First the Question: After reading Gal. 3:24-25, 2 Cor. 3:7-15, Col. 2:13-16, Heb. 8:9-13, and Gal. 3:19, we learn that the Law Dispensation was both parenthetical and TEMPORARY. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 11-15-2011
Question: Was the Dispensation of the Mystery (Ephesians 3:2-9), the SECRET of God until AFTER Israel rejected Christ in resurrection. Yes or No?
Answer: YES! Only those who know this most glorious truth for saints are qualified to obey Ephesians 3:9, “make all see what is The Dispensation of the Mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been HID IN GOD.” (Colossians 1:25-26). In Ephesians 1:16-17 we learn HOW to know the truth of the rest of that first chapter of Ephesians. Now, out of the 732 responses we received to this question, 90.3% of you got it right! Therefore,
Today let us consider, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN....THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, Appendix Number 2
THE FIRST CHAPTER OF JOHN, and, THE ELEVENTH CHAPTER OF ROMANS
According to Romans 11:7-15, when Israel received not Christ in incarnation and then rejected Him again in resurrection (John 1:11, John 12:37-42, Matthew 21:42, Acts 5:29-32, Acts 13:26-46) God blinded Israel; Israel had a fall; Israel was cast away (albeit temporarily). Because of Israel’s unbelief (Romans 11:30), their blindness and fall, and because God cast Israel away, the Gentiles obtained mercy. Salvation and reconciliation and riches were offered the Gentiles. God ushered in The Dispensation of the Grace of God for Gentiles. (Ephesians 3:1-4).
God suspended, or interrupted, His PROPHESIED Kingdom program, postponing it until He accomplishes His eternal purpose concerning His UNPROPHESIED Body of Christ.
Perhaps, in reading John 1, we have wondered why we are told that Christ came unto His own and His own received Him not (John 1:11), BEFORE we read, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14). Also it is interesting and significant to read that Christ’s own received Him not and the statement that “the law was given by Moses; but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17), before John the Baptist said concerning Jesus, “behold, the Lamb of God, Who beareth away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29). Then follows John the Baptist’s explanation of his water baptism for Israel, “I am come baptizing with water, THAT CHRIST SHOULD BE MADE MANIFEST TO ISRAEL.” (John 1:31). Water baptisms were first imposed on Israel at Sinai, with the giving of the law. (Hebrews 9:10).
By studying John 1 we shall find interesting and significant statements between the first verses, presenting the Lord Jesus as the Eternal God, Creator of all things, and the Lord Jesus “hereafter” as the Son of Man with God’s angels ascending and descending on Him, as they did on Jacob’s (Israel’s) ladder. There must be a reason why Simon is told by the Lord Jesus, in John 1, that he is to be called “a little stone”, whereas in Matthew’s Record the Lord did not say this unto Simon until Matthew 16:18.
It is likewise interesting to note that we reach Matthew 21:42 before the Lord Jesus tells Israel, in Matthew, that He is The Stone rejected by Israel, in fulfillment of Psalm 118:19-25, whereas this we read in the very first part of the first chapter of John. (1:11). Then note in John 11:47-52 the prediction of the high priest that Jesus would give Himself a ransom for Jews and Gentiles. Then in John 12:37-41, we have Israel’s rejection of The Stone explained in detail. In these verses, John 12:37-41, we learn that the rejection is mutual. That God’s wrath will be visited upon Israel; that He will blind their eyes, and harden their hearts.
As we have mentioned in our previous message, John 12:37-41, recorded before the death and resurrection of the Lamb of God, takes us back to Isaiah 6:9-10 and to Isaiah 53:1. According to Isaiah 53:3-7, God’s Only Begotten Son was to be despised and rejected, and led as a Lamb to the slaughter. Satan, fallen Principalities and Powers, Judas, Israel, the Gentiles, “the rulers of this world” (1 Corinthians 2:8), all conspired together to kill The Prince of Life (Acts 3:14-15, and Acts 4:24-28). But Christ was delivered by the determinate Counsel and Foreknowledge of God (Acts 2:23). Yes, it was The Lord’s Doing; and it is marvelous in our eyes. (Matthew 21:42). “It must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh.” (Matthew 18:1, and Matthew 26:24).
As we read in Acts 4:24-28, that the rulers and kings stood up to do to Christ whatsoever God’s hand and counsel determined before to be done, when He was rejected in incarnation and murdered by His enemies, let us understand, in the light of Ephesians 1:11, that Israel rejected their Messiah IN Resurrection, that God might accomplish His eternal purpose concerning the Church: Which is, and is to be, with Christ, joined together, One Flesh. (Ephesians 5:31-32). It again was the “Lord’s doing” (Romans 11:33-34).
Note Ephesians 1:11,“In Whom (Christ) have we (members of His Body) obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will.” The Father of Glory truly wants every member of Christ’s Body to know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints is. (Ephesians 1:18). Only those who know this most glorious truth for saints are qualified to obey Ephesians 3:9, “make all see what is The Dispensation of the Mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been ‘HID IN GOD’.” (Colossians 1:25-26). In Ephesians 1:16-17 we learn HOW to know the truth of the rest of that first chapter of Ephesians.
It is utterly impossible for any Christian to understand “what is The Dispensation of the Mystery” until that Christian understands the full meaning and significance of The Mystery of Romans 11:25-26, “I would not, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this ‘mystery’, lest ye should be wise in your own conceit, that blindness in part is happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved, as it is written.”
When will Israel’s Messiah say to Israel what He said to Nathaniel, “behold, an Israelite in whom there is no guile”? (John 1:47). When the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. When will redeemed Israel say to Christ, “Thou art the Son of God, Thou art the King of Israel?” (John 1:49). When the Sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (Malachi 4:2) and shall take away ungodliness from Jacob (Romans 11:26). Why? Because the gifts of God are without repentance. (Romans 11:29). Nathanael means “the gift of God.” Then Israel shall see the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
Read Acts 13:5-15 and learn that ‘BARJESUS”, (whose name means, “the Child of Jehovah the Saviour”), blind and full of guile, is Israel…blind and full of guile from Romans 11:7-9 and Romans 11:25 down to the present time. Nathanael, without guile, speaks of the fulfillment of Romans 11:26-29 concerning Israel’s future election, for The Fathers’ sake. In all of this we are reminded of Joseph’s words in Genesis 45:4-8; “not you that sent me hither; but God.”
The Child of God, who does NOT learn in Acts 5:29-32 and in Acts 13:23-33, and in other Scriptures, that God raised up Christ TWICE to be Israel’s Savior, in incarnation and then in resurrection, AND that Israel TWICE rejected Him before He pronounced His judgment of 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 and Romans 11:7-11, and see that it was all the LORD’s doing, will NEVER understand The MYSTERY OF CHRIST in Ephesians and Colossians.
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)