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By "Dispensational Truth" we mean those revealed truths that belong
exclusively to some one dispensation. The "promise" of the Land to Israel must
be distinguished from the "promise" that was made in Christ before the
overthrow of the world. The "hope" of the glory of the New Jerusalem must be
distinguished from the "hope" of the glory that shall be enjoyed in heavenly
places at the right hand of God. While believers, during the Acts and in the
dispensation of the mystery, were and are justified by faith, that common basis
must not be used to nullify the totally different structures that God has been
pleased to erect upon that common basis. We therefore urge upon all the
necessity of distinguishing between the "doctrinal" teaching of Romans, true now
as it was when written, and the subsequent revelation of the mystery, true only
since Acts 28:
The interested reader who desires further information upon these features is directed
to the following:
Doctrine and Dispensation . . . . .
Vol. 20: 48; 10: 113, 114.
The Gospel for To-day . . . . .
Vol. 12: 103, 139.
Common Features of Paul's Epistles . . . . .
Vol. 11: 126.
Differing Features of Paul's Epistles . . . . .
Vol. 11: 127.
Mystery and Rom. 16: 25, 26 . . . . .
Vol. 6: 111.
The Dispensation of the Mystery . . . . .
Vol. 18: 81, 117, 145.
Things that Differ . . . . .
Vol. 18: 15, 177.
Ephesians via Romans . . . . .
pp. 68, 69
In tabulating the "things that differ" in the two sets of Paul's epistles, prominence
must be given to the subject of spiritual gifts. To say, as some do, that "miracles do not
happen to-day" is not quite true. Every Divine interposition, or even answer to prayer, is
a miracle. It is, however, true to say that there are no evidential miracles in the
dispensation of the Mystery. The presence of evidential miracles is an important
characteristic of the dispensation that preceded Acts 28:, just as their absence
characterizes the dispensation which was given to Paul as the Lord's prisoner.
The reader is asked to observe, however, that we do not say that in no circumstances
to-day are evidential miracles possible; we are careful to speak only of the dispensation
of the Mystery. If the Gospel of the Kingdom is to be preached in all the world for a
witness unto all nations, before the end comes, then we must be prepared to find pioneers
in heathen lands experiencing some of the evidences of the faith that belongs to the
Kingdom. Confining ourselves, however, to the two sets of Paul's epistles, before and