Dispensation of Grace
Dispensation of Grace
In the previous dispensations of Innocence, Conscience, Human Government, Promise, and the Law we found the trend of mankind’s failure to meet the conditions of the covenant which ultimately resulted in God’s judgment. Man’s failure to live up to God’s standards no matter the environment and setting they were placed in pointed in only one direction, Jesus Christ.
Throughout the Old Testament dispensations God has always plotted points on the spiritual map which lead to the fulfillment of prophecy which gave the hope of a Messiah who would redeem the time and restore communion with their Creator. The Old Testament is filled with sacrifices, covenant, feast, the building of the Tabernacle and later the Temple of Solomon which were all types and shadows of the covenant to come (Heb 8:5, 10:1).
The Dispensation of “Grace” or also known as the “Church Age” extends from Calvary to the time of the taking up of the church to meet Jesus in the sky. Under the Law mankind was condemned, but under grace mankind can be saved from the Curse of the Law. Through Christ the law was fulfilled in finality by the by shedding of His blood for the payment of sin. Grace had moved mankind from the imminent judgment of God to the mercy of God which consisted of His longsuffering. God has given every man a “grace period” to have his debt paid by the blood. This lets us know that God has given individuals a measure of grace to submit to God’s plan before His pending judgment.
In this dispensation God is no longer dealing with the nation’s salvation, but an individual’s salvation. The earthly temple, which was a central place of worship that represented the presence of God, was built by and for the Hebrew nation. However, under grace the Temple, which was destroyed in AD 70, would no longer be the place where God’s presence dwelt, but would rest in the Third Temple, the body of the believer (1Cort 6:15-20). Each individual believer who is filled with the Holy Ghost then congregates with other believers to form the ekklesia, the Church. Thus, we have the “Church Age”.
It is in this age that the believer is an ambassador of Christ spreading the message of Salvation. Today thousands are being added to the church by repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, as on the day of Pentecost which established the first New Testament Church under grace. The Lord, as in the day of Noah, is showing patience and longsuffering with mankind to lead us to repentance. For “the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (1Pet 3:9). The Dispensation of Grace ends with the taking away of the church from the Tribulation where mankind reaps the consequences of their rejection of Jesus Christ.