A Note from Our Pastor:
“If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:”Ephesians 3:2
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In studying this verse we run into a bit of the Apostle’s complex and somewhat convoluted sentence structure. As such, it is important that we rightly divide the word of truth to understand the message that the Apostle is conveying.
The particle “if” to begin this verse should not be misunderstood as being an expression of doubt. The Apostle is not questioning whether or not they have heard of the dispensation. The phrase “if you have heard” could just as well be rendered “since I know that you have heard.” Thus, we understand that the Apostle is not starting from a place of questioning but a place of assurance.
Next, what is it that the Apostle is convinced the reader has heard? Here it is referred to as the dispensation of the grace of God. Knowing that the grace of God refers to his salvation, we understand that what the Apostle is referring to is the giving out or handing out of salvation by Jesus Christ. It is appropriate to use this term, dispensation, because salvation is without merit on the part of the recipient. It is handed out, or given out by Jesus Christ unto the elect. That is the very nature of salvation.
Thus, the Apostle is saying, since I know that you have heard about how Christ has given out salvation unto you. This was the message of the first two chapters of this book. The Apostle has laid out how we were dead in trespasses and in sins, how God quickened us to a new life in Christ Jesus because Christ Jesus had died and paid for our sins.
The Apostle is saying that since you know this portion of the account, what I am going to tell you now is how I came to know about the mystery of your salvation so that I can teach you about it. That is going to be the message of this chapter of Ephesians.
Our Prayers are with you daily,