Stewardship equals distributorship; to manage or look after another mans property. Especially a large house or an estate. One who is given care over provisions to distribute according to owners specifications. A stewardship in scripture is also translated dispensation, and means to dispense, to distribute and administer..
Paul said that “we are stewards of the mysteries of God”. (1st Cor 4.1) A dispenser of invisible to the human eye things of God. Paul says that he is a dispenser of these things through the gospel. He has been entrusted a distributorship, that he is not to abuse his distributorship of the gospel. (! Cor 9.17-18)
Galatians 4.2 says that we are under guardians and tutors/dispensers, same Greek word. It is the ministers of God that distribute the goods of the Father, not dispensed by time.
Ephesians 3.2 If you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God given to me to give for you”. Here shows a direct line of conveyance. A distribution from God to us saying verse 7 “of which I became a minister” meaning a distributor. Like a baton pass from the Father to you.
So here is my question to you. Is it the gospel message and the kingdom of God that is dispensed and revealed by faith, or by time, meaning days, months, seasons and years as the 2nd coming end time dispensationalist ministers preach? That God is bound by time and matter so we must wait? He who said “The Kingdom of God is at hand”? Took it back to return it later?
I mean we just looked at the true distributor of the things of God, the mysteries Paul wrote “before in just a few words” That these things are distributed through the preaching of the gospel. That is why he said “woe is me if I preach not the gospel.
It is the gospel that is the conduit delivery mechanism, being the true words of Christ, that are reiterated and repeated by the stewards and dispensed throughout time, so that the hearer of the gospel being under tutors and distributors may receive the thing dispensed. Which is salvation. The complete saving process start to finish, from faith to faith. That’s it. It is there for the taking.
This is as scripture says, “when that which is perfect has come, that which is in part is done away with. The tutor taught fulfilling “He who has received you has received Me” has happened. The conduit worked. The gospel was preached, you believed then you received “according to your faith”. As Peter said “receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your soul”. Learn to rest in this.
Jesus spoke of this stewardship, dispensation and distributorship in John 17.15 saying “I do not pray for these alone, (meaning the 12) but also for those (you and me) who will believe in me through their word”. The words of Christ reiterated. Not to be misconstrued as thinking He needs to come back and repeat Himself. He is seated in the heavens waiting for His enemies to become His footstool, which are your doubts and fears. These are His enemies. He already defeated Satan, sin and death and now awaits your arrival. To be seated with Him. For He is the gift given through the gospel and not time. As Peter said, we have been given everything that pertains to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him, whereby we are partakers if the Devine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world. How? Through the gospel reitterated. And so we do.
This conveyance of the things of God is not as the Greek to English translators say “the dispensation of the fullness of time” as though time is the keeper of the things of God. That God is restrained by the thing that is made? That is just carnal nonsense. God is not wringing His hands waiting to come back to fix things. He is waiting for you to believe. Like John says “we have come to know and believe that God has sent His Son as Savior of the world”. Can you confess and profess that too? Then you are a conduit for the Holy Spirit.
Christ said “It is “those who will believe in me through their (the disciples) word” that we believe the same word as if Christ just spoke it for the first time, as fact for us to participate of the oneness in the Father and the Son, the koinania. As Christ said to the Father “that they may be one with us, that the world may believe. (John 17.21)
This is the objective and the conclusion of the gospel and ministered, distributed and dispensed, given to us by the re-utterance of the words of Jesus and received in us by faith.
He does not to repeat Himself as though He must continue to work for He is seated. He does things once. He does things right. The gospel repeats Him, the stewards do, we do. And it is through the gospel that “the Kingdom of God is at hand” anytime and all the time, dispensed and absorbed by the renewed mind of faith, to those who follow the spirit, “so that where I am they may be also” as Jesus said, for His words are spirit and they are life NOW. And it is from faith to faith for the just shall live by faith. NOT from faith and finished by watching a calendar of events for a second coming, as though time is the steward of eternity.
Think about how backwards that sounds. Shall the thing that is made tell the One who made it “no, you have to wait, I am not ready”? This is what Paul meant when he said “you observe days , months, seasons and years, I am afraid that I have labored for you in vain”. His stewardship and distributorship of dispensing the mysteries of God had been circumvented by the thinking that something else has to happen. That there is another distribution event of the things of God than the cross in the future. But nay. Time is subservient to God, not the other way around.
Here then is another misunderstanding by the 2nd coming seekers that time is in control of God. That God must wait.
Even as with the raising of Lazarus when Christ said “these things have happened for the Glory (the unbound, unfettered word) of God to appear”. But Mary said “yah Lord I know you will raise him up at the last day” and Jesus said “Mary! I am the resurrection” as if to shatter all time barriers. Meaning, you don’t have to wait. “I AM” the last day, “whoever shall believe and me shall never die believe you this”? And you should ask yourself. Are you in Adams “in the day you eat you shall surely die”? Or in “The Day of the Lord” in which you live? In Christ. The old creation, or the new.
Joseph and His Steward
So lets look at this stewardship in the light of Joseph in the old testament. Joseph was left by his brothers for dead in a pit to be raised out, endure prison then put in the place of prominence having control over all the goods of Egypt. Being a type of Christ He had power over “all things” as Christ said “all things have been delivered to Me by My Father”. He is at the helm. This is as Jesus said to His disciples and to us through their word “You shall not follow me now, meaning death and Hades, but you shall follow me after”, meaning to the Father. It was only Joseph who went to the pit symbolizing what Christ did for us.
And this is what is depicted and dispensed through the gospel account in Joseph of things that are “from the beginning” not a second coming end time thing but through the gospel even for those who read and understood this account in the book we call Genesis before Christ walked the earth. The gospel is a timeless, eternal message without beginning or end, from the timeless, eternal entity called God we call Father.
Now let us look to Joseph who had instructed His steward things concerning His brethren who did not recognize Him, who left Him for dead and later coming to Him for sustenance for there was a famine in the land. The steward was told “Take these men to My home and make ready for today they will dine with Me. This is the first distribution. Today is the day of Salvation.
“Today” at His house in His kingdom. If you can hear this, for “Behold I stand at the door and knock! He who answers will dine with me and I with Him. Rev 3.20
When they drew near to the house the steward was standing at the door. And that is the position of every good steward of Christ and the purpose of the gospel. For us to be the entrance point to bring people into the kingdom through the word. And as it was said of Josephs steward “having made ready”and “all things are now ready” (Mt 22.4 and 25.34) He brings them in.
Josephs brothers then go through a whole plethora of reasons and excuses for their imposition and the steward/distributor dispenses goods simply saying “Peace”. This is what the new testament epistles open up with, Peace and goodwill from God toward man.
The steward having made ready the things of Joseph/Christ, having separated them from the Egyptians (carnal seekers) and taking them into the house to sup with Joseph/Christ then said to them and us now “do not be afraid, God has given you treasures in your sacks”. Which is reiterated by Paul saying “if you believe in your heart (sack) and confess with your mouth” you shall have the thing that is said. “Whatever you ask in my name that I will do for the Father to be Glorified.
Which is what the gospel teaches that you are given everything from the beginning,, and you just don’t know it. It is in the mouth of your sack for you to confess now and grow in understanding while dining with Christ “For in doing so an entrance will be supplied abundantly for you into the Kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ” And time has nothing to do with this for “in doing so”. “Today, if you will hear His voice”. And when doing what? “grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This is the chain and links of the distribution and the dispensation of the things of God through the gospel and not time as if a second coming is the dispenser. Wrong gospel. Even in Joseph the gospel message is preached to be received by faith back then.
We receive His words in our hearts, our sacks and as displayed by Josephs brother saying “when we came back to our camp we opened our sacks and each mans money was there in full weight”. That’s right. The price was paid by another and put in their sacks by the steward and the dispenser of words for Joseph.
Like Jesus who was committed to the pit, so too with Joseph who after His brothers had come to Him, that they separated themselves from the Egyptians, meaning the carnal thinking of time and matter, that Joseph revealed Himself to His brothers. And it was the steward who prepared and orchestrated this whole event at the directive of the Holy Spirit. Glory to God and thanks to Him who has given us provisions in our sacks, the word of faith. The stewards to prepare our meal with Him so that He can reveal, or unveil himself through the gospel, revealing what is just beyond the veil of human perception. Are you getting this? Do you recognize Him?
So having supt with His brothers and revealing Himself, the steward, the distributor, was instructed to “fill the men’s sacks with as much as they can carry. And put each mans money with as much as they can carry in the mouth of their sack. And this is as Jesus said “I have many things to tell you (and to give you) however you are not able to bear (or carry) them” These men are gifted when they visit, and when they leave to come back they see that they already had what they thought that they needed. And gods word does just that, for He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. This is the gospel,the word of God reiterated but not just freshly spoken, just reiterating the things that are already there. We look to His word like a mirror and remember; oh ya. That is who I am in Christ.
Here then in Joseph we can see the purpose of Christ and the purpose of the steward or minister being the distributor and dispenser and preparer of the things of God for the revelation not of Joseph but of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the unveiling, not time and matter.
Understanding this, why in the world would one want to depart our God given calling, and follow father time? “God forbid that I should glory in anything except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ”.To us who believe the gospel is “once and for all delivered to the saints” that brings us into the Kingdom not time.
The kingdom of God is at hand. The next Jesus does not bring it. The gospel does. Amen!!!