July 18, 2007
PLAINER WORDS ONLINE …THE DOOR OF GRACE WILL CLOSE
The Door of Grace will soon be closed. When the Door of Grace is shut, salvation will no longer be by means of Grace through faith plus nothing (Eph. 2:8)! Salvation will no longer be a “gift of God: not of works.” The unmerited favor of God will be withdrawn as the grounds upon which He will save, “according to His mercy” (Titus 3: 5). Man will no longer be “justified by His grace” (Titus 3:7).
The Door of Grace will be closed when Jesus Christ intervenes, dramatically, in earthly affairs and dispels the “perilous times” of the last days of the current dispensation (2 Tim. 3:1-9). Men with corrupt minds will be stopped dead in their tracks when the Epiphany, i.e., His Appearing and His Kingdom of 2 Timothy 4:1, takes place: their folly, or madness will be manifested, or will be completely exposed; just like Jannes and Jambres were exposed when they appeared with Moses. They had to admit that “this was the finger of God.” [ 1 ]
The Door of Grace will close without warning. No supernatural “signs” will precede, or signal the closing of Grace’s Door. The supernatural, however, will signal the inauguration of the King, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul’s reference to Jannes and Jambres, in 2 Timothy 3:8-9, is a Divine illustration of how sudden the Dispensation of Grace will end.
“Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was” (2 Timothy 3:8-9).
When the Door of Grace is finally closed, The Day of Christ dawns. Thus, begins the Kingdom of God. So, as Jannes and Jambres “withstood Moses,” they could “proceed no further.” At last, “their folly was manifested to all.” These two men, the “sacred scribes” of Pharaoh, were pretenders, imposters, and illusionists who masqueraded as masters of magic.
The two-thousand-year Administration of Grace will end suddenly, without warning, taking the world by surprise. As Jannes and Jambres were startled by their sudden exposure as frauds, or charlatans in Moses’ day, so shall today’s last-day-men be startled by their undoing. The Word of Truth shows us the character of the-last-day-corrupters-of-Truth. They are men who have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof (2 Timothy 3:5):
Those who corrupt the Truth are described, by Paul, as being men of corrupt minds and reprobates concerning the faith. Their folly shall be made manifest to all men when the Lord Jesus Christ intervenes and interjects, Himself, positively and manifestly, into the course of human affairs. He will reverse the “course of this world” and unseat “the prince of the power of the air.” These are two key ingredients which will marshal in The Day of Jesus Christ.
This will be when: “Evil doers shall be cut off” (Psalm 37:9): when He shall: “break the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none” (Psalm 10:15). The Day of Christ is when He will assume sovereignty, and the Government will be His: “For the Kingdom is the LORD’s: and He is the Governor among the nations” (Psalm 22:28).
In Psalm 46, note how the Psalmist wrote about a future event, but he did so in the present tense. This was God’s method of assuring the Israelite that what He has promised, He is, also, able to perform—in plainer words, the Psalmist could write as if the prophecy had already been fulfilled because he was sure of its certainty:
“He maketh [will make] wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh [will break] the bow, and cutteth [will cut] the spear in sunder; He burneth [will burn] the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:9-10).
When the Day of Jesus Christ begins, He will speak from heaven, and wars will cease. Two Prophets, Isaiah and Micah, gave testimony to the end of wars which will take place during the Administration of the Government of God:
“And He [Jesus Christ] shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more” (Isaiah 2:4).
Micah 4:2 repeats the prophecy of Isaiah 4:2. Naval Academies, War Colleges, and Air Force Colleges, world-wide, will no longer teach tactics of war and combat. Instead, perhaps, they will make farm implements. Universal peace will be enjoyed for hundreds of years.
The Day of Christ will be a dispensation of Divine Government—world-wide. It will be a dispensation of Divine Laws and Statutes.
Government is the exact opposite of Grace. The Government administered by Jesus Christ will demand justice. Justice is the act of administering deserved punishment, or reward. Government speaks of law, works, and justice. Grace, on the other hand, administers undeserved favor. Today, the sinner’s plea is for grace, not justice!
During the Day of Christ, a plea for “Grace” will not even be considered. Only JUSTICE will be the order of the Day of Christ. Government demands justice which merits “a just recompense of reward” (Hebrews 2:2).
God’s magnificent display of Grace has been clearly exhibited for two-thousand-years. This display of God’s Grace shows one of His outstanding attributes ─GRACE. Even, under Grace, man has not learned the right way. When the Door slams shut, the Chapter of God’s Grace will have been written into history which proves, again, man’s rebellion against the Grace Dispenser:
“Let favour [grace] be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: …” (Isa. 26:10).
The dawn of the Day of Christ will inaugurate a new world order. Psalm 96:9-10 will become a reality:
“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.”
Tom L. Ballinger
[ 1 ]. “JANNES AND JAMBRES: Two magicians. ‘Withstood Moses’ (2 Tim 3:8-9). They could ‘proceed no further,’ though for a time they simulated Moses' miracles (Ex 7:11). At last ‘their folly was manifested unto all,’ when not only could they no longer rival Moses and send boils but were themselves smitten with boils. So as to the lice, the magicians confessed, ‘this is the finger of God’ (Ex 8:18-19; 9:11).” Fausset's Bible Dictionary.
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The Door of Grace Will Close
Posted in: 2007
By Tom L. Ballinger
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