THE WORD OF TRUTH MINISTRY
228 NORTH EL MOLINO AVENUE
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA 91101-1675
Otis Q. Sellers, Founder — David R. Hettema, Director
Volume 3, No. 5 Jane Sellers Hancock, Editor June 2011
THOUGHTS FROM THE EDITOR
Jane S. Hancock
We sing, “Grace, grace, wonderful grace.”
We sing, “Grace, grace, God’s grace.”
We sing, “His grace is enough for me.”
We sing, “Amazing grace.”
And Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee.”
What are we singing about? Do we know? What is Paul talking about? Do we know?
In The Dispensation of the Grace of God (1947) Otis Q. Sellers writes, “Grace is the passion of God to bless, causing Him to seize every opportunity to deliver the sinful and give grace to the graceless. Grace is the unlimited love of God in expression. . . . Grace is God’s love and favor to the undeserving. Grace is pure unrecompensed kindness and favor. It is God’s love to His creatures who do not deserve His love.”
This is a description of the administration under which we live today, The Dispensation of the Grace of God, the administration that began at Acts 28:28 and will continue until the advent of the Kingdom. This administration is now almost 2000 years in length; however, time is not the important factor here. The character of the administration is what is important. And the character of this administration, this dispensation, is that God does not judge and God does not punish. God deals only in grace; yes, amazing grace.
What does that mean? Grace is a gift. It does not come with strings attached. You can’t earn it. It cannot be denied. You can’t have it because you deserve it. You can’t lose it because you don’t deserve it. Grace just is. It’s a gift from God, one we need to take on faith and enjoy.
Sellers quotes from Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer’s book entitled Grace: “Grace is neither treating a person as he deserves nor treating a person better than he deserves. It is treating a person graciously without the slightest reference to his desserts. Grace is infinite love expressing itself in infinite goodness.”
Grace has to be sufficient for us. If the time we live in today were a time of justice, people who earned rewards would get them; people who deserved punishment would receive punishment. Many people believe this, even though bad things happen to the good and good things happen to the bad. This dispensation is not a mixture; it is true grace. We take God at His Word and believe. This is faith.
Many Christians don’t want to believe this. They want tangible proof that God blesses the good and curses the wicked. They want to know that their prayers are answered. And they want God to mete out justice. Perhaps they should think twice about this.
So what about prayer during this Dispensation of Grace?
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto
God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:6-7).
Good advice. Some more good advice. Don’t ask God for anything that is not within the character of the Dispensation of Grace. Do you feel you need to be rewarded because of your faith? Don’t try it. It won’t work. Do you think someone should be punished because of his sinful life? Don’t ask for it. It won’t work. Remember, God is dealing in grace for all, not just a selected few, and all the time.
Sellers writes, “The time in which we live, the administration of God under which we live, is the administration or dispensation of the grace of God. In the sacred Scriptures we read of such things as works, law, promises, covenants and grace. The blessings that we enjoy at the present time have not come to us as a result of any work we have done, any laws we have kept, any promises God has made, or any covenants into which He has entered. Our blessings, all of them, are of grace. If traced back they will be found to be acts of unmerited favor. If they are of works, they are not of grace. If they are of law, they are not of grace. If they are the fulfillments of promises, they are not of grace. If they are keeping of covenants, they are not of grace. This being a dispensation of grace, every blessing that is ours must find its source in the grace of
Is His grace sufficient for you? It’s sufficient for me.
This is a brief summary of The Dispensation of the Grace of God by Otis Q. Sellers. The pamphlet is available digitally and if you have an e-mail address, we can send it to you. If you want a hard copy, we can send you a printout of the digital version. Just write us at the address above or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will find The Dispensation of the Grace of God a great tool for teaching.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
David R. Hettema
This Director owes some apologies to the many friends and teachers of this wide-spread Word of Truth Ministry for my lack of response to your phone calls and written messages during the past five months. I ask for your forgiveness.
Between Christmas of last year and the fifth day of this year, I became ill with pneumonia and was sent directly by my doctor into the Pasadena Huntington Hospital for medical response and recovery. After a week of recovery, my doctor told me that I could not live alone for at least six months. My daughter, Kathy, and her husband, Gary Leder, welcomed me into their home in Claremont, California, where I now reside. The sudden change of location separated me from what was my home, and there was no person there to respond to your phone calls and other contacts. I realize now that problem could have been handled better, a fact which I now regret.
This recent experience has drawn me closer to my God and Savior, Jesus Christ. His written Word has become more precious to me each day of my life.
This complicated health experience of the past months has slowed my physical activities greatly, but I have been able to study God’s Word more often, which I enjoy.
I am publishing my new address and phone number here for those who might want it:
David R. Hettema
3999 Via Padova
Claremont, CA 91711
Phone: (909) 626-5808
The Bible Class in Pasadena
Each Sunday, when the group meets, our goal is to learn something new from our personal studies out of God’s Word or to re-read one of Otis Sellers’ booklet studies person by person, reading a portion and then taking time for comments and questions. It is amazing how a review will turn up new Scriptural truths that we may have missed when we first read the study. All of us here enjoy this method.
Recently, as one of the Bible teachers here in our Pasadena location, I have been given the opportunity to present the results of my most recent Bible studies. These studies concern the last days of Israel’s “Seventy Weeks” (490 years, see Dan. 9:24), and specifically the final three and a half years of the seven years of Israel’s “great tribulation” as the Lord Jesus described the horror of the last three and a half years in Matthew 24:15-22. Our Lord emphasized that unless divine intervention came to Israel’s rescue there should no flesh be saved. Then He added this comment: “but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.” The reference to Daniel’s prophecy that Jesus spoke of can be read in the book of Daniel, chapter nine, where the Prophet tells us about the coming “Seventy Weeks” of years, which are a total of 490 years, but our interest presently is in the final three and one half years of this prophecy in Revelation 12 and other references given below.
Keep in mind as you read the different aspects that all five of them are occurring at the same time; they are concurrent, all beginning at the three-and-one-half year mark when the invading human “man of sin” stops the morning and evening Temple sacrifices. Then he, Satan’s representative, invades the holy place, desecrating the Temple while claiming to be higher than God.
This is the triggering event that sets off the final three and a half years where God and His angels move quickly to save believing Israel and destroy out of the earth all those that “know not God” (2 Thess. 1:8).
- The Five Concurrent Events
- The Seed of the woman, Rev. 12:1-8. A parable that reveals the enmity of Satan toward mankind and, especially, the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. This is the final confrontation, when Satan’s head is fatally bruised as God predicted (Gen. 3:15).
- Satan cast out of Heaven, Rev. 12:7-17. And his traitorous angels with him. This judgment occurs at the same time that the man of sin is making his declaration that he was higher than God.
- The two witnesses that guard the polluted Temple, Rev. 11:1-13. These martyr’s deaths, rapture, and resurrection were sure signs of God’s overwhelming victory to come.
- The Day of the Lord, Isa. 13:6-11, Zech. 14:1-12 begins when God saves Israel by miraculously shortening the fighting days of Israel’s enemies by miraculous darkness in the camps of the invading nations. The Day of the Lord includes the 1,000 years of Jesus Christ’s personal reign in Jerusalem.
- The living waters flow out of Jerusalem’s Temple, Zech. 14:8, Psa. 46:4-6, and Ezek. 47:1-12 when the invading nations have been destroyed and God’s victory is complete.
There is much Truth to be found here. I challenge you to read and find the Truth.
THE OTHER SIDE OF “MSS OQS”
By Rusty Hancock
I have titled this segment “The Other Side of ‘MSS OQS’” because these were the initials of my grandparents, Mildred S. Sellers and Otis Q. Sellers. This was also the personalized license plate on their car. Yes, a personal side. My grandfather was a brilliant student, teacher, and author of subjects taken from the Word of God. And my grandmother was his loving support and companion throughout his life’s journey. But there are other stories to be shared.
I am fortunate to have been their grandson. I have many wonderful memories growing up: outings to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, a vacation in Hawaii, ballgames at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, dinners at their favorite restaurants, weddings, anniversaries and other family occasions. We held serious discussions involving current events, college, marriage/relationships, and my career choice in Law Enforcement. And of course, the Word of God was never very far from the discussions.
During the past year, in my new role as office manager for The Word of Truth Ministry, I have gleaned extraordinary experience of corresponding with several followers of the Word of Truth. I have gleaned little tidbits of information on how folks either met my grandparents or came in contact with The Word of Truth Ministry. Some people have recently come to the Word of Truth within the last few years, while others have told me of meeting the Sellers back in the 1930s.
I would love to hear more of these stories and share them with others in future Bulletins. I encourage you to write me and share your “story.” It can be on any subject. We all cherish the Ministry, but it is individuals who hold the key to small slices of information into the lives of Mildred and Otis. Some examples of stories may be a day trip to Lake Michigan, a drive through the country, a small anecdote or even a slightly embarrassing moment. Otis may have married you to your spouse; he married me to my wonderful wife!
Please share. You