By Michael S. Mecikalski
In the Heaven Far Above All Heavens #20
We should examine ourselves as to where or in what our priorities lie, for in fact and in truth, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Prov. 27:1).
In reviewing Article #7 in this series, we find that “point of view #3”concerning what the dispensation of the fullness of times is (Eph.1:10) and when it occurs puts forth the belief that this “dispensing” was The Mystery to the Apostle Paul in approx. A.D.64 and thus was, in essence, completed at that time in regard to the Father’s unfolding purpose and plan. It is important to understand that “point of view #3” does not in anyway deny the fact that members of the Church which is Christ’s Body were “beingenlightened so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what arethe riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Eph.1:18) for hundreds of years past the “revealing” of the Mystery first to the Apostle Paul and the fact that the Father’s “choosing” still continues in the very days in which we exist.
Note that we are moving past “point of view #2” since, simply stated, it is a belief that combines the viewpoints of #1 and #3 in our “discussion”. (Please bear with me in these matters; the Lord desires our minds to be working hard in His precious Word and we are naturally & perpetually dealing with “weighty truths” ...the ultimate honor and privilege!).
If I may be so bold, I am going to list a translation of Eph. 1:10 that is a product of the study of a fellow adopted son of God. This faithful saint holds to the belief of “viewpoint #3”. Hopefully I will not end up in “the clink” on the charge of plagiarism. Eph. 1 verse 10 ... with a view to (the) dispensation the one filling the times summing up the things in the Christ the ones both in the Heavens and the ones on the Earth in Him (I personally have withheld inserting any English punctuation as it may tend to taint the quality of the original). Those who hold to “viewpoint #3” believe for one, that it is important to understand the context in which v.10 of Ephesians 1 was written. The context no doubt being the Holy Spirit’s revealing thru the mind and hand of the Apostle Paul, the calling concerning the Church which is Christ’s Body; a company of believers called-out to occupy a position in the upon the Heavens as the fullness of the Son of God, the One who shed His blood as our fleshly kinsman; this out-calling of adopted sons being the product of the Father’s will in delight. The understanding of this calling never before revealed as it was hid in God until the year in our time A.D.64. This is the awesome context. continued