Many try and divide the word of truth by dispensations as periods of time only or by covenants only, and as well as that can be, many of these
dispensational divisions are not always in agreement, and so easily sliced. The easiest one so far that I have found is the following dispensations
by their forms of Salvation that include periods of time and Covenants. All of these salvation dispensations have the grace of God involved.
I will not bore you with a wall of AKJV Bible text but trust that the serious Bible student will in fact read all the scriptures for himself to see if
what I share are true to the word of God.
1) ADAM AND GOD (Gen 1-2). Salvation by works: all by sight, nothing by faith. Not one sign of John 3:16: Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9 in any
direction, directly or indirectly.
2) ADAM, EVE, SATAN AND GOD (Gen 3). Salvation by grace, pointing to the shed blood of a lamb: A FOUR-FOOTED LAMB that eats grass. The writer (Moses)
knows of a four-footed Passover lamb, but no one from Abel to Moses’ mother would have known anything about the Passover. Adam and Eve are clothed
by God. You can read the whole New Testament into that and get a good sermon out of it but there is not one chance in
100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 that Adam could have associated anything going on in Genesis with any MAN dying on a cross.
3) GOD AND NOAH (Gen6-10). Salvation by grace when a man does, by faith, what God TELLS him to do; in this case WORKS, as in hard physical “labor”
works. He is to build an ark.
4) GOD AND ABRAHAM (Gen 12, 15 & 22). Salvation by grace through faith with imputed righteousness given for believing something God had told him.
God told him nothing about the Virgin Birth, the Deity of Christ, the Crucifixion, Remission of Sins, Repentance, or the New Birth; not ONE WORD.
5) GOD AND MOSES (Exod. 20- Duet 32). (Observe that the Passover takes place in Abraham’s dispensation!) Salvation by grace, through faith and
works. Both must be in evidence, and there must be enough of both to get the man saved. Lack of either will finish him off (see Saul, Ahab,
Jeroboam, Joab etc ).
6) GOD AND JESUS CHRIST (Matt 26-Rev 20). Salvation is by Grace through faith in the finished atonement of Jesus Christ dying on Calvary’s Cross.
This is not fully known until after Acts Chapter 7, and is not in effect in full force until after the Christ’s Body, that is the Body of Christ has
left this earth. This is because the New Testament deals not only with salvation of the individual sinner, but the salvation of the NATION from which
the Saviour came, the nation he came to save. (Matt 1:21; John 1:31).
7) GOD AND THE NATION OF ISRAEL (Rev 4-19). Salvation by grace through faith and works, with the possibility of a man losing salvation by taking he
mark of the Beast, and consequently, the Holy Spirit/Ghost leaving him, EXACTLY AS IT HAPPENED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT.
8) GOD AND THE THRONE OF DAVID (Rev20; Isa2, 11, 65; Joel 2, 3; Zech 14 etc. ). Salvation is by WORKS (Matt 5-7; Ezek 40-48, etc), and the man who
keeps the commandments (WORKS) can partake of “the Tree of Life”
(Rev 22:14) that was denied to Adam when he was run out of the Garden (
9) GOD AND ETERNITY (Isa 66; Rev21-22;John 17). Salvation is completed with sinless, eternal perfection (”the spirits of just men made
Heb 12:23) as God had intended it to be. Adam’s commission is renewed (Gen 1:27-28), and outer space of a new heavens is populated
infinitely, to the Glory of Jesus Christ.
The Bible Student (myself included) will see that these dispensations over lap and end not in neat little slices but indeed do show one how to
rightly divide the word of Truth
edit on 24-4-2018 by ChesterJohn because: (no reason given)