The Dispensation Of God – Part 1: Sermon By Bishop Gobanga
As I urged you when I was on my way to Macedonia, stay on where you are at Ephesus in order that you may warn and admonish and charge certain individuals not to teach any different doctrine, nor to give importance to or occupy themselves with legends (fables, myths) and endless genealogies, which foster and promote useless speculations and questionings rather than acceptance in faith of God’s administration and the divine training that is in faith (in that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence)—
Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith. But certain individuals have missed the mark on this very matter [and] have wandered away into vain arguments and discussions and purposeless talk. They are ambitious to be doctors of the Law (teachers of the Mosaic ritual), but they have no understanding either of the words and terms they use or of the subjects about which they make [such] dogmatic assertions.1 Timothy 1:3-7 (AMPC)
When you are in touch with the Holy Spirit, the life-giving Spirit will impart life into you.
If you do not submit to the Lordship of the life-giving Spirit of Christ in you, you will miss out on His life.
The living Christ in the Holy Spirit will impart times of refreshment in you.
Christ though the Holy Spirit brings liberty into your life, from sin and struggles within you.
But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.2 Corinthians 3:18 (ASV)
To be transformed is to be changed in the nature you have within yourself and then outside yourself. Transformation is to be changed into the nature of Christ.
God expects us to be like a mirror – to reflect who He is as we gaze upon Him. We become what we see. If you spend your time gazing at wickedness, you become wicked and reflect wickedness.
God is looking for a person who will gaze upon Him.
The Spirit of God brings a transformation in your natural being to reflect the glorious nature of God.
Walking in the Spirit means allowing your spirit being to be active within yourself. The Holy Spirit transacts with the human spirit.
If you are mostly concerned about self, you are a soulish Christian.
When you submit yourself to the Lordship of Christ, He will break the power of self in you and impart to you a new mind, heart and will.
If you are in the Holy Spirit, you will experience a transcendence in your being. You will be able to experience eternity while still living in the body.
God wants you to experience purpose and eternity in you.
God does not depend on anything to exist. His eternal purpose goes beyond the limitation of time. His purpose is above creation.
God wanted a mate with whom He can share what is in Him. He needed a mate who could stand the purity of His attributes. He also needed a mate who didn’t have a beginning or an end.
And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).Ephesians 2:6 (AMPC)
The kind of mate who God wanted could only come from Himself just as Eve came from Adam. This mate was His eternal purpose. It’s the reason why He created everything. This mate was the Bride of Christ, the Church.
God desires sons who would come together and form a Body called the Bride of Christ. The Church has been ordained to have members from every nation.
When the Bible says that God knew you even before you were born, that statement is singular and plural. He was also referring to the Church. The Church in the New Testament.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you [as My chosen instrument], and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; [and] I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.Jeremiah 1:5 (AMPC)
Dispensation can be used to mean economy, administration, arrangement and distribution. It implies that God has a focal point in reference to His purpose. God wants to distribute Himself into man.
God the Father is the Source. Christ, who is the Son, is the embodiment and actualization of the Father in the Holy Spirit who is the transmission of the Godhead.
If you have the Holy Spirit in you then you must display the works of Christ. The Holy Spirit transmits into the human spirit what God the Father has provided.
The dispensation of God is His plan to dispense Himself into the entire human race.
You are not saved to gain material things. God wants to give you something more that even money can’t buy.
God is the product and investment of everything.
You can’t exercise dominion if you do not have an investment of God. Dominion comes when you are full of God.
The desire of God – His vision – is that He wants to fill everything. He wants His glory to cover all the earth.
But [the time is coming when] the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.Habakkuk 2:14 (AMPC)
God desires to use you to fill the earth with His glory by dispensing what He has invested in you.
You can’t dispense what you don’t know. The substance of God is that He is Spirit. God wants to reproduce the substance of His Spirit and dispense it into you.
God is a Spirit (a spiritual Being) and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth (reality).John 4:24 (AMPC)
God is Spirit. Everything He produces is spirit.
Without the Trinity, we cannot experience the fullness of the Godhead.
The dispensation of God stems from the desire of God the Father conveyed through His Son. The Son transmits the desire to men through the Holy Spirit.
God created us in the image and likeness of Christ in eternity.
The image that we have is the image of the Son. Christ has always had His human nature even in eternity past. We are created in the image of the Son because He also has a human nature. That is why He is referred to as the second Adam. The main difference between Christ and Adam is that Christ never fell into sin.
Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit [restoring the dead to life].1 Corinthians 15:45 (AMPC)
The Holy Spirit is the only being that can cause what is spiritual to manifest in the physical.
The disciples didn’t fully understand who Christ was even after spending 3 years with Him. When the Holy Spirit was released into them, they were empowered to be witnesses of Christ. Not because they had any other motivation but rather because they touched base with the divine purpose for which Christ was released from eternity into time.