BIBLE DISPENSATIONS
April 25, 2010


(II Timothy 2:15)

   (Dispensation) - The ordering of events under divine authority.(Dispense) to give out, to deal out, to distribute - Webster

   Ephesians 1:10 Paul, speaking of the “dispensation of the fullness of times” addressed the church at Ephesus as to God’s dealings with the Gentile world as a particular ministry given to Him by Christ, Romans 11:25.

   Ephesians 3:2, 5 In these few verses Paul describes the Gentile period as the “dispensation of Grace”, but also referred to other periods of divine actions toward the world as “other ages”.

INNOCENCE         

   Genesis 1:26 The first dispensation that God used was that of Innocence. He created Adam and then Eve without what we refer to as “original sin”.

   Genesis 2:15-17 God put them into the garden to “dress it” and told that they could eat of every tree of the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

   Genesis 3:6, 22-24 This first dispensation resulted in the first failure of mankind to obey God.

CONSCIENCE

   Genesis 3:7 As a result of the fall of Adam and Eve the human race was given the knowledge of good and evil. The human conscience was manifested in all future people and thus came under the measure of conscience as a basis for making good and moral judgments.

   Genesis 6:5, 11-12 The result of the dispensation of conscience proved to be a great failure for mankind. Mankind could not make good, moral judgments and became vile, wicked and corrupt.

   Genesis 7:11-12, 23 The end of this dispensation came with the great flood and Noah’s ark.

GOVERNMENT

   Genesis 9:1-2 After the great flood, God gave Noah and his family authority over the whole earth with power to govern it.

   Genesis 11:1-4 Instead of dispersing throughout the earth as God intended, the people gathered themselves all together to build the “tower of Babel” in order to reach unto heaven itself.

   Genesis 11:5-8 The dispensation of government failed, God confused and dispersed the people.

PROMISE

   Genesis 12:1-3 From the dispersed descendants of Babel God called out Abram from Ur.

   Genesis 13:14-17 God makes promise to Abram regarding his future people and the blessings.

   Genesis 17:1-8 God makes His covenant with Abram and changes Abram’s name to Abraham.

   Exodus 1:13-14 Because many of the promises to Abraham and his descendants were conditional and were dependant on faithfulness and obedience the people of Israel failed miserably and the dispensation of promise ended with Israel in slavery to Egypt.

LAW

   Exodus 19:1-8 After hundreds of  years of bondage, God gave to Israel the covenant of Law.

   II Kings 17:1-18; 25:1-11 The history of Israel in the wilderness and in the promise land is a history of violation of the law. After several warnings, God drove them out of the land.

   Acts 2:22-23; 7:51-52 Near the end of the dispensation of law Christ came to redeem His people but they refused to believe His miracles and message and they crucified Him.

GRACE

   Ephesians 2:8-9; I Corinthians 15:1-4 The dispensation of Grace started with the sacrificial death of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Gospel message that he demanded be preached to all.

   Matthew 7:14; 22:14 Unfortunately, we are told by the Lord Himself that Grace also will fail.

   I Thessalonians 4:15-17 The end of the dispensation of Grace will be the Rapture.

MILLENNIUM

   Isaiah 2:1-4 After the judgments when Christ returns to earth, He will reign supreme.

   Revelation 19:11-21 Jesus will bring with Him all the saved in heaven to reign with Him.

   Revelation 20:1-6 The devil is cast in hell for a thousand years while Christ reigns on earth.

   Revelation 20:7-15 Just like all the rest of the dispensations, this last one fails as Satan deceives the nations into fighting against Christ. The White throne judgment ends it all.