Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
Consider Jesus’ words in Matthew 9:16, 17 (repeated in all of the synoptic Gospels): No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved.
It could hardly be clearer that Jesus is alerting His followers that God is about to make a paradigm shift in His dealings with man. In this instance, the old garment and the old wine bottle both referred to Israel and as clear as words can be Jesus is telling us that what He is about to do is going to be a completely new thing. The New Testament Church is not an extension of Israel – it is not a patched up garment or an old bottle full of new wine. It is rather, a wholly new entity.
God never changes, but His dealings with man do change. Because that is true, you and I do not make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem each year to worship God as clearly commanded in a former dispensation. A new dispensation has begun in which the requirements and relationships of the former period have been replaced by new ones.
So Dispensationalism aids us in distinguishing the various purposes of God during the changing periods of the biblical record. To learn more contact us today.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.