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Is it necessary to follow Christ? Of course it is! But how? You might say: How, you ask? Why you just go to the gospels and follow His words, instructions, and actions, right? Well, no, that is not exactly how you follow Christ today in the dispensation of grace.

I am going to make a statement and please do not be alarmed and hang up before you listen to any more: You can not follow Christ today without following the specific instructions He gave us from glory through Paul!

Sound strange? It is not strange if you keep in mind several things. First, Christ revealed a completely new dispensation through Paul called the dispensation of grace (Ephesians 3:1,2). The marching orders for this day of grace are somewhat different than those for the kingdom dispensation which is set aside until the rapture when this dispensation of grace is over.

While many of the principles in God's Word are trans-dispensational―they span dispensational lines―much of God's kingdom program has changed and can not be practiced today. For instance:

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The gospel today is not "repent and be baptized for the remission of sins....the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (this is the gospel of the kingdom). The gospel today is, "Christ died for our sins....was buried and rose again the third day according to the scriptures; believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved" (this is the gospel of the grace of God).

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Next, water baptism was required under the kingdom gospel and it is not permitted today (Mathew 28:19 cf. 1 Corinthians 1:17).

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Further, The sign gifts (tongues, healing, etc,,) are guaranteed to follow the preaching of the kingdom gospel (Mark 16:17,18), but today they are gone and we are not to use or seek them (Romans 11:13; 1 Corinthians 13:8-12).

For more see my article on the grace message...

 

 

   
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