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       God's revelation of Himself to mankind is surely the delight of every sincere Christian who seeks to walk in the good of the message found in His Word.

     During his second missionary journey the apostle Paul discovered a group of people in the city of Berea who delighted in the Holy Scriptures.  Of them we are told:

     "And these [Bereans] were more noble [well-born or noble minded] than those in Thessalonica, receiving the word with all readiness of mind, daily searching the scriptures if these things were so.

     "Therefore many of them believed, including many distinguished Greek women and men. (Acts 17:10-12)

     This website is for all who delight in God's testimonies, and who have a "more noble" "Berean" attitude.  Having a "Berean" attitude means that you desire to walk in love in the light of His holy word, and to worship the Author and Finisher of faith. (Heb. 12:2)

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     Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth 

     In one of his prison epistles Paul the apostle encouraged his son in the faith Timothy:

     "Study (strive diligently) to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (cutting in a straight line) the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15)

     Sincere Christians intend to "rightly divide" God's word, knowing that only by doing so will its true meaning emerge.  But as we prayerfully study the Scriptures we soon realize we cannot cut "in a straight line the word of truth" unless we pay close attention to dispensational truth.

     What is a dispensation?  The Greek word oikonomia occurs 8 times, and is translated "stewardship" 4 times, "dispensation" 4 times, and once it is translated "edifying."  This word oikonomia describes the administrative activity of the owner or steward of a household, or that which he has administered and dispensed.  It refers to the duties the steward has carried out in his master's householdSo how does that relate to the study of the Word of God?

     God has dispensed various features of truth to mankind at different periods in our history.  For example, when Israel's Messiah was on earth He instructed His disciples:

     "Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." (Mat. 10:5)

     At the close of His earthly ministry, however, the Lord gave entirely different marching orders to his disciples.

      "Go and make disciples of all the nations" (Mat. 28:19)

     However, this command to preach to both Jew and Gentile could not be implemented until God specifically instructed Peter to open the door of the early kingdom church to Gentiles [non-Jews] (Acts 10).  At that point Gentiles were finally invited to share Israel's prophesied kingdom blessings, but with the Jew continuing to be first and foremost in God's plan.

     Finally, at the close of the book of Acts, a very devastating climax occurred which placed on hold Israel's National privileges and put the acceptability of Gentiles and Jews on an entirely new framework.  This new framework placed Jews and Gentiles into full equality totally apart from any covenants having to do with National Israel's prophesied blessings.  It also temporarily set aside Israel's sphere of blessing on earth and for the first time revealed to believing Gentiles and Jews a newly revealed sphere of  blessings known as "in the heavenlies in Christ" (Eph. 1:3).

     Why the changes in instructions?  Simply stated; God, in His sovereignty, chose to dispense different features of truth at different times.  This is dispensational truth.  If the disciples had attempted to "make disciples of ALL the nations" at the particular time when the Lord was telling them, "Go not into the way of the Gentiles," they would not have been "rightly dividing" the word of truth.  The result would have been confusion as to God's program.

     On this web site we present studies on many topics, including dispensational truth, and particularly the importance of Acts 28:28 in understanding what God is dispensing to us today.  Other topics will discuss God's way of gathering together as a local church to worship Him, His sovereignty in election and predestination, and especially the importance of everyone making sure he or she has a right relationship with the eternal God.

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eternal life is a free gift (Romans 6:23).

We have "Nothing to join," because

Christ's church already embodies all who have placed their full God-given faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior, regardless of any local church affiliation.

 

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