What Is Dispensational Teaching

100% Bible teaching and following are Bible / Scripture proof that not only is it Bible, it is how history is recorded. As we stated yesterday in our post Your Life History A Dispensing  ( Click Here to read that post ) , we defined dispensational teaching and used America as an example.

When you look at dispensations you look at topics. Yes, topics have “issues”  but the dispensational teaching requires a look at the topic.  Why? Because deep in the topic you find the root, the doctrine, the foundation. Then all the issues that come from that “topic” are addressed separately. In doing this, you always come back to the root, the foundation, the doctrine. In our post Your Life History A Dispensing, we used secular examples like slaves and slavery, dictators and subjects and America. 

But from a scripture standpoint, we see the doctrine of an issue. The doctrine is the topic and the issues / questions stem from the topic. An example:

The doctrines of grace and the law. What is the topic? Grace and Law. Now what are some issues relating to these topics where questions always come up? When people ask if they should keep the 10 Commandments what they are really saying is they do not fully understand the “doctrine” of law and grace.

When we look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the questions if they are for today or not clearly show there is a lack of understanding the “doctrine” on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  The doctrine of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the topic. The issues or questions about each gift have split churches.

So the Dispensationalist will study out all aspects of the topic. They conclude that over this period of time in history, we see this happened. Then there was a shift and from the shift to this period of time, this happened. That went on for so many years and then this happened. When it comes to scripture,  the Dispensationalist sees from the time God created Adam, he walked and talked with Adam. But after Adam sinned, there was a shift. Then they see there was another shift when Noah and his family were the only ones saved and God killed everything outside the ark.

People preach on “issues” relating to the fall of Adam and “issues” why God killed everything but Noah and those in the ark. Where the Dispensationalist sees, something changed and that caused God to act in a different way. There are many shifts and we can not go through them all here. But let’s look at one major shift God made that everyone should see.

For about 4000 years God spoke through the prophets ( most of the time ). But then God made a change. God sent his own Son, Jesus Christ into this world, to be physically here with the people. By definition of the word dispensational,  God dispensed his son Jesus Christ. So a Dispensationalist will see a shift in time. The shift or change is before Jesus came and after Jesus came. But dispensational teaching sees more, can you? They see:
Before Jesus came
While Jesus was here on earth
After Jesus went back to heaven
When Jesus comes again.
Then the Dispensationalist will look to see what changes occurred or will occur during these times.

So the example from yesterday was Ephesians 3:2 where Paul says, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you ward. KJV

If ye heard, implies some may not be aware of this “topic”.  What topic? The grace of God. Who was dispensing this grace of God topic? Paul. To whom? You ward, the church. Paul was writing to believers at Ephesus. Paul makes it very clear. God gave to Paul, not Moses, not John the Baptist, not the 12 disciples – but to Paul – the dispensing or handing out of the grace of God. The gospel Paul was called to preach is the gospel of grace, not the law.

When you think how Israel had to keep the law but Paul says, For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth in Romans 10:4. There is clearly a shift in what God is doing and the way he is doing it. King David spoke of this shift in how God will work in Psalm 32:1, 2 when David said the Lord will not impute (or charge) their sin against them AND in whose spirit there is no guile. The lower case ( s ) indicates man’s spirit.

Paul explains this in Romans 4: 5 – 8. There are many examples.

Luke 16:16 KJV
The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

Acts 18:24-26 KJV
And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
[25] This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
[26] And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them , and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

Deuteronomy 5:3 KJV
The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day.

Hebrews 7:12 KJV
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

Hebrews 9:8-9 KJV
The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:
[9] Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

There are many examples of God working with man in this time frame one way and working with man differently in a different time frame. That is dispensational teaching and it is important because it unlocks the scriptures and grounds people in sound doctrine for that time frame. God loves you my friend. Do you really love him?

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