The Dispensation of Grace.
A few notes about the dispensation of the Grace will be described in this blog as part of the series of dispensations outlined in the previous one.
It is called the Grace dispensation, according to the Ephesians 3: 2 (The Dispensation of Grace) while in the other parts, it’s called the Secret dispensation or Mistery (Ephesians 3: 3,9). Why this is called a secret dispensation, just because it was never prophesied by the prophets and has not been revealed by God in the previous generation (in past dispensations).
The Dispensation of Grace is a program of God for all nations and no one nor any nation has the priority, whether the Israelites or the Gentiles, everyone is united in this program, and being called as the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12: 12-13 and Ephesians 2: 11-22). The body of Christ begins in this dispensation, and in this program God chose a special apostle for the Gentiles, in this case we find the chosen Paul (Romans 11:13), God has prepared Paul who was previously called Saul since he repented (Acts 9). But the Dispensation of Grace did not begin in this preparation (Acts 9), because Saul was still within the Gospel of the Kingdom.
▶ The Delegation.
This dispensation began when the Apostle Paul was dedicated by God (Acts 13: 2) as the Apostle to the secret program (Galatians 2: 7) to the preaching of the Gospel of Grace which was revealed to him (Ephesians 3: 2-9 and Galatians 1: 11-12). The dispensation of Grace began in Acts 13, not on Acts 2, nor Acts 28. Also this dispensation did not begin when Saul converted (Acts 9). At that time Saul, who was later called Paul, was still in the Jewish Christian church, where its doctrine was Jesus as the promised King Messiah of the Israelites (Acts 9:22, 26-30). Not incidentally in Acts 13, the name Saul (the name of the Jew) turned into Paul (not a Jewish name), but deliberately written so, to express the transisition that happens from Acts 13.
And since Acts 13 there has been a significant switchover of leadership from Peter to Paul. What about the eleven Apostles led by Peter? Do they follow Paul’s mission in his ministry? No. They have been chosen by Jesus for preaching under the dispensation of the Law with the mission of preaching the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. They were appointed as the Apostles of the circumcised for the twelve tribes of Israel. This is confirmed by Jesus and will be fulfilled (Matthew 19:28, Revelation 21:14). Because of these different tasks, the two groups of missions during the transitional period of the Law and the Grace, obeyed their respective ministry duties and that is why both Paul and Peter made a summit in Jerusalem for the separation of Christ’s ministry (Galatians 2: 7-9).
▶▶ The Regulations.
The rules in the dispensation of Grace are found in the epistles of the apostle Paul (13 epistles) from Romans to the Book of Philemon. All these epistles give the order of life for God’s children (believers) to the individual, the household, the congregation and the children of God generally amid the environment of the unbelievers.
◆ Dispensation of Grace is not under the regulations of dispensation of the Law (Romans 6:14, Galatians 5: 4). Thus, this means:
i. Not under the rule of the Sabbath (Colossians 2: 6).
ii. Not subject to water baptism (1 Corinthians 1:17).
iii. Not subject to the demands of illicit food (1 Timothy 4: 4-5).
◆◆Salvation is achieved just by the faith in the Lord Jesus.
Violations will occur if we do not obey the rules of the dispensation of Grace where we live in right now.
◆ The Judgement Seat of Christ is a trial for all believers (all members of the Body of Christ). Everyone will receive his reward according to his work (2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 Corinthians 3: 13-15), the punishment intended here is not the destruction of mortal body in hell.
◆ The punishment for those who do not receive Jesus Christ (non believers), they will enter Great Tribulation on earth (Matthew 24: 21-22), and suffering in the day of God’s wrath at the end of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 9: 4-6) .
These two punishments will occur later, when the dispensation of Grace will end with a trumpet sound when Christ gathers all believers in the clouds (1 Corinthians 15: 50-52, 1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17, Romans 11:25).
May the Holy Spirit lead us to the understanding that aligns in His eternal plan according to God’s purpose and will, so we can grow in all things for His glory. Amen.