Studies

Dispensations

Derek McCammonAccording to 2 Timothy 2:15, we need to study the Bible to be approved unto God, handling His scripture accurately and applying it in our lives so we can be about His business and grow as Christians. The study of “Dispensations” is just recognizing that the administrations of God change over time. Right Division is the study of scripture to learn the differences between the different administrations of God and keeping scripture in it’s proper context so we don’t walk or worship in error. It also brings you to a level of Chrisian maturity so you can hand the meat of scripture. This is when your specific calling and faith obedience becomes evident and your walk is approved unto God.

Lessons

Dispensations - Part 1. Understanding dispensational differences is like chewing on a big piece of steak. It’s not for the baby in scripture. 2 Timothy 2:15 encourages study so you can be approved unto God with accurate handling of scripture. By comparing scripture with scripture, you start to learn of the different dispensations in scripture. Dispensations refer to the subdivision of the ages and the revealed will of God that is made known in each age. It also involves individuals who have been given the duties of administration for that time frame.

Dispensations - Part 2. As human beings, we have the capacity to ask questions the animal or vegetable kingdom cannot. Questions like “Where did I come from?”, “Why am I here?”, or “Where am I going?”. God has given us these answers and we can easily find them in the Bible. We were created in His image, to serve and glorify God. One day we will appear with Him in a place He has prepared for us. At this point, God has a question for you which is “What are you doing with my work I’ve given you and called you to do?”.

Dispensations - Part 3. 2 Timothy 2:15 is the verse that acts as the key to understanding all of scripture. In this verse, we learn of “rightly dividing the word of truth”. Right Division means to cut up scripture and partition it with the appropriate administration of God. It doesn’t mean to cut scripture out as we learn from 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is profitable”. The key is to read and study scripture so you can keep scripture in it’s context. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that God speaks in different times, in various ways, through different messengers, and with specific messages.

Dispensations Part 4 - The Mystery. Zechariah 9:9-10 is another passage that demonstrates how there are gaps in time in certain verses. Usually, it’s where the first statement made has been or is being fulfilled at the time of the writing (Zech 9:9), while the latter part is a future event that sometimes takes hundreds or thousands of years to fulfil (Zech 9:10). In some cases, scripture that has yet to be fulfilled and falls into the realm of prophecy yet to happen.

Dispensations - Part 5. Right Division is crucial to understanding scripture and the different administrations (or dispensations) of God. The lesson on 10-13-2002 continues with a series of lessons studying the seven primary dispensations in scripture and begins to describe the last three dispensations that follow the Mystery (The Mystery is the fourth dispensation period and is our present Age of Grace).

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