Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
November 28, 2018

Dispensations = the Hypostatic Union refers to a period of time when Undiminished Deity and True Humanity would dwell in one person forever, the Lord Jesus Christ.


Our Lord was said He was "The One" who taught us how Humanity and Deity can dwell together while bringing glory to the Lord.


Dispensation = God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit all express themselves to mankind in some unique way.


it has been made known to all the nation's leading them to obedience to the faith or the obedience to the faith or to the pistis to obey the faith or to obey the truth;


Dispensations = a part of the divine categories of human history as well as the vehicle by which believers living at a specific time in history can orient to God's will, plan, and purpose for their lives.


Their dispensations were defined as a period of time during which a particular revelation of God's mind and God's will is the plan for every believer in the Church-age.


We continue by revealing some of the things that the Lord had done for them and for us.


It is also that which our Lord had to deal with and what He had done for all of us in eternity past and some of the reasons for Him doing so.


Because of these principles, there are many individuals who know about the things that God has prepared for those who love Him and they do not understand how God is glorified by those things.


If we are parents and we love to give blessings and prosperity to those whom we love , how much more does our Heavenly Father love to give to us?


Under this principle we need to establish how much more does our Father desire and enjoy giving to His children?


This is why our Lord made one of the greatest statements ever made on this subject of giving and receiving to His children and also love doing just that as ACT 20:21-35.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said just that when He taught His disciples how to give and how to receive and how to enjoy the blessing from doing so.


How to Give.
How to receive.
How to enjoy -- + all the blessings from doing so.


When the apostle Paul rejected the guidance and direction from God the Holy Spirit and  not to go to Jerusalem but to stay on the road towards Rome and Asia, Paul disobeyed God the Holy Spirit and went towards Jerusalem because of  his love for the Jews.


ROM 10:1  Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for {their} salvation.  For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.


It was one of the worse decisions that the apostle Paul had made and suffered from doing so.


The first pastor's conference = when the apostle Paul taught the pastors the importance of giving, receiving, and enjoying all that the Lord had done for all of us as Church-age believers.


Not only did the apostle Paul have to deal with it personally but he also had to deal with it spiritually because he was the one apostle who knew mystery doctrine more than all the rest.


This was one of those passages where the apostle Paul ended up disobeying one of the commands concerning the geographical location that God the Holy Spirit was leading the apostle Paul to a certain geographical location.


This was one of those passages where the apostle Paul rejected the guidance and direction of God the Holy Spirit.


It was here in Ephesus that the apostle Paul was disciplined by God the Holy Spirit for refusing to go to Ephesus because he had become emotional and sentimental and he wanted to go back to Jerusalem.


This is one of the passages that teach right pastor-teacher to right congregation as a member of the Royal Family of God.


Notice that the apostle Peter said in 1PE 5:2, to Shepherd or feed the flock of God among you,


"exercising oversight" =  spiritual authority  not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to {the will of} God; and not for sordid gain (money) ,


but with eagerness which refers to being motivated properly;


These two passages teach that there is a right pastor- teacher , for the right congregation .


This is the same concept as the right-man and the right-woman as taught by the apostle Paul in 1Co 7:17 when Paul laid down some of the rules concerning the marriage between the right-man and right-woman.


1Co 7:17   Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this manner let him walk. And thus I direct in all the churches.


Act 20:28   "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which (that is "which flock"  God the Holy Spirit has made you overseers,


Peter makes an astonishing statement he says "to shepherd or feed the flock or the church of God which He (that is God) purchased with His own blood.


In this verse God the Holy Spirit purchased the church of God with His (that is God's) own blood, which can only refer to or mean that the Lord Jesus Christ is called God……Why?


The Lord is called God here because God the Father does not have blood nor does God the Holy Spirit have blood, only God the Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has blood.


This verse must refer to the Lord Jesus Christ because He is the only member of the godhead who has human blood.

He was very emotional towards the Jews so much so that he was literally in tears because of this love.


One of the most popular passages upon the subject of giving and receiving where the apostle Paul makes that very popular statement -  "It is more blessed to give than to receive."


This is one of the most popular statements that the word of God states concerning the subject of giving and receiving and the blessings that follow.

Most people place a lot more emphasis on "getting" than they do on "giving."


Do you honestly get a lot more enjoyment out of giving than you do out of receiving?


God sees that many of His children place much more emphasis on receiving than they do on giving.


His Word clearly teaches that He put us on this earth not to see how much we can get, but to see how much we can give.

1CO 3:13   Each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is {to be} revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work.


 2CO 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.


God's Word clearly teaches that He put us on this earth not to see how much we can get, but to see how much we can give and receive.


"Why is it more blessed to give than it is to receive" =  set down a set of rules or principles that we all need to follow if we are going to glorify our Lord and Savior.


(1)  When we give freely and generously, we put God first ahead of our own selfish interests.


(2)  When we give freely and generously, this reveals how much we love the Lord and how much we trust God.


The degree of our giving is a clear indication of our freedom from fear and worry concerning our logistics we need for the future.


As we have seen throughout the last few dispensations,  freedom from fear and worry is always a blessing.


(3) When we give freely and generously, this protects us from the pitfalls of greed and covetous­ness.


Generous giving comes from a humble loving heart.


Greed and selfishness are derived from a proud heart and this blocks us from the blessings of God.


1PE 5:5  "for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble."


(4)  It is more blessed to give than to receive also because the more we give to God, the more this opens the channel for Him to see that we can receive abundantly from Him in return?


We are receiving these commands and these doctrinal conclusions based upon the words of our Lord or our "doctrinal conclusions" concerning those things the Lord has done "to us" and "for us."

LUK 6:38   "Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, they will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."


Our Lord is saying "Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back‑‑but given back with bonuses and blessings.


Giving not getting, is one of the ways of being blessed under the principle that  Generosity begets Generosity.


(5)  It is more blessed to give than to receive because giving graciously and sacrificially produces an attitude in the individual which allows God to pour out more blessings to the one who gives.


Giving graciously and sacrificially is for your own benefit as well as for the benefit of others.

Or do you truly believe the passages that teach that when it comes to giving and doctrinal directions,  you must remember why the Lord said "It is better to give than it is to receive."


Independence Day is a Day of Freedom as the Passover teaches.
Thanksgiving Day = Giving Thanks for all things to the Lord


Christmas  Day = God so Loved - He gave - Joh 3:16
New Years Day = Celebrate the Brand New Year


  1. The reality of life is bound up in the soul's capacity for life.
  2. There is no capacity for life apart from maximum doctrine resident in the soul.

PHI 2:5  Have this mind in yourselves which was also in Christ


  1. With maximum doctrine resident in the soul as a basis for capacity for life or what is really life, the mature believer can enjoy the benefits of grace in time and in eternity.

PSA 103:2  Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;


PSA 116:12   What shall I render to the Lord For all His benefits toward me?


  1. There is no status symbol or blessing associated with happiness which can produce happiness apart from capacity for life resident in the soul.

Joh 15:11  "I have taught you these things, in order that My happiness [+H] might be in you, and that your happiness might be completed [fulfilled]."


  1. You will never enjoy what you have without capacity for life through doctrine resident in the soul.
  2. You'll be always looking for something more or something better unless you have capacity in your soul and appreciation of God's grace.
  3. These capacities in the soul are a part of your blessings in time.
  4. The capacity must come before the blessing.
  5. The capacity for love must come before the relationship to love.
  6. The capacity for wealth and success must come before money, profit and wealth.
  7. The capacity for happiness must come before the accoutrements of happiness.
  8. The capacity for life must come before the blessings of life.
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