April 21, 2010
Ephesians 1:10-After Grace, then what?
There was mention of dispensation a few posts back. ( Click here to read it). It was this post that sparked the interest in a study on Ephesians while waiting to resume our Bible-In- A-Year readings.
We are right now in the dispensation or age of Grace that is offered humanity by God, ushered in by the death of Jesus Christ.
After Grace, then what?
Ephesians 1:10 tells us clearly that the age of Grace ends when Jesus gathers his children at his return. This ending of the age of grace will begin the new age, the Dispensation of the Fullness of Times. this just means that the times, the things God planned for this side of eterniyt, up until his second coming, will all have been fulfilled.
When the Bride of Christ, the church, is lifted from this time, grace will no longer abound.
Looking ahead in Revelation there is prophecy that illustrates what the Dispensation of the fullness of times will be like:
9And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
1And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.
2And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
3And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.
4And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.
5And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.
6For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.
7And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.
8And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.
9And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
10And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
11And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
17And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
18And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
It is necesary and proper for believers to make sure within themselves that they are prepared to see God. And it necessary and proper for us to share the gospel with all men so they too will be without exuse. And if you are reading this, and want to escape the age without grace, please click here.
- In the love of Jesus Christ,
his servant, Chantel