Charts

A Dispenational Approach to the New Testament

Gospel Period Books

Acts Period Books Post Acts Period Books
Matthew Hebrews Galatians Ephesians
Mark James 1 Thessalonians Colossians
Luke 1 Peter 2 Thessalonians Philemon
John 2 Peter 1 Corinthians Philippians
  1 John 2 Corinthians Titus
  2 John Romans 1 Timothy
  3 John Acts 2 Timothy
  Jude    
  Revelation    
       

   Here are some dispensational changes compared across three periods in the New Testament

 

Gospel Period The Acts Period Post Acts Period
Almost exclusively Jewish Jews still dominant, in first place Jewish & Gentile Christians equal
Abraham - 34 references Abraham - 40 references Abraham - 0 references
Moses - 34 references Moses - 54 references Moses - 1 ref. (2 Tim.3:8)
Mosaic Law for Jews, including Christ Mosaic Law for Jews, Christian and non-Christian, no Sabbath for Gentile Christians No Sabbath for Jewish Christians; no Sabbath for Gentile Christians
Circumcision for Jews Circumcision for Jews, Christian and non-Christian; no circumcision for Gentile Christians No circumcision for Jewish Christians and no circumcision for Gentile Christians
Sabbath for Jews  Sabbath for Jews, Christian and non-Christian; no Sabbath for Gentile Christians  No Sabbath for Jewish Christians; No Sabbath for Gentile Christians
 Old & New Covenants  Old & New Covenants  No Covenants
 Christ’s second coming could follow soon after His first  Christ’s second coming could be soon  Christ’s second coming no longer imminent
 Instant & complete healing for Jews and ‘odd’ Gentile or two   Instant & complete healing for Jews and a few Gentiles  No instant & complete healing ministry for either Jews or Gentiles
 No tongues   Speaking in tongues as a ‘sign’ to Israel of unbelief (1 Corinthians 14:22)  No tongues
 Many ‘definitive’ prayers; i.e. ‘will’ receive Jewish letters: many ‘definitive’ prayers.
Paul’s letters: many ‘petitionary’ prayers; i.e. ‘may’ receive  
 Most prayers ‘petitionary’; i.e. ‘may’ receive
One baptism in water by men Two baptisms
a) in water by men
b) in Spirit by Christ
Water baptism necessary for Jewish Christians to receive Spirit.  Water baptism not needed for Gentiles to receive the Spirit.
One baptism in Spirit by Christ. 
Christians receive the Spirit upon believing the gospel of salvation. 
Water baptism not necessary.
Leaders appointed by Christ Leaders appointed by the Holy Spirit (Acts 20:28) Leaders appointed by men (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1:5-9)
Evil spirits - 9 references Evil spirits - 5 references Evil spirits - 0 references
 Demon possession - 32 references; Demons - 37 references   Demon possession - 1 reference; Demons - 9 references  Demon possession - 0 references; Demons - 1 reference (1 Timothy 4:1-3)