Sunday, April 30, 2017

Now Is The Time - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Now Is The Time

 Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Today we think of St. Paul’s words to the Corinthians in II Cor. 6:1,2:
“We then as workers together with [God], beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain…. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
This passage reminds us that it is not enough that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” collectively. We, each one individually, must do something about appropriating this salvation for ourselves.

After the classic passage in II Cor. 5:14-21 where the Apostle tells how Christ “died for all,” and how God deals with all men in grace since “He hath made Him to be sin for us” so that “we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” — after this great unfolding of what God, through Christ, has done for us, he urges individual acceptance of this great truth.

As “workers together with God,” the Apostle and his associates begged men not to “receive… the grace of God in vain,” but to trust Christ, each one as His own personal Savior, to apply His redemptive work to themselves.

And even at that early date in the history of the Church, the Apostle gave men to understand that there was no time to lose; the day of grace was not to last forever, but was to give place to the day of judgment and wrath.

If this was so then, how much more is it so now! God has been very longsuffering with the world. He has continued to deal with mankind in grace for nearly two thousand years but according to both Old Testament prophecy and Paul’s “mystery” He will judge this world for its rejection of Christ.
When will this happen? No one knows. It is the very essence of grace that no one knows when the dispensation of grace will end. It is grace, pure grace, on God’s part that causes Him to linger day after day in mercy toward a world that rejects Him.

Thus God’s messengers cannot offer even one more day of grace. We must say as St. Paul did: “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” “Christ died for our sins” (I Cor. 15:3). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).


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Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.
2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Acts 16:31 Romans 1:16, and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Foes in High Places - by Pastor Ricky Kurth


Foes in High Places

by Pastor Ricky Kurth
While it is nice to have friends in high places, God’s people have foes in high places!
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12).
The Greek word for “high” here is epouranios, elsewhere translated “heavenly,” “celestial,” and “in heaven.” Only here is it translated “high places,” a phrase that is elsewhere always found in the Old Testament, where it was associated with the worship of the false god Baal (Num. 22:41; Jer. 19:5; 32:35) and idolatry (II Chron. 14:3). That’s why it angered God when Israel allowed these high places to exist in their midst (Psa. 78:58), and why He was pleased when they were removed (II Kings 18:1-4) and displeased when they were not (II Kings 12:3;14:4; 15:4,35).

But here’s the kicker. As strange as it may sound, Jehovah was often worshipped in these high places in the worship of idols (II Kings 17:32; II Chron. 33:17)! If that sounds familiar, it is because fusing the worship of God with idolatry is a device Satan used for centuries during the Dark Ages in the church of Rome in our own dispensation.

This pollution of worship was still going strong when our Authorized Version was translated, and it might be why the translators rendered epouranios as “high places” in our text. They may have perceived that while the “spiritual wickedness” they wrestled was the host of fallen angels in heavenly places, the sphere of operation of these wicked spirits on earth was in the Roman church whose towering cathedrals reminded them of the “high places” where God was worshipped with idols in Israel.

In Daniel’s day, a wicked spirit wrestled with an angel sent from God to try to keep a message from God from getting through to a man of God (Dan. 10:10-14). Similarly, during the Reformation, the Reformers wrestled with wicked spirits who tried to keep the message of God’s Word from the people of God by using the brute strength of the Roman church that restricted His Word to the Latin language that few could read. The Reformers wrestled and overcame them by translating the Bible into the languages of the people.

Today those same wicked spirits strive to keep the message of God’s Word to us from God’s people, the message of Paul’s distinctive apostleship. This is the battle we fight here at Berean Bible Society, and it is the wrestling in which you too must be engaged if you want to “fight the good fight” (I Tim. 6:12). It is the “good fight” that Paul fought to his dying breath (II Tim. 4:7). Is it your fight too?



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Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.
2 Timothy 2:8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was raised from the dead according to my gospel.


How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Acts 16:31 Romans 1:16, and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4

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Friday, April 28, 2017

PLAN FOR HEAVEN (KJV)  - Les Feldick


PLAN FOR HEAVEN (KJV) 
Les Feldick



ROMANS 3:23-27 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through he redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

ROMANS 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

ROMANS 1:16-19 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone hat believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

I CORINTHIANS 15:1-6 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

ROMANS 5:8-11 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinnersChrist died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if,when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

ROMANS 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for
righteousness.

EPHESIANS 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

I THESSALONIANS 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

ROMANS 10:8-13 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe inthine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

REVELATiON 22:21
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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No Other Doctrine But Right Division - by Pastor John Fredericksen


No Other Doctrine But Right Division

by Pastor John 


For many years a family in a northern state lived on the banks of a river. As time passed, more children were added until the total was ten, plus the mother and the father. Each year as winter approached the father would gather the children to his side and, in no uncertain terms, explain that no one was to ever go out on the ice. One Monday, three of the children decided to walk across the frozen ice as a shortcut on their way to school. Some of the older children begged them not to, and reminded them of their Dad’s stern warning. “Nothing is going to happen to us. Just leave us alone. We’ll be just fine.” So off the three children went. Because the water was more shallow at first, the ice was quite thick. So, with a false sense of security, the three children began to run. Suddenly, the ice beneath their feet began to crack, and all three plunged into the icy water, never to be seen again. In a spiritual sense, many of God’s children are doing something very similar.

When the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy at Ephesus, he says, “I besought thee…that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (I Timothy 1:3). What one is taught doctrinally is of the utmost importance. That’s why Timothy was to be very careful himself to “hold fast the form of sound words which thou hast heard of me” (II Timothy 1:13), then “the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (II Timothy 2:2). If Timothy, and those teaching with him, were consistent about teaching no other doctrine other than what Paul taught, this sound doctrine would “save” (or deliver, I Timothy 4:16) all who heard it from spiritual error. But the opposite was also true. If anyone taught or exposed themselves to doctrines which were contrary to what Paul taught, it would have devastating effects. In other words, it would be like playing on thin ice.

What doctrines were so precious and important, that nothing else was to be listened to? No sermon or article can adequately articulate all of the important things that the Apostle Paul taught. However, let’s take a look at a number of things that we must hold dear to our understanding, and consistently demand from the teaching of anyone that we sit under. We learn from Romans 6:14 that we are “not under the law, but under grace.” The practical impact of this is that we do not try to implement portions of our Bible that were written exclusively to Israel. From Romans 11:13 we see that Paul is “the apostle of the Gentiles.” Peter, James, and John wrote Scripture, but confined their ministries to the nation Israel. Their writings dealt largely with the tribulation or millennial kingdom. Only Paul claims to be, or calls himself, the apostle of the Gentiles. He further urges that we are to “be followers of me” (I Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians 3:17). So, someone who is sound in doctrine will recognize Paul’s letters as the exclusive “commandments of the Lord” for believers today (I Corinthians 14:37).

Our apostle had no tolerance for anything other than the pure “gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24; Galatians 1:6-12). He demanded that it always be taught in a crystal clear manner. That meant salvation being proclaimed as a gift of God’s grace, apart from man’s works, and received through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:1-4; Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 3:24-28). Beyond this, Paul taught that he was not sent to baptize, “lest the Cross of Christ should be made of none effect” (I Corinthians 1:17). Today there is only “one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5 and that is the baptism of the Holy Spirit which places us into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation (I Corinthians 12:13). Once saved, we are eternally secure, because we are “sealed” with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit “unto the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30). Our security is not based on our performance but in the power of God. Paul also taught that miraculous signs such as “tongues” and “prophecies” have been “done away” with by the completion of Scripture (I Corinthians 13:8-11). Therefore, any today who would claim special revelations from God, or miraculous powers, are deceivers. Today God uses His written Word to provide all that we need for our doctrine and daily walk.

Paul asked some of his converts “if ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward“? (Ephesians 3:2). They needed to understand that the days in which we are living, and the program we are under, are different from anything at any other time in history. In the preceding chapter, he explained that “in time past” Gentiles were not a part of God’s dealings. Israel was His exclusive focus of outreach, and Gentiles were rarely saved, and only then by becoming a Jewish proselyte. “But now” (Ephesians 2:13) Gentiles “are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Paul summarizes the above doctrines and more, by telling Timothy that “rightly dividing the Word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15) is the only way to be approved unto God. It is not enough to teach about “Jesus,” nor to teach general Biblical principles for “Christian living.”

Parents are very wise to refuse to allow their children to attend other churches or youth groups, where these basic Pauline doctrines are not understood or consistently taught. This may not be easy or popular, but the Scripture warns us about exposure to wrong doctrine, and tells us to avoid it. If all believers would follow this practice they would not only be obedient to Scripture, but also avoid being “tossed to and fro…with every wind of doctrine.”

What happens when we listen to unsound doctrine? Three things can happen. One, we can become a spiritual “shipwreck” (I Timothy 1:19). Hymenaeus is an example. He had “swerved” and “turned aside” (I Timothy 1:6) from the sound doctrines of Paul, believing and teaching others that the resurrection had already past. Two, we can “overthrow the faith of some” (II Timothy 2:18). This happened continually to the converts of the Apostle Paul. The Galatians were so “bewitched” that they no longer understood the gospel that saved them, and they desired to go back under the Mosaic Law. The believers at Colosse, though saved, ceased to properly esteem the Lord Jesus Christ as their “Head,” and began the practice of worshipping angels (Colossians 2:18-19). Three, believers can “depart from the faith” (I Timothy 4:1). This certainly does NOT mean they can lose their salvation. Rather it refers to saved believers departing from the sound doctrines of the Apostle Paul, as their guide for living today. All of this could have been, and can be avoided if we will simply obey what God says about allowing no other doctrine to influence us.

In 1970, a woman by the name of Rose heard the gospel of God’s grace and trusted Christ as her Savior. Soon after she was introduced to a host of dispensational literature. She was thrilled to see the difference between Israel and the Body of Christ, being under the law as opposed to being under grace. She became a well-grounded Grace believer, and even lead a cousin by the name of Maria into the Grace message. Eventually Rose began to attend a church that believed in miraculous Pentecostal signs. When her husband became ill, those in her church told her with certainty that her husband would be healed of his cancer. They knew this because they had “heard from God.” Even though she had known God’s Word rightly divided, exposure to such false doctrine had her so confused that she believed what they told her and became utterly dismayed when her husband died.

Maria became a well-grounded Grace believer also, through years of reading Grace literature and listening to Grace teachers on tape. She regularly listened to Christian radio. Several of the preachers on the radio, though nationally recognizable, had her utterly confused. Some taught that if you didn’t live in a certain way you would lose your salvation. Maria spent months in spiritual agony, until she made the decision that she would listen to “no other doctrine” than that of grace. Only then was her peace and joy and certainty of salvation restored.

On October 31, 1983 Korean airlines flight 007 departed from Anchorage, Alaska for a direct flight to Seoul, Korea. Unknown to the crew, the computer flight navigation system contained a one-and-a-half degree routing error. At the point of departure, the mistake was unnoticeable. One hundred miles out, the deviation was still too small to be detectable. But eventually the giant 747 strayed into Soviet airspace. Soviet radar picked up the error, and fighter jets scrambled to intercept. Over mainland Russia, the jets shot down flight 007, and all on board lost their lives. This tragedy occurred because of only being a little off course to begin with. Spiritually we can come to a tragic end ourselves by swerving off the course of doctrine that is consistent with the doctrine that Paul teaches in his letters.

Some will attend other churches and think that it will not have an ill effect upon them. Surely, they think, I can benefit from grace teaching and non-grace teaching. Others will read literature, attend conferences, fellowship in social church events and otherwise generally expose themselves to errant doctrine. But the effect will be the same as it was in Paul’s day. The Corinthians began to question the authority of the Apostle Paul. They became confused about the value of working for the Lord, and increasingly carnal in every way. Little by little they became willing to compromise sound doctrine and justify associations that they knew were wrong. Later they became antagonistic and hypercritical of him. The result was that Paul had to waste valuable time to confirm his ministry and sound doctrine before them. Unfortunately, some were unretrievable. In other words, some departed from the faith just like those that Paul warned Timothy about.


Paul warned Timothy in II Timothy 4:3,4 that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (a story or teaching that is untrue). In the days just before the Rapture, Grace teaching will not be popular. Even those who know it will begin to think these truths are boring. They will want something new, exciting, entertaining, something that will draw crowds. They will want to soft pedal Grace truth, and have itching ears for other doctrines. Many will abandon a church that stands for sound Pauline doctrine to attend other “ministries” less worthy of their loyalty. I wonder if one of the arguments won’t be that what they are doing makes them feel closer to God. In Grace circles we are continually hearing this explanation from those who are listening to doctrines that are not compatible with what Paul teaches. Recently, one ministerial student, one college student, and one older mature gentleman commented that attending a non-grace church made them feel like they were really worshipping God for the first time. The real issue is how does God feel about what doctrine they are now standing for and with? Now we are reminded of the Scripture that tells us “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” (Luke 12:48). Those of us who have been privileged to understand God’s Word rightly divided must stand true to what is true, and to allow our emotions to soar with the joy of doing what is right.

Early in aviation history, pilots had to learn the lesson of inertia. When flying through clouds or fog which prevented them from seeing the horizon, they could not feel the plane’s wings beginning to bank right or left. Initially pilots followed the myth of instinct: They believed they could feel the turn of their plane, and many banked unknowingly into a spiral dive that ended in a crash. Pilot William Langewieshe writes, “instinct is worse than useless in the clouds.” The only way for pilots to fly through the clouds is to rely on instruments like the artificial horizon gauge. This is a gyroscoped line that stays level with the earth’s surface and unerringly indicates when the wings bank left or right. In the early days of this instrument, the biggest problem fliers had was relying on their feelings instead of this instrument. When it comes to spiritual matters, our feelings, experiences, or what is most popular is not a reliable guide for us to follow. Today God uses the instrument of His Word. It is unerring, if we are willing to rightly divide it and accept “no other doctrine” than what is taught by the inspired writings of the Apostle Paul. Stand true to Paul’s doctrines of grace.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

True Revival - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
In the days of Ezra the prophet, Israel was in much the same state as the Church today. Happily, however, some of the leaders became convicted that they had been neglecting the Word of God — especially that part which was addressed to them: the law of Moses.

As a result they built for Ezra a pulpit on which to stand and read the Scriptures to the people (Neh. 8:4). “From morning until midday” he read to them, while others mingled with the audience and “caused the people to understand.”
“So they read in the book, in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense,” with the result that “all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions [gifts], and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them” (Vers. 8,12).
Similarly, after our Lord had explained the Scriptures to the two disciples on the way to Emmaus, they said to each other:
“Did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32).
Well-meaning groups and individuals have for decades been praying in vain for a true spiritual revival in the Church, but the only sure road to revival is a renewed interest in the Bible, and especially in what God there says to us in the Epistles of Paul.

When we become convicted of our neglect of God’s Word to us as found in the Epistles of Paul; when men of God “study” to “rightly divide” the Word and begin teaching it from the pulpit, a great spiritual revival will inevitably follow but, alas, most of God’s people are too complacent, too satisfied with a shallow profession to enter into this blessed experience. However, as we study the Word of God for ourselves, and especially that part of His Word which applies particularly to us, we, like the Israelites of Ezra’s day, will experience the joy of understanding God’s lov


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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

FREE Christ-Centered Bible Studies - Cecil Spivey



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How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Paul And The New Birth - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Paul And The New Birth

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
The Pauline revelation leads us into glorious truths respecting both our position and experience as believers. Indeed, the new birth itself, as it takes place in the believer today, is directly related to the divine baptism by which Christ and the believer are made one.

How was Christ made one with mankind? He was baptized into the human race. He did not merely come to dwell with men. He became man. How? By being born into the race. Was this by natural birth? No, by supernatural birth. He was begotten of the Holy Spirit. But His baptism into the human race did not end with His birth and life on earth. So fully did He become one with man, that He even died man’s death on the accursed tree. He was baptized into death (Luke 12:50) and, as we now know, into our death.

And it is there, at the Cross, that we become one with Him. The moment one looks in faith to Calvary, acknowledging: “He is no sinner; I am the sinner. Christ is dying my death”; that moment he becomes one with Christ; baptized into the crucified, risen Lord Himself (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:26,27) not only positionally, in the reckonings of God, but exponentially, by the Spirit. And thus a new life is begotten.

By natural birth? No, by supernatural birth. Some hold that the Epistles of Paul do not teach the new birth, but this is an error. His familiar word teknon, generally translated simply “child” in our English Bibles, means literally, “born one.” And he uses this word with regard to our spiritual relationship to God.

Furthermore, the Apostle teaches the very truth of the new birth in Tit. 3:5, where he says:
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.”



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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Resurrection Morning -The Empty Tomb



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Jehovah — Joshua — Jesus A Message to "Jehovah's Witnesses" - By C. O. Griggs



Jehovah — Joshua — Jesus
A Message to "Jehovah's Witnesses"
 

By C. O. Griggs

We Know God, the Father, only because He has a famous Son, Jesus Christ. The Father was revealed by the Son (Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22).

 We Know a father—Nun only because he had a famous son, Joshua (Joshua 1:1).

 We Know God only because He revealed Himself in His creations, by His Word, and because He became Man, Jesus (Romans 1:20; I Peter 1:23; John 1:14).

 We Know Jesus as the very Expression (Hebrews 1:3), Word (John 1:1), Image (11 Corinthians 4:4), and God (John 10:30).

 We Know Christ more fully because it pleased God to reveal His Son through the Apostle Paul (Galatians 1:15, 16).

We Know the Triune God was, and is, Jesus Christ, and that He was pleased to dwell in Him bodily (Colossians 1:19, 2:9•, John 17:21-23, 3:34).

 We Know that salvation is possible only because Jesus Christ died for our sins—for us (I Corinthians 15:1-5).

We Know that salvation cannot be earned or paid for (Rom.ans 4:5; Titus 3:5).

 We Know that salvation is by grace and through faith only (Ephesians 2:8).

 We Know that only through union of God and Man in the historical Jesus can there be union of men and God in Christ (Luke 1:35; Il Corinthians 5:19).

 WeKnow that in God's salvation of men He forms an eternal union by the Holy Spirit who baptizes (identifies) them with Christ in His death and in His resurrection (Romans 6:3,4; I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27).

 WeKnow that if Jesus Christ is not the eternal Deity He is not the Saviour (Titus 2:13,14; Deuteronomy 6:4; I Thessalonian 4:16).

 True! There is only one God but He has many names.



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Not Ashamed - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Not Ashamed 

Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


The Apostle Paul uses three wonderful phrases in Romans One: “I am debtor” (Ver.14), “I am ready” (Ver.15), and “I am not ashamed” (Ver.16).

As God’s appointed Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul declared: “I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise”.

The gospel now was no longer to be confined to Israel, but was to go to all nations, and Paul felt himself a debtor to proclaim it, first because God had appointed him to do so, and second, because he held in his hands that which would save the lost. He was morallyobligated — and so are Christians today.

Notice: the Apostle did not say, “I am debtor, but” and then begin to give a thousand excuses, as so many Christians do. He said: “I am debtor…SO…” and his fidelity to his call is seen as he adds: “So, as much as in me is,I am ready to preach the gospel” (Rom.1:15).

Oh, that the millions of Christians today would join Paul and say: “I AM READY to preach the gospel with all that is in me”.

But in Verse 16, the Apostle explains why he was ready to put his all into proclaiming the gospel to the Gentiles:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; unto the Jew first and also to the Greek [Gentile or Nations]” (Rom.1:16).
Many thousands of Jews had already come to trust Christ as Saviour, but the good news of Christ’s finished work of redemption was — and is — “the power of God unto salvation to EVERY ONE that believeth”.

Surely there is no other way. None of the pagan religions can give the assurance of salvation. They all represent efforts to find or earn salvation. Only the gospel, the good news of our Lord’s payment for sin can give us the knowledge, the assurance and the joy of salvation from sin.



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Monday, April 17, 2017

How They Shine! - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


How They Shine!

 Pastor Cornelius R. Stam
Years ago, while preaching the Word at a Bible conference, I noticed a young lady in one of the front pews who wasn’t listening to a word I was saying.

I could understand, however, for evidently she had just become engaged to be married. Her eyes were focused on the ring on the third finger of her left hand, and her heart and mind, evidently, on the young man who had placed it there.

With a pleased look on her face, and cocking her head from one side to the other, she gazed at that diamond from every angle. No matter how she looked at it, it shone — entirely apart from the quality of the stone. It shone because it spoke to her of him and of his love for her, and was the symbol of her betrothal to him.

For some time after I had concluded my message, my mind went back to that scene. The ring that had so occupied this young lady’s attention, made me think of the Bible, the very Book we had been studying that night. Examine that blessed Book ever so carefully; look at it from any angle and it shines! It made me think too of the grand Subject of that Book, the Lord Jesus Christ, to whom we believers have been “espoused… as a chaste virgin” (II Cor. 11:2). Unlike any earthly friend, He shines no matter how one looks at Him. Examine His words, His deeds, His personal attributes, from any angle and ever so carefully, and no matter how you look at Him He shines!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

DISPENSATIONAL BIBLE STUDY - By J. C. O’Hair




DISPENSATIONAL BIBLE STUDY 
By J. C. O’Hair


INTRODUCTION

Christians are told in I Corinthians 2:14 and 15, that the ‘THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD’ are spiritually discerned, that they are foolishness to the natural man. The Spirit searcheth ‘THE THINGS OF GOD’. (I Corinthians 2:10). “He that is spiritual judgeth all things.” When the Lord Jesus told his disciples that He was going back to heaven by the way of the cross, after His body would be three days in the heart of the earth (Matthew 12:40), He would send the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, to guide them into all truth. (John 16:13) . Christ explained, in John 7:38 to 40 and John 16:7, why the Holy Spirit would not come and would not be in them until He went back to His Father. (John 14:17). Christ told His people that they could not see the kingdom of God except they were born from above, born of the Spirit. (John 3:3 to 7). Because the twelve apostles were the disciples of the Lord Jesus many months before the Holy Spirit was sent down from heaven (Acts 1:5 . . . I Peter 1:12), they had to tarry at Jerusalem for the advent of the Holy Spirit, the infallible, Divine Guide and Teacher. (Luke 24:49). The Israelites to whom Peter preached Acts 2:38 were instructed to be baptized for the remission of sins, and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. But they did not have to tarry for the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 1:13, after that ye believed’ should be translated ‘believing’ (pisteusantes). After the FALL of Israel (Romans 11:11) any and every sinner who believed the gospel of salvation immediately received the Holy Spirit, all of the Holy Spirit, the anointing, the sealing and the baptism. (II Corinthians 1:21 and 22). When the believing sinner receives Christ, meeting God at Calvary where Christ was made sin (II Corinthians 5:21), that believer receives God’s own perfect, Divine righteousness as God’s free gift, and at the same time he receives the Holy Spirit as God’s free gift. (Galatians 3:14 . . . Romans 4:5). At the same time that believer is delivered from the wrath to come, eternal conscious perdition (I Thessalonians 1:9 and 10 . . . Revelation 21:8), the penalty of sin. At the same time that believer is once-for-all baptized into the Body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:13), he is sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption. (Ephesians 1:14 and 4:30). The anointing which abides in the believer is to keep the yielded believer from being seduced by false teachers. (I John 2:26 and 27). Seeking the Holy Spirit, tarrying for the Holy Spirit, or praying for the Holy Spirit, is not God’s way to receive the Holy Spirit in this age of grace. God’s way is Ephesians 1:13 and Galatians 3:14. All who live in the Spirit do not walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25). All who have received the once-for-all baptism of the Holy Spirit are not filled with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18). The babe in Christ is instructed to desire the sincere milk of the Word and grow. (I Peter 2:1 and 2). He is expected to continuously study God’s Word. under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, until he is numbered with those of ‘FULL AGE’ (PERFECT), to whom belongeth the ‘STRONG MEAT’ of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12 to 6:2). ‘THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD’. Christ ascended FAR ABOVE ALL HEAVENS and gave gifts unto men, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up of the Body of Christ. (Ephesians 1 :9 to 14) . The Lord thus provided for members of the Body of Christ to keep them from being ‘tossed to and fro’ children. In Romans 16:25 members of the Body of Christ are instructed to be

established by Paul’s gospel, the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery. We are told in Ephesians 1:15 to 23 that, to comprehend some of ‘THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD’, members of the Body of Christ need something extra special; namely, the Spirit of wisdom and revelation to have the eyes of their understanding enlightened. In Ephesians the deep things of God are called, ‘the MYSTERY of His will’ (Ephesians 1:9), ‘the MYSTERY of the gospel’ (Ephesians 6:19 and 20), ‘the MYSTERY of Christ’ (Ephesians 3:3 and 4), ‘the dispensation of the MYSTERY’, which from the beginning of the world hath been ‘HID IN GOD’ (Ephesians 3:9). All of this is ‘according to the ‘ETERNAL PURPOSE’ which God PURPOSED in Christ Jesus our Lord (Ephesians 3:11). This is explained in Ephesians 1:11 and 1:4: In Christ we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the PURPOSE of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will According as He hath chosen us in Christ before the ‘OVERTHROW OF THE WORLD’. Note also II Timothy 1:9; God saved us and called us, according to His own PURPOSE and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. In Matthew 21:42, quoted by Christ from Psalm 118:22 and 23, we learn that when Israel rejected Christ in incarnation, it was ‘THE LORD’S DOING’. Christ’s suffering had to precede His glory. (I Peter 1:11). After God has accomplished His ‘ETERNAL PURPOSE’ set forth in Ephesians, Christ will take the throne of His glory on earth, because ‘THE ZEAL OF THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL PERFORM THIS’, (Isaiah 9:7). ‘KNOWN UNTO GOD ARE ALL HIS WORKS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD’. (Acts 15:18). So God knows, and we should know, that He will build again the tabernacle of David. (Acts 15:15 to 17). By the mouth of all of His holy prophets God foretold the ‘THESE DAYS’ of Acts 3:24 and the ‘RESTITUTION’ of Acts 3:19 to 21. In Romans 11:33 we read what Paul wrote when Israel rejected Christ in resurrection. Were it not for the interference of religious, sectarian leaders, it seems that even the babe in Christ should know the difference between the prophesied KINGDOM OF GOD prepared ‘FROM THE OVERTHROW OF THE WORLD’ (Matthew 25:34), which KINGDOM is to be established when Christ returns to earth as the Son of man (Luke 21:27 to 33) to be a KING and a JUDGE (Matthew 25:31 to 34), and the unprophesied ‘ETERNAL PURPOSE’ of God, concerning ‘THE CHURCH OF THE MYSTERY’, chosen in Christ ‘BEFORE THE OVERTHROW OF THE WORLD’.

STEWARDS OF THE MYSTERIES OF GOD

According to I Corinthians 4:1 to 4, every minister of Christ is expected to be a faithful ‘STEWARD’ or the ‘MYSTERIES’ of God. The Greek word translated ‘STEWARD’ is ‘OIKONOMOS’. In Luke 16:1 to 3 we read of a man who was commended for his ‘STEWARDSHIP’. The Greek word translated ‘STEWARDSHIP’ is ‘OIKONOMIA’. Several times in Paul’s Writings the word ‘OIKONOMIA’ is translated ‘DISPENSATION’. In I Corinthians 9:17 Paul testified that a ‘DISPENSATION’ was committed unto him. (‘Of the gospel’ not in the Greek). In Colossians 1:25 and 26 Paul was made a minister, “according to “THE DISPENSATION OF GOD WHICH IS GIVEN ME FOR YOU, TO FILL UP (COMPLETE) THE WORD OF GOD, ‘THE MYSTERY’,” Here we learn that ‘THE MYSTERY’ was to complete the Word of God, and that this ministry and DISPENSATION

given to Paul, for Gentiles, was called ‘THE MYSTERY’ (THE SECRET), because it was ‘HID FROM AGES AND GENERATIONS’. Then Paul wrote in very plain language, in Ephesians 3:1 to 3 “I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD’ which is given me to youward, how that by REVELATION He (Christ) made known unto me ‘THE MYSTERY’.” Because Paul received ‘THE MYSTERY’ and proclaimed it, he was ‘THE PRISONER OF JESUS CHRIST’ for Gentiles, he was AN AMBASSADOR IN BONDS (Ephesians 6:19 and 20 and Colossians 4:3 and 4), he suffered trouble ‘AS AN EVIL DOER’ unto bonds. (II Timothy 2:9). Paul was not thus suffering in the Roman jail because he preached the saving gospel of I Corinthians 15:1 to 4, “Christ died for our sins; was buried, and was raised from the dead”: for that was “ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES”, in fulfillment of prophecy (Acts 13:29 and 30. Luke 24:26 and 27 . . . 46 to 48 . . . Acts 26:21 to 23). Concerning ‘THE MYSTERY OF THE GOSPEL’ of Ephesians 6:19 and 20 and Romans 16:25, for which Paul suffered as an evil doer, all of Israel’s Old Testament prophets were both silent and ignorant. Therefore, that distinctive message included in ‘THE DISPENSATION OF GOD’, given by special revelation from Christ to Paul, is described in Ephesians 3:8, as ‘THE UNSEARCHABLE (PASTTRACING-OUT) RICHES OF CHRIST’, meaning ‘THE RICHES OF CHRIST’ not prophesied in the Scriptures from Genesis to Malachi. (Same Greek word in Romans 11:33, past-finding-out). This unprophesied Divine truth, according to Ephesians 3:9, was “FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD ‘HID IN GOD’.” But beginning with the time the risen Christ revealed these ‘DEEP THINGS OF GOD’, which even the apostle Peter found ‘HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD’ (II Peter 3:16), down to this very moment, God has wanted every member of the BODY OF CHRIST to see what is ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’, (Ephesians 3:9). In II Timothy 1:12 Paul wrote of ‘MY DEPOSIT’ (Paratheke). Christ gave to Paul a precious ‘DEPOSIT’. Perhaps, the translators should have given us a better translation of ‘OIKONOMIA’ than ‘DISPENSATION’. ‘OIKONOMIA’, is literally ‘HOUSE-LAW’. ‘OIKONOMEO’ has the meaning of managing a house. It might be a business. Let us think of ‘OIKONOMIA’ as the government of a household. Let us use the illustration of ‘THE ROOSEVELT ADMINISTRATION’. President Roosevelt was the author and the sponsor of ‘THE NEW DEAL’. He was the chief ‘STEWARD’. So perhaps, ‘STEWARDSHIP’ or ‘ADMINISTRATION’ would be a more correct translation than either ‘DISPENSATION’ or ‘ECONOMY’. But regardless of the word we use, ‘OIKONOMIA’ is not a period of time. The minister of Christ, who does not know and teach that the risen Christ, by special revelation, gave to the human race ‘A NEW DEAL’ and made Paul the wise masterbuilder (I Corinthians 3:10) and the first and chief ‘STEWARD’ of ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’, is not a faithful ‘STEWARD’ of the MYSTERIES of God. The faithful ‘STEWARD’ of the MYSTERIES of God knows that no Christian should be ignorant of the MYSTERY of Romans 11:25, for the verse says that very thing. He should know that he is not a faithful ‘STEWARD’, if he does not obey Ephesians 3:9 and do his utmost to make all other Christians see what is ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’, which from the beginning of the world was ‘HID IN GOD’. It was hid until the risen Christ first revealed that wonderful truth to and through the apostle Paul. The faithful ‘STEWARD’ knows that no Christian, who does not first understand the MYSTERY of Romans 11:25 and the DISPENSATIONAL crisis recorded in all of the eleventh chapter of Romans and the postponed

national redemption of God’s kingdom nation (Romans 11:26 to 29), will understand God’s ‘ETERNAL PURPOSE’, ‘THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST’, God’s Divine program and message concerning the ‘JOINT-BODY’ (not ‘same’ Body) of Ephesians 3:6, the Church ONE FLESH with Christ (Ephesians 5:31 and 32), PURPOSED in Christ and predestinated before the overthrow of the world. (Ephesians 1:11. . . 3:11 . . . 1:1 and 5 . . . 5:25 to 27).

THE MYSTERY OF ROMANS 11:21

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this MYSTERY, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits, THAT BLINDNESS IN PART IS HAPPENED TO ISRAEL, UNTIL THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN.” Then something else will HAPPEN TO ISRAEL. When will that something else HAPPEN TO ISRAEL? What will HAPPEN? Why will it HAPPEN? Let us answer the last question first: “it will HAPPEN ‘FOR THE FATHERS’ SAKE”. It will HAPPEN because of God’s COVENANT promised in Jeremiah 31:31 to 37. It will HAPPEN, because ‘THE GIFTS AND CALLING OF GOD ARE WITHOUT REPENTANCE’. (Romans 11:27 to 29). What will HAPPEN to the NATION ISRAEL? That NATION will be saved. (Romans 11:26). When will Israel be saved and how? By the coming of their Deliverer out of Zion, when ‘THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN’. (Luke 21:27 to 33). When will this present age and Dispensation, this present period of special favor for the nations, end? God’s people in this ‘grace’ age are waiting for God’s Son from heaven (I Thessalonians 1:9 and 10), looking for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing of the great God our Saviour, Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13). They are looking for the Saviour’s appearing and for bodies of glory. (Philippians 3:20 and 21). Every faithful ‘STEWARD’ of the MYSTERIES of GOD, including the MYSTERY of I Corinthians 15:51 to 55, who obeys II Timothy 2:15, is a ‘PRETRIBULATION PREMILLENARIAN’. In II Thessalonians 1:10 ‘ELTHE’ should be translated ‘SHALL HAVE COME’. In Romans 11:25, 11:11, 11:15. 11:30 we learn that a blindness in part happened to Israel, and then God ushered in ‘THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES’, SPIRITUALLY. When and because of the FALL of Israel, salvation was sent to the nations. When and because God cast Israel away the ministry and word of RECONCILIATION mentioned in II Corinthians 5:16 to 21 was sent to the rest of the world. Because of Israel’s unbelief special Divine mercy was sent to the Gentiles. All Christians should know the difference between God’s message for the Gentiles BEFORE and AFTER Israel’s FALL. That God will do for Israel what we are told in Romans 11:26 to 29 He will do, was not a MYSTERY or a SECRET ‘HID’ in God, from the beginning of the world. No: this was spoken by the mouth of all of God’s prophets since the world began. (Acts 3:21, Luke 1:70 . . . Amos 9:11 to 15). God, for His own holy Name’s sake (Ezekiel 36:21), will redeem His ‘kingdom’ nation and plant them in Canaan. The Prince of Peace will sit on the throne of David and take over the government of the world, because the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6 and 7). It is interesting to compare this statement with Psalm 118:23, ‘This is the Lord’s doing’. God will have a NEW ISRAEL and a NEW JERUSALEM (Isaiah 62:1 to 4), after He has made the ‘ONE NEW MAN’ of Ephesians 2:15, when ‘THE FULNESS OF THE GENTILES BE COME IN’. The truth of Romans 11:25 was the ‘MYSTERY’; that God suspended or interrupted His ‘kingdom’ covenants which guarantee to Israel ‘THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID’ of Acts

13:34 and Luke 1:67 to 77, and ‘THE RESTITUTION’ of Acts 3:21, until He has accomplished His unprophesied eternal purpose concerning the Church of the Mystery, ‘THE CHRIST’ of I Corinthians 12:12. The definite article ‘THE’ is important in I Corinthians 12:12, for ‘THE CHRIST’ of that verse is ‘THE SPOTLESS CHURCH’ of Ephesians 5:25 to 27, Christ and the Church ‘ONE FLESH’ of Ephesians 5:31 and 32. ‘THE BODY IS THE FILLING-UP OF CHRIST’ of Ephesians 1:21 to 23, ‘THE JOINT-BODY’ of Ephesians 3:6, 4:15 and 16 and Colossians 2:19. Before Adam and Eve sinned they were called ‘ADAM’ (Genesis 5:2), ‘ONE FLESH’ (Genesis 2:21 to 24). They prefigured ‘THE CHRIST’ of I Corinthians 12:12, the ‘ONE FLESH’ of Ephesians 5:31 and 32, ‘THE SPOTLESS CHURCH’ or ‘SPOTLESS CHRIST’ of Ephesians 5 :25 to 27. The ‘HID IN GOD’ of Ephesians 3:9, ‘HID FROM AGES AND GENERATIONS’ in Colossians 1:24 to 26, ‘THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST’ of Ephesians 3:8, and ‘KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN’ of Romans 16:25, should convince any faithful ‘STEWARD’ of the MYSTERIES of God, that the ‘AS’ of Ephesians 3:5 does not suggest comparative revelation. No prophet of God, from Genesis to Malachi, knew anything or said anything concerning ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD FOR THE NATIONS’ which the risen Christ committed to the apostle Paul when blindness was sent upon Israel, and Israel fell. (Romans 11:7 to 11). Israel was the enemy of the gospel ‘for the Gentiles’ sake.’ (Romans 11:28). God will save Israel later on, ‘FOR THE FATHERS’ SAKE’. This is why God saved Israel from Egypt (Exodus 2:23 to 25), and from destruction on the way from Sinai to Canaan. (Exodus 32:13 and 14). This is why God will perform Jeremiah 23:7 and 8. For the fathers’ sake (Abraham’s, Isaac’s, and Jacob’s sake), and for Jehovah’s sake (Ezekiel 36:21), Israel will be redeemed and their land, Canaan, will be restored to them. When they are again planted in the promised land by God they shall no more be plucked up (Amos 9:11 to 15). All of this is guaranteed to Israel in the ‘TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS’ in which it is impossible for God to lie. (Hebrews 6 :17 to 20): The first of the two immutable things is God’s COVENANT, God’s PROMISE to Abram in uncircumcision (Genesis 13:14 to 18). That COVENANT or PROMISE was confirmed when God instituted CIRCUMCISION, at the time Abram became circumcised Abraham at the age of 99 (Genesis 17:24). That was 406 years before the ‘OLD TESTAMENT’ began. Note in Genesis 17:1 to 7 and 17:10 to 14 ‘THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION’ (Acts 7:8). Note now Genesis 17:8; “And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.” Read Ezekiel 36:21 to 38 and Amos 9 :11 to 15 and know what God will do and why. Abram was declared righteous by faith 430 years before Israel became God’s OLD TESTAMENT nation, (Galatians 3:6 to 8 . . . 3:16 to 19). About 40 years later Abraham placed his only son, Isaac, on an altar on Mt. Moriah. Then and there God confirmed His COVENANT OF PROMISE with an OATH, (Genesis 22:3 to 14). That OATH was the second of the ‘TWO IMMUTABLE THINGS’ Because of God’s COVENANT and OATH with Abraham, concerning Israel and Canaan, confirmed to, or with, Isaac and Jacob, that is, for these fathers’ sake, and because the gifts and calling of God are without repentance, the nation Israel will be saved and Canaan will be restored to Israel. (Romans 11:28 and 29). This will be a very important part of the RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS, spoken by the mouth of all of God’s prophets since the world began, the message that Peter proclaimed to Israel in Acts 3:19 to 26. This ‘RESTITUTION’ will not take place so long as the heavens retain the Son of Man.

Thus we should understand the meaning of Galatians 2:7, that the GOSPEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION was committed unto Peter. The redemption of the NATION and the occupation of CANAAN by that NATION were included in the GOSPEL OF THE CIRCUMCISION. Also the NATION and David’s THRONE have a very important place in ‘THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM.’

WHEN ISRAEL’S  ALL-DAY-LONG ENDED

Let us compare the statement in Romans 10:21, “but to Israel He (God) saith, all day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people”, with I Thessalonians 2:14 to 16:  “the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us: and they please not God, and are contrary to all men . . . forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.” Then we read in Romans 9:29 to 33, that Israel stumbled at the STUMBLINGSTONE when Paul preached to them Acts 13:39, justification by faith in the Lord Jesus without the deeds of the law. It has been erroneously assumed, or presumed, by many ministers of Christ, who consider themselves faithful ‘STEWARDS’ of the ‘MYSTERIES’ of God, that Israel’s ‘ALL-DAY-LONG’ ended when Christ said to them, in Matthew 23:38, “your house is left unto you desolate.” They fix the date of Israel’s FALL of Romans 11:11 with that pronouncement of Christ. They do greatly err by teaching that ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD FOR GENTILES’ (Ephesians 3:1 to 3), ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’ (Ephesians 3:9), ‘THE JOINT BODY’ OF EPHESIANS 3:6, began with Peter and Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came in fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy concerning Israel’s ‘LAST DAYS’. We wonder if they have read I Corinthians 3:10. We learn in Acts 10:28 and 11:19 and 11:1 to 5, that for some years after Pentecost it was unlawful for the apostles to go to Gentiles; that when Peter did preach to Cornelius it did not meet with the approval of the other Christian Israelites, who had preached to none but Jews only. Joel foretold nothing of the ‘DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’ or ‘THE BODY OF CHRIST’. Every Christian should find real interest in studying together ‘THE PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD’ of Isaiah 5:1 to 7 and ‘THE PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD’ of Matthew 21:33 to 46. These two parables refer to God’s faithfulness and Israel’s unfaithfulness, to Israel’s awful sins against the Lord. In the ‘VINEYARD’ parable of Matthew 21:33 to 16, the Lord Jesus spoke particularly of two of the sins of Israel, ‘killing God’s prophets’ and ‘killing God’s Son the Heir’. Note in Matthew 21:42; Christ said that second great sin would be the fulfillment of Psalm 118:22 and 23: “the Stone rejected by the Builders: the Lord’s doing.” “And it is marvelous in our eyes.” About the time Christ uttered these words right after He had entered into Jerusalem on the foal of an ass and then told His people that He had come to die on the cross (John 12:27 to 33); strange language is recorded in John 12:37 to 40: Though Christ had performed many miracles, Israel did not believe; Israel could not believe; because Isaiah 53 had to be fulfilled and Isaiah 6:9 to 12 had to be fulfilled. This is why Christ said, in Matthew 26:24, “the Son of man goeth, as it is written of Him”; why He said, “the Son of man MUST be lifted up” (John 3:14). Then after His death Christ said: “thus it is written, and thus it BEHOOVED Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day.” (Luke 24:46). This is why the Holy

Spirit led Paul to utter some years after Pentecost: “Christ MUST NEEDS have suffered, and risen again from the dead” (Acts 17:3 . . . 26.21 to 33). Christ had to die when He died, as He died. Christ MUST NEEDS have suffered and then be raised from the dead. Christ also MUST NEEDS have been in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights, as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. (Matthew 12:40). So the final judgment of Israel, the end of their ‘ALL-DAY-LONG’, was not until God had given them the sign of Matthew 12:40. They were to be given the opportunity to reject the WITNESS of the Holy Spirit; that Christ was raised from the dead to be Israel’s Saviour. (Acts 5:31 and 32). Christ’s suffering had to precede His glory (I Peter 1:11). Christ had to go to Calvary’s cross before He would go to David’s throne. Christ’s death was not only the Father’s will, but was by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of the Father (Acts 2:23 . . . Acts 4:25 to 28) . What God did, and what Israel did, as to the death of Christ (Acts 3:18 . . . John 3:16 . . . Acts 13:29 and 30), was in fulfillment of the Scriptures. (Luke 24:24 to 27). Israel indeed sinned against the Son of man; ‘killing the Prince of Life’. (Acts 3:14 and 15). But Christ prayed on the cross for the forgiveness of Israel. (Luke 23:34). Then the Lord sent Peter to Israel to give them the good news that He would consider their terrible crime due to ignorance (Acts 3:17), if they would repent. Every one of them would be turned away from his sins. Also God would send the Son of man back from heaven to set up the prophesied kingdom. (Acts 3:26 . . . 3:19 to 21). Note in Acts 2:30 and 2:16 and 3:24 what David said and what Joel said and what all of Israel’s prophets said. They said nothing about the ‘JOINT-BODY’ of Ephesians 3:6. They knew nothing about ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’, which was ‘HID IN GOD’, ‘HID FROM AGES AND GENERATIONS’, KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN’. (Ephesians 3:9 . . . Colossians 1:24 to 26 . . . Romans 16:25). With the exception of Genesis 5:2 and 2:21 to 24, and the truth of Galatians 3:8, ‘THE MYSTERY’ was not ‘HID IN THE SCRIPTURES’ (Ephesians 3:8): it was ‘HID IN GOD’. (Ephesians 3:9).

THE FALL OF ISRAEL—WHEN?

No faithful ‘STEWARD’ will date the FALL of Israel until after the sign of Matthew 12:40 and the WITNESS of the Holy Spirit of Acts 5:31 and 32. It was after the sign and the witness that Stephen uttered the words of Acts 7:51 and 52: “ye stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit, as your fathers, so ye . . . Which one of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before the coming of the JUST ONE; of Whom ye have now been the betrayers and murderers?” Then Stephen saw the Son of man standing in heaven. In Acts 13:45 and 18:5 the apostle Paul also told Israel (out of their land) that they had blasphemed the Holy Spirit; and therefore, he would turn to Gentiles. The remnant of Israel, according to the election of grace (Romans 11:3 to 7), accepted Paul’s message of justification by faith in Christ without Moses and the Law (Acts 13:39). The rest stumbled (Romans 9:29 to 33). They were blinded. (Romans 11:7 to 11). When Israel rejected Paul’s message they stoned him as they stoned Stephen and then forbade Paul and the other apostles to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. Then note what happened as recorded in I Thessalonians 2:14 to 16: “God’s wrath to the uttermost came”, for Israel had filled-up their sin. Their ‘ALL-DAY-LONG’ ended with their BLINDNESS and FALL. Their FALL brought RICHES to the nations. (Romans 11:12). Israel became enemies of the gospel, for the Gentiles’

sake. Israel will be redeemed for the ‘fathers’ sake’ (11:28), after God has made the ‘ONE NEW MAN’ of Ephesians 2:15, after God has brought to an end this special reign of grace for the nations. Blindness in part happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

THE BEGINNING OF ISRAEL’S “ALL-DAY-LONG”

According to Exodus 1:1 to 5 about seventy Israelites went to Egypt about 1700 B.C. But let us begin Israel’s day when Moses was 80 years old. (Exodus 7:7). About 1500 B.C. God BAPTIZED unto Moses more than 600,000 Israelites. (Exodus 12:37 and I Corinthians 10:1 to 3). That was 430 years after Abram, in uncircumcision, was justified by faith. (Exodus 12:40 . . . Galatians 3:8 and 3:16 to 19). Israel was delivered from Egypt in fulfillment of Genesis 15:13 to 15. As we consider this exodus of Israel under God’s appointed deliverer, Moses, let us keep in mind Deuteronomy 18:15 to 19, that the Lord Jesus was to be raised up to be Israel’s Prophet, a Prophet like unto Moses. This was quoted by Peter in Acts 3:22 and 23 and by Stephen in Acts 7:37. According to I Corinthians 10:1 to 3, the more than 600,000 Israelites were BAPTIZED unto Moses by ‘THE CLOUD’ and ‘THE SEA’. Now note Exodus 14:31, “and Israel saw the great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians, and the people feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and His servant Moses.” In the verses preceding Exodus 14:31 we are told how the Lord and Moses delivered Israel and destroyed the Egyptians with ‘THE CLOUD’ and ‘THE RED SEA’. Note the result. The Israelites believed Moses. The Egyptians were immersed in water, but they did not rise to walk in newness of life. The Israelites crossed the sea on dry land. (Exodus 14:29). By the two great miracles God persuaded Israel to receive Moses as His and their deliverer. This is the meaning of being ‘BAPTIZED’ unto Moses by the Cloud and the Sea. Compare this with Acts 2:22, John 20:30 and 31 and Matthew 12:40. By these miracles God wanted Israel to be BAPTIZED unto the Prophet like Moses. Israel was not delivered because they were faithful in keeping their part of ‘THE OLD TESTAMENT’, that is, because they kept the Sabbath and the other commandments. Israel had not yet been given the ten commandments. Israel was delivered from Egypt, ‘for the fathers’ sake’; because ‘the gifts and calling of God are without repentance’; because of ‘the two immutable things’, ‘in which it is impossible for God to lie’. (Exodus 2:23 to 25 . . . Romans 11:28 and 29 . . . Hebrews 6:17 and 18). It is for this same reason that Jeremiah 23:7 and 8 will be fulfilled when ‘the fulness of the Gentiles be come in’. How? Read Luke 21:27 to 33. From Egypt to Sinai the children of Israel murmured against Moses before they became God’s ‘OLD TESTAMENT’ people. (Exodus 15:24 . . . 16:2 . . . 17:3). More than 1500 years later at the time Stephen called Israel, ‘stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart’ (Acts 7:51), Stephen told them that they had received the LAW by the disposition of angels, and had not kept it. (7:53). On the way from Sinai to Canaan Israel worshipped the molten calf, God called them then ‘a stiff-necked people’ (Exodus 32:9). They were saved from destruction because of God’s ‘two immutable things’. (Exodus 32:13 and 14). If you are so busy with other things that you have not the time to study all of the Scriptures that explain the meaning of Romans 10:21, how God stretched forth His hands toward that disobedient, unfaithful nation ‘ALL-DAY-LONG’, read with the two ‘Vineyard’ parables which we have mentioned, Psalm 78 and Psalm 106, Acts 7 and Acts 13, with Matthew 23:24 to 39 and I Thessalonians 2:14 to 16, and you will not only have the answer to the question God

asked of Israel in Isaiah 5:4, “what more could have been done in My VINEYARD that I have not done it?”, but you will have a good general history of Israel. After you read this history, and learn in Romans 11:7 to 33, that Gentiles are up because Israel is down, that we are rich because they are poor, do not fail to read Romans 11:21, “if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee.” By reading II Kings 17:18 and II Kings 23:26 and 27 with the second chapter of Daniel we learn when ‘THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES’, politically, began, about 600 B.C. In the second chapter of Daniel is recorded the beginning, the course, and the end of ‘THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES’, politically. (Luke 21:24). In Romans 11:7 to 25 we learn the meaning of ‘THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES’, spiritually. Thus we learn of the FALL of Israel, politically, and the FALL of Israel spiritually. In both instances God turned to the Gentiles.

ISRAEL UNDER DIFFERENT DISPENSATIONS

‘FROM ADAM TO MOSES’ there was no LAW; for the LAW was given by Moses. (John 1:17 . . . Romans 5:12 to 14) . The LAW ENTERED (Romans 5:20), the LAW WAS ADDED (Galatians 3:19), about 2500 years after sin entered by Adam. Moses was 80 years old when Jehovah and Israel entered into the LAW CONTRACT at Sinai. That was 330 years after Abraham died. It was after Isaac, Jacob, Judah and Joseph had died. The Book of Genesis begins with the first man, Adam, and closes with the death and burial of Joseph. No one from Adam to Joseph was an Old Testament character. The LAW COVENANT, added at Sinai some years after the death of Joseph, was a very, very new Covenant when it was added to the Abrahamic promise and oath. The promise to Abraham and his seed, that he should be heir of the world, was not through the LAW. (Romans 4:13). The LAW is called ‘THE YOKE OF BONDAGE’. (Galatians 5:1 . . . Acts 15:10 . . . Hebrews 12:20 . . . Colossians 2:14). The LAW is called the ‘MINISTRATION OF DEATH AND CONDEMNATION’. (II Corinthians 3:7 and 9). Therefore, ‘THE LAW WORKETH WRATH’. (Romans 4:15). The LAW COVENANT was taken out of the way and became ‘OLD’ after the death of Christ. (Hebrews 8:13). The Abrahamic Covenant is still in force, although that phase of the inheritance which guarantees Israel’s national redemption and occupation of Canaan has been interrupted. The prophesied kingdom has been postponed until God, who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will (Ephesians 1:11), Accomplishes, in this present age and dispensation, His ETERNAL ‘GRACE’ PURPOSE concerning Christ and the Church, ONE FLESH. (II Timothy 1:9—Ephesians 1:4, 5 and 11). Surely we have seen the utter folly of calling, Abraham or Jacob or any of Jacob’s twelve sons, ‘Old Testament’ characters. There is not one line in Genesis concerning the ‘Old Testament’; which began with the twentieth chapter of Exodus. In Genesis, the eleventh chapter, we read of BABEL, meaning ‘confusion’, and of Peleg, meaning ‘division’ (I Chronicles 1:19). Then we read in Romans 1:21 to 32 how God GAVE UP THE GENTILES. Out of the wreck and ruin God called an uncircumcised heathen, Abram, and then and there God began a NEW MOVEMENT. When God did what He did for Abram, according to Genesis 15:6 to 8, the Scriptures foresaw ‘THE GOSPEL OF THE UNCIRCUMCISION’ by which many uncircumcised heathen would be saved in the same way. (Galatians 3:8 . . . 2:7 . . . Romans 4:4 and 5 . . . 4:18 to 23). Another something new was added 24 years after Abram responded to God’s call; namely, ‘THE COVENANT OF CIRCUMCISION’. Then 406 years later at Sinai God erected the middle-wall

of partition between Israel and the nations, which stood until God broke it down. (Ephesians 2:14 to 17). When the LAW was ADDED that sin might abound (Romans 5:20), that sin might be exceedingly sinful (Romans 7:13), that by the LAW every mouth should be stopped and all the world become guilty before God (Romans 3:19), that LAW was given to be Israel’s SCHOOLMASTER to bring Israel to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. (Galatians 3:24). When Israel passed under ‘THE YOKE OF BONDAGE’ at Sinai, the REIGN of LAW began. Israel knew that a most radical change had taken place. They knew that they were entering a very different DISPENSATION, with a very complicated religious system imposed on them with the ten commandments until the time of the reformation. (Hebrews 9:10). ‘THE LAW WAS ADDED TILL’ . . . (Galatians 3:19). When the LAW had served its purpose Israel was no longer under the LAW SCHOOLMASTER. (Galatians 3:25). After the resurrection of Christ, Israel was slow to learn that Christ was the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. (Romans 10:4). Read Acts 21:20 to 25. It was a great change when Israel went from ‘NOT UNDER THE LAW’ to ‘UNDER THE LAW’ at Sinai. It was just as great a change when they went from ‘UNDER THE LAW’ to ‘NOT UNDER THE LAW’ after the death and resurrection of Christ. They learned the truth of Romans 6:14, ‘ye are not under the law’. Do you know a better name for this than ‘DISPENSATIONAL BIBLE STUDY’ After reading Luke 2:39, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 5:17 and 18, 8:1 to 4 and 23:1 to 3, would you not say that Christ with His nation, including His disciples, lived on earth ‘under the law’ before His death and resurrection? No minister of Christ need be a profound student of the Scriptures to know the great difference between the message of John the Baptist, ‘baptism unto repentance for the remission of sins’, (Mark 1:4), before the FALL of Israel, and ‘the washing of regeneration’ of Titus 3:5 and 6, after the FALL of Israel. There is a very great difference between the Jews and Gentiles, as ‘children’ and ‘dogs’ in Mark 7:27, before the FALL, and the ‘no difference between Jews and Gentiles’ in Romans 10:12, after the FALL. There is just as great a difference between Matthew 6:15 “if ye forgive not, neither will your Father forgive” (Matthew 18:34 and 35), before the FALL, and Colossians 2:13 and Ephesians 4:32 after the FALL, having all your sins forgiven, for Christ’s sake; and therefore, forgive one another. Inasmuch as Christ told His apostles, “go not in the way of the Gentiles” (Matthew 10:5), we are sure that God was not visiting the Gentiles to take out from them a people for His Name (Acts 15:14) while Christ was Jesus of Nazareth in the midst of Israel. (Acts 2:22 . . . Romans 15:8 . . . Matthew 15:24). Therefore, before the FALL of Israel, Gentiles were not obtaining Divine mercy because of Israel’s unbelief, as they were after the FALL. (Romans 11:30). In rightly dividing the Word of truth, the faithful ‘STEWARD’ of the MYSTERIES of God will study and interpret every doctrine and event in the Bible as to whether it is recorded before the FALL of Israel or after the FALL of Israel. Has the communism of Acts 2:44 and 45 and 4:34 and 35 been a part of God’s program since the FALL of Israel? Has God ever instructed any Christian to tarry for Holy Spirit baptism since the FALL of Israel? ‘PISTEUSANTES’ (believing) the gospel of salvation, the believer is sealed unto the day of redemption with the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13 and 14 and 4:30). But while Jesus of Nazareth was on earth under the law the Holy Spirit was not yet. (John 7:38 to 40 . . . 16:7). (Acts 1:5). While Christ and His disciples were under the law, neither Christ nor any one of His disciples would have preached

Colossians 2:16 or Romans 6:14: “let no man judge you in respect of a holyday or the sabbath”, “for ye are not under the law.” The Lord was not making the JOINT-BODY of Ephesians 2:15 before the FALL of Israel. Believing Jews and Gentiles were not being baptized by ONE SPIRIT in to ONE BODY while Christ was a Minister of the circumcision, confirming promises to Israel. (Romans 15:8). The ONE BODY of I Corinthians 12:13, Romans 12:4 and 5, Ephesians 4:4, was not promised to Israel by their prophets. When we read in Acts 10:28 that it was unlawful for the apostles to go to the Gentiles, we know that  at that time Peter was not preaching what Paul later on called ‘the mystery among Gentiles’. (Colossians 1:27). When God’s due time came for the Gentiles (I Timothy 2:4 to 6) Paul added, “whereunto I am ordained a preacher and an apostle and a teacher of the Gentiles.” (2:7). We have no record that Peter preached the message of II Timothy 1:9, concerning God’s eternal ‘grace’ purpose; for there Paul again said, “whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle and a teacher of the Gentiles”. (verse 11). Read also Acts 22:21 . . . Galatians 1:16 . . . Romans 11:13 . . . 15:16 . . . II Timothy 4:17 and Titus 1:3.

THE MINISTRY OR WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

After Christ was raised from the dead He said to His disciples, “ye shall be BAPTIZED with (in) the HOLY SPIRIT not many days hence.” (Acts 1:5). They waited many months, after they received water baptism, for the Holy Spirit. (Luke 3:16 . . . John 7:38 to 40 . . . John 14:17 . . . 16:7). If we understand Galatians 3:14 and the correct translation of Ephesians 1:13, we know that no Christian has to wait five minutes for the HOLY SPIRIT, for the anointing, the sealing or the baptism. No faithful ‘STEWARD’ of the MYSTERIES of God will preach to any person today Acts 2:38, “repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This was God’s message, in God’s ‘kingdom’ program, before the FALL of Israel. Israel had yet been cast away. The message of Acts 2:38 was for individual Israelites, but was also for the nation, as was Acts 3:19 to 26. What a great difference in God’s ‘grace’ message after the FALL of Israel, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His (God’s) mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Titus 3:5 and 6). These two messages are as different as law and grace. The faithful ‘STEWARD’ will find just as radical difference between Acts 5:31 and 32, Peter’s message to Israel, before the FALL of Israel, and Paul’s message in I Corinthians 12:13, after the FALL of Israel. We quote these verses: “Him (Christ) hath God exalted (raised from the dead) with His right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give REPENTANCE TO ISRAEL, and forgiveness of sins . . And we are witness of these things: and so is also the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey Him.” Now I Corinthians 12:12 and 13. . . “So also is ‘THE CHRIST’ . . . for by ONE SPIRIT were we all baptized into ONE BODY whether we be Jews or Gentiles.” What a great difference in these two ministries of the Holy Spirit! It is true that Peter, some years after Paul was sent forth by Christ, said that God gave the Gentiles the Holy Spirit as He did the Jews, and put no difference between us and them, and we believe that through the grace of Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved even as they (Acts 15:8 to 11). It is also true that there is a great difference between grace in former dispensations and the

present ‘DISPENSATION OF GRACE’. Peter knew that the first mission and work of the Holy Spirit was not to baptize believing Jews and Gentiles into the JOINT-BODY of Ephesians 3:6, and make them members one of another, (Romans 12:4 and 5). Before this operation of the Holy Spirit began the nation Israel was to be held accountable for the sign of Matthew 12:40, the burial and resurrection of Christ. When Jonah came out alive from the big fish after three days, the heathen of Nineveh repented. (Matthew 12:38 to 43). What would Israel do, as a nation, after Christ was raised from the dead to take David’s ‘throne’ (Acts 2:27 to 33), to give to Israel ‘THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID’ (Acts 13:34), to be a Prince and a Saviour to give REPENTANCE TO ISRAEL (Acts 5:31), ‘turning away every one of you from his iniquities’? (Acts 3:26)? Christ was raised up, in incarnation, from Mary’s womb, to occupy David’s throne (Luke 1:27 to 33), to give to Israel ‘THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID’ (Luke 1:67 to 77). Christ was raised up, in resurrection, from Joseph’s tomb, to occupy the throne of David, to give to Israel ‘THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID’ (Acts 2:27 to 33 . . . 13:34). This meant, of course, to ‘BUILD AGAIN THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH IS BROKEN DOWN’. (Acts 15:15 to 17 . . . Amos 9:11 to 15). At the time Peter preached to the household of Cornelius, the Gentile who worshipped God, who prayed to God, who loved the Jews. Peter knew nothing of Romans 11:25, 11:11 and 15, that God had sent blindness on Israel that they should stumble and fall, so that salvation might be sent to Gentiles, and that Israel’s blindness would continue until ‘the fulness of the Gentiles be come in’. So Peter didn’t say Romans 11:33. Peter was certainly not telling the Gentiles that they were obtaining Divine mercy because of Israel’s unbelief (Romans 11:30), or preaching Romans 11:31 to Israel. It was after Paul said to Israel, ‘lo we turn to the Gentiles’ (Acts 13:46), that God opened the door of faith unto the nations. (Acts 14:27). We should, not have that door open before God opened it. Peter at first knew nothing about ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’ (Ephesians 3:9), ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD FOR GENTILES’. (Ephesians 3:1 to 4). Peter’s keys of the kingdom and his gospel of the circumcision and his message of Acts 2:38 have no place in the ‘DISPENSATION’ or ‘DEPOSIT’ which Christ, by revelation gave to Paul.

FAULTY DISPENSATIONALISM AND FANATICISM

The so-called Fundamentalists, who claim to be premillennial ‘grace’ messengers, and stewards of the mysteries of God, are aware of the untiring energy, the zeal and sincerity of the SEVENTH DAY ADVENTISTS, and JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, and the FANATICAL PENTECOSTALISTS with their program of tongues, healing and visions. These groups are unceasingly active in propagating their heresies. They are sincere, but sincerely wrong. Although the doctrines emphasized by these three sects are radically different, and not one of the three groups has any fellowship with the other, they are all a menace to the Church of Christ, and are zealous opponents of the gospel of the grace of God, knowing not one single thing about God’s ‘ETERNAL PURPOSE’, PURPOSED in Christ before the overthrow of the world. They are as ignorant of Colossians 1:24, as well as 1:25 and 26 and Romans 16:25, as though they were never revealed from heaven. Can you imagine any sane person, to whom the Holy Spirit has taught the truth of Ephesians, ever being deceived by the so-called ‘VOICE OF PROPHECY’ and believing the damnable heresy concerning Satan, the scapegoat bearing the sins of Christians, the heresy of extinction of life or soul-sleeping or soul-destruction between death and resurrection, and the

annihilation of the wicked? The only sense in which these groups are ‘ISRAEL’—and they call themselves that—is the fact that they share Israel’s blindness, only their blindness comes from a different source. (II Corinthians 4:3 to 6 . . . 11:1 to 4). Read II Corinthians 11:13 to 15. The millennium program of Jehovah’s Witnesses is very largely due to their absolute ignorance of ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’, not knowing the difference between the prophesied kingdom of God, prepared from the overthrow of the world, and the ‘ETERNAL PURPOSE’ of God concerning ‘THE CHURCH OF THE MYSTERY’, purposed and predestinated before the overthrow of the world, but not prophesied by Israel’s prophets. Denying the eternal Deity of the Lord Jesus, Whom the Scriptures plainly declare to be God, and the Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit, and denying that Christ is a glorified Man at God’s right hand, they preach another Jesus, another spirit and another gospel, beguiled by the one who transforms himself into an angel of light. (II Corinthians 11:1 to 3 and 11:13 to 15). It is the duty of every minister of Christ to be a faithful steward of the mysteries of God and to obey Ephesians 3:9, “make all see what is ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY’.” The knowledge of this truth is God’s sure cure for almost every ism and ill with which the Church of Christ is afflicted. One of the outstanding ‘grace’ teachers among the Premillennial Fundamentalists referred to the truth of Ephesians 3:9 and Colossians 1:24 to 26 as ‘THE LOST PRECIOUS GEM’. He wrote that that wonderful truth was lost for centuries because Christianity had been JUDAIZED. Surely then it is the duty of every minister of Christ to enthusiastically and earnestly enter the task of aiding in uncovering, recovering or rediscovering the truth for which the apostle Paul suffered as an evil doer. There are many conscientious, sincere, devout, zealous, splendid people in the Pentecostalist movement. They are not in sympathy with all of the religious doings of some of the extreme fanatics who likewise call themselves Pentecostalists. But they all have a zeal of God, not according to knowledge. They claim that on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit, in fulfillment of Joel’s Prophecy, was poured out and began His work of baptizing believers into the JointBody of Ephesians 3:6, that that first Pentecost Church was the Church of power and authority, working under the commissions of Matthew 28:19 and 20 and Mark 16:16 to 18. They are sure, therefore, that the Church of 1951 should contend earnestly for the full program of Mark 16:16 to 18 and the first chapters of Acts. If the Dispensation of the Grace of God of Ephesians began with Peter and Pentecost, are the present-day Pentecostalists right or wrong in their contention? Note the message and program of Mark 16:16 to 18 . . . believeth . . . is baptized . . . shall be saved . . . these signs shall follow believers . . . cast out demons . . . speak with tongues . . . drink poison without harm . . . lay hands of the sick for their recovery. Note the message of Acts 2:38; repent . . . be baptized for the remission of sins . . . receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Then note the order in Acts 8:1 to 15. If God did not change His message and program when Christ revealed to Paul the program of Ephesians 3:1 to 9 . . . Romans 16:25 . . . Colossians 1:24, if God began His program of grace on the day of Pentecost because the FALL of Israel took place when Christ uttered the words of Matthew 23:38, “your house is left unto you desolate”, are the Pentecostalists to be condemned or commended for contending for the full program of Mark 16:16 to 18 without revision or abridgment? The ‘grace’ Fundamentalists, who revise and abridge Mark 16:16 to 18 to read, “he that believeth and is saved shall be baptized with water as a witness to the world . . . no signs to follow”, certainly handle the ‘Word of God ignorantly, if not deceitfully. They have no

Scriptural answer to the Pentecostalists, with their ‘sign’ program and their Acts 2:38 gospel, because of their faulty dispensationalism. God’s answer is, that ‘THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD’ and ‘THE JOINT-BODY OF EPHESIANS 3:6’ began with Paul’s ministry after the FALL of Israel and not with Peter and Pentecost before the FALL of Israel. Neither the Pentecostalists nor the ‘grace’ Fundamentalists follow Paul (Philippians 3:17 . . . I Corinthians 11:1) in thanking God, as he did in I Corinthians 1:14 and 14:18 and 39: “I thank God I baptized none of you (but four or five)” . . . “I thank God I speak with tongues more than ye all” . . . “forbid not to speak with tongues.” Is there not a Scriptural answer to the questions, “why was it that the Corinthians, who were the least spiritual and least faithful of the first-century Christians, exercised the gift of healing (I Corinthians 12:9), that believers were to lay hands on the sick for their recovery (Mark 16:18), and Paul healed ungodly heathen in Acts 28:8 and 9, whereas we read in II Timothy 4:20, some years later, Paul left a faithful saint, Trophimus, sick?” This is explained in part in I Corinthians 13:8. From this verse we learn that we must recognize the principle of progressive revelation even after the FALL of Israel. Intelligent study of the Scriptures in obedience to II Timothy 2:15 is ‘DISPENSATIONAL BIBLE STUDY’. When we are told that ‘dispensationalism’ must not be carried too far, we ask, how far is far enough but not too far? In recognizing the principle of ‘PROGRESSIVE REVELATION’ in our ‘DISPENSATIONAL BIBLE STUDY’, surely we should ask why the Book of Acts suddenly ended when Paul reached Rome, although Paul continued to act for some years after Acts 28:31. Luke, the human author of Acts, was with Paul when Paul wrote his farewell message. (II Timothy 4:11). Note Acts 12:19, that Peter, right after James received his DEATH BAPTISM (Matthew 20:23 . . . Acts 12:1 and 2), abode at Caesarea. After Acts 12:19 there is no record in the Book of Acts of any of the missionary journeys of Peter and his fellow apostles. The last sixteen chapters of Acts record the doings and sayings of one apostle, Paul, and only those of such other persons as had dealings with him. But the Book of Acts suddenly ended before Paul’s ministry ended. Why? In Paul’s Epistles written after Acts 28:31 we learn that we are living in a timeless, a signless and a ‘religion-less’ period, with faith, hope and love remaining. Let every member of the Body obey Ephesians 3:9 and keep the unity of Ephesians 4:1 to 7. Every member of the Body should believe what the Moody Bible Institute has for more than thirty years printed in a book by A. E. Bishop, entitled ‘TONGUES, SIGNS, AND VISIONS, NOT GOD’S ORDER FOR TODAY’. This pamphlet has the unreserved endorsement of Dr. C. I. Scofield. This writer endorses most heartily the following statements copied from Mr. Bishop’s pamphlet:

“A careful study of the epistles, especially of the latest epistles of Paul, which give the normal course of the Church during the present dispensation, would dismount all from their hobbies, eliminate the last vestige of Judaism from their lives and teachings, and would adjust things in general, placing secondary things in their place and first things where they belong.”

“In the latest epistles of Paul not only is it noticeable that the sign gifts are nowhere in manifestation, but a different order is brought forth by the Holy Spirit for the correction of prevailing hobbies and fanaticisms.”

“There is no foundation in the word of God for the prevailing popular doctrine of ‘Divine Healing’.” “It is not true that healing is as much the will of God for every Christian as salvation

is for the unsaved. Some of the choicest of saints by the elective will of God, have been patient sufferers for years upon sick beds.”

“In contrast with the sign-gifts of I Corinthians 12, limited to a portion of the believers and operative only during the Book of Acts period, let us note the non-sign gifts of Ephesians 4:10.”

“The fact that the Bible does not give a hint of the manifestation of the sign-gifts after the Book of Acts, must carry convincing evidence to the careful student who compares Scripture with Scripture, that they have been retired.”

“If we give heed to this fact, it will be easy for us to see later on why God, who is sovereign in the giving of signs, afterwards retired completely the sign gifts.”

“Is it the spirit of God or Satan, who turns the eyes of sincere Christians back to Pentecost and away from the goal placed before them in Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians?”

“Is it the spirit of God or Satan who attempts to revive the sign-gifts that were divinely retired after having fulfilled their purpose? Every widespread attempt to revive them has, without exception, resulted in confusion, divisions, injury and disgrace.”






How God Saves Today
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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