6. The dispensation of grace cont’d.
The law was not given to reconcile man to God. It was part of the redemption that started from the very first day that man fell. The law was not given to do that. That is why nobody gets saved by legalism. If you can get saved by what you can do by your self-righteousness, there would have been no need for God to send his Son to die for you. Eph. 2:8 emphasizes this, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” That is the programme of God. It is not the will of God that any should perish; however, a lot of people die on a daily basis and go to hell. That is definitely not the will of God. We have a responsibility. The Bible says whosoever believeth; in other words, whosoever makes the habit of believing. In other to remain a believer, you must continue to believe. You must remain connected to the river of life. God requires your one hundred percent commitment. In the kingdom of darkness, you are a marked person, so you must stay connected to the flow. The devil is mad against your home that is why every home must have a viable family altar that is full of fire. The devil is mad at your home because the family is the smallest unit of the Church. Your family altar is the Church in your home and that is one of the reasons why God established marriage – to mirror the relationship between Christ and the Church. Jesus is the head of the Church while the body of Christ is the Church. The husband is the head of the woman while the body of the man is the woman. Rom. 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This is the beauty of grace. By grace through faith in the redeeming and atoning sacrifice of the life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ we are saved. The key actors in this dispensation are our Lord Jesus Christ and the saints. The dispensation of grace is also called the dispensation of the Holy Ghost or the dispensation of the Church. It is a sweet dispensation.
7. The dispensation of God’s kingdom.
After the dispensation of grace comes the dispensation of God’s kingdom. We are already at the end of the dispensation of grace. Bible prophecy has progressed, it is no longer in Acts of the Apostles but it has progressed to Revelations tending towards Rev. 19. The dispensation of God’s kingdom spans through Revelations 20 and 21. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, it is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”Rev. 21:1-8. The key actors in this dispensation are the Godhead, the angels and the saints.
TO BE CONTINUED……