First the Question: It is a serious spiritual crime to offer to saint or sinner a message of Grace and Law...MIXED, which is ANOTHER Gospel. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 11-19-2011
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?
Answer: TRUE! After reading Jeremiah 31:31-37, Amos 9:11-15, and Acts 3:19-26, Romans 11:25-33, with Ephesians 3:1-3, we should certainly know that God suspended and interrupted His prophesied ‘kingdom’ program, and that we are living in a temporary and parenthetical dispensation of grace; that during this un-prophesied period God is making One New Man, by reconciling believers in One Body by the cross. (Ephesians 2:15-16). Now, out of the 714 responses we received to this question, only 75% of you got it right Which tells me you did NOT look up the scripture that was referenced! Therefore,
Today let us consider, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN....THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, Appendix Number 3
GRACE AND TRUTH CAME BY JESUS CHRIST
“Of Christ’s fullness have all we received and grace upon grace” (John 1:16). This we read in between two statements, John 1:11 and John 1:17, “He came unto His own and His own received Him not”, and, “The law was given by Moses; but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” Think now of Romans 5:20-21, “Moreover the law entered that sin (that entered by Adam) might abound. But where sin abounded grace did much more abound; That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness, unto eternal life, by Jesus Christ our Lord.”
In Galatians 3:8-19 we learn that God added the law (for Israel) to the Gospel which He preached to Abram (Galatians 3:8) until the Seed (Jesus Christ) came and with Him Grace and Truth, and later the reign of Grace and the Dispensation of Grace.
Then, after reading Galatians 3:24-25 and 2 Cor. 3:7-15, Colossians 2:13-16, and Hebrews 8:9-13, with Galatians 3:19, we learn that the Law dispensation was both parenthetical and temporary.
After reading Jeremiah 31:31-37, Amos 9:11-15, and Acts 3:19-26, Romans 11:25-33, with Ephesians 3:1-3, we should certainly know that God suspended and interrupted His prophesied ‘kingdom’ program, and that we are living in a temporary and parenthetical dispensation of grace; that during this un-prophesied period God is making One New Man, by reconciling believers in One Body by the cross. (Ephesians 2:15-16).
In the Gospel of John we find the word JEW about 70 times, the word WORLD about 77 times. We find in John the words, ETERNAL LIFE, more than in any other Book in the Bible. We find that the sinner is told to do one thing in John’s Record, BELIEVE, which word is found 100 times. In John’s Record we do NOT find the word GOSPEL. We do NOT find the word REPENT. We find NOTHING of water baptism unto repentance for the remission of sins. We do NOT find once what the Lord told His messengers to preach. We have Christ’s words in John 6:29 that God’s work for the sinner is to BELIEVE in Christ; and, in John 6:40, this is God’s will. We learn in John 5:24 and John 11:25, that the person who BELIEVES in Christ passes out of death into life; receives eternal life as a gift (John 10:28); and is not condemned. (John 3:18) (John 3:36). We find in John 3:14-15 that sinners, by BELIEVING, are born anew. We find in John’s Record that sinners are dead; and that the great sin is unbelief, rejecting God’s Grace which came by Jesus Christ (John 8:24, John 16:8-9). “As many as received Him to them was given the right to become the sons of God, by regeneration.” (John 1:11-13).
Christ, in the Gospel of John, is presented as the “Savior of the World” (John 4:42), Who was not sent by His Father to condemn the world but to save the world (John 3:17), Who said, “I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world” (John 12:47), Who went to the cross, saying, “Now is the judgment of this world, I will draw all men unto Myself” (John 12:30-33).
Therefore when we are asked what Gospel is presented in the words printed in John’s Record, we should answer, the Gospel by which the world can be saved. But when we preach John 3:16 we should include John 3:14-15; for salvation is by Christ and His cross.
“Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide. The time is short
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)