Summary: What is Dispensationalism? How do understand what God is doing inhistory?
Eph 1:10, 3:2; Col 1:25
INTRO: An unusual topic, Can be deep, confusing & some might think unnecessary
1. I submit, if it helps us to understand our God in a greater
way, to Know how He operates, therefore it effects our faith
and our life
2. Ultimately what we are looking at is
a. The on-working Program of God as it unfolds through the
course of history
3. Dr. C.I. Scofield: lawyer saved & became a bible student
a. Part of the DL Moody ministries
b. Scofield provided the classic definition of dispensation
A dispensation is a period of time during which man is tested in respect to his obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God.
a. He saw through history 7 periods of time in which God was
doing different things with men
(1) the "dispensation of innocence," which covered the time before the fall when Adam and Eve were in the Garden, in fellowship with God;
(2) the "dispensation of conscience," which followed the fall and extended to the time of Noah, when men lived according to their consciences;
(3) the "dispensation of human government," which came in after the flood and went from Noah’s time until that of Abraham;
(4) the "dispensation of promise," which began when Abraham was given various great promises of God by which men were to live, as Dr. Scofield saw it, until the time when Moses brought the Law.
(5) the "dispensation of law" ran on through many centuries until the coming of Jesus Christ, who introduced
(6) the "dispensation of grace" in which we all live,
(7) the "dispensation of the kingdom," which many call "the millennium," the thousand years of Christ’s rule on earth which is yet to come.
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
4. The old Dispensationalist would interpret that as to
understand thing we must divide things in time periods
a. But I would hope we would agree that isn’t the meaning
b. But rightly comprehending the teachings, principles of
God & His revelation of Himself to us
B. Sayings to recognize changes in God’s revelation of Himself
1. “The Great Parenthesis” takes note of the fact that seemingly God
has interrupted his program with the nation of Israel,
a. That at the Cross this nation was scattered abroad across
the face of the earth, & God introduced the church.
b. The church age will run its course until the Great
c. Then God will again deal with the people of Israel & wind
up this age with a resurgence of the prominence of the
nation of Israel.
1. The period in between, then, is called "The Great Parenthesis," the
time when God is working with the church, as opposed to Israel.
c. Now, there is a good deal of truth in some of these
1. But that line of thought deals with the history & focus on man/Israel
2. “All Scripture is for us, but not all is about us’
a. This was an attempt to show people that certain parts of the
Scriptures seemingly did not apply to the church, or
Christians today, but were addressed only to the Jews.