The LLM RULES Article Series covered the seven fundamental points that the Child of God and member of the Body of Christ needs to know in order to be a more effective Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:18-20 ; Ephesians 3:2,9 ). The Illustration Charts presented here convey, in images, important aspects of The LLM RULES Article Series.
LLM RULES Illustrated, Chart 1
The above Bible Study Chart illustrates the position and Hope of the Church of this Dispensation of Grace, the Body of Christ. It shows how God interrupted the prophetic program and "wedged" or "sandwiched" The Dispensation of Grace BETWEEN the pouring out of His Spirit at Pentecost and the pouring out of His Wrath in the Tribulation to come.
During this parenthesis He is forming the Body of Christ out of Jews AND Gentiles, reconciled to Himself by the Cross. Present day believers, Children of God, members of the Body of Christ, have their positions in the Heavenlies IN Christ, and wait for Him to come and receive them to Himself. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 )
LLM RULES Illustrated, Chart 2
The above Bible Study Chart illustrates how God's purpose concerning the present Dispensation was a "Mystery" or secret, "hid from ages and from generations" until it was revealed by the RISEN, Glorified, LORD Jesus Christ TO the Apostle Paul.
According to Old Testament scripture the Tribulation period was to immediately follow Pentecost, but, by the Grace of God, it did NOT follow immediately, for when sin had risen to it's height, God, through the Apostle Paul, made known His eternal purpose concerning this present Dispensation of Grace and the formation of the Body of Christ.
LLM RULES Illustrated, Chart 3
The Bible Study Chart above illustrates that Salvation was to have gone, (and will some day go), to the Gentiles THROUGH Israel, with The LORD Jesus Christ as King on Earth.
This Bible Study chart shows how, for the present Dispensation of Grace, it has gone to the Gentiles APART from Israel, ENTIRELY on the basis of The LORD Jesus Christ's meritorious death. This Bible Study chart explains the difference between, "the Gospel of the Kingdom" and "the Gospel of the Grace of God"; between PROPHECY and The MYSTERY; between "The Kingdom of Heaven, and "The Body of Christ"
LLM RULES Illustrated, Chart 4
The Bible Study Chart above illustrates the difference between the principles and Dispensations of God. It is not meant to indicate the close of any Dispensation, but rather the changes or advances in God's dealings with men while His principles remain eternally unchangeable.
LLM RULES Illustrated, Chart 5
The Bible Study chart above illustrates the philosophical harmony of the messages proclaimed by God's servants through the centuries.
For example, the "Gospel of the Kingdom", proclaimed by our LORD and the twelve, NATURALLY takes us back to David and the great covenant of the Messianic Kingdom made with him. Similarly, the "Gospel of the Circumcision", proclaimed later at Pentecost, NATURALLY takes us back to Abraham and the covenant of circumcision, guaranteeing the blessing of the Gentiles through Abraham's, (NOT Abram's), seed.
Study the rest for yourself until you get to the most blessed message of all, The Mystery! The Mystery, proclaimed by the Apostle Paul and based, NOT on covenants, or prophecies, but based on God's "own purpose and Grace...given us in Christ Jesus BEFORE the world began" (2 Timothy 1:9 ).
LLM RULES Illustrated, Chart 6
The Bible Study Chart above illustrates how the so-called "Great Commission" was PRECEDED by a commission almost as great and then followed by the Greatest of ALL Commissions...THAT given by the Glorified LORD Jesus Christ to Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, and to us.
Actually, while there is much talk about "obeying the (so-called) "Great Commission", no one really obeys it today, for God has made this impossible. We can and should, however, obey the Great Commission given to the Apostle Paul and us by Christ, in Heaven. (2 Cor. 5:14-21 ; Ephesians 3:1-11 )
LLM RULES Illustrated, Chart 7
The Bible Study Chart above illustrates that, with Israel's rejection of The LORD Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, the message of the twelve Apostles went from the particular to the general, while LATER, with the Apostle Paul, (the chief of sinners saved by Grace), his message, (received by direct revelation from the Glorified Risen Christ), went from the general to the particular again, climaxed by the glorious Truth about Christ and His Body.
Thus the TRANSITION lies BETWEEN and explains the generalities in the Book of Acts which have puzzled so many!
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 . BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
Spread this message to everyone you know, far and wide.
Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20 )