When I was growing up in Small Town USA, I felt left out that my family wasn’t affiliated with any one particular religion or philosophy. Religiously speaking I guess you could say I was a blank slate waiting for someone to grab a piece of chalk and start writing. (I was so rebellious, though, I always kept the erasers ready.) My adopted family considered themselves “Protestant“ but I‘ve never identified myself as one.
Like most people, I’ve searched for God in my own way, with lots of tumbles and stumbles. It was in 1983 that I first heard the unadulterated version of the “Gospel of Grace” and about “… rightly dividing the Word of truth …”. This message for today was given to us, the Gentiles, through the Apostle Paul. When I heard the Word rightly divided I knew that that was the answer to all my questions! My heart leapt with joy!
Ever have the unsaved say, “The Bible contradicts itself. It doesn’t make any sense.“ I have. To those who do not “rightly divide” [II Tim. 2:15] it does seem to contradict itself. This is the truth and I shall share it. The Bible is divided in sections or dispensations of time. Some of it, is not our (the Gentiles during this age of Grace) mail. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” [II Tim. 3:16] but not all scripture is meant for us during “this present evil age” [Gal. 1:4] (aka The Age of Grace). During this age, the ONLY way to be saved is by faith in the innocent shed blood of Jesus Christ, not the yoke of the law. [The 10 Commandments in Exodus 20 and all the other laws listed] The law was given not as a guide to salvation but was given instead by God to convict all men of their sin. We are condemned to death by the law. Jesus took this requirement away at His crucifixion and resurrection. They where nailed on the cross with Him. Gone forever. All these where taken away as requirements for believing in God and being saved. These works now are all empty and mean nothing to Him during this age. We’re in a, for lack of a better word, bubble, that was kept hidden from the ages [Col. 1:26] and revealed slowly through the Apostle Paul. The clock of time has stopped ticking. Once this dispensation passes away, at the Rapture of the Saints [I Thess. 4:17-18], all this free stuff goes away too. Then the clock starts ticking again and there will be outward signs of salvation required. This is a limited time offer in our Age of Grace.
Step outside the comfort zone. Research all I have put here. Release yourself and your family from the yoke of bondage and be set free. Then spread the Word to others. That's what we're suppose to do.
My earnest prayer is for all to feel an inner peace that only God can give.
Suggested Reading: The Gospel For Today’s Age Of Grace
This book help lead me to Christ:
Rightly Dividing The Word Of Truth by Clarence Larkin
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