When the Dispensation of Grace Began

Most Christians and church organizations today say ‘the church under grace began at Pentecost.’ This is simply not true.

As Mid-Acts dispensationalists we believe “the dispensation of the grace of God” that we live in today began with Paul. Paul was the starting point even though Paul was not saved before Acts 9.

This is not arbitrary. Paul explains that a dispensation is not an arbitrary period of time, but rather it begins with a revelation dispensed from God.

Paul Was Not One of The Twelve Apostles

The eleven Apostles first chose two candidates to replace Judas, the betrayer, then asking God which of these two He would have to fill the vacant position due to Judas' betrayal… they drew lots and “the lot fell on Mathias.”

Some Christians teach that the Lord’s 11 Apostles acted arbitrarily by choosing Matthias to take Judas’ place; saying, “Well, actually, Paul was God's choice for Judas' place.” But this is not so, according to the Biblical record.

Let’s now examine the facts.

Which Gospel Applies Today?

Few Christians today realize that Jesus’ Twelve Apostles were ignorant of the scope and vital significance of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Just consider all the verses referenced and the comments for each.

1. Matthew 16:21-22 – When Jesus first began to tell them of His death, Peter tried to prevent it.

2. Mark 8:31-32 – In another account Peter rebuked the Lord for speaking about His death.

God's Word Today Is To Us and For Us – From Paul

In charging Timothy to “preach the Word,” the Apostle does not mean, as some have supposed, that the pastor should draw his sermon material equally from all parts of the Bible. Yes, “all Scripture” is given so that the “man of God” may be fully equipped for his life and ministry. But in this same letter the Apostle Paul indicates that the Scriptures must be “rightly divided” (2 Tim. 2:15) and that his own God-given message is “the Word of God” in particular for the present age of “the dispensation of the grace of God” (See Eph 3:2; 2 Tim.

Pauline Authority

Sadly, Paul's place in the plan of God as being ‘the Moses of the age of grace’ to "the body of Christ" is not known by many. The confusion in the Church today is basically the result of her rebellion against the authority of Paul as the Lord’s one divinely-appointed Apostle for the present "dispensation of the grace of God" (Eph. 3:1-3). Thus Paul has largely been marginalized in the church at large today.

Paul, the Pattern -- His Conversion

No conversion in history is given so much attention as that of the Apostle Paul. Besides the many references to it, we find three detailed accounts of it in the book of Acts. As Saul of Tarsus, the learned Pharisee, he had led his nation and the world in rebellion against God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Luke wrote: “As for Saul, he made havock of the church” (Acts 8:3).

The believers at Damascus feared Saul’s presence among them, saying: “Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem?” (Acts 9:21).