The Dispensation of Grace
Dispensations are periods of time in which God is related to man in a certain way to carry out His purpose. From Adam to Moses, God was related to man in a certain way — without law. From Moses to Christ, He was related to the people under law while His purpose was reaffirmed and typified. Now, during this period of Christ’s first coming to His second coming, we are in the dispensation of grace. This is the period when you can get everything from God — free. Amen!
The period where God does it all
The dispensation of grace is the period where you do not do one thing in yourself. It is not your works. It is not your keeping of the law, but it is you and I opening up, and out of His fullness keep on getting loaded up. Just get loaded up. That means enjoy God. Draw from Him. Yell to Him. Cry to Him. Complain to Him. Tell Him He has to do it. Grace means God does it all and then dumps it all out. Amen! This is the period of grace.
I do not care who you are, what your situation is, what your problem is, what your hang-up is, there is no excuse. Grace is here. Out of His fullness, it is grace in exchange for grace. You do not start with law. You start with grace. And then you get more and more grace. It is all grace. It is a whole dispensation of grace. We are under grace (Rom. 6:14). So it means He has provided everything to carry out His purpose — His image and dominion.
The dispensation of grace means that everything comes out of His fullness. Second Corinthians tells us that we are beholding Him and are being transformed into His very image. In Hebrews 2:8-9 we do not yet see everything under His feet, but we see
Jesus. And then we see dominion coming in, and then the church. Oh, this is too good. It is all grace.
God does not know how to relate to us apart from grace
Grace is how we are related to God in this hour (2 Cor. 6:1-2). This is not the dispensation of law. It is not a matter of our flesh being energized to make deals with God anymore. This is the time of grace. It is the time you draw, you take, you let your spirit drink from His fullness. It is the time to expect Him to do it in you. It is the time to put it on Him — everything. This is grace. We are now experiencing a foretaste of the next dispensation — the dispensation of the kingdom. The next dispensation will be a compounded dispensation of grace. Ephesians 2:7 says, “That He might display in the ages to come the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” Since Christ has come, God does not know how to relate to His chosen ones apart from grace. It is grace in this dispensation of grace, and it will be multi- plied grace in the next dispensation. So now, this is presently how we are related to God and how God is related to us. We are just under grace. That means everything is freely given to us. Amen!
The church life — a foretaste of the full taste
In this dispensation of grace the kingdom has drawn near. Romans 14:17 says that the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. He is talking about the church life there. So that means the kingdom is right now. When the Spirit is here among us and there is peace between us and there is joy in the church, in the Spirit, and righteousness, that is the sum and substance of the kingdom. The joy we have here will just be magnified in the coming age. And it is going to be more inclusive. We are going to sit down at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We are going to say, “Abraham! Oh, Abraham. I have wanted to talk to you for a long time.” Amen! Praise the Lord! Oh, we are going to enjoy the reality of the whole family of God. Isn’t that incredible? And we are going to be in resurrected bodies. We are not going to be ethereal spirits flying in the air. We are going to have actual, resurrected bodies. So I am going to look like me, and you are going to look like you. And we are going to see all the saints that have ever lived throughout the ages.
Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit will be a full taste in the kingdom age, but now in the church we have it as a foretaste. This is the present reality of the kingdom. But at the same time there is a present reality of the kingdom, there is also an outward appearance of the kingdom that is false. This matter is not so much understood by believers. Nevertheless, the false appearance of the kingdom is revealed in the Lord’s parables in Matthew chapter 13 — the tares, the mustard seed, the big tree, and the leaven.