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    • When the Dispensation of Grace Began
      http://graceambassadors.com/midacts/the-start-of-the-dispensation-of-the-grace-of-god

      By Justin Johnson

      A common accusation against mid-Acts dispensationalists is that we do not know when the dispensation of grace began.

      This is simply not true[1].

      Mid-Acts dispensationalists believe the dispensation of grace began with Paul. Paul was the starting point. Paul was not saved before Acts 9.

      This is not arbitrary.

      Paul explains that a dispensation is not an arbitrary period of time, but rather begins with a revelation dispensed from God.

      “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery…” – Ephesians 3:2-3

      When was this grace first given to Paul? Answer: At his conversion.

      “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.“ – 1 Timothy 1:12-14

      It was at his conversion from blasphemer to minister of the Lord that God bestowed grace to him:

      “…because of the grace that is given to me of God, That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles” – Rom 15:15

      “Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.” – Eph 3:7

      The calling of Paul to ministry is recorded as far back as Acts 9:15.

      “[Paul] is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel” – Acts 9:15

      Paul tells his own story of how it all began at least twice in the book of Acts, here before Agrippa:

      “Whereupon as I went to Damascus [Acts 9]… And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee…” – Acts 26:12-17

      Paul’s conversion whereby God gave him grace and apostleship is mentioned more times in Acts and the epistles than the popular Spirit outpouring at Pentecost in Acts 2.

      Clearly God is calling attention to when he gave Paul grace and called him to minister to all men in Acts 9.

      The beginning of the dispensation of the grace of God was when an undeserving sinner first received longsuffering and salvation from God freely apart from Israel and the law.

      “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” – 1 Tim 1:15-16

      The Lord Jesus Christ made Paul a pattern for those who would follow after in the gospel of the grace of God, and in the fellowship of the mystery.

      We do not worship Paul, we recognize the Biblical emphasis upon the dispensation of God’s grace first given to Paul. This was not in the beginning of Acts at Pentecost, nor at the end, but in the middle when Christ first appeared to Paul.

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      1 – Often critics are unaware of the differences between the mid-Acts and Acts 28teachings, and lump them together as if there is extreme ambiguity in the mid-Acts position. The Acts 28 position is not mid-Acts dispensational, and should be treated separately. Some Acts 28ers have even preferred the nomenclature post-Acts.
       
    • Illegal is illegal. My parents had to go through the legal process when coming from Canada and Europe. It's the duty of the Executive branch to enforce the laws that the Legislative Branch creates.
    • That verse doesn't apply here because we are not oppressing immigrants.   We are barring illegal aliens.   The media in the US has erased the distinction between immigrants who are legal residents, and illegal aliens who seek to cross our borders without authorization. The media has done a horrible job explaining the situation at border. We are not separating children from parents in the manner in which the media and the Democrats try to claim.   Most of the children are not with their parents, but with human sex traffickers who were told by Democrat lawyers from the US to bring a child with them to increase their chances of entry.  The children separated from their parents long before they get to the border.  They are exploited and raped and sexually abused on the long trip from Central America to the border  We have found the dead bodies of children who died in the fields on the way up to the border. Our policy is to separate children from the adults in order to ascertain which adults are parents and which are criminals.  That means we have to get children away from the traffickers and we reunite them with their parents when they get everything sorted out.   The children are not kept in cages.  They get beds, showers, medical care, lessons in hygiene, fresh clothes, they play video games, watch movies, and play sports.  They get three meals and two snacks a day and they even get schooling.  Here is a link that also supports this:   http://www.breitbart.com/california/2018/06/15/photos-inside-shelter-for-illegal-alien-children-separated-from-parents/
    • Exodus 22:21 "You must not exploit or oppress a foreign resident, for you yourselves were foreigners in the land of Egypt." I agree that the situation is terrible, but I certainly don't agree that the solution lies within the dissolution of our border(s) as many seem to think. The children should be kept with their parents, outside of our border, as the law is the law and one cannot be here through illegal means. However, as I said, I don't support any kind of hateful or malicious edge to this barring. I have always thought that a good home is a happy home. If one has a good and happy home, what is the point in seeking out someplace else? Many Central and South Americans are very hard working and family-oriented people. Many of them would be more welcome here than certain other undesirables already within our borders, ones who do nothing but contribute to chaos and disorder. That is (or at least should be) the point of the legalizing process; to ensure that good people may enter, while barring those who would only cause issue. All the same, as for my idea of a happy home, I believe a solution lies in assisting and encouraging these people to improve their own native soil. They come here seeking a better life, so I would think that they would have no need to come here if their homes were good. This way, we don't have as many people wishing to come here, and they can live peacefully and happily in their own land. Things are a bit more complex than that, unfortunately... Like how that should really fall on the various governmental bodies down south. Much less the situation with Cuba; we really need to resolve that because it's an old wound and it needs to be bandaged. It isn't going to heal itself, which ignoring the problem seems to be the government's priority at the moment. All in all, it's a difficult situation that I really think would be rather more easily solved if everyone went about things differently. As you say, though, these things are likely simply meant to happen. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be; no use fighting it.
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