The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 1:10 ~ God’s Administration of Human History through Dispensations

Vol. 14 No. 27b

Time Line of Human History - Dispensations

The Wealth and Calling of the Church; God’s Purpose for the Church: Eph 1:3 – 3:21.

Vs. 10

Eph 1:10, “With a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things upon the earth, in Him.”

In this passage we have some added words for emphasis. The King James Version has it closer to the Greek with, “That in the dispensation of the fullness 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.

With a view to” is actually the Preposition EIS, which means, “in, into, to, toward, etc.” In the Accusative it means “with reference to.”

Administration” is the Accusative Singular Noun OIKONOMIA, οἰκονομία that means “stewardship, administration, management, and dispensation.” It is derived from OIKOS that means, “house” and NEMO that means, “to deal out or administrate.” Some think it also comes from NOMOS that means, “law.” Therefore, OIKONOMIA means, “house law.” From the time of Xenophon and Plato, four centuries before the New Testament was written, it represented household administration, the management of a household or of household affairs.

From this we see that it represents how God is administering or managing His household as it describes His Divine administration of human history with distinct historical eras, 1 Cor 9:17; Eph 1:8-10; 3:2-3, 8- 9; Col 1:25-29; 1 Tim 1:3-4. In many of these passages it identifies the Church Age, during which God administers a set of Divine policies and provisions unique to the Church, including the Mystery Doctrine for the Church Age and the Ten Unique Factors of the Church Age, which we have noted above.

Paul uses this word in Col 1:25, to indicate that he had been entrusted to impart to the Colossians the unfolding of the Plan of God that has been consummated in the Church, the body of Christ. cf. Eph 3:2-9, (i.e., “the dispensation of God’s Grace” and “the administration of the mystery”).

Eph 3:9, “And to bring to light what is the administration (dispensation) of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things.”

In our verse, it denotes the administration of the Plan of God, hidden from eternity in God, by which He, in the fullness of time, will sum up all things in Christ.

Here Paul uses the phrase, “fullness of times,” PLEROMA, πλήρωμα KAIROS, καιρός that refers to the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ and on into eternity future. Along with OIKONOMIA, KAIROS is another Greek word used to indicate dispensations. KAIROS meaning, “time, a fixed time, season, epoch, etc.” is in the plural and means “times.” It represents the culmination of all the previous times or dispensations that are gathered together to bring glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

KAIROS is used in 1 Thes 5:1 for the word “epochs” as the organization of historical events into their dispensational categories.

1 Thes 5:1, Now as to the times (KRONOS) and the epochs (KAIROS), brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.”

Therefore, in our verse, Eph 1:10, we could say, “in the fullness of the dispensations,” that is, at the end of human history here on the present earth, which culminates that the end of the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ.

“The summing up of all things in Christ” begins with the Aorist, Middle, Infinitive of the verb ANAKEPHALAIOO, ἀνακεφαλαιόω that means, “Sum up, gather up, bring together, or unite.” It comes from the root Preposition ANA that means, “up or upwards,” and the Noun KEPHALE that means, “head or authority.” It is only used here and Rom 13:9. In classical writings this word means, “to bring under one head,” thus “to summarize.” “It became a term in rhetoric for an orator’s “recapitulating” or “summarizing” his arguments.” (Liddell-Scott).

So here Paul uses it to mean to bring all things together under one head, i.e., Christ, which is EN HO CHRISTOS, Χριστός for, “in the Christ.” It implies all who are dead and all who are alive, as we will note below. Therefore, everything pertaining to God’s will for mankind has been “summarized or condensed” in Christ, but more importantly for Paul here, all things are subordinate to Christ as the head of all things.

Phi 2:10, “That at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth.”

As noted in Phil 2:10 and our verse, all things brought together under the one head, Jesus Christ, include, “things in the heavens and things upon the earth.” HOURANOS οὐρανός is used for “heaven” and GE γῆ is used for “earth.” Those in heaven are those believers who have already died plus the angels. Those on the earth are those believers still alive at His Second Coming.

This verse doubly emphasizes that fact by ending with “in Him,” EN AUTOS, speaking once again about the believer’s union with Jesus Christ. It is by Him and through Him that all things are gathered up and given to the authority of Jesus Christ, 1 Cor 15:27; Eph 1:22; Heb 2:8.

Eph 1:22, “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.”

In this verse we have two of the four Greek words used in the NT to indicate “dispensations.”

  1. OIKONOMIA – Dispensations; means, “the administration of a business or an estate, the management of a household.”
  2. KAIROS – Time; means, “an epoch or era, a chronological order or system, a period of time characterized by distinctive development within that period.”
  3. AION – Age, means, “a dispensation as a category of human history,” cf. Rom 16:25; Eph 3:9; Col 1:26.

Eph 3:9, “And to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages (AION) has been hidden in God, who created all things.”

  1. CHRONOS – Time, means, “time as a succession of events or age.” It is used to portray the chronology of history or time as a series of points. Occasionally, it is used for a section of time in chronology, which then refers to a dispensation. In Rom 16:25, CHRONOS is used for all dispensations prior to the church age (combined with AION). Peter also used this word for dispensations in 1 Peter 1:20. So this word is used three ways:
  2. Time in its course.
  3. A section of time, i.e., a dispensation.
  4. A point of time.

Rom 16:25, “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages (CHRONOS) past.”

1 Peter 1:20, “For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times (CHRONOS) for the sake of you.”

Doctrine of Dispensations

  • Definition and Description

Vine comments appropriately regarding OIKONOMIA: “A dispensation is not a period or epoch (a common, but erroneous, use of the word), but a mode of dealing, an arrangement or administration of affairs,” (Expository Dictionary).

Therefore, we note that it is more than just a period of time, but is the way in which God has designed from eternity past to administer His plan for humanity and the affairs of human history, which administration has changed over history and has definable beginnings and endings according to Scripture. That is why we can put time frames associated with the various ways God has administered His Plan inside of human history, which we call “dispensations.”

Dr. Charles Ryrie in (Dispensationalism) cites Clarence Mason for his definition. “Dispensation means a stewardship or administration.  In the Bible a dispensation is a divinely established stewardship of a particular revelation of God’s mind and will, which brings added responsibility to the whole race of mankind or a particular portion of the human race.” Another definition cited by Ryrie goes like this, “A dispensation is God’s distinctive method of governing mankind or a group of men during a period of human history, marked by a crucial test, failure and judgment.”

Ryrie himself defines a dispensation as “a stewardship, an administration, oversight, or management of others’ property…. This involves responsibility, accountability, and faithfulness on the part of the steward.” The first definition emphasizes stewardship, and the second one emphasizes God’s governing. Both definitions have some merit.

L.S. Chafer defines dispensation as, “a specific, divine economy, a commitment from God to man of a responsibility to discharge that which God has appointed him.”

Dr. H.A. Ironside defines dispensations as, “An economy or a particular order or a condition of things prevailing in a special age which does not necessarily prevail in another age.”

The doctrinal statement of Dallas Theological Seminary notes, “Dispensationalism is a form of stewardship or responsibility of humanity to obey God and to honor Him. Each dispensation recorded in the Bible ends in failure, thus proving that no one under any arrangement can achieve perfection or salvation. Even in the millennial kingdom, with its near-perfect circumstances, humanity will still fail.”

R.B. Thieme Jr. defines dispensation as, “A period of time in human history expressed in terms of Divine revelation. It is a technical theological term used primarily by the apostle Paul in the presentation of the Mystery Doctrine of this Church Age. Traditionally it is a period of time during which a particular revelation of God’s mind and God’s will is operative, and during which man is tested as to his obedience to that specific manifestation of God’s will, purpose and plan. It is a Divine category of human history; therefore, both the Divine outline and the Divine interpretation of human history. It constitutes the Divine administration of history. The believer’s orientation to both time and to human history is vitally necessary for understanding God’s plan and God’s purpose.”

An important aspect to remember is that in every dispensation salvation is always by grace through faith, made possible by the death of Christ. On the one hand the dispensations have diversity of requirements for human conduct, but on the other hand salvation is always by God’s grace. Salvation is the unifying factor in Scripture.

Therefore, dispensations are the vehicle by which believers living at a specific time in history can orient to God’s will, plan and purpose for their lives. God’s plan is not the same for every dispensation. In fact, it is quite different in each dispensation. Nevertheless, His plan for salvation is the same in each and every dispensation, faith in the sacrificial work of the Messiah, (i.e., Jesus Christ upon the Cross), for the forgiveness of sin.

  • The Various Dispensations.

Ryrie and most dispensationalists point out, there are three major dispensations in the Scriptures, “At least three dispensations (as commonly understood in dispensational teaching) are mentioned by Paul.

  1. In Eph 1:10, our verse, Paul says of “an administration, (dispensation), suitable to the fullness of the times,” which is a future period beginning with the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
  2. In Eph 3:2, he designates the “stewardship, (dispensation), of God’s grace,” and in Eph 3:9, “administration, (dispensation), of the mystery,” which was the emphasis of the content of his preaching at that time and meaning the Church Age.
  3. In Col 1:25–26 it is implied that another dispensation precedes the present one in which the mystery of Christ in the believer is revealed. This would be specifically the Jewish Dispensation, or the Dispensation of the Law, but also includes all prior dispensations as well.

Only three dispensations are discussed extensively in the Scriptures, the Law, Grace (Church), and the Kingdom (the Millennium), though others are indicated in the Scriptures. A consistent scheme is to identify/name Dispensations according to the administration of God’s plan of worship and service towards Him and the group or body associated with that scheme, which has distinct changes one from the other.

As such there are five main dispensations as follows:

  1. The Dispensation of Innocence – Creation of Adam to his fall.
  2. The Dispensation of the Patriarchs – The Exit of Eden to the Giving of the Law.
  3. The Dispensation of Israel/Jews – The Giving of the Law to Pentecost, (including the Tribulation)
  4. The Dispensation of the Church – Pentecost to the Rapture.
  5. The Dispensation of Christ – Millennium.

The unifying thread from the beginning to the end of the Biblical record is the manifestation of God’s attributes, namely, His love, justice, faithfulness, and sovereignty as He reveals His great plan of salvation for all of mankind. By way of dispensations, God also demonstrates throughout the ages that He is in control, although there are periods of time when it may not appear that way. These elements are essential for seeing the continuity and progression of Scripture and for understanding the major areas of Truth revealed in the Word of God.

As Theime notes, “Evangelical Christianity, covenant theology, Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism, fundamentalism, and the holy rollers, who erroneously call themselves charismatics, have all failed to define the Christian way of life in terms of the Mystery Doctrine of the Church Age. Because of this, legalism is the order of the day. The legalism which has come out of the reformation is different from the Roman Catholic legalism; both are equally ineffective in defining the Christian way of life. None of the denominations have properly defined the Christian way of life. Therefore, they are ineffective in post-salvation Christian experience. The only answer to the question, “after salvation – what?” is found in the Protocol Plan of God for the Church Age.” R.B. Thieme Jr.

Traditional Dispensationalism includes eight dispensations as follows:

  1. Innocence, (Garden of Eden).
  2. Conscience (After Eden to Flood).
  3. Civil Government (Flood to Tower of Babel).
  4. Promise, (Tower of Babel to Law).
  5. Law, (Law to Pentecost).
  6. Church, (Pentecost to the Rapture).
  7. Tribulation, (Rapture to Second Advent).
  8. Kingdom, (Second Advent to Great White Throne Judgment).

The Scofield Reference Bible lists seven dispensations, excluding the Tribulation as a separate dispensation. The seven are:

  1. Innocence, Gen 1:28.
  2. Conscience or Moral Responsibility, Gen 3:7.
  3. Human Government, Gen 8:15.
  4. Promise, Gen 12:1.
  5. Law, Ex 19:1.
  6. Church, Acts 2:1.
  7. Kingdom, Rev 20:4.

This also aligns the dispensations with the Covenants God has made with man. As Kevin J. Connor in “Foundations of Christian Doctrine” states, “The various dispensation or arrangements cannot be separated from the Divine covenants. Each covenant was a particular arrangement between God and man, having its own distinctive emphasis. Therefore, the word “dispensation” refers to the dealings of God with man under their respective covenants.” As such it includes:

  1. Innocence – Edenic Covenant.
  2. Conscience – the Adamic Covenant.
  3. Human Government – the Noahic Covenant.
  4. Promise – the Abrahamic Covenant.
  5. Law – The Mosaic Covenant.
  6. Grace – The New Covenant.
  7. Kingdom – The Everlasting Covenant.

In addition, Covenant Theology also recognizes the giving the Davidic Covenant as the beginning of an additional covenant. But that covenant really emphasizes the Millennial reign of Jesus Christ and beyond.

Clarence Larkin in Rightly Dividing the Word states there are eight “Dispensations” over three “Ages.” This difference includes as a separate dispensation for eternity future. They are:

  1. Antediluvian Age;
    1. Edenic, (Eden to the Fall).
  2. Ante-Diluvian, (Adam to Noah).
  3. Present Age;
  4. Post-Diluvian, (Noah to Abraham).
  5. Patriarchal, (Abraham to Moses).
  6. Legal, (Moses to Christ).
  7. Ecclesiastical, (Christ to Antichrist).
  8. Age of Ages;
  9. Millennial, (Messianic).
  10. Perfect Age, (Dispensation of the “Fullness of Times” – Creation of the new heavens and earth).

Wilmington, in his “Guide to the Bible,” lists nine dispensations by keeping “Civil Government” and “Eternity Future,” (i.e., New creation of the Lamb), when God will create a new heavens and a new earth, to the list. They included.

  1. Innocence (from the creation of man to the Fall of man, Gen 1:28-3:6.
  2. Conscience (from the Fall to the flood, Gen 4:1-8:14.
  3. Civil government (from the flood to the dispersion at Babel), Gen 8:15-11:9.
  4. Promise or patriarchal rule (from Babel to Mount Sinai), Gen 11:10; Ex 18:27.
  5. Mosaic Law (from Mount Sinai to the upper room), Ex 19; Acts 1:26.
  6. Bride of the Lamb, the Church (from the upper Room to the rapture), Acts 2:1; Rev 3:22.
  7. Wrath of the Lamb—the tribulation (from the rapture to the Second Coming), Rev 6:1-20:3.
  8. Rule of the Lamb—the millennium (from the Second Coming through the great white throne judgment), Rev 20:4-15.
  9. New creation of the Lamb—the world without end (from the great white throne judgment throughout all eternity), Rev 21-22.

As you can see, they are all very similar with a few additions and omissions here and there. Yet, as has been pointed out above, there are only five true dispensations based on the changes in God’s administration of worship and service towards Him by man. Even though there have been major historical events and various promises/covenants made to individuals, God’s dealing with all of humanity in these five dispensations remained constant until He ushered in the next dispensation. In addition, at the close of the millennial reign of Jesus Christ, human history is complete and concludes God administration of humanity as He ushers in eternity future. Therefore, eternity future is not considered a dispensation. They include:

  1. The Dispensation of Innocence – Creation of Adam to his fall.
  2. The Dispensation of the Patriarchs – The Exit of Eden to the Giving of the Law.
  3. The Dispensation of Israel/Jews – The Giving of the Law to Pentecost, (including the Tribulation)
  4. The Dispensation of the Church – Pentecost to the Rapture.
  5. The Dispensation of Christ – Millennium.

Clearly the Tribulation will be a unique time in the history of mankind and can constitute its own dispensation, but it is also the last seven years of the Jewish Dispensation, as noted by prophecy. Therefore, we include it in the Dispensation of Israel.

Some have associated the progression of the six dispensations, (the Tribulation as its own), with the progression of man’s life as follows:

  1. Garden of Eden: In the Womb – given the appropriate vitamins and minerals to ensure healthy start and growth.
  2. Patriarchs / Gentiles: Toddlers – Basic nurturing and caring with basic instructions.
  3. Israel / Jewish: Childhood – rules and regulations to establish norms and standards in the child for application as an adult with clear lines and boundaries, and appropriate spanking when going outside of boundaries.
  4. Church / Grace: Adulthood – A time of application of norms and standards having a base or foundation firmly rooted; a time to experience life.
  5. Tribulation: Regressive Adult – For the child who never grew up, a last chance to learn norms and standards but having to learn them the hard way.
  6. Millennium: Senior citizen – A time to rest and enjoy what life have given. A time to reflect on your relationships and enjoy the results of the fruit you have produced.
  • Why Dispensations? The Angelic Conflict.

Dispensations are God’s administration of human history which He has altered by means of various administrations to reveal His unchanging glory, wisdom and power under different conditions. His ultimate and eternal purpose throughout all ages is to demonstrate His character and in our dispensation this is accomplished by means of the relationship between Christ and the Church, in which the believer is in union with Christ, Eph 1:17-23; 3:10, 21. The explanation for the multifaceted Divine revelation which unfolds throughout human history lies in an ancient conflict.

Before the restoration of the earth and the creation of mankind, Satan revolted against God, Isa 14:13-14, along with a host of angels. As a result of this rebellion they were evidently brought to trial and convicted, Ezek 28:16-18. Their sentence is recorded in Scripture, Mat 25:41. Before mankind existed the sentence was pronounced on fallen angels, which was to “eternal fire.” Yet, the execution of the sentence was postponed until after human history ends, Rev 20:10.

Mat 25:41, “Depart from me, you who are cursed (Tribulation unbelievers) into eternal fire (judgment of baptism of fire at Second Advent) which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.”

Apparently, Satan objected to God’s verdict, just as he continues to contend against God today. Objection to the perfect Divine judgment of God slanders the character of God. Nevertheless, God convened an appeal trial in which He would demonstrate His perfect character, Psa 145:21; Zech 3:1-10; Luke 2:14; Rom 9:23; 11:25-36, while allowing Satan the opportunity to prove his own case, Job 1:12; 2:6; Mat 4:1-11.

As a result, God created mankind to resolve this angelic conflict. In human history God magnificently answers every aspect of Satan’s objection in the prehistoric trial, not only for the benefit of the angels, but for our benefit too. At the same time, Satan is attempting to prove himself equal with God, Isa 14:14, but he only displays his arrogance, incompetence and evil, which confirm his guilt.

Therefore, an appeal trial is occurring in human history between the passing of the sentence in eternity past and the execution of that sentence at the end of the Millennium; just after the Gog revolution. As such, it is concluded that human history is not only running coterminous with the appeal trial of Satan and his fallen angels, but human history is the actual function of that trial, and that mankind was created to resolve that trial.

In the function of Satan’s appeal trial, God introduces changes into His administration of human history in order to present His case, disprove Satan’s case, and deliver a decisive closing argument and decision. These changes produce the dispensations. Therefore, human history is the appeal trial of the angelic conflict and as the appeal trial of Satan unfolds, the grace of God and the perfect justice of His verdict are proven over and over again. The “numerous and diverse aspects of God’s wisdom” are revealed most dramatically through the Church, “to the rulers and the authorities (fallen angels) in the heavenly places,” Eph 3:10; cf. 6:12.

The Order of Events in the Appeal Trial.

  • The Formal Phase of the appeal trial begins with the fall of man and continues until the beginning of the Dispensation of the Church. Mankind was created and human history began in order to duplicate the conditions of the prehistoric Angelic Conflict.

Since the issue was angelic volition, and since volition is an attribute of the soul, mankind was created with a rational soul similar to that of angelic creatures, but without their physical attributes and capabilities. Therefore, since mankind is a rational being, and not exactly like angelic creatures, his thoughts, motives, decisions, and actions are entered as evidence, exhibits, precedence, and arguments for either the prosecution or the defense. This provides both evidence and precedence for Satan’s appeal trial during human history.

In the formal appeal trial, the prosecution, God, presents His case, and the defense, Satan, cross‑examines many of the witnesses, mature believers entered as evidence, Heb 11.The fall of man duplicates the fall of Satan, as both falls occurred during perfect environment. Then the trial phase in the court of appeals is essentially Old Testament history, which is now over. Satan has presented his case, (e.g., the infiltration of fallen angels in Gen 6, the suffering of Job and the cross-examination of the high priest Joshua in Zech 3:1‑2).

  • The Rebuttal Phase of the prosecution is coterminous with the Christocentric dispensation, the Church Age, and includes the hypostatic union of Jesus Christ. The rebuttal phase starts with the two rebuttal arguments of the prosecution: the great power experiment of the hypostatic union, resulting in our Lord’s strategic victory of the Angelic Conflict, and the great power experiment of the Church Age, in which some mature believers win tactical victories of the Angelic Conflict. When any Church Age believer utilizes the omnipotence of God the Father and God the Holy Spirit to advance to spiritual maturity, there is a tactical victory in the Angelic Conflict. Therefore, our Lord and the invisible heroes of the Church Age are the witnesses for the prosecution.

The Church Age is the most intensive time of the Angelic Conflict to date. This is followed by the rebuttal arguments of the defense, Satan, which is the violence of the Tribulation. Violence is all that is left to Satan, which is a demonstration that he has lost the strategic victory of the Angelic Conflict and tactical victories of the Church Age.

  • Satan’s Rebuttal is presented during the Tribulation. All of Satan’s rebuttal arguments come in the form of violence and anti-Semitism.
  • The Closing Arguments and Summary of the prosecution includes the Second Advent and the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ. This duplicates the conditions before the fall of Satan and before the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Satan and all fallen angels are incarcerated for 1000 years, so that all violence ceases. There is no violence in the Millennium. In contrast to the terrible violence during the Tribulation, the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ will be one of perfect environment in every way.
  • The Defense’s Closing Argument will once again be violence at the end of the millennium with the Gog and Magog revolution, Rev 20:7-9. Just as Satan and fallen angels revolted against perfect environment in eternity past, so will unregenerate mankind revolt against the perfect environment of the millennium when coaxed by Satan.
  • Final Sentencing. After the final revolution, God carries out the pre-historic sentence against Satan and all fallen angels, Mat 24:41, when they are cast into the Lake of Fire forever, Rev 20:10. God then convenes the Great White Throne Judgment seat of Jesus Christ that ends the Angelic revolution for all of eternity when unbelievers of the human race are resurrected and cast into the Lake of Fire forever, Rev 20:11-15. Then the entire universe of mankind is destroyed by fire and human history comes to a dramatic close. Planet earth and the universe which were used for the courtroom are destroyed and God creates a new heaven, a new earth and a New Jerusalem to be enjoyed forever by elect angels and believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, as part of the eternal state, Rev 21-22.

Conclusion:

History is a very short time compared to all eternity. Your time on earth is a drop in the bucket compared to eternity. All of you who place other things in life above Bible doctrine in your false scale of values are losing all the equal privilege and opportunity God has provided for you in time to advance spiritually. All those “other things” will become very meaningless to you in eternity, at most adding up to your regret in eternity. The Latin phrase, sic transit gloria mundi, means “the glory of this world passes away.” In eternity you will realize that the things you considered important were not important at all. Although you cannot lose your salvation, you are a loser. A part of the agony of the Sin Unto Death is to realize that you had an opportunity to make your life count in a fantastic way. Instead, you chose to follow the plan of Satan for human life on this earth.

This study sheds light on the importance of mature Church Age believers glorifying God by tactical victory. The suffering the mature believer endures under Evidence Testing is a major factor in breaking the back of Satan. Two things break the back of Satan: a) The strategic victory of our Lord on the Cross, b) The tactical victory of those who advance to maturity. Therefore, you should strive each day to become a witness for the prosecution by becoming an invisible hero by winning the tactical victories in your life during your advance to spiritual maturity as you glorify God and His great plan of salvation.

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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson #’s:

15-078 & 15-079 & 15-080

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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,

died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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