Fullness of Times

N4 p5 to Gen. 1.28. (A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God. Seven such dispensations are distinguished in Scripture. Cmt. on Ge 1:28, note 5.)

N3 to Eph. 1.10,  p. 1250 “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:” This, the seventh and last of the ordered ages which condition human life on the earth, is identical with the kingdom covenanted to David (2 Sam. 7.8-17; Zech. 12.8, summary; Lk. 1.31-33; 1 Cor. 15.24, Summary), and gathers into itself under Christ all past “times”: (1) The time of oppression and misrule ends by Christ taking His kingdom (Isa. 11.3, 4). (2) The time of testimony and divine forbearance ends in judgment (Mt. 25.31-46; Acts 17.30, 31; Rev. 20.7-15). (3) The time of toil ends in rest and reward (2 Thes. 1.6, 7). (4) The time of suffering ends in glory (Rom. 8.17, 18). (5) The time of Israel’s blindness and chastisement ends in restoration and conversion (Rom. 11.25-27; Ezk. 39.25-29). (6) The times of the Gentiles end in the smiting of the image and the setting up of the kingdom of the heavens (Dan. 2.34, 35; Rev. 19.15-21). (7) The time of creation’s thralldom ends in deliverance at the manifestation of the sons of God (Gen. 3.17; Isa. 11.6-8; Rom. 8.19-21).

N4 to Eph. 1.13, p 1250 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” (The Holy Spirit is Himself the seal. In the symbolism of Scripture a seal signifies: (1) A finished transaction Jer 32:9-10; Joh 17:4; 19:30. (2) Ownership Jer 32:11-12; 2Ti 2:19. (3) Security Es 8:8; Da 6:17; Eph 4:30.)

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Jerald Finney, a Christian Lawyer, having received this ministry in the Lord, explains how a church in America can remain under the Lord Jesus Christ and Him only. "As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:10-11; See also, Ephesians 4::1-16 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-25). "Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it" (Colossians 4:17). "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church" (Ephesians 1.22; See also, e.g. Colossians 1:18).

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