Dispensation, Law, and Grace.

"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

Dispensation, Law, and Grace.

We are born as children with innocence. This is the 'dispensation of innocence'. But, theologians teach, as if innocence belong to a period of time, in the first three chapters of Genesis, and nobody is born innocent after that. They are wrong. As we grew from childhood, God gives us conscience in the youth. Some use it to do good, others use it to do evil. But, theologians teach, as conscience belong to another period of time, that is between chapters three and eight of Genesis, even babies at birth have conscience to do good and evil. Again, theologians are wrong. They also say that there are, 'dispensation of human government', 'dispensation of law', and then 'dispensation of grace.' But by simple common sense we know that this dispensation teaching does not make sense and it is confusion. They call the entire new testament period as the 'dispensation of grace', which Christians like, since we can get away with murder, dodge the judgment of God to go to heaven, by this doctrine. So, according to this, the new testament people are not under the law of God and the old testament people never had the grace of God. This is the bottom line of 'dispensation of grace'. The phrase 'dispensation of grace' is in the Bible, which means that God gives a certain portion of grace to Paul to do his ministry. It does not mean that God gives grace in the New Testament time only. This is the doctrine of men to deceive people, taught by theologians and preachers. They are liars. They teach confusion. Yet, Christians believe them.

Grace existed Even in the Old Testament

Christians are taught that grace is a gift from God to New Testament Christians. But it is not so. Exodus 33 says: "12) Moses said unto the LORD ... thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. 13) Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, show me now thy way, that I may know thee,..." Moses asked God to reveal himself and to show his way to him, since he found grace in God's sight. So, grace is the revelation of God himself and his way, to a believer. Exodus 33:16 says: "For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us?" Exodus 34:9 says: "And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us;" Moses asked again that God's presence may go with him since God's presence is the grace of God. Genesis 6 says: "8) But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 9) ... Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God." So, the grace of God makes a man just (righteous) and perfect, and it helps him to walk with God. So, the grace of God is the presence of God (wherein God shows us his way, that we may know him), and this presence of God enables a person to be just and perfect. Grace is spiritual, so we cannot look at it, but we can see it in the life of a person, if he/she has true grace. God speaks through his word, the Bible. Jesus Christ says in Matthew 11:25: "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes." Theologians are well educated prudent men. They teach the Bible. So, they teach the Bible, in an entirely different way from the understanding of simple people. In a way, we may say, that God teach babes (his children), and theologians teach educated brilliant people. Jesus Christ says in Matthew 18: "2) And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3) And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." So, educated brilliant people may also learn scriptures as little children.

John 1:17 says: For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Preachers quote this verse to say that Jesus Christ does not give the law, but he gives grace and truth. So, they say that the new testament times is the 'dispensation of grace' or the 'age of grace'. It appears that they have a point. But let us see what are grace and truth. Let us begin with truth. Psalm 119:142 says: and thy law is the truth. So, truth is also law. In this case, it is the law of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28 says: 18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20) Teaching them to observe (to obey) all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. So, 'the truth' is to obey all that Jesus Christ has commanded for us to do to inherit the kingdom of God. Now, let us see what Grace is. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Here we see that grace is the strength and power of Jesus Christ that makes humble people perfect in spite of their weakness. So, Jesus Christ will be upon us. How will he be UPON US? Romans 5:21 says: ... as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. See, grace reigns (rules over) us by Jesus Christ, with the proof that we will have righteousness in our life. But they say that grace is an unmerited favor, which is a lie of the devil. So, new testament people are under the law and the rule of Jesus Christ. Preachers and theologians say that we are not under law, but under grace, as if, grace is an unmerited favor. It is deception. We are under the rule (reign) and commandments of Jesus Christ. It is grace and truth.

There is no 'Period of Law' in the Bible. Law began when God started creation, and God will destroy the world also with a command. Law will always be there. We also have to be under the law in order to come to Jesus Christ. Galatians 3 says: "23) But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24) Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25) But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." Only after we are under the commandments of Jesus Christ, we will be free from the Old Laws (commandments). Romans 8:2 says: "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." If we are not under the Law of the Spirit, with proof of the life of Jesus Christ, we are not free from the Law of Sin and Death. It is not a period. It is either this or that.

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:17: "For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me." Here, it is dispensing the gospel, or distribution (preaching) of the gospel. Verify with the previous verse: 16: For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! It is not a period of time. Preachers and theologians twist the meaning of the word dispensation as a period of time, to preach wrong doctrine.

Paul says to Ephesians in chapter 3:2: If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: Here, the distribution is, dispensing the grace of God. The Bible never talks about a time that is allotted for the distribution, since it was available from to Old and it will be available to the End. Verses 3 to 5, says "3) How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, 4) Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) 5) 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;" that it was kept as a mystery and now it is revealed. Here, the dispensation is not a period of time. Verse 6 and 7, says "6) That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 7) Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power." Here, Paul was appointed to preach grace, it is never a period of time. GRACE is and will, always be available. It was not preached in Old Testament time, and it was kept as a mystery. It is preached in the New Testament. If you like to read a more detailed article, please click on this link. Link is 'Grace'.

Paul says in Colossians 1: 25) 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; 26) Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27) To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Again, the mystery is not a period of time. Grace was and is always with God and he gives to humble people always. God is not a respecter of persons. He will not hide from one man (Old Testament) and gives to another (New Testament). Grace is for the gentiles as well as to Israel, even though it was not preached in the Old Testament. Those who preach a dispensation of time, they must show from the Bible, as to when the time was started and when the time will end. If they do not know, then they should not be an agent to the devil to preach lies. They should stop working for Satan.

There is no 'Period of Grace', but grace started from the beginning even though it was not preached and was kept as a mystery (secret). There is no close of 'the Age of Grace', because there is no such an age. If they preach that there is a close of the age, they should show the year, month and day, from the Bible. However, God says that there will be a day in our life that we may hear God and we may not believe that it is God. So we will not submit ourselves to God because of our unbelief and our love for sins. So, God may be provoked to anger and swear that we will not enter heaven. On that day, God will reject us, and the door to our eternal life will be closed. We may live many years after that day. But Christians think that they have time for eternal life until they physical body die. It is not true. Our first birth is that we are born to our parents, it is of the flesh. Then, we repent, ask God for the holy spirit, etc, God gives the holy spirit into us, which is the spirit birth, which is our second birth. The if we grieve the spirit, by not obeying God, there will be a day that God gives the final call, and God removes the holy spirit from us, and this is our first death. Our first death is the death of spirit, or removal of the holy spirit. These people will have a second death, and their souls will be thrown into hell and then into the lake of fire. The death of godly people is different. When they die, their spirit will go to God, their soul go to the place of rest, and their body will return to the dust where it came from. On that day, their spirit will be glorified and will join the soul, and they will be as Jesus Christ. The last warning to a sinning person is in Hebrews 3:7-19. God warns the new testament believers with the old testament incident. You may read the entire passage from the Bible. Here, let me quote just few verses. Hebrews 3: 7) Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, ... 12) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 15) While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. So, it is not 'an end of the period of grace', but the end of time that God is giving to you or me in order to stop sinning, and if we do not respond properly, our door to heaven will be closed. You may live many years after this. But there will be no hope for eternal life after that. Hebrews 3:11 says: So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. God is true. Don't believe preachers. They lie to you for your money. I say this, not to blame them, but to say it is their profession and their salary. Their priority is to keep their job. They do not care whether you burn in the lake of fire or not. It is God who get upset at you, and swear that you will not enter eternity. Let me give one more example. God gives the story of Esau, to teach his eternal verdict. Hebrew 12 says: "15) Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; 16) Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, 17) .., he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears." Once God has closed the door on you, he does not change his mind. Scripture says this. Preachers will never tell you this warning that is given by God. They do not care for you, but they care for their prestige and salary.

Genesis 3:15 says: "... between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." Revelation 13:8 says: "... the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." Even though Jesus was crucified 2000 years ago, God considers that he was crucified before the world was made, and it will be effective even after the world will be destroyed. So, the time does not matter for the forgiveness of sins. But, what does matter is, whether do you qualify forgiveness or not. Preachers say that we are not under law, but under grace for the last 2000 years. 1 John 3:4 says: "... sin is the transgression of the law." So, if God has no law for the last 2000 years, whatever we have done for the last 2000 years, is not sin, even if it is rape and murder. Romans 4:15 says: "... for where no law is, there is no transgression." So, the whole world does not have sin. Is it not ridiculous and foolishness? Yet these preachers preach this nonsense, and we believe it.!!!

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