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Part 7:Paulís Commission And Dispensation


Greetings Brethren,


Peace be unto you. We will forever serve the Lord. So we exclude I as to remain humble and in His service. So is the will of the Spirit that resides in us.


Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 5 April 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.


In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth


Beloved patience is a major ingredient in explaining the scriptures. Hence many things not thought of are revealed. For this we are grateful to God and we are inspired to press on to the mark and we pray that some will see Truth as it is already written.


1 Corinthians 9: 17. For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. (Also see Philippians 1: 16-17).


Does Paul make very critical statements for Preachers then and now? If he willingly preached the Gospel he will be paid. However if he preaches against his will although it is his duty he will be condemned as noted in the previous verse. So is one (Preacher) more bound by duty than pay or compensation to preach the Gospel?


Turn with us to Ephesians and the word dispensation. The word dispensation is noted four times in scripture, 1 Corinthians 9: 17, Ephesians 1: 10, 3:2 and Colossians 1: 25. At 1 Corinthians 9: 17 and also verse 16 dispensation means commission and authority to preach. In Ephesians 1: 10 ďdispensation of the fulnessĒ means when the time has come for the final dispensation of religion. It was the divine plan to end the Patriarchal and Jewish dispensations and form a new one under Christ.


In the 3rd Division of Ephesians we see Paulís special mission to the Gentiles. This mission directly involved his preaching ministry. Our primary scripture is Ephesians 3: 1-8. However we will only record verse 3 here. But we advise the reader to read and digest this entire Chapter especially verses 1-13.


Ephesians 3: 2. If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given to you-ward:


At this place dispensation means the Apostles had been given charge administering the grace and favor of God to the Gentiles. Now go with us to Colossians.


Colossians 1: 25. Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;


Paul was duty bound to render service to the Church. Thus he had to understand his role in the Great Commission. He also was inspired to write of the role of the Great Commission for future generationís .Here we see that God commissioned Paul to dispense (dispensation) His word by preaching and writing.


Cont. Part 8: Is There A Blessing To Preach Without Pay?



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