The Christ Administration comes to a close with the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. But by the shedding of his blood he has cut the New Covenant between God and Israel. It will be another fifty days before the New Covenant begins when the Day of Pentecost has fully come.
The transition into the next administration is Jesus Christ in his resurrected body.
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
It was by his resurrection from the dead that God declares Jesus to be His son. In his first birth, which was according to the flesh, Jesus was of the line of David. But by his second birth, his new birth, Jesus is declared to be God’s son with a spiritual body.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead begins the transition into the next administration, which is the Revealing Administration. It is called the Revealing Administration because the focal point of this administration is revealing that Jesus is indeed the Christ.
Many focus on others aspects of this administration, such as the time of tribulation and the day of wrath and these are things that will take place during the Revealing Administration. But the focus and purpose of this administration is to demonstrated and show to the world that by his resurrection from the dead Jesus is the Anointed of God, the Messiah of Israel.
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
God raised Jesus from the dead proving he is The Christ and the apostles were witnesses of this magnificent event.
And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk? The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
They had seen Jesus beaten and crucified and then they saw Jesus in his resurrected body.
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
Some call this account doubting Thomas, maybe they should call it the doubting twelve.
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD.
All of them saw his hands and his side before they called him Lord.
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
They saw and believed. Others were going to have to believe without seeing Jesus personally. Others would have to believe because of what the eye witnesses would declare unto them. But their eyewitness account was not all that the followers of Jesus would receive to aid them in their witnessing.
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
This is the day of the Ascension. The promise they had heard from Jesus was the promise of receiving spirit, the promise of being clothed with power. Peter, on the day of Pentecost, tied the promise of the Father with the prophecy of Joel about the pouring out of spirit upon Israel.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
They were to be baptized with holy spirit. “Not many days hence” is speaking of the day of Pentecost which was ten days away. This gift of spirit from the Father was to help them in their witness to the resurrection of Jesus.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
They were to be witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus, The Christ, the son of the Living God. They were to be witnesses starting at Jerusalem and then to Judea, the heart of the two southern tribes, and Samaria, the heart of the ten northern tribes, and the uttermost part of the earth both to the dispersia, the scattered abroad of Israel and the Gentiles.
For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, And in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed. Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Many have declared these opening chapters of the book of Acts to be the beginning of the Administration of Grace but that isn’t possible for the Administration of Grace was kept secret, known only to God, until He revealed it to the Apostle Paul. How could the apostles be teaching of God’s Grace Administration when the doctrine, the gospel of grace, has not yet been revealed?
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Believers stood “stedfast in the apostles doctrine” and that doctrine was the doctrine of the New Covenant. The life of a believer under this New Covenant is laid out for Israel in the epistles that are addressed to the dispersia, the scattered abroad of Israel not only of Acts chapter eight but also the dispersia from the Old Testament captives of Israel in Assyria and Babylon.
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
1 Peter 1:1
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
The epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude along Hebrews, and Revelation are all addressed to the believers in the Revealing Administration.
After witnessing in Jerusalem and Judea, Peter goes up into Samaria where he witnesses to Cornelius in Caesarea.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Peter is following the directions of Jesus in Acts 1:8, even “unto the uttermost part of the earth”.
1 Peter 5:13
The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
Peter writes his epistles to the scattered abroad, the dispersia, from Babylon.
This is the Revealing Administration. The Nation of Israel shines God’s Light unto the world as they witness to the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah of Israel. Yet this administration is stopped in Acts chapter 13 when God holds His walk with Israel in abeyance to usher in the Administration of Grace. When the Administration of Grace concludes with the gathering together of the Body of Christ, then the Revealing Administration will run its course through the time of tribulation and unto the return of Christ as King of kings.