What do we mean by Dispensational Truth?
Dispensational Truth takes note of the purpose of the ages, the changes that have
been introduced since Creation, such as may be denominated the Dispensation of
Innocence, Law, Kingdom, Grace, Church, Mystery, etc., and the office of
Dispensational Truth is to decide whether any particular doctrine-be it command,
promise, calling or prophecy-does or does not pertain to any particular individual.
Dispensational Truth would lead the believer to distinguish between the blessing
which says, "The meek shall inherit the earth", and those blessings which are
described as "all spiritual" and to be enjoyed "in heavenly places".
INTRODUCTION TO ACTS 28 By Charles Welch
An introductory study to prepare the way for future
vital dispensational subjects.
which they all seem to have in common, namely, they go to the Gospels and Acts for their
doctrinal and ecclesiastical arguments, emphasize the ordinances of Baptism and the.
Lord's Supper, and either imagine they possess, or else desire to possess, " spiritual gifts."
We believe that such are labouring under a false interpretation. Just as a stick appears
bent when standing in the water, so our understanding of Scripture will be distorted whilst
we ignore the differing medium. In other words, if we stand in the dispensation of the mystery,
and try to act as though we were in the dispensation of the kingdom, we shall in " that day," if
not here, be ashamed, through not rightly dividing the Word of truth. [More]
28 and the commentary on this section are intended to prove that Acts 28 is indeed of the utmost
dispensational importance to the believer to-day. It marks a frontier. [More]
NONE OTHER THINGS By Charles Welch
When the apostle declares, in Colossians 1:26, that the Mystery which had been hid from ages
and from generations, has now been made manifest, his words are a commentary upon the
essential nature of a `mystery' or `secret'. We shall search in vain the pages of the prison epistles
(Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 2 Timothy, Philemon) for any references to the law and the
prophets, in so far as the distinctive revelation of the Mystery is concerned. Speaking of his
conversion and commission on the road to Damascus, the apostle tells us that the Lord said to him:
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' (Acts 26:16,7). [More]
of Israel have had, during their history, upon the dealings of God with surrounding nations. The histories
of Egypt, Assyria, Moab, of Rahab, of Ruth, and other Gentiles, are recorded just so far as they come into
contact with this wonderful nation. The Lord blesses or judges particularly with reference to their attitude
towards His people, (see the judgment of the living nations in Matt. 25). He even "set the bounds of the
nations according to the number of the children of Israel " (Deut. 32. 8). If we might put it tersely, we would
say that HISTORY is recorded so long as Israel is recognized as a nation, but MYSTERY obtains when
Israel becomes" Lo-Ammi" Not My people." [More]
THE BRIDE AND THE BODY by Charles Welch
THE BODY, sufficient evidence for believing that the Church thus denominated in Ephesians
1:22,23, is unique, is entirely disassociated from the hope and calling of Israel, and was indeed
hidden in the mind of God, unrevealed even in His Word, until the present dispensation of the
Mystery followed the dismissal of Israel in Acts twenty-eight.
Such a company and such a relationship is unknown. If, however, we call upon the O.T. to bear
a witness to a company of redeemed, that are likened to either wife or bride, the answer is affirmative
and very full. [More]
Where we read of "hope" in the New Testament we often find in the context a reference either to a
"PROMISE" or to a "CALLING". For example, Paul before Agrippa says:
"And now I stand and am judged for THE HOPE OF THE PROMISE made of God unto our
fathers; unto which promise OUR TWELVE TRIBES, instantly serving God day and night, hope to
come.” (Acts 26:6,7)
Here there is no possibility of making a mistake. Not only is the hope that is in view the fulfilment
of a promise, but it is the fulfilment of a specific promise "made of God unto our fathers". Further, there
is no ambiguity as to those who entertain this hope; the words "our twelve tribes" are too explicit to
permit of spiritualizing. Other examples will occur to the reader, and will come before us in the prosecution
of our present study. For the moment it is sufficient that the principle should be clear, that HOPE LOOKS
TO THE FULFILMENT OF A PROMISE. It is therefore necessary to discover what promise has been made
to any particular company before we can speak with understanding of their HOPE. Another prerequisite is
a knowledge of the "CALLING" concerned. [MORE]
When writing about the resurrection found in 1 Thessalonians 4 Paul said in verse 15 " This we
say unto you, BY THE WORD OP THE LORD .... Paul was quoting and using the word of the
Lord to show them their hope. The hope found in 1 Thess. 4 with it's trumpet, angels, shout and
voices was written down in the Word of the Lord .
call the "rapture" ) he says in verse 54-55 " 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 IN VICT0RY .
O' DEATH WHERE IS THY STING ? O' GRAVE, WHERE IS THY VICTORY ?" If Paul
means what he says, and says what he means, the hope of 1 Corinthians 15 was prophesied
in the word of the Lord. [More]
THE HOPE OF PAUL'S PRISON EPISTLES
just because it has been preached for so long and loud by so many preachers. This is especially
true about the hope of resurrection that Paul wrote about in his epistles. Most believers assume
that Paul wrote about the same hope of resurrection in all of his epistles, because that's all they
have heard all of their lives
hope of resurrection that he started out with .
hope he started out with . As a matter of fact Paul did not end up with many of things that he
started out with such as;
speaking in tongues, healing the sick, working miracles, sending offerings to Jerusalem, keeping
ordinances, offering sacrifices, observing feast days, abstaining from meats and drinks ,calling
Abraham the father of the church and New Jerusalem the mother of the church etc. etc.
Prison epistles as you will at the beginning when he wrote his Acts epistles. [More]
The Prison Epistles are the only Scriptures which reveal the dispensation of the Mystery,
and as that glorious truth is the peculiar burden of our ministry, we have placed great stress
upon these special epistles. They are five in number, but as Philemon is personal in character,
we often speak of the "Four Prison Epistles", meaning by this statement that these contain the
complete revelation of the Mystery. Now two false conclusions have been drawn from our emphasis
upon these epistles. One circulated by a well known speaker in Ayrshire - where we were taking
meetings - was that we have no room for such an epistle as the "Romans". This is completely refuted
by the publication in 1948 of the book entitled "Just and the Justifier" , and whether the charge is made
out of ignorance or malice it is misleading in the extreme. We do most certainly distinguish between
the doctrinal teaching of Romans, such as "justification by faith", which is as true for the church of
the Mystery as it was when first written, and such dispensational teaching as "the Jew first" of Romans
1:16, or "the olive tree" of Romans the eleventh chapter, which teaching has no relation to the church
of Ephesians, being truth for the time then present. [More]
In this article when using the term "One New Man" I will be referring to the Church or Body over which
Christ is the Head as described in Paul's prison epistles. According to Eph.2:15 God made or created
the One New Man when He broke down' the middle wall of partition and abolished the Law after the
close of the Acts period. I am firmly convinced by the Scriptures that the one New Man is not the
same Church or Body that Paul describes in his Acts epistles. If they were the same, their description
would be identical. But by comparing them with one another, I see that they are totally different and
things that are different are not the same.
The mistake that many people make today is assuming that whenever Paul mentions "The Body"
in his Acts epistles and prison epistles, he is writing about the same Body. This is like the same mistake
people make when they read the word "Church" in the Bible. They read about a church in Matthew and
a church in Ephesians and they assume that they are the same church just because the word "Church" is
used in both places: But even though the word "Church" is used in both places they are not the same
church because their descriptions are totally different. In the same way, just because the word "Body"
is used in Paul's Acts epistles and his prison epistles that doesn't mean that they are the same Body.
It's my firm conviction that THEY ARE NOT THE SAME BODY, for what is said about one is not true
of the other. And as far as I am concerned it is spiritual dishonesty to say they are the same, when it is
so apparent that they are different. [MORE]
By Charles Welch
at the games, occurs in Colossians 3:15 where it is translated "rule" and katabrabeuo also found in Colossians
(2:18), means "to defraud or deprive of a prize, to so manage affairs that the umpire shall pronounce against the
contestant". In Colossians the thought is not so much that of being cheated of the reward, but of failing to attain
unto the required standard. The atmosphere of 1 Corinthians 9:24 and of Philippians 3:14 is that of the arena,
and the race course. In the article entitled the CROWN, we have shown that "prize" and "crown" are related,
as genus and species.
THE GIFT, THE HOPE AND THE PRIZE By Tom Ballinger
There has ever been a constant battle between two opposing forces, the one contending
for the TRUTH and the other for the LIE. We learn from 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 that the TRUTH
is "hid" from the unbeliever by the father of the LIE (Jn. 8:44), and he is ever confusing the
unbeliever with "modern thought," and the social issues of the day. The LIE deals with
"doing good," the TRUTH deals with believing there is none that is good but ONE, that is God
(Matt. 19:17). The mind is the target and battleground of the forces working under the leadership
of the "god of this world." These spiritual forces "blind the minds" of them that "believe not."
While men are unsaved they remain in the camp of Satan believing the LIE and the "father of it."
They are bound by the LIE which seems to be truth to them. They are under the power and
authority of Satan and his evil supernatural forces. The unbeliever is in "darkness," bound and
fettered by Satan (Acts 26:18), "lest the light of the Glorious Gospel of Christ, Who is the image
of God, should shine unto them" (2 Cor. 4:4). Those that are blinded, and remain in darkness
"received not the love of the TRUTH, that they might be saved. . ." so God has allowed them
to believe the LIE (2 Thess. 2:10-11). [More]
HEAVENLY PLACES By Charles Welch
The blessed truth connected with the heavenly places is a fitting witness to the "riches of His
grace," and the "glory of His grace." There are not a few who seek to discredit the emphasis
upon the peculiar and exclusive teaching of the Prison epistles by the remark that the word
translated "heavenly places" occurs in other passages of Scripture, particularly in Hebrews.
Twenty times in all the word occurs in the New Testament, distributed as follows: in the Gospels,
twice; in the Epistles before Acts 28., five times (grace); in the Prison Epistles, seven times
(spiritual perfection); and in Hebrews, six times (the number of man, imperfection, and of that
age which immediately precedes the new creation, viz., the millennial kingdom).
occurrences in Ephesians, and the fifteen elsewhere. [More]
Time: From ministry of John at Jordan to Calvary.
1. MATTHEW. Christ as King.
2. MARK. Christ as Servant.
3. LUKE. Christ as Man.
a. John, "Repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
b. Christ, "Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
c. The 12, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand."
d. The 70, "The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. " [More]
or The Continuation of Something
of Eph. 2:15 and the "Dispensation of Grace" of Eph. 3:2 began there in. ( Such as those who
hold the Acts 2, 9 and 13 "positions").
The problem is caused by two, things
(1 ) They do not understand what is going on in the Book of Acts.
(2. ) They cannot reconcile the Doctrine and practice of the Book of Acts with Present Truth
especially that which is found in the Prison Epistles of Paul. There is a world of difference
between the two and so over the years many "so-called Dispensationalists" have devised
a theory that the book of Acts is a "transitional book" meaning to them that one program and
dispensation was phased out and a new program and dispensation ushered in. They teach and
write in their books that during the book of Acts a transition took place from "Law to Grace", from
"Israel to the Church", and from "signs, and wonders to their phasing out. This is the "pat"
explanation that most "so-called dispensationalists" give when confronted with the embarrassing
doctrine and practice of the book of Acts wherein they insist their Church and the Dispensation of
Grace began. [More]
ADOPTION By Charles Welch
Adoption is the exclusive possession of Israel according to Rom. 9:4, yet adoption belongs
to the seed of Abraham, 'whether Jew or Greek, according to Gal. 4:5, and yet again, adoption
is the predestinated blessing of the church of the mystery according to Eph. 1:3-5.
in the three spheres First of all as to the spheres themselves.
of references to prove that there shall be a kingdom on earth.
14-16 and 12: 22, together with Gal. 4:26, we discover that this second sphere is the heavenly
right hand of God, defined as "far above all principality and power," and "far above
all heavens" (Eph. 1:3, 20,21; 2:6 and 4:10). [More]
LATE DR E.W. BULLINGER
unique position and wonderful teaching of the later Pauline Epistles written from the prison in Rome.
else, to the bar of the written Word to see whether we have learned from man. or from God, from tradition
or from revelation.
regenerated earth (Matt. 19. 281. It is surely unnecessary to quote the many prophecies which tell of the
time when the earth shall be full of the knowledge and glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea
(Num. 14:21,. Ps. 72:9, Isa. 6: 3 ; 11:9,. Hab. 2.:14).
to explain them, or rather fritter them away by any spiritualizing interpretation which deprives them of all
their truth and power.
they " shall all be taught of God " (John 6. :45, Isa.51:13); when "the kingdoms of this world shall become
the kingdom of our LORD, and of His Christ" (Rev. 11: 15) ; and when the earthly Jerusalem shall be restored
in more than all its ancient
stone changed to a heart of flesh and with a new spirit, will bring forth "the fruits of righteousness "
(Ezek. 36.2.1-36, Matt. 21. 23). This will be the regeneration (or Palingenesia) when the apostles will be
seated " on twelve
thrones judging the tribes of Israel " (Matt. 19. 28).
These are the people of the saints of the Most High " Dan. 7: 27) [More]
THREE SPHERES By Charles Welch
Now because the term "sphere" does not occur in the Scriptures, is it therefore unscriptural?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word "scriptural" is anything "based upon, derived
from, or depending upon Holy Scripture". Because, therefore, an English word does not appear
in Holy Scriptures, such word need not be unscriptural; it could only rightly be called unscriptural
if the idea contained in the term was not based upon, derived from, or depended upon Holy Scripture.
Therefore, to say regarding the use of the term "sphere", "as it is not an inspired term we have no
means of fixing its force", as one who opposes this teaching affirmed, seems either to manifest ignorance
of the English language or to be an effort unduly to influence the unwary. In either case the matter is no
longer disputable, for the use of the term "sphere of blessing" has been proved to be both good English
We desire in this article to emphasize a somewhat unobserved distinction that seems fundamental to a
right understanding of Truth, viz., the difference there is between Doctrinal Truth and Dispensational
Truth. Hitherto we have emphasized the bearing of the Apostle Paul's commission upon this present
Dispensation. We have insisted upon the sharp division of his Epistles according as they range
themselves on either side of the " Ancient Landmark "Acts 28.
whole; neither do we say that, because the chronological order is so important we therefore discredit
any attempt to show the wonderful teaching observable in the
canonical order of his writings.
kingdom necessitates at least the King and His subjects. But now, the King is rejected, the rightful
subjects are " Lo-Ammi " (not My people), and the setting up of the kingdom has been postponed. [More]
PRESENT TRUTH By Tom Ballinger
In each of God's ages and dispensations there has been truth generated from God that was peculiar
and particular to that age or dispensation to which it pertained. By that we mean that in each age
God made known a truth which related directly to the calling that then stood before God. It has
ever been the responsibility of God's people in each age and dispensation to distinguish Present
Truth. By so doing they acknowledge what God has spoken directly to them. God deals on the
principle of faith. That is to say, God speaks, and man's responsibility in any age has been that
of believing that which comes from God. To believe the report that comes from God is faith.
of God," i.e. faith cometh by what we hear through the Word of God. Faith believes all that
comes from God. But the FAITHFUL distinguish that which relates directly to them and are
obedient. In all the ages the requirement was for each saint to believe the report that came
from God. [More]
Before. Israel were urged to turn again in order that God might send the Christ unto them, even
Jesus. Ye men of Israel ...turn again... that He may send the Christ Who bath been appointed for
you, even Jesus (AC 3:12-21).
that they were too blind to fulfil the required condition of turning again. After that Paul had
spoken one word ...Go thou unto this People, and say...their eyes have they closed; lest haply
they should ...turn again, and
I should heal them (Ac 28:25-27).
if they failed to give heed. Children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you that
feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent...Beware therefore, test that come upon
you, which is spoken of in the prophets
heed. Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and
that they will hear it (Ac 28:28).
LO-AMMI "Not My people"
Under the heading PEOPLE it is demonstrated from Scripture that Israel alone, with one exceptional
case, are called "People"; the nations of the earth are never so called except in the plural-"peoples".
To one nation only has the title "My people" ever been given and that is Israel. The exception is
found in Titus 2:14, where the church is spoken of as a peculiar people-but that title is used while
Israel themselves are "lo-ammi", not My people. At Acts twenty-eight Israel pass off the scene and
the parenthetical dispensation of the Mystery begins. [More]
means "ruling with God". Others have given the meaning as "contending with God" and "God
commands, orders or rules". We believe the name was bestowed as an honour, and it became the
patronymic of the twelve tribes (Gen. 35:10,11). We believe that the statement "The LOST Ten Tribes"
is unscriptural, and the theory known as "British-Israel" false and mischievous. The following testimony,
"wholly scriptural", should be enough for all who exercise the Berean spirit. [More]
the point as to whether there may have been some Gentiles gathered with the disciples on the day of
Pentecost, all we know is that there are none in the Scripture record. None but Jews, or Israel, either
believing or unbelieving, figure in Acts i., ii., iii., iv., v., vi. and vii. We earnestly invite our readers to
write to us if they disagree on this, not to debate, but to supply us with chapter and verse. Chapter viii.
records the widening of the witness :
Our hope is generally looked upon in respect to the prophetic program of Scripture, the seeker wanting an
answer as to is "how" and "when" rather than
"what" it is.
traditional heaven, and embraces more than the
to the Finite and of the finite to the Infinite. Redemption and God's self-revelation were once in the embryonic state.
Now that redemption has been perfectly brought to pass, God's self-revelation can enter into the continuing process
of His Secret Desire (Eph. 1:9), making known what He has in mind for all creation (Eph 1:10). This will be historical in
its accomplishment, yet unending in its development. In the perfect Christ alone dwells at home all the fullness of the
Godhead substantially; i.e., really, truly, not seeming or imaginary; and in Christ alone is found all fullness and our
fullness. God has indefeasibly united and identified us with this perfect Christ. In contrast to our nothingness in
ourselves, this union lifts us up above all else.
By Darren Owen
It is without apology that this website places great emphasis on the High calling of God in Christ Jesus as distinct from
all other callings in God’s Word. Within Paul’s prison epistles are found the revelation of the Mystery which from ages
and generations had been hid in God (Eph. 2:9). A mystery which reveals for the first time that a Hope and Calling lie far
above all heavens and have nothing to do with this earth, the new Covenant, the New Jerusalem, or Israel . A calling
which reveals that its adoption and election antedates all time, having taken place before the foundation of the world,
(Gen. 1:2), a claim no other calling can make.
Within Paul’s prison epistles (Eph. Phil. Col. And 2 Tim.) we no longer find earthly blessings or Abrahamic covenants,
but ALL Spiritual blessing in heavenly places. No longer do we look forward to an earthly kingdom where the Son of Man
shall sit on the throne of his father David as did the Apostles. No longer do we await the “promised Land”, nor the city that
cometh down from heaven,” as did those who were of the seed of Abraham and formed from the foundation of the world.
Instead we set our affections on “things above” where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God where we have been raised
and seated together in the heavenly places.
glorious and wonderful truths. [More]
A COMPARISON OF PAUL AND THE 12 APOSTLES
between the 12 Apostles and the Apostle Paul. Most dispensationalists would agree with this statement, but many try to
show men the difference between the 12 Apostles and the Apostle Paul from the Book of Acts and the Acts epistles. In
the Book of Acts and in the Acts Epistles there are FAR MORE SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THE 12 APOSTLES AND
THE APOSTLE PAUL THAN DIFFERENCES. This will no doubt come as a surprise to many dispensationalists. When
showing someone the difference between the 12 Apostles and the Apostle Paul the best place to go in the Scriptures is the
Prison Epistles of Paul written after the Acts period, for in them THERE ARE FAR MORE DIFFERENCES., THAN SIMILARITIES,
which we will show in our next article. [MORE]
THE ELECT REMNANT by D. B. Moore
which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the
rest were blinded (Ro 11:5-7)
this book. Chapters 9,10, and 11 are dispensational.
with the remainder of the nation of Israel. Those who made up this remnant had believed in the Lord, and were justified. This
elect remnant was not exclusively Jewish, but consisted of those who followed Abraham's faith, and included some Gentile
proselytes to the Jewish faith and beliefs.
A criticism examined. The place of Acts Twenty-eight.