Wake Up! Under New Management

 

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Wake Up! Under New Management
Discern Grace vs. Law – Series #16

 
11/7/10
 

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.

Gal 5:2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.

 

There is no freedom of conscience or growth in the grace of Christ, until a Christian learns the difference between the biblical doctrines of Grace and Law.
 

Gal 3:1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Gal 3:2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?—

Gal 3:3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

 

2Pe 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Luk 2:40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

 

Joh 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Purpose: To learn from Scripture alone how to develop discernment concerning the difference between Grace and Law in the Bible. So that we can serve the Father in a manner that honors His grace and show  forth the excellence and superiority of the grace of Christ in contrast to the bondage and condemnation of the Law of Moses.
 

Rightly divide the Word of Truth.

So much confusion comes from teachers not rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

When a Christian comingles law and grace they are totally confused concerning God’s purpose for His people under the dispensation of grace. Christ ushered in a totally new principle by which Christians are to manage their lives, and this grace principle i.e. dispensation, has nothing to do with the old principle of the Law of Moses. The Old Covenant as been permanently removed as a rule of life for Christians and it has been replaced by a better, greater and much superior New Covenant which is the only rule of life for the Christian. Any teacher that tries to put a Christian under the law is insulting the Spirit of Grace and they are causing Christian’s to not be led by the Holy Spirit Who is the One Who is to grow them in the New Covenant of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ.

Heb 10:29  Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son  of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

 

Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

 

2Ti 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

Heb 8:13 In that He says, “A NEW COVENANT,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

 

2Co 3:6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children  of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

 

2Co 3:12 Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech—

2Co 3:13 unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.

 

Rom 7:6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by,

so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

 

2. What is a dispensation?
 
The Greek word for dispensation is oikonomia. It is a compound word composed of oikos which means “house”  and nomos which stands for “law”. In Vines’ Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, he states that the word oikonomia, i.e. dispensation primarily signifies the management of a household or of household affairs; then the management or administration of the property of others, and so a stewardship.
 
This can also be stated as a house ‘principle’ rather than a house ‘law’. The house principle by which God is managing His New Covenant people is not the law principle but the grace/faith principle because Christ the Son of God the Father has introduced a completely new principle by means of His superior  revelation and His superior sacrifice for sins and His superior High Priesthood.
 
Read the book of Hebrews to fully understand what Christ has done for you in this New Covenant.

It is WONDERFUL! Oh what a SAVIOR we have in our Lord Jesus Christ.
 

Eph 3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles—

Eph 3:2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you,

Eph 3:3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already,

Eph 3:4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),

Eph 3:5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:

Eph 3:6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ  through the gospel,

Eph 3:7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

 

http://www.biblebelievers.com/BlueDISP.html
 
Dr. Ken Blue is pastor of Open Door Baptist Church, Lynnwood, WA USA, and a community close to the metropolitan area of Seattle.
Before a child of God can move forward in serious Bible study, he must understand the different dispensations. Failure to understand the true teaching of dispensations has led many to make false applications of the Bible. Some, who do not understand the truth about dispensations, have attacked the teaching of dispensations and even refuse to believe they exist. The purpose of this booklet is to answer these objections and to help the reader understand the true nature of dispensations. Perhaps a clear definition of the word at the beginning will help.
 
Definition: the act of dispensing or something dispensed; a specific arrangement or system by which something is dispensed.
 
Moses dispensed the Law. The word dispensation does not mean a period of time. However, the dispensing of a particular message or ministry will usually have a beginning and an ending. The steward of a household is given the responsibility of dispensing the affairs assigned by his master. Thus Moses was entrusted with the dispensing of the Law. He was God’s steward of that dispensation. The gospel of the grace of God and the Church age was committed to Paul. It was his responsibility to dispense the good news to the Gentiles. He was God’s steward for that dispensation.
 

Heb 3:2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.

 

Moses household management/administration given to him by angels from God for the children  of Israel only and not to any Gentile nations was a law/penalty covenant.

 

Heb 3:6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we (we abide in this priestly  arrangement by faith) hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

 

Zane Hodge states that, “But just as one who was a true Levite by birth could withdraw from participation in the tabernacle of Moses’ day, so too one who is truly a Christian by new birth may withdraw from his priestly role within the functioning household. It was precisely this danger which concerned the writer, in the present warning passage as well as in later ones.”

 

In stark contrast to this old, obsolete, household management/administration, Christ manages His new household made up of every believer being a priest and king( 1 Peter 2:9; Rev. 1:5) by means of the grace/liberty New Covenant in His blood, the very blood of God.

 

Act 20:28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

 

2Ti 2:20 But in a great house (Christ, New Covenant grace/liberty house not Moses, Old Covenant law/penalty/bondage house) there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.

2Ti 2:21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor,

sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

 

3.   The Law of Moses had a very specific beginning and a very specific ending and this knowledge

is critical to understand for your growth in Christ i.e. your growth in New Covenant theology.

When did the Law of Moses begin?

 

Deu 5:1 And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: “Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.

Deu 5:2 The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Horeb.

Deu 5:3 The LORD did not make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are alive.

Deu 5:4 The LORD talked with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.

Deu 5:5 I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to declare to you the word of the LORD; for you were afraid because of the fire, and you did not go up the mountain. He said:

Deu 5:6 ‘I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

 

Rom 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.

 

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace

abounded much more,

 

Gal 3:19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the

Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.

 

Gal 3:17  And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later,

cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.

 

 

When did the Law of Moses end?

 

Joh 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

 

Mat 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

 

Luk 16:16 “The law and the prophets were until John. Since that time the kingdom of God has

been preached, and everyone is pressing into it.

 

Mat 27:50  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Mat 27:51  Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, Heb 10:19  Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,

Heb 10:20  by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Eph 2:15  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in

 ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

Col 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away,

2Co 3:8 how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious?

2Co 3:9 For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.

Heb 8:13 In that He says, “A NEW COVENANT,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

 

This is another article written by Roger Sapp

 

From Adam to Moses. The period before the Law of Moses covered by the Book of Genesis and ending with the death of Joseph and the children of Israel living in Egypt until the time of Moses. 2,400 years no Law of Moses.  From 4,000 B.C. to 1,600 B.C.

 

Rom 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
 
From Moses to Christ. The period beginning with the Exodus from Egypt and the giving of the Law to Moses and ending with the announcing of Jesus as the Christ by John the Baptist. Luk 16:16 “The law and the prophets were until John. 
From 1,600 B. C. until 4 B.C. about 1,600 years.
 
From Christ to the Present. The period of grace and truth beginning with the announcing of the adult Christ by John the Baptist to the present time.
These three periods are highly significant. In each period God differed in how He dealt with humanity.
In each period, God revealed Himself in a greater way than the previous period. The Old Testament, of course, covers the first two periods of humanity. The New Testament covers the beginning of the third period of humanity.
 
4.  Christ demonstrated that His Word was superior to the Law of Moses and that He was going to make it obsolete.
 

Mat 5:27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.’

Mat 5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 

Heb 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,

Heb 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

Heb 1:3  who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the  word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Heb 1:4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Mat 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’

Mat 5:39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

 

Heb 3:3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.

 

Joh 8:4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.

Joh 8:5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”

Joh 8:6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.

But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

Joh 8:7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “

He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

Joh 8:8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

Joh 8:9  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, b

eginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

Joh 8:10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,

“Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”

Joh 8:11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

 

Joh 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”

Joh 5:9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.

Joh 5:10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

Joh 5:11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ “

Joh 5:12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”

 

Mat 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Mat 12:9 Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue.

Mat 12:10 And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying,

 “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him.

Mat 12:11 Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep,

and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?

Mat 12:12 Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Mar 2:23 Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath;

and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain.

Mar 2:24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

 

 

5. No Old Covenant believer had the benefit of coming to Christ as his High Priest to help him in all

 of his troubles because there was no throne of grace but a throne of wrath and judgment.

The more you learn about the life of the Old Covenant believer in contrast to the grace benefits of

the New Covenant believer you will grow in the grace and knowledge of the wonderful Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Heb 4:15  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

 

 

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace,

that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

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

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