This blog is a look at Paul’s “Secret Administration,” the current time in which we live. Here we survey the basic elements of right division, fine-tuning the advanced dispensational position of God’s present truth for today.
Our position is said to be in the heavenlies in Christ, and that is not just a mental spiritual realm in which we live, but we see that it represents our being utterly separated from, in spirit, the whole of this world system.
In work of the Lord, for instance, there must be no desire for some earthly thing as such, to see established on this Earth some great movement, institution or organization, something which man can take account of and recognize and call a success, something that we would like to see here on the Earth, prospering according to natural standards of prosperity, and feeling that the thing was really a success. And we must remember that a thing is effective today, from God’s standpoint, only in the measure in which it is spiritual.
The present-day church, which is the Body of Christ, is not made up of Jews and proselytes, as in Acts 2:10, but it is the “New man” in which there is “neither Greek nor Jew” (Colossians 3:10-11). Neither is the church of this dispensation made up of Jews and Gentiles, as in Acts 21:20, 25, but in it they are “both one” and the “middle wall of partition” has been broken down (Ephesians 2:14-18). The saved Jew and the saved Gentile of this dispensation are no longer recognized as Jews and Gentiles.
The “Dispensation of the Mystery” was committed to the Apostle Paul. It was not made known until the crisis was reached, in Acts 28, by the setting aside of Israel. In this dispensation “tongues” and other sign gifts have ceased. These passed away with the setting aside of the people Israel (Acts 28:25-28) and connected with this distinct message, we are enjoined to keep the sevenfold unity (Ephesians 4:4-6). It is a great blunder to have Israel set aside before Acts 28:25-28 or to confuse the one baptism of Ephesians 4:5 with Israel’s water ceremony. Water could never add a sinner to Christ.
“The Dispensation of the Mystery” Bible Study for Bereans (October 1935)
(edited excerpt) Daily e-Mail Goodies
When did the Dispensation of God’s Grace begin? It began after Paul spent “two whole years in his own hired house” (Acts 28:30) when the Acts of the Apostles came to an end.
In Acts 28:25-28, the Apostle Paul pronounced blindness upon Israel. With this profound pronouncement, God set Israel aside and ceased dealing with them. All promises that God made to the fathers of Israel which have not been fulfilled before the close of the Acts Period are now held in abeyance. They are awaiting the coming Day of Christ, or Day of the Lord, or the Day of God to be fulfilled.
The Lord Jesus revealed to Paul the most profound revelation ever made known to man. The stupendous revelation of Christ Jesus being (1) the Head over all things to a new calling – the Church, over which He is the Head, (2) it is also revealed that He is the Head over all of Heaven’s hierarchy, namely, the Principalities, Powers, Mights, Dominions and every name that is named (Ephesians 1:21; Colossians 1:16), (3) and that believers today are ranked “far above” all of Heaven’s hierarchy, (4) in this new calling, there is no longer “Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all” (Colossians 3:10), and (5) this new calling is not likened to a Bride, but rather as “one New Man” (Ephesians 2:15).
All of the Bible is God’s Word. All of the Bible is for our admonition, learning and profit. But all of The Bible is not written about us. God has more people in His plans and purposes than the Body of Christ of which saints today are members. In fact, He has a whole separate program for a completely different agency: the nation Israel. To fail to distinguish between these two distinct purposes is to invite confusion and failure into our lives.
[Paul was] transported to “the dispensation of the fullness of the seasons” and beholds the Heavens and Earth gathered into one in Christ (Ephesians 1:10); he sees the Heavens and Earth reconciled; he sees an election out of the human family given a place among the Celestials. The mention of the Heavens in the old Scriptures made room for such unfolding, but the revelation itself was “hid in God” (Ephesians 3:9). Christ is Head in the Heavens as well as on Earth. This fact makes salvation universal, for salvation rests on headship. He is the “Savior of all men” (II Timothy 4:10) because He is “Head of every man” (I Corinthians 11:3). He is the “Savior” of the Body (Ephesians 5:23) because He is its “Head” (Ephesians 1:22). He reconciles the thrones, principalities and powers (Colossians 1:20) because He is “Head” of every principality and power (Colossians 2:3). Well could Paul speak of the “exceeding greatness” of the revelations (II Corinthians 12:7).
And to make all men see what is the Dispensation of the Mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, Who created all things by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:9; cf. :4-5; Colossians 1:25-26).
The foremost fundamental of present truth is that the “Dispensation of the Grace of God” is a parenthetic era. By this, I mean that this dispensation is as if it were placed within a parenthesis in the Chart of the Ages. It was unprophesied, having been hidden in the heart of God since before the overthrow of the World.
The current Dispensation of Grace was hidden in the Heart of God and was never made known in other ages or dispensations. It had been God’s Secret which He shared with no one.
Not a single prophecy of the Old Testament was directed to the Grace Dispensation. None of the prophetic Scriptures knew anything about the Dispensation of the Mystery. Present Truth for today was revealed only by Paul and was not the subject of any prophecy.
The truth of the Mystery is not associated with the Second Coming of Christ – the Parousia – but looks for the glorious Appearing of Christ (Colossians 3).
Present Truth for today is to be recognized as being the exclusive revelation of truth made known to Paul while he was a Prisoner of Jesus Christ when the Pentecostal Dispensation ended.
In past ages and dispensations, God spoke audibly to the world, or to special groups, or to select individuals. Today, He speaks to believers through His completed written Word – the height of which are the truths for the current Dispensation of the Grace of God.