A Note from our Pastor:
“That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:”Ephesians 1:10
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
The Apostle in verse 10 presents us with a phrase that is used multiple times in scripture — “the fulness of times” — and which requires that we rightly divide the word of truth. There are instances where it refers to the second coming of Jesus Christ and the end of this world. There are other times, such as with the birth of Christ, that it refers to the incarnation of Christ. In this particular instance, the Apostle uses this phrase to refer to the entirety of the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.
According to scripture, there was a set time when Jesus Christ was to come to dwell upon the earth.
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”Galatians 4:4-5
This timing is what the Apostle is referring to in verse 10 when he says in the dispensation of the fulness of times. During the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ there was a unity brought to the people of God.
Up until the ministry of Jesus Christ, the elect family of God was divided between Jew and Gentile. The scriptures tell us that the Jews were blessed because they had received the things of God through his commandments, oracles, and teachings. The prophets had been given to the Jews and not the Gentiles. The promises of land and inheritances had been given to Jews and not the Gentiles. There was a significant divide.
But after the ministry of Christ, that divide is no longer present because there is a transition from the natural to the spiritual. It is no longer about the things given in the Old Testament but rather about being disciples of Christ. The New Testament church represents God’s people unified in service to Jesus Christ.
The unity we experience is because by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ, we are in Him.
Our Prayers are with you daily,