A major objection to placing a dividing line in God’s operation with the apostle Paul is that grace appears in the Bible before and after him.
How can the dispensation of the grace of God start with Paul if John wrote, “grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).
Peter says he is a steward of the “manifold grace of God” (1 Pet 4:10). Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, as did Moses, and David.
The new covenant even prophesied grace that should come to Israel as in the wilderness (Jer 31:2, 31:34; 1 Pet 1:10).
How can the gospel of the grace of God be preached first exclusively by Paul when there is all of this evidence of God’s grace throughout the Bible?
God has shown his grace throughout the Bible. Yet, how he could be gracious to a world of sinners was not known, and remained a mystery.
Grace was not reserved for Paul, it was revealed to Paul.
By the dispensation of the grace of God, the revelation of the mystery of Christ, we can understand now the grace of God found in Christ alone and his finished work offered freely to all sinners.
Grace was not reserved for us in this dispensation, it was revealed to us.
For His glory,
Justin “saved by grace” Johnson