Posted by: SandreS | June 16, 2016

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Sermon on the Mount, by Lewis Sperry Chafer.

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  1. I enjoy your daily emails but fail to see why you would put this latest one in. SERMON ON THE MOUNT, saying that,quote..are almost wholly in disagreement with the teachings of grace.

    My guess is i am missing something here? thanks.

    On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 12:35 PM, Daily Goodies wrote:

    > SandreS posted: “Sermon on the Mount, by Lewis Sperry Chafer.” >

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    • Hi Doug, sorry for the delayed response.

      Regarding your question to the redirected post in another of our BLOGs (Sermon on the Mount), essentially, there is something missing. This short post is a reference to a larger context of “rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (II Timothy 2:15). This refers to the distinctions that God makes in His Word, i.e., that there are different ways that God deals with mankind in different ages/dispensations. In short, “right division” recognizes the difference between Paul’s ministry during this present dispensation and that of Jesus’ and the 12 other apostles during His time on earth and the period covered in the early Acts period, i.e., that Paul had a distinctly different message and ministry from that of Jesus and the “kingdom” message. It also recognizes that Paul was not one of Jesus’s “12 apostles.”

      God was dealing differently with mankind, specifically through the instrumentality of the law as administered to/through Israel, of which Jesus came to confirm to that nation during His time on earth (Romans 15:8). Paul was commissioned by the risen Lord Jesus Christ to preach a different message. This is demonstrated by comparing Scripture referring to the “kingdom” message (Luke 1:70; Acts 3:21) and that referring to Paul’s ministry (Romans 16:25). The difference can be stated thus: Jesus’ message (and that which He commissioned the 12 apostles to preach) was a message that we can find in the prophetic writings of the Hebrew Scriptures – nothing new here; only a confirmation of God’s promises to His people Israel. Paul’s message was one which God had “kept secret,” (Romans 16:25) or had “not made known” (Ephesians 3:5), which Paul was commissioned to preach during this present dispensation in which we now are living.

      Do you see the distinction, the difference in these contrasting passages? It has been succinctly said that “things that are different are not the same.” While God has always dealt in grace through all of the ages, He has meted out His grace in different ways/measures. So we see that in the previous dispensation God dealt with men through the works of the law, but during this current dispensation He deals in total grace, apart from the works of the law, of which Paul informs us of this difference in Romans 6:14; Ephesians 2:8-9.

      Note that even Peter recognized and confirmed Paul’s separate and distinctly different ministry (Galatians 2:9), even though it was hard for Peter to understand (II Peter 3:16). As well, while God distinguished Israel as His people above the other nations during the previous dispensation, in today’s current dispensation God is not making any distinctions between Jew (Israel) and Gentile (the other nations), as we read in Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11.

      There is much more to understand regarding the many differences between these two messages that would make this response too long, but a wonderful starter book to read is The Foundations of Dispensational Truth by E.W. Bullinger, which can be found at StudyShelf.com. You will find a wealth of other materials as well at the link.

      Also, we have been running a series of articles on “Right Division” in our weekly Bible study periodical The Bible Student’s Notebook, beginning in BSN #551, that will eventually be published as a book that will go into great detail about all that we have mentioned here.

      I hope this helps. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

      André Sneidar

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