PA277 Colossians 1:25-2:3 mp3

In this message, Paul explains that he became a dispense of truth to the ekklesia by God’s choice. The truth he proclaimed was that of the mystery or secret among the nations which is Christ among them. He had formerly been among the Israelites, but now all nations are equal, as Ephesians 3:6 makes clear. Paul and his company labor and toil to encourage believers to leave their old lives behind and to reach maturity in Christ. Paul is concerned for the Colossians and all other believers who have never met him in the flesh. He wants their hearts to be encouraged as they face the world, and he wants most of all for them to have a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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PA276 Colossians 1:20-24 mp3

In this message, we continue to consider the important 20th verse of Colossians 1, and the fact that Christ is going to metamorphose all rulers and authorities to Himself. The Colossians were at one time far from the truth in their thinking, but now they too had been metamorphosed into conformity to Christ. Christ has chosen them to be hallowed and flawless and blameless in His order to come. Then, we consider the gospel, which already had been proclaimed in every creation under heaven. What important truth does this tell us about the cessation of the Acts period?

PA275 Colossians 1:18-20 mp3

In this message, we consider Christ as the Head of the Body, the Church. What does it mean that He is the Head, and what is meant by a head? What is the Body spoken of here? Does it mean a human body, or something else? What is the Church? Does this speak of the human organizations we see on every hand, or something else entirely? Then, all Divine fullness dwells in Christ. He reconciles all to Himself. Does this mean universalism? Are all, even Satan and the demons, ultimately going to be saved?

PA274 Colossians 1:14-17 mp3

In this message, we discuss the fact that we have redemption through Christ’s blood, and our sins are forgiven. Christ is the Firstborn of every creation. What does this mean? The firstborn is the ones who rules. It has to do with rulers, who are indeed creations. By Christ all things were created. But this is not talking about creations in the beginning. Rather, he is talking about all God-appointed rulers, who were all created by Christ. These rulers include thrones, lordships, sovereignties, and authorities. Christ is preeminent over all, and in Him all God-appointed rulers have their standing. We consider these glorious truths from the book of Colossians.

PA273 Colossians 1:9-13 mp3

In this message, Paul prays for the Colossians, desiring for them realization of the will of God, wisdom, and spiritual understanding. He urges them to “walk worthy” or to live the lifestyle worthy of their Lord. They are to bear fruit and bring a good harvest in good works, all the while growing in their realization of God. He wants them to have the strength and power to endure and be patient with joy, all the while giving thanks to the Father Who qualifies us for our share of the portion of the set-apart ones in the light. He has rescued us from the authority of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. We do not believe that we are currently living in the kingdom, for this is a future reality. What, then, is Paul talking about here, stating that we are already transported into this kingdom?

PA272 Colossians 1:1-8 mp3

In this message, we consider the opening verses of the book of Colossians. Paul and Timothy write to the hallowed and believing brothers in Christ in Colossae. Paul prays to God, even the Father, thankful for what he has heard of their faith and self-sacrificing love. He is also thankful for the expectation laid up for them among the exalted ones. They heard about this expectation in the gospel, which had come to them as it had in all the world and was bringing forth fruit. They had learned this gospel from a man named Epiphras. We consider what we can learn about this beloved fellow-slave of Paul.

PA271 Colossians Introduction mp3

In this message, we consider the book of Colossians. Who were the Colossians? What do we know about the city of Colossae? Was Paul ever in Colossae? Who were some of the Colossians? When and where was Colossians written? Is it part of his writings to believers in the dispensation of grace today? We consider all these questions in preparing for our study of the book.

PA270 Post Acts Dispensationalism Part 3: The Period After Acts 28:28 mp3

In this message, we continue considering the seven books of Paul we believe God wrote to us today in the dispensation of grace. Do post Acts dispensationalists really have a point when they claim some of these are not for us today? Removing some books damages the advanced dispensational argument by stunting the proof that miraculous healings ended in our day. The “dictionary method” of proof used by post Acts types does not really prove anything. The post Acts view depends on reordering Paul’s books contrary to what is the commonly-accepted chronology. We can understand the truth behind many of the problems the post Acts crowd claim to see if we just understand that the period from Acts 28:28 to the end of the writing of the Bible was a transitional period, though we do not believe it was a separate dispensation. Ultimately, we believe that Acts 28 dispensationalism remains the better view.

PA269 Post Acts Dispensationalism Part 2: Our Seven Letters mp3

In this message, we continue to consider the view called “Post Acts Dispensationalism,” which states that the dispensational change did not take place at Acts 28:28, but rather at some later date post Acts. We continue to consider a talk given by Rex B. Grant in 1990 to the BFC Conference in South Holland, Illinois called “Acts 28:28, A Reassessment,” in which he argues against the Acts 28:28 dividing line and for a line post Acts. We conclude our consideration and criticism of his “grammatical proof.” Then, he argues against the seven letters of Paul post Acts 28:28, claiming that Acts 28 dispensationalists just made up their view to justify these seven books, and then claiming that only Ephesians and Colossians are for us today. I respond by taking a look at the seven post Acts period letters of Paul and what each adds to our knowledge of this dispensation we live in today. Post Acts Dispensationalism, instead of making dispensationalism clearer, actually damages and distorts the advanced dispensational message.

PA268 Post Acts Dispensationalism Part 1: Going Beyond Bullinger, Welch, and Sellers? mp3

In this message, we begin to examine the idea of post Acts dispensationalism. A man named Rex B. Grant gave a message at the BFC Conference in South Holland, Illinois in 1990 called “Acts 28:28, A Reassessment” in which he criticized the Acts 28:28 dispensational viewpoint and promoted a post Acts dispensational scheme. I start my critique of post Acts dispensationalism by going through his criticisms of Acts 28 dispensationalism and giving my answers to his arguments.