.W. Fry
Things to Come (1910)
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The Baby Jesus and the Lord of Glory

December 25, 2017

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Each year at Christmas-time, the “baby Jesus” is the subject of discussion and attention. Indeed, all year long the Babe in its mother’s arms and the dying Sufferer on the cross are kept constantly before the masses, while our Lord’s resurrection, ascension and present glory in heaven are given but scant attention. This is because so few have taken note of the great message of the Apostle Paul about the glorified Lord in heaven. In II Corinthians 5:16, the Apostle wrote:

… yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more.

It is sad that so many still know only “Christ after the flesh.” They love to discuss the “gospel stories” about the “Man of Galilee,” but find themselves strangers in the great Epistles of Paul.

Paul is the apostle for this present “dispensation of the grace of God.” It is he who presents Christ in His present glory as the great Dispenser of redeeming grace, through the merits He won at Calvary. In Ephesians 1:15-23 we have recorded for us the Apostle’s prayer that we might be given “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ” that we might come to experience…

What is the exceeding greatness of [God’s] power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world [age], but also in that which is to come (:19-21).

Let us thank God that the baby Jesus grew up and died for our sins and became the risen, living Savior at God’s right hand.

Cornelius R. Stam (1909-2003)
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