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Clearing up Misconceptions

I believe and teach that this present dispensation began with the ministry of the apostle Paul (Eph. 3:1-13). The following are the most common misconceptions people have about those who hold to this view.
1)We make too much of Paul  We do not exalt Paul as a man or make more out of him than the scripture does (he rebuked the carnal Corinthians for that). We certainly don't put Christ and Paul on the same level. We know that Paul was the “chief of sinners” saved by grace, while Jesus Christ is the holy Son of God and the Savior of sinners. We know that Paul was nothing in himself while Christ is everything. But it was to Paul that the glorified Lord committed the revelation of His message and program for this present dispensation, not the twelve apostles (Matt. 19:28; Gal. 2:9). It is not the person (“less than the least of all saints”), but the position of Paul that we magnify (Rom. 11:15). We follow Christ in this age by following the pattern and spokesman that He sent to us (1 Co…

The Mystery of Godliness

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
The epistles to Timothy and Titus are commonly referred to as the Pastoral Epistles because they were written to pastors in regard to the work of the ministry. The emphasis in 1 Timothy and Titus is on the proper order, doctrine, and practice of the church, but in 2 Timothy it is on the apostasy of the professing church. Someone said that in 1 Timothy we see the church in rule, but in 2 Timothy we see it in ruin. 
In 1 Tim. 3 we learn that there are only two offices in the local church (v.1, 10). The qualifications for both offices make it clear that only elders (spiritually mature men) are qualified to serve as bishops (overseer) and deacons (servants, assistants to the bishops). A man that is not grounded in sound doctrine for this present age of grace is not fit to…

Pentecost was not the Birthday of the Church

Acts 2 is one of the most misunderstood and abused chapters in the Bible. For example, the Charismatics try to use this chapter as a basis to teach that believers should seek "the-baptism-of-the-Holy-Ghost" with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues (2:4). Then there is the so-called “Church of Christ” and other groups that try to use this chapter to teach a sinner cannot be saved without water baptism (2:38). Of course, none of them follow vs.44-45! Of all the different groups that claim to follow Acts 2, none of  them follow all of it.

The reason for all this confusion is a failure to obey the divine rule of Bible study given in 2 Tim. 2:15. When we rightly divide the word of truth we understand that the present mystery dispensation in which we are living was not even revealed in Acts 2. Even if the Church which is the Body of Christ began in Acts 2 (as many claim), nobody knew about it at that time because it was a mystery revealed through Paul (Eph. 3:1-12) and h…

Meditation

1 Timothy 4:6, 15 
[6] If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
[15] Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
We often talk about the need to read and study the word of God, but rarely do we talk about the need to meditate upon it. If we read the Bible, but fail to meditate upon it, we will not receive proper nourishment. What if you only ate food but never digested it? Meditation is to the inner man what digestion is to the outer man. Of course, exercise is also a vital part of good health (1 Tim. 4:7). These admonitions are not just for ministers, but all believers (v.12).
The words “meditate” and “meditation” are used 20 times in the Bible, mostly in the Psalms. Meditation is to think deeply and dwell upon something to the point it is in your heart (Ps. 19:14). There are other verses t…