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Grace and Peace

April 30, 2019

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For many years this writer, along with the mass of religious people, supposed that the Bible phrase “grace and peace be unto you” was simply a beautiful, spiritual salutation. Thank God we have come to learn that it is much more than a salutation. It is an official proclamation.

Every single one of the epistles signed by Paul opens with the declaration: “Grace be unto you and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” This was the theme of the message which he, as a duly appointed ambassador, had been sent to proclaim.

C.R. Stam (1909-2003)
Two Minutes with the Bible
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The Zenith of Man’s Day

March 8, 2019

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Mans Day [I Corinthians 4:3], which is the day of man’s prominence, exaltation and glory, reaches its very zenith in this the Dispensation of the Grace of God. This began with Paul’s declaration in Acts 28:28, and since that time all men and all nations have been utterly free to walk after their own ways without any fear of immediate divine retribution. Men commit the basest of crimes, they raise their voices against God every day; yet, He does nothing except show them a love and favor that they do not deserve.

“Does not God care?” “Is He really a God of love?” These are the questions regularly asked in view of the iniquities of mankind that exact such a great toll of suffering from the human race. The answer is that He cares and He loves; yet, because of His present purpose in grace, no sin or transgression receives its just recompense of reward, but this will not always be. Man’s Day will surely come to an end, and the prayer of the Psalmist will be answered:

Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail: let the nations be judged before Thee. Put them in fear O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men (Psalm 9:19-20).

— Otis Q. Sellers (1901-1992)
The Day of the Lord
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The Highest Quality of Faith

February 10, 2019

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Our hope and destiny are in no way contingent on the fulfillment of Hebrew prophecy for Israel. Our blessings are found primarily in Paul’s revelations for this present secret economy. While we are to walk by faith and not by perception, this after all is the highest quality of faith consistent with the highest plane of spiritual blessings among the celestials in Christ.

— Melvin E. Johnson (1897–1979)
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The Above-Heavenly Sphere of Blessings

December 4, 2018

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Paul, in prison, wrote his last epistles, making known the subject of the special revelations he had received about the above-heavenly (epouraniois) sphere of blessings, and announcing a complete change of dispensation brought about by the temporary setting aside of Israel: no longer a chosen people, no longer any sign of the nearness of the Kingdom, no more fulfillment of the prophecies.

— S. Van Mierlo
The Development of Christendom
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Unscriptural? or Undispensational?

January 30, 2018

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A friend of this writer has written the following:

There are professing Christians who religiously practice the washing of feet. Are they scriptural or unscriptural? There are some who anoint the sick with oil, while others bless handkerchiefs. Are they scriptural or unscriptural? Some professing Christians claim to have visions and angelic visitations while hearing supernatural voices. Are they scriptural or unscriptural? Thousands of others break forth in some kind of speech which they call the gift of tongues. Are they scriptural or unscriptural to speak in tongues?

To which we add:

Scriptures can be found to substantiate all of these actions. However, it seems to us that it is less than intellectual honesty, much less a spiritual practice, to arbitrarily select certain Bible commands for obedience while completely disregarding others. Why not obey the mandates of Numbers 15:32-36 and Deuteronomy 21:18-21 where infractions were to be punished by publicly stoning the off ender to death? Why not build a tabernacle and offer sacrifices as God commanded in Exodus 25-31? Why not sell that ye have and give alms as Christ instructed in Luke 12:33? In short, why obey only certain Bible commands and ignore others? Why not obey them all?

The answer to these questions is clearly stated in II Timothy 2:15.

Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.

Though all Scripture is most certainly for our admonition and instruction, all Scripture is not for our obedience today (Compare Genesis 17:10-14 with Galatians 5:2 and Romans 2:25-29. Also Matthew 19:16-21 with Romans 4:5 and Ephesians 2:8, 9). II Timothy 3:16-17 does not contradict or nullify II Timothy 2:15. To the Apostle Paul, the glorified Lord revealed God’s message and program for today. To him was committed the dispensation of the grace of God. (See Ephesians 3:1-9). In his epistles we find the commands given directly to the Body of Christ.

The question, then, is not only, “Is it scriptural?” but, “Is it dispensational?”

Win Johnson (?-1993)
Amazing Grace
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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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