Our Time Scope IV
Dispensations, Administrations, Ages
5 – The Administration of Grace
Let’s clarify one thing before we go any further. I have spoken of this in the past but in case you missed it we will look at it again.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
These verses are your entrance into the Administration of Grace. If you believe these verses God has qualified you for all that God has accomplished through the finished work of His beloved son, Jesus Christ. And the things God has accomplished for you are overwhelming and amazing. Years from now, if Christ tarries (you will understand that more a little later), you will be even more amazed than you are after reading this teaching (and the things in this teaching will be absolutely stunning).
The transition into the Administration of Grace begins in Acts chapter 13 when the Apostle Paul and Barnabas are sent out.
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
This transition will continue through the remainder of the book of Acts. The end of Acts 28 is the official beginning of the Administration of Grace.
Does that mean that no one could be in the Administration of Grace until Acts 28 closes?
No. Paul enters the Administration of Grace in Acts chapter 9 and many more will believe the gospel Paul declares beginning in Acts 13.
And immediately there fell from his [Paul’s] eyes as it had been scales and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
Remember, baptism is now with spirit. Baptism with water ended with the ministry of John the Baptist (Acts 1:5, Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16). However, the spirit Paul received was different than anything God had ever given.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
The word “creature” should have been translated creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
English Standard Version
God creates, within each believer, His gift of holy spirit. Each believer has a new nature, a spiritual nature. Prior to this spirit has only been upon, it is a visitor. The same is true after this until the resurrection of the Just and that is a spiritual body, as we have already seen. Creating spirit within us gives us a new nature, a spiritual nature.
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
The new man, that new nature, is Christ in you and it is righteous and holy.
Paul was the first believer in the Administration of Grace.
1 Timothy 1:14-15
And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
Confusion enters in with the word translated “chief.”
In verse 14 Paul acknowledges the grace. Then in verse 15 he acknowledges that Christ came into the world to save sinners. The word “world” is kosmos, again, this means the whole order or arrangement of our current system under the Adversary. This then would include those who are the Adversary’s by spiritual birth.
Is Paul saying he is the biggest sinner in the world, the kosmos, or that he was the first to receive this grace, mercy, and salvation in Our Administration?
Paul is hardly the chief, or the greatest, sinner in the kosmos!
The word “chief” is protos in the Greek. The main definition of this word from Blue Letter Bible is, “first in time or place.” Strong’s says, “foremost (in time, place, order, or importance).” Protos is the superlative form of the Greek preposition pro which means before. In the superlative form it would emphasize pro as “first.”
Paul was the first to receive grace, mercy, and salvation in the Administration of Grace. Paul was the first to receive the abundance of God’s grace in this, the Administration of Grace.
1 Timothy 1:16
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first [protos] Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.
In verse 16 the word protos is used again, here it is translated “first.”
Paul obtained mercy; we will see more about mercy later when we look at Ephesians. Patience is enduring situations, but longsuffering is enduring people and the constant mistakes they make continually, read verse 13. Paul received both mercy and longsuffering to show or demonstrate a pattern.
The Greek word for “pattern” is hypotyposis.
Precept Austin says of hypotyposis, “to draw a sketch or first draft…hypotyposis is emphatic to emphasize the vital importance of the standard.”
Paul is the pattern. Paul was the pattern of a sinner that received grace and mercy because of longsuffering and through the accomplished work of Jesus Christ. Paul became the first to receive the grace, mercy, and salvation in the Administration of Grace because he had been called, by God, to carry forth the gospel of God’s grace, the revelation pertaining to the Administration of Grace.
For we [you, Titus and me, Paul] ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Do you remember when Jesus received his regeneration? When he was raised from the dead.
Do you remember when Israel will receive their regeneration? When they are raised from the dead.
Paul, Titus, and all who believe in the Administration of Grace receive our regeneration when we believe! Not sometime down the road, not after a resurrection, but at the moment we believe. The words “He saved,” in verse 5, are in the aorist tense. We do not have an aorist tense in English but in Koine Greek the aorist tense refers to a completed action in the past. In other words, our regeneration is past tense not future.
Why was Paul the first, why was he the pattern?
Because of his calling.
But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
The calling of Paul is clear in Acts 22 and Acts 26.
And he [the Lord from verse 19] said unto me, depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles.
And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Paul was sent to “open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God” but how can he do that for you if you do not know what to read? Can we go by what Paul had to say or the actions he demonstrated in the opening chapters of Acts?
But what did the Apostle Paul write after being sent out in Acts chapter 13?
If ye have heard of the dispensation [administration] of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
An administration was given to the Apostle Paul for all to hear and believe (Romans 10:15-17).
Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation [administration] of God, which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Again, this administration is given to the Apostle Paul. Further, this administration has been hidden from ages [aion – plural] and from generations [genea]. The words “hath been hid” is one Greek word apokrypto. This is a compound Greek word made up of the preposition apo, here used as a prefix, and the word krypto. Apo means away from and krypto means to conceal.
So, this administration that was given to Paul was concealed away from the ages and from generations. Therefore, in Colossians 1:26 it is called a mystery. Everyone loves a good mystery and if it is a mystery God has first hidden and then made known, it must be a mystery revealed.
How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Where did he write before in a few words? In the book of Romans.
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
Paul may have only written a few words here about the mystery but there is a whole lot to unpack in these two verses. Much more than one single teaching. The word for “world” is chronos in the Greek and refers to time. When did God invent time?
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
A day is a division of time. The word “since” is not in the text but rather is translated from the grammar of the word chronos. Other translations handled it in a different manner.
Now to him that is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal,
American Standard Version
Now all glory to God, who is able to make you strong, just as my Good News says. This message about Jesus Christ has revealed his plan for you Gentiles, a plan kept secret from the beginning of time.
New Living Translation
This is not to say one translation is better than another. English is made up of many different languages. This has given our language many synonyms that have similar meanings. Therefore, many different English words can be used to translate one Greek word. Different translations help us see the different flavors of a Greek word.
So, Our Time is the Administration of Grace, which was a mystery, that God had hidden, not just from ages and generations, but from the beginning of time until He revealed it to the Apostle Paul.
Paul quotes the Old Testament a lot of times. Has it been hidden in scriptures all this time, but we just could not see it until God showed Paul the right scriptures?
This is an assumption many have made. A conclusion many have arrived at. But these, the assumption and conclusion, are both in error for failure to recognize one verse of scripture. I have told you this before, the Word of God must fit from Genesis through Revelation. Sometimes mistakes are made simply because there is one verse of scripture we have not yet seen or one we do not yet understand. But a verse in Ephesians eliminates the possibility that God hid the Administration of Grace in the scriptures.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
This verse has a textual change that needs to be understood before you can see and understand the fulness of what God has declared here. Not recognizing this change may have helped some come to the wrong conclusion or make the wrong assumption.
The word “fellowship” in the Critical Greek text is oikonomia, the Greek word for administration or dispensation.
and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things
New International Version
and to enlighten all [with the knowledge of] what is the administration of the mystery hidden throughout the ages in God, who has created all things,
You will notice both translations eliminate “by Jesus Christ” at the end of the verse. They do this because those three words are not in the Critical Greek text. I skipped it because it was not relevant to this teaching.
This administration of the mystery, the Administration of Grace, was hidden in God, not in scripture. Therefore, the doctrine of Our Time, the administration to which you and I are a part of, can only be found in the gospel that God gave to the Apostle Paul.
Is it in the Old Testament? No!
Is it in the Gospels? No!
Is it in the General Epistles? No!
But Paul quotes the Old Testament so often, can you be sure?
Quoting the Old Testament is the figure of speech known as a Gnome. Paul uses a Gnome where the original sense of the quotation or reference is modified to fit a new application. He will quote verses concerning Israel taking God’s Word to the Gentiles, as they are called to do in the Revealing Administration. But he modifies their application to apply to the Administration that was committed to him.
Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
This verse is a quote from Psalm 68:18 about the historical elevation of the Ark of the Covenant to the top of Mount Zion (2 Samuel 6:14-19) and gifts were given and received from the conquering king. But Paul, quoting this verse modifies it to mean Christ’s ascension and the giving of ministries to the Body of Christ. This is one application of the figure of speech Gnome. There are other variations of this figure that are also used by Paul in the Epistles he wrote.
The doctrine for the Administration of Grace is found only in the Pauline Epistles. This doctrine has been hidden in God until God told Jesus Christ he could teach it to Paul by revelation.
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Paul did not learn the doctrine he taught from other men. Nor did he learn it by studying the Old Testament scriptures. Paul learned the doctrine for our administration by revelation from Jesus Christ. It was the only way to receive a doctrine that was hidden in God.
Why did God keep Our Administration a secret?
1 Corinthians 2:7-8
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world [aion – plural = ages] unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Before the ages, meaning before even Paradise, God predetermined, the meaning of the word “ordained,” to have the Administration of Grace for our glory. What is that glory? It is Christ in us. Christ in each believer in the Administration of Grace.
Who we are in Christ and what we have in Christ, is so radical compared to all other administrations that deal with Israel. The Adversary would not have crucified Jesus Christ to prevent Our Administration from taking place.
The Adversary knew about the Revealing Administration, it is written in the Old Testament.
The Adversary knew about the Millennial kingdom Administration, it is written in the Old Testament.
The Adversary knew about the New Covenant, it is written about in the Old Testament.
What the adversary did not know about is the Grace Administration, it is only written about by the Apostle Paul in Romans through Thessalonians.
The Adversary would rather have dealt with Jesus Christ, in the flesh, than to face what God accomplished for the Administration of Grace.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
This is the riches of the mystery, Christ in YOU. If a hundred believe in our administration, then there are a hundred Christ’s walking the earth. How many have believed in our day and time? I would guess it is more than a hundred people. If we only knew the power God has given us! If we walked in the power God has freely given us!
The Adversary was around before Genesis 1:1 and the Paradise Age or Administration. Paradise begins in Genesis 1:3, yet the Adversary did not know this secret. How long has God held this secret within Himself?
Now YOU know God’s secret.
But knowing the secret only scratches the surface of who God has made you to be in Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
How much power?
How great the love?
How whole and sane the mind?
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
How much power did it take to raise Christ from the dead, and then ascend him into the heavens to sit at the right hand of God? That is the power that works within each believer in the Administration of Grace!
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world [aion = age], but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Christ has been raised above every spiritual power in this age. He is the head, and we are his body, and every power is under his feet. If you are his body and every spiritual power is under his feet, where does that place the power of the Adversary in your life?
No, you did not earn this power and standing. Your our works earned you judgment not grace, mercy, and love.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins,
There are no words in the Greek text for “hath he quickened.” These words are supplied by the Greek figure of speech Ellipsis, Omission in English. This figure is used when there is a gap in the sentence. The words that have been omitted are not necessary for the sense but for the grammatical structure of the sentence. The Ellipsis is carried over from Ephesians 1:20
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
His resurrection unto life is our resurrection this is part of our identification in Christ.
All those who believe in Our Administration of Grace are identified in Christ, in his death, his resurrection, his newness of life.
Therefore, we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
What is the baptism offered by Christ? It is God’s gift of holy spirit. We are identified in the death, burial, and resurrection. As God declared in Titus, we have already been regenerated in our identification in Christ. Therefore, we can walk forth in newness of life.
This is what happens when we confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised him from the dead! God creates within us His gift of holy spirit, we have a new nature, we are a new man in the Christ within.
1 Corinthians 2:12
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world [kosmos], but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
We have received God’s gift of holy spirit so that we can “…KNOW the things that are FREELY given to us of God.” (My emphasis added).
This is God's grace in the Administration of Grace. God has freely given! Not because of a Covenant, we are outside of every Covenant with Abraham and his descendants. We are a bubble in time in an otherwise linear record of God walking with Abraham's family.
Stop for a few moments and consider those words of First Corinthians chapter 2.
God does not want us ignorant.
God does not want us to guess.
God wants us to know!
Stop and consider one of the verses I quoted to open this series of teachings.
1 Timothy 2:4
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Not only to have all men be saved but also, to have True Knowledge.
Genesis to Revelation is True Knowledge but the True Knowledge that describes and defines who you are spiritually is in Romans to Thessalonians, the Church Epistles, the Pauline Epistles. Know the epistles addressed to you and the rest of the book opens to you with clear, spiritual eyes.
But you say, “I know what an ass I have been, and some days continue to be. How can I be put on a level with Christ?”
If it was about you or me, then we both would be in trouble. But it is not about us. It is about what God did in Christ for us and in us. We need to look at a lot of things in Romans but first let’s finish what we were looking at in Ephesians.
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course [aion = age] of this world [kosmos], according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
I think the Young’s Translation is clearer, in verse 2, because it translates aion as age.
in which once ye did walk according to the age of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience,
Young’s Literal Translation
God knows we were dead in sins. God knows we walked according to the world, following devilish things, and moving with the lusts of our flesh. God knows and understands what we were and what we were doing better than we know ourselves.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Mercy is withholding judgment you have earned, and grace is giving favor or a blessing when you utterly do not deserve it. Grace and mercy are attached at the hip. This is what you receive when you believe Romans 10:9-10 that we read earlier.
Once you believe Romans 10:9-10 you are identified in Christ. We should be thankful verse 4 does not say, God is rich in justice. Through mercy we have been identified in Christ. Through justice we would be dead in our sins.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
We have received the spirit of adoption, God has adopted us as His children so that we can say Abba, Father. Abba is an Aramaic word, it is a term of endearment, some translated it as Daddy. The phrase “if children” is a first-class conditional clause and as such should be translated “since children.” Since we are children, we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.
God wants us to “know the things that are freely given to us.” What we are reading is freely given to us.
Condemnation over who you had been in the past should leave the mind of every child of God. Now, we are who God has made us to be in Christ. Thoughts of who we were in the world are irrelevant and useless. These thoughts only serve to hold us back and push us down from the position to which God has elevated us.
God has seated you in the heavenlies.
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Heaven in now your true home.
For our conversation [politeuma = citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
God has made us citizens of heaven.
How could He do such a thing?
By justifying you and making you righteous.
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Christianity has a saying for this word justified, “just as if I had never sinned.” That is what God freely gives us, a clean slate. Just like we had never sinned. Justification is what God has done for us.
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.
“Propitiation” means payment, on a deeper level it is about the mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant, but we will leave that for another day. Jesus paid with his blood for your sins and mine. His sacrifice eliminated all our past sins. Now this next point is the one too many have missed.
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Romans 10:9 tells you to confess Jesus as Lord, why?
Why not confess Christ?
Why not confess you are a sinner?
Why not confess your sins?
You confess Jesus as Lord because it was Jesus who did it for you.
God already knew you were a sinner, read Romans chapters 1, 2, and most of chapter 3.
You are confessing from the heart that Jesus, as your Lord, did for you what you could not do for yourself.
Here is the point so many have missed. At the moment you believe you are justified, and at the same moment God creates within you His gift of holy spirit, and that spirit makes you righteous, the spirit is your righteousness. This is what God has done in you.
How righteous are you?
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he [God] hath made him [Jesus] to be sin [sin offering] for us, who [Jesus] knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him [Jesus].
In the Introduction to this series, I spoke of a lesson I learned from my earthly father. He taught be about looking another man in the eye when speaking to him. He said it showed respect for the one you were speaking to. But it goes deeper than that. It also demonstrates a lack of fear, a sense of worth in who you are.
Spiritual righteousness is your ability to stand in the presence of God and look Him in the eye because you know and understand God has made you worthy, God has made you as holy and pure as God is. God did this for you by His grace and through the accomplished work of His beloved son, Jesus Christ.
Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
This is an example of righteousness in action. Jesus was aware of his righteousness.
You are as righteous as God.
That is why you can be called a citizen of heaven.
That is why you can be in the presence of God and call Him Abba.
That is why we have peace between us and God.
Therefore, being justified by faith [pistis = believing], we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
We are at peace with God and He is at peace with us. We are at peace with God as Christ is at peace with God. This is our identification with Christ.
By whom [our Lord Jesus Christ] also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
We have access to this grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.
What is our hope?
Our hope is the end of the Administration of Grace with the return of our Lord for his Body, for us.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [those who have died], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [phthano = precede] them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
This is not the return of Christ when he stands upon Mount Olivet and defeats the forces of the antichrist in the Revealing Administration. This is meeting Christ in the air, for him to take all of us home to heaven. This is not the resurrection of the Just for some of us will be alive when he returns to collect his Body.
This is our hope, that today is the day he returns for us.
For our conversation [citizenship] is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
When our Lord returns for us, we will put off these physical bodies and have a body fashion like unto his glorious body.
1 Corinthians 15:51-55
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
The dead in Christ will put on incorruption and those alive will put on immortality. This is our hope. Then when Christ has collected all the believers from the Administration of Grace, from Acts 13 until the day he returns, our administration will end and once again God will begin the Revealing Administration. Our mysterious bubble in the timeline of God walking with the descendants of Abraham, will expire. No longer will Israel be held in abeyance. The wrath of God, the justice of God against all unbelief will begin again.
This has been a bare bones skimming of the Administration of Grace. We will continue to investigate all we have in Christ; all that God has freely given to us.
To learn more about who you are in Christ read the Pauline Epistles.
1 Corinthians 4:15-17
For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus, I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
All of us have many instructors but we all have only one father in the gospel of grace, the Apostle Paul.
© Auxano Ministry 2021
All verses used in this teaching are from the king James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.