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Faith in Every Dispensation

Genesis 22:18: because thou hast obeyed my voice.

God.

 

Even though Abraham was saved in Genesis 15, 

he wasn't justified until Genesis 22.  In the Old Testament, people didn't get justification, redemption, sanctification, etc., at the moment they believed. 

Proof?

James 2:21  states that Abraham was justified "When he offered Isaac:

 

God deals differently with people in every dispensation from Adam to the end of time.

But, in every dispensation, 

Man is saved by God's grace through faith in the blood of the lamb of God!

The Bible proves this in the 11th Chapter of the Book of Hebrews, 

commonly called the faith chapter.

What is faith?

Hebrews 11:1 ... faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is Real!

 

 

 

of things hoped for

What things hoped for?

Romans 5:2 ... hope of the glory of God.

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hopeand the glorious appearing of ...our Saviour Jesus Christ;

The blessed hope: What is it? 

It is the immortal body, in the image of  Jesus.

When do we obtain that blessed hope, that immortal body? 

At the rapture at the end of the church age.

 

Faith

(1)   Substance

    You haven’t seen Jesus, nor his blood, nor his death on the cross, in person, 

but you must have faith—in what?  

In the fact that Jesus was real, his blood was real, 

and that he died on the cross—for your sins—as your substitute.

                    (2)    What is the Evidence of things not seen? They are:

Hebrews 11:2 For by it (faith) the elders obtained a good report.

    In old testament, from Adam to Jesus, the elders were 

accounted righteous by faith.

It was imputed to them.

Was Adam saved? 

How do you know? 

Can you prove it in the Bible?

Yes!

Genesis 3:21 

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  

Skins are animal skins.  God shed the blood of innocent lambs to wash away their sins.

Adam was saved by faith in the blood of the lamb of God.

God provided the lamb and the blood—like he did Jesus at Calvary.

This lamb in Genesis 3 was the lamb slain from the foundation of the world—

it wasn’t the real Jesus, but was a type of Jesus!

Revelation 1:5 (KJV)

...Jesus Christ... loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

[God is strong on Types and parables].

 

This is God's Progressive revelation

 

Was Adam saved like we are?

Yes by faith in the blood of the Lamb of God,

1 Thessalonians 4:16  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Where did Adam go when he died? 

Abraham's bosom in the heart of the earth.

He waited to be redeemed by the last Adam—Jesus—at the cross.

       Ephesians 3:5 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;

       Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

What was the mystery?

       Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;

The mystery?  is the body of Christ!

Adam was a saved Old Testament saint.  But, he wasn't in the body of Christ, because the body of Christ didn't show up until sometime after the resurrection, more than 4000 years later.  And the mystery of the body of Christ wasn't even revealed until God revealed it to the apostle Paul.  Then he revealed it to the world.

All of the Old Testament saints were saved when they died, but they weren't redeemed until Calvary.

But,

What if Adam had refused to let God cover him in the blood of the lamb?

Would he have been saved, and his name recorded here?  no

Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…

When, in the beginning.

We understand through faith—the eyes of our understanding being enlightened by faith.

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know

 

[God imputed righteousness to Abel because of his faith in the blood of the Lamb of God,

as he learned all about it from his father Adam.]

God testifying of his gifts

[God testified that Abel was saved by Faith in the blood of the lamb!]

Abel brought A more excellent sacrifice than Cain

But, if you are saved today, you have a more excellent sacrifice than Abel!

Who?  Jesus Christ!

 

This is God's Progressive revelation

 

Was Abel saved like we are? 

Yes by faith in the blood of the Lamb of God,

What if Abel had refused to bring the sacrifice to the alter

and let God wash him from his sins in the blood of the lamb?

Would he have been saved?  no

This proves Abel had faith, and he proved it by bringing the lamb to the altar.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Enoch was a type of a Born Again Christian in the rapture—who will never die.

Also, he was a type of a person who will be born in the New Earth, and who will never die.

 

Was Enoch saved like we are?

Yes by faith in the blood of the Lamb of God,

God deals differently with people in different dispensations

 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

You must believe and understand this verse before you can be saved.

Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius...

Acts 10:2 A devout man, and one that feared God ... and prayed to God alway.

Acts 10:3 He saw in a vision ...an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.

Acts 10:4 And ...he said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

    Cornelius believed in God, and that God was a rewarder of them that diligently saught Him, and yet he was not saved until God sent Peter to him to preach to him Jesus.  Then Cornelius was saved, after he heard the word of truth--not before.

How was he saved?  By faith in the blood of Jesus at Calvary.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah... heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Was Noah saved like we are?

Yes by faith in the blood of the Lamb of God,

 

God deals differently with people in different dispensations

Who is our ark?  Jesus Christ!

How do we get inside the ark? 

[by faith in the blood of the lamb of God—Jesus Christ]

Hebrews 11:8 By faith Abraham, when he was called ...obeyed; and he went out... by faith!

Hebrews 11:9 By faith he sojourned ...

But,

What if Abraham had refused to obey?

What if Abraham had just said, "I don’t need to do anything but just ask Jesus to come into my heart and save me," and then gone on to live like the rest of the world around him in Ur of the Chaldees?

Would he have been saved? no

Abraham proved his faith obeying God and leaving Ur.

 

Was Abraham saved like we are? 

Yes by faith in the blood of the Lamb of God,

God deals differently with people in different dispensations

 

Hebrews 11:20 By faith Isaac ...

Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob...

Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph...

Were Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and the 12 children of Israel saved like we are?

Yes by faith in the blood of the Lamb of God,

God deals differently with people in different dispensations

Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses...

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt...

Hebrews 11:28 Through faith he [Moses] kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood...

Through faith in the blood of the lamb!

Type of Jesus on the cross

But what if he hadn’t sprinkled the blood of the lamb on the doorposts?

    What if he had just said, "I invited Jesus to come into my heart and save me, I don’t need to sprinkle the blood on the doorpost."

And then he went on to live like the Egyptians, in riches and glory?

Would he would have died and gone to Hell!

Do we now have to sprinkle the blood of a lamb on our doorposts to be saved?

What if we did? 

If we now trusted in the blood of the lamb on our doorposts to our home, and died, would we go to Heaven? no

 

What would happen to us  today if we built an ark 450 long, 150 wide, and 90 feet high, and then crawled inside, and asked God to seal the door?  Would that save us?  no
:
Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous,
is the (1) substance of things hoped for, the (2) evidence of things not seen.
                                                                           

It is the Substance

 

It is the Evidence

blood [substance of faith]

real Jesus on a real cross [substance of faith]

The Holy Spirit

the word of God in your hands, KJV

the testimony of witnesses—preacher:

But, was he placed into the body of Christ? no

Was he a Christian? no

Was he born again? no

Will he be raptured when we are? no

Was Adam IN Christ? no

Did he understand Paul’s gospel, which was revealed to Paul, in Eph 3:2,5,9,17? no

Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

But, was he placed into the body of Christ? no

Was he a Christian? no

Was he born again? no

Will he be raptured when we are? (here) no

Did he understand Paul’s gospel, which was revealed to Paul, in Eph 3:2,5,9,17? 

    How could he?  It wasn't yet revealed to him.

But,

But, was he placed into the body of Christ? no

Was he a Christian? no

Was he born again? no

Will he be raptured when we are? no

Why Not? 

He was already raptured!   987 years after God created Adam.

Did he understand Paul’s gospel, which was revealed to Paul, in Eph 3:2,5,9,17? no

But, was he placed into the body of Christ? no

Was he a Christian? no

Was he born again? no

Will he be raptured when we are? no

Did he understand Paul’s gospel, which was revealed to Paul, in Eph 3:2,5,9,17? no

But,

What if Noah had refused to build the ark?

What if Noah had refused to enter the ark?

What if Noah had just said, "I don’t need to do anything but just ask Jesus to come into my heart and save me," and then gone on to live like the rest of the world around him and had not built the ark?  Would he have been saved? no

But, was he placed into the body of Christ? no

Was he a Christian? no

Was he born again? no

Will he be raptured when we are? no

Did he understand Paul’s gospel, which was revealed to Paul, in Eph 3:2,5,9,17? no

But, were they placed into the body of Christ? no

Were they Christians? no

Were they born again? no

Will they be raptured when we are? no

Did they understand Paul’s gospel, which was revealed to Paul, in Eph 3:2,5,9,17?

Would we be born again? no

Was Moses born again when he did it? no

Was he placed into the body of Christ like we are? no

Will he go in the rapture, here? no

Did he have privilege to the gospel that was revealed to Paul in Ephesians 3:2? no

God works differently with people in different dispensations, but always through

 faith in the blood of the lamb of God!

 

This is God's Progressive revelation!

 

Hebrews 11:29 By faith they passed through the Red sea ...

Hebrews 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down...

Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab...

Hebrews 11:32 And ...Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

Hebrews 11:33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms...

Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith...

    These all had faith in the blood of the lamb of God, as proved when they took the sacrifice to the alter  in the temple.     God gave The law to Moses, to prophecy in type of the blood atonement of Jesus at Calvary.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith

 

But,

 

Abraham was saved by faith in Genesis 15.  Proof?:

Genesis 15:6     And he (Abraham) believed in the LORD; and he (The Lord) counted it (Abraham’s faith) to him (Abraham) for righteousness.

Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

Genesis 22:1... God did tempt Abraham...he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

one of the mountains—it was Calvary!

Genesis 22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb...

Jehovahjireh—God will provide himself a substitute—Jesus—The Lamb of

Now, in this dispensation, in the Church Age, we are justified immediately, 

redeemed, saved, sanctified, placed into the body of Christ, etc., 

at the moment of the new birth.

The Gospel of Christ, as revealed to Paul, states:

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Galatians 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

 

God deals differently with people in every dispensation, but man is always saved by grace through faith in the blood of the lamb of God

 

After the rapture of the Church, the Tribulation Gospel starts, as the apostle James writes:

James 2:22 ... by works was faith made perfect?

James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: …

James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

This was in the Old Testament, before Paul’s gospel was revealed.

    It will be so again in the Tribulation

where a man is accounted righteous by faith in the blood of the lamb, and justified  

if he does not take the mark of the beast unto the end—

of the tribulation, or his life, which ever comes first.

In the tribulation--James is writing to those who missed the rapture-- 

a person does not get saved like we do. Why? 

Because the body of Christ has already been raptured out.

    In the tribulation, a person must have faith in the blood of the lamb, and when he does, the Holy Spirit comes on him, like he did on the Old Testament saints,  but he does not get placed into the body of Christ. Why not?  It has already been raptured out!  He must endure to the end of the tribulation, or his life, without taking the mark of the beast.

Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

       Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Hebrews 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

So, James is writing to the tribulation saints, and 

Paul is writing to the church age saints.

This is the only way you can reconcile this without the Bible contradicting itself.

God deals differently with people in every dispensation, but man is always saved by grace through faith in the blood of the lamb of God

 

BUT, IN THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD—

THE CHURCH AGE—PAUL’S GOSPEL:

Paul is saying that just as Abraham was saved by grace through faithNot by works.

 But he was justified by works later in Gen 22, according to James 2:24,

we are saved by grace through faith,  but we get justified at the same time, 

Paul is trying to show us that salvation and justification  

in the church age are simultaneous.

We get:

by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ all at once, not separately—like Abraham. 

so Paul’s trying to make the distinction that we can’t be 

justified later by our works.

God deals differently with people in every dispensation, but man is always saved by grace through faith in the blood of the lamb of God!

In the Old Testament, the lamb at the alter was a type and prophecy of

The Lord Jesus Christ

 

   

But, were they placed into the body of Christ? no

Were they Christians? no

Were they born again? no

Will they be raptured when we are? no

Did they understand Paul’s gospel, which was revealed to Paul, in Eph 3:2,5,9,17? no

Was he born again at that moment, and placed into the body of Christ? no

Was he redeemed at that moment? no

Did he go to Heaven when he died? no

Was he justified at that moment? no

When was he justified? in Gen 22. 

How do you know this?

What if Abraham had withheld his son?

Abraham showed his faith by his works!

Abraham was saved in Genesis 15:6, but justified in Genesis 22:16:

because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:

born again  

justified 

redeemed

sanctified

saved 

Jesus baptizes us with the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ

eternal life

etc.