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Lesson Eight D. Dispensation of Grace.
1. Time -
From Calvary to the second coming of Christ, already nearly 2,000 years.
The dispensation of Grace was made possible by the death of Jesus giving access to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16), typified by the rending of the veil. It began on earth with the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost.
2. The need for it.
Because man had failed under every test in previous dispensations, and was utterly unable to better his condition, getting worse all the time, God Himself undertook man's restoration. The atoning work of Christ made possible the fulfillment in advance of the New Covenant promised to Israel (Ezek. 36: 25-27; Jer. 31:31-34).
3. The Method.
Because man had failed under every test in previous dispensations, and was utterly unable to better his condition, getting worse all the time, the only begotten Son of God took man's place; perfectly fulfilled every point of the law in obedience; died as a sin-offering and paid the penalty in Himself (2 Cor. 5:21) for our sin; and because death, the penalty for sin, could have no hold on Him who was sinless, He rose again and triumphantly bore our glorified humanity back "to the throne
of grace," there to be our High Priest and Intercessor, our life - yea, all we need.
God's attitude now is "not imputing unto man his trespasses." Christ's work was a "once-for-all" work (Heb. 10:10). "There remaineth no more sacrifice for sin."
While this salvation is available for all (Titus 2:11; Heb. 2:9; 1 John 2:2), yet its benefits are received only by those who believe in Jesus Christ and apprehend Him as their personal Saviour (Cf. Mark 16:16 and John 1:12).
God's purpose in this dispensation is not the conversion of the world, but the calling out (Ekklesia - the Greek word for "church,," meaning a "called out assembly") of it a people for the name of Jesus. (See Acts 15:14-17; Mark 16: 15,16).
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