In the beginning God created man. (Gen. 1:27) Since the very beginning God has dealt with man in different ways. There have been three great dispensations of these dealings. First in the “Patriarchal Age”, God dealt directly with the father or patriarch of the family. He was both the prophet and priest for his family. There was no written law, only an oral law passed down from the head of the family. This dispensation was to last from Adam till God gave the tablets of stone to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus 20) The law of Moses was given to the descendants of Jacob because of their transgressions, with the ten commandments, being a kind of constitution for that law. It was a national law for the Jews, lasting for over 1500 years. It was perfect for its purpose, but it was weak in that it could not take away sin by the shedding of blood of bulls and goats.(Heb. 10:4) God did not give the law of Moses with permanence in mind. It was a law, given for a specific purpose and time. This law was to bring man to Christ who would fulfill all promises with the shedding of his perfectly innocent blood on the cross of Calvary. His blood could and would take away sin completely and forever.
Effectually mankind was under two laws at the same time, the law of Moses for the Jewish nation and the Patriarchal law which was still in affect for the Gentiles, thus creating the “middle wall of partition” between the two. The purpose of the law of Moses was to be a school master to bring us all, both Jew and Gentile, to Christ in one body, the church. (Gal. 3:16-29)
When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He fulfilled the old law, took it out of our way and nailed it to His cross.( Col. 2:14, Eph. 2:11-22) He broke down the middle wall of partition and made it possible for us all to be fellow citizens in the household of God. (Eph. 2:19) Many do not seem to understand that all previous laws were abolished on the cross, which opened the way and ushered in the last and greatest dispensation of all time, the Christian age. The church, the body of Christ, is universal in its scope and now replaces the alters and national high priest of all past dispensations. The Sabbath day of rest was a commandment given to Israel, but no such commandment was ever given to Christians. We as Christians do have a day of rest promised by God. (Heb 4:9) Our Sabbath rest awaits us when our brief time of labor for the Lord is completed on this earth. We know that the early Christians met to break bread and worship on the first day of the week, but it was not a commanded day of rest.(Acts 20:7, I Cor. 16:1-2) We have only one high priest, the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom God has appointed heir to all things, both on earth and in heaven. (Heb. 1:1-2) God now commands us to hear his Son, and no one else. (Luke 9:35)
God’s perfect plan and purpose has been realized in the church that Jesus built. (Matt. 16:18) When the gospel began to be preached, the saved were added to His church by God himself. (Acts 2:41-47) God is now glorified through the church. (Eph. 3:21) Jesus Christ gave himself for this church, which is His body and He is the Savior of it, and none other has He ever promised to save. (Col.1:18, Eph. 5:23) The scope of His church is universal and will last forever. Admission to it is the same today as it was on the day of Pentecost, 2000 years ago, (Acts 2:38) for Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35) May I encourage each of you to accept Jesus Christ on His terms of pardon to enjoy all His blessings for this life and indeed, all eternity to come. (Eph. 1:3)
We cordially invite everyone who seeks the truth to come study and worship with us at Kedron on the Coopertown Road Russellville. Bible study at 10:00 Worship at 11:00.