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  UNDERSTANDING THE AGES   IX

( Rightly Dividing the Word of  Truth)

 The Fourth dispensation was the dispensation of promise. God promised to Abraham Seven things as given in Genesis chapter 12:1-3.  “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country………….. And I will make thee a great nation…………….. make thy name great…………  in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Yes, God promised Abraham a land which the Israelites are today. All Abraham was supposed to do was to believe the promise of God that God will bless him. Man  failed again, and we find the children of Israel in bondage there in Egypt. 

The Fifth dispensation was the dispensation of the Law. God gave the Old Testament law on mount Sinai. Exodus chapter 20 where is given the Ten Commandments, and that was only the beginning; then following that we have all those ceremonies, what you could eat, what you could not eat, and all the sacrifices. Israel was to keep the law, and the church of Jesus Christ, and we the Gentiles were never under the law.  Even before we were saved as a Gentile we were never under the law.

Now then by what right people say (The seventh day Adventists adherents and others) Christians have to go back and keep the Sabbath day, because the bible says ‘ Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy’, so we have got to worship  on the Sabbath.”?  Well if you have the Sabbath then you better have all of the law. You better have animal sacrifices,  the high priest and so forth. Galatians 5:3 reads, “For I testify again to every man that is circumscribed (which is in the law), that he is a debtor to do the whole law.”     The book of James 2:9 reads, “ whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” Our Seventh day friends tell us that they will keep the Sabbath day and not bother with the rest of the law. We ask, by what authority do they chose and keep only the Sabbath? Do they realize that they are offending the whole law by their practice?

Let us bear in mind that  the moral laws still apply to believers,Thou shalt not bear false witness”, “Thou shalt not commit adultery”, ” Thou shalt not steal”  and so forth.  But believers are not under that code which was given exclusively to the seed of Abraham to the Jews. Believers are not saved so that they can keep the law.  Now does that mean they can break the law? God forbid! no! Believers love God and they want to please Him. The Spirit filled Christian keeps the moral laws, even without thinking about the law.  He does not go around everyday, reminding himself ‘ I have to keep the law’.

The Sixth dispensation is the dispensation of grace; which is also known as the Church Age or the Age of the Holy Spirit. This is the dispensation we live in today. Romans 6:14 reads, ” For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law but under grace.”  Have you heard of the comments made by some, ” oh! if  you preach grace without the law then people  will say ‘ I believe in Jesus’ and  they are going to live like the Devil  !!”  To them we say, “those that live like the Devil, belong to the Devil!  and they will go where the Devil goes! And that is Hell!!

In this age of grace, the message goes out; “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth  on Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”  John 3:16

 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ thou shalt be saved and thine house.” Acts 16:31   “ whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” “For if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead thou shalt be saved.” Romans 10:9

 Yes, God takes a person who is known to be a sinner judged  and condemned to Hell, and declares him to be righteous before God, and that is the grace of God!! .  Friends,  Anyone who understands the grace of God knows what it means to be saved, sins forgiven, and born again by the Spirit of God, and on the way to heaven. And that person will always be truly grateful for that  marvelous light of God. ” We love Him because He first loved us!”  1st John 4:19

to be continued…………………………………….

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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