Before you go any further, place your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and his gospel that saves today:
“There is none righteous, no, not one…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans 3:10,23
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved…how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” – Romans 4:4,5
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8,9
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” – Romans 4:24-25
Welcome to the Fundamental Grace Bible Study website. The purpose of this site is to preach and teach Christ correctly by providing a venue for accessing audio lessons, outlines and other resources taught from the Bible-believing, Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensational Right Division perspective.
If you’re wondering what the previous terms mean, read their description below:
BIBLE-BELIEVING: Inspiration and utilization of scripture require preservation. If we are to serve our Lord acceptably and be judged by him with integrity, he has therefore obligated himself to preserve his words for all time. One cannot learn to be a Bible-believer from someone who is not, and the word will not effectually work in those that do not believe it in its entirety. Scripture is to be taken literally in all areas unless otherwise stated by way of allegory and figures of speech. For more information, see the following word study on Scripture.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” – 2 Timothy 3:16
“The words of the LORD are pure words…thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” – Psalms 12:6,7
“…for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” Psalms 138:2
“…that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy 3:17
“…when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.” – 1 Thessalonians 2:13
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” – John 12:48
MID-ACTS: After his ascension, the risen Lord Jesus Christ returned, converted and sent Saul of Tarsus (Paul) with a new apostleship and gospel – the revelation of the mystery – in the ninth chapter of the book of the Acts of the Apostles. Since he did not partake of nor was commissioned with the 12 kingdom apostles of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John; nor a part of their early Acts ministry to Israel, “Mid-Acts” is an appropriate term.
“…he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel” – Acts 9:15
“But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minster and a witness…Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee“ – Acts 26:16,17
“Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)” – Galatians 1:1
“But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel that was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – Galatians 1:11,12
“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” – Romans 16:25,26
PAULINE: The dispensation of the grace of God, given by Christ to Paul, contains the instructions for the church today. Therefore, we find our pattern and doctrinal instructions in Paul’s thirteen epistles. We follow the Lord Jesus Christ’s instructions by following the apostle Paul’s pattern.
“If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward…which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:” – Ephesians 3:2,5,6
“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 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.” – 1 Corinthians 9:16,17
“Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” – 1 Timothy 1:16
“If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 14:37
“Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 11:1
“Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.” – Philippians 3:17
“Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” – 2 Timothy 2:7
“As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus…that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine“ – 1 Timothy 1:3
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark and avoid them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” – Romans 16:17
DISPENSATIONAL: Dispensation is a Bible word that speaks to information and instructions God has revealed to man for their obedience and participation. Man cannot participate in or be accountable to information and instructions without them first having been revealed by God. Recognizing that “God…at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets” (Heb 1:1), helps to identify how God spoke in time past: through prophecy. Prophetic information is that which has been made known since the world began concerning God’s plan for the earth. However, there are places in the Bible which speak of information that was kept secret since the world began concerning God’s plan for heavenly places.
The most important division to make in the Bible is not between Faith and Works, Law and Grace, or even Israel and the Body of Christ; rather, the most important division to make is that of Prophecy and Mystery. For example, when we consider how Christ was preached by Peter and Paul, it should be noted that one preached him according to prophecy and the other according to mystery. The revelation of the mystery of Christ and the dispensation of the grace of God were given distinctly to and through the apostle Paul.
PETER: “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.“ – Acts 3:19-21
PAUL: “Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:” – Romans 16:25,26
“Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for your, to fulfil the word of God; Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” – Colossians 1:25-27
RIGHT-DIVISION: All scripture is given by inspiration of God. Indeed, it is all for us, but it is not all written to us. From Paul, we receive the command to study and rightly divide the word of truth (2Tim2:15). Different information held differing instructions for various people: all required God’s grace and man’s faith.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
Take the Law for example. From Adam to Moses there was no law (Rom 5:13,14), then God gave law to Moses (Ex19). Jesus was born under it (Gal4:3), came not to destroy it (Mt5:17,18), followed it and taught his disciples to obey (Mt23:1-3) and teach it (Mt23:19; 28:19,20), and the writer of Hebrews even teaches that there was a change in the law (Heb7:12), never a removal of it. In fact, not one single kingdom apostle, to include the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb3:1), ever taught you are not under the law. Of course, that’s because they were not speaking to you (Eph2:11,12).
However, Paul, taught by the Lord Jesus Christ, instructs that we are not under law but grace (Rom6:14). In this dispensation, grace reigns (Rom5:20,21), not the law. Therefore, it would be contrary to God’s instructions to think that man uses the law or works to justify eternal life (Rom5:1,2). Paul instructs the current function of the law, which is to show the knowledge of sin. Once the law has taught you that, you have no more need to be in law school (Rom3:21; Gal3:24,25).
Today, salvation is by God’s grace, through faith alone in the finished work of Christ on Calvary’s cross (Eph2:8,9; Rom4:23-25). Works are prohibited for salvation in this dispensation (Rom4:4,5). This simple truth teaches a dispensational distinctive by progressive revelation. Man cannot be under law and under grace at the same time; the two are mutually exclusive. Differing instructions require not only that one be Biblical, they must also be dispensational. Thus, being dispensational requires one rightly divide scripture to determine what instructions are for their participation.
Jesus Was Born Under Law: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law” – Galatians 4:4
Jesus Came Not to Destroy the Law: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” – Matthew 5:17,18
Jesus Instructs Law Obedience: “Then Jesus spake to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.” – Matthew 23:1-3
Jesus Required Law Teaching: “Whosoever therefore shall break one of the least of these commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:19
The “Great Commission” Taught Law Obedience: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them…Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” – Matthew 28:19,20
Hebrews Teaches a Change of the Law For the Circumcision, Not a Removal: “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.” – Hebrews 7:12
Paul Teaches Grace Reigns Today: “Moreover, the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 5:20,21
Paul Teaches Justification By Faith Alone: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” – Romans 5:1,2
Righteous Works Don’t Justify: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” – Titus 3:5
The Law Was a Schoolmaster: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.” – Galatians 3:24,25
Paul Teaches We Are Not Under Law: “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” – Romans 6:14
If you made it through all of this material, you now have a better understanding of what is meant by Bible-believing Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensational Right Division.
This perspective of Biblical understanding can only come from:
1) Being a Bible-believer
2) Taking a Literal interpretation of scripture
3) Recognizing Progressive Revelation
4) Appreciating the differences between Prophecy and Mystery
5) Seeing Dispensational Distinctives like Paul receiving the mystery of Christ, kept secret since the world began, to preach.
6) Understanding that the gospel that saves, doctrinal pattern and instruction for the church today is found in Paul’s thirteen epistles alone.
This is an important topic to consider, and I encourage you to take the time to consider the information above. Let God be true, study to show yourself approved unto him, and be fully persuaded about what you believe.