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SEVEN DISPENSATIONS

The first dispensation is Innocence, of which God created all living creatures upon the earth. (Genesis 2:8-17,25). Adam heads this economy.

The second dispensation is Conscience, wherein Adam and (Eve) fell into sin and all the earth received the curse and penalty of sin (Genesis 3:10-18, Romans 2:11-15). Adam heads this economy.

The third dispensation is Human Government, which was instituted subsequent to the Antediluvians Age, which culminated with the destruction of all who were living upon the earth, with the exception of Noah and his family. This dispensation was the first wherein God established civil rule (Genesis 9:6 Romans 13:1). Noah heads this economy.

The fourth dispensation is Promise, wherein God called and separated one man Abraham and he ultimately created from Abraham one sanctified nation Israel, to be his elect or his people (Genesis 12:1-3; 22:17-18). Abraham heads this economy.

The fifth dispensation is Law, wherein God gave his Law and rule of Law, his ordinances exclusively to his people (Exodus 20:1-26; Galatians 3:19). Moses heads this economy.

The sixth dispensation is Grace, which is the present dispensation from which the body of Christ, the Church is revealed and manifested. Also, God's elect for this economy is comprised of all mankind (both Jew and Gentile) (Romans 5:20-21 Ephesians 3:1-9). Paul heads this economy.

The seventh dispensation is Kingdom, which shall be administered during the Millennium (one thousand years) subsequent to Jesus Christ's return to the earth to set on the throne of David and rule this earth in perfect peace for one thousand years (Isaiah 9:6-7:11:1-9). Jesus Christ heads this economy.

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DISPENSATION: To dispense or administer an economy, administration or house rule.  A particular program or set of operating instructions that GOD dispenses for man's obedience during a time period.  A dispensation is not the time period, however covers a period of time.  The issue is the policy, program, or instructions, not time.   Remember time is an interval of space GOD sets to implement his will and purpose.

COVENANT:  A pledge, alliance, contract or agreement between two or more parties.  There are 2 types of covenants between GOD and man. 

      1. Unilateral or unconditional meaning all obligations are the responsibility of GOD, no responsibility placed upon mankind to effectuate the covenant.

      2.  Bilateral or conditional meaning mankind is required to do certain things in order to effectuate the covenant. 

 

 

DISPENSATION

 

REFERENCE of

DISPENSATION

 

 

COVENANT

for

DISPENSATION

 

 

REFERENCE

for

COVENANT

 

TYPE of

COVENANT

 

ELECT of the DISPENSATION and

FEDERAL HEADSHIP

 

INNOCENCE

 

 

GEN 1:3-2:25

 

EDENIC

 

GEN. 1:26-30

 

BILATERAL

 

ADAM AND EVE

ADAM is federal head

 

 

CONSCIENCE

 

 

GEN 3:6

 

ADAMIC

 

GEN 3:15-19

 

BILATERAL

 

ADAM AND EVE / OTHERS

ADAM is federal head

 

 

HUMAN

GOVERNMENT

 

GEN 9:5

thru

GEN. Ch. 12

 

NOAHIC

 

GEN 9:8-17

 

UNILATERAL

 

NOAH AND HIS FAMILY

& OTHERS

NOAH is federal head

 

 

PROMISE

 

GEN 12:1-3 thru

EXODUS 19:13

 

 

ABRAHAMIC

 

GEN 12:1-3

 

UNILATERAL

 

ABRAHAM  -   ISRAEL

ABRAHAM is federal head

 

LAW

(Past)

 

 

EXODUS

Ch. 20-31- ACTS

 

 

MOSIAC

 

EXODUS 19:5-8

 

BILATERAL

 

ISRAEL

MOSES is federal head

 

GRACE

(present)

 

EPISTLES

OF PAUL

 

MYSTERY

GRACE TRUTH

 

 

EPHESIANS

Ch. 3

 

UNILATERAL

 

BODY OF CHRIST

ISRAEL AND GENTILES

PAUL is federal head

 

 

KINGDOM

(future)

 

REV Ch 21

 

DAVIDIC

PALESTINIAN

NEW COVENANT

 

 

II SAMUEL 7:4-17

DEUT 30:1-10

JEREMIAH 31:31-40

 

 

UNILATERAL

 

ISRAEL  FIRST-GENTILES BLESSED thru ISRAEL

JESUS is federal head

 

 

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DISPENSATIONS

BIBLE REFERENCE

GOSPEL/ MESSAGE

INNOCENCE

Genesis

Kingdom / Prophecy

CONSCIENCE

Genesis

Kingdom / Prophecy

HUMAN GOVERNMENT

Genesis

Kingdom / Prophecy

PROMISE

Genesis

Kingdom / Prophecy

 

LAW

 

Ex., Lev., Num., Deu. Josh. Judges, Ruth, I, II Sam. I, II Kings, I, II Chr., Ezra, Neh. Esther,

Psalms, Proverbs, ., Eccles

 

 

Kingdom / Prophecy

 

 

LAW with PROPHESY of the KINGDOM

 

Lamentation, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

 

 

Kingdom / Prophesied Prophecy

 

 

LAW with Introduction

of the

KINGDOM

 

 

Matthew, Mark, Luke  (Synoptic Gospels) John

Kingdom at hand, introduction given

 

Kingdom / Prophecy

 

Offering of the KINGDOM

TRANSITION to GRACE

 

 

Acts Ch 1-8 Israel rejects the Kingdom

 Paul converted in Ch 9, Gospel of the Grace of GOD given to Paul

 

 

Kingdom / Prophecy

 to Grace / Mystery

 

GRACE

(present)

 

Romans, I,II,Cor., Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I, II Thess., I, II Timothy

Titus, Philemon, Hebrews

14 epistles of Paul

 

 

Grace / Mystery

 

TRIBULATION

*not a dispensation

 

 

Revelations

 

Kingdom / Prophecy

 

KINGDOM/ MILLENNIUM

James I, II Peter, Jude, I, thru III John

Kingdom / Prophecy

Psalms (hymns and poems) and Proverbs have universal principles Song of Solomon and Job are books of Poetry.

 


Governing Terms of the Grace Covenant and Dispensation

Note: God has always and is continuously manifesting His eternal relationship with His elect through covenant arrangement in every dispensation. A covenant is an agreement between two or more parties and a dispensation is a policy or house rule governing a specific era. The chart below identifies operational functioning of covenantal/dispensational commitments between God and His elect in the Grace Dispensation. 

 

Major Provisions of the Grace Contract

Spiritual Functions

Initiation of Relationship

Placement

Affectation of Operation

Nature of Benefits

Security

Eternal Status

Actuation of Blessings  in eternity, before creation

Election of chosen ones as new creations in Christ

The Body of Christ, the Church

Justify, sanctify regenerate, glorify

Imputation of righteous nature of Christ

Propitiation by the blood of Jesus Christ

Sons of God positioned in Christ

Manifestation of Blessings

The gift of faith is activated in the believer

The believerís knowledge of the eternal position

The believerís knowledge of the doctrines of salvation

The believerís knowledge of the eternal nature of Christ

The believerís knowledge of Godís eternal decrees

 

The believerís knowledge of eternal glorification

 

Duration of Blessings

Eternally unending

Eternally unending

Eternally unending

Eternally unending

Eternally unending

Eternally unending

Contributions, Conditions, Signs and Seal

No input, Conditions or Signs, Seal by the Holy Spirit Romans

No input, Conditions or Signs, Seal by the Holy Spirit

No input, Conditions or Signs, Seal by the Holy Spirit

No input, Conditions or Signs, Seal by the Holy Spirit

No input, Conditions or Signs, Seal by the Holy Spirit

No input, Conditions or Signs, Seal by the Holy Spirit

Mediator and advocate       

Jesus Christ  I Tim 2:5

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

 

 

 

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