What does Dispensation mean in the Bible?

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1910 New Catholic Dictionary - Dispensation
(Latin: dispensatio, originally distribution or management)
A relaxation of the law in a particular case. It is not an abrogation of the law nor an excuse from it but a release from its observance, granted by competent authority for good reasons. The pope can dispense from all purely ecclesiastical laws no matter by whom they were passed; other authorities in the Church can dispense from the laws they themselves or their predecessors established. From laws passed by a higher superior, only those can dispense who are granted the power either by provisions in the general law of the Church or by a special delegation. Those who dispense from their own law can do so validly even without a proportionate cause, though they, too, usually demand one; but inferiors cannot validly dispense from law of their superiors except for a just reason. As long as this reason continues, at least probably, the dispensation retains its force. Dispensations are granted from fasting, abstinence, from vows in certain cases, reading the Divine Office, etc. Dispensation, in matrimony, is the removal of an impediment by the Church.
Easton's Bible Dictionary - Dispensation
(Gr. oikonomia, "management," "economy").
The method or scheme according to which God carries out his purposes towards men is called a dispensation. There are usually reckoned three dispensations, the Patriarchal, the Mosaic or Jewish, and the Christian. (See COVENANT, Administration of.) These were so many stages in God's unfolding of his purpose of grace toward men. The word is not found with this meaning in Scripture.
A commission to preach the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:17 ; Ephesians 1:10 ; 3:2 ; Colossians 1:25 ). Dispensations of Providence are providential events which affect men either in the way of mercy or of judgement.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Dispensation
1: οἰκονομία (Strong's #3622 — Noun Feminine — oikonomia — oy-kon-om-ee'-ah ) primarily signifies "the management of a household or of household affairs" (oikos, "a house," nomos, "a law"); then the management or administration of the property of others, and so "a stewardship," Luke 16:2-4 ; elsewhere only in the Epistles of Paul, who applies it (a) to the responsibility entrusted to him of preaching the Gospel, 1 Corinthians 9:17 (RV, "stewardship," AV, "dispensation"); (b) to the stewardship commited to him "to fulfill the Word of God," the fulfillment being the unfolding of the completion of the Divinely arranged and imparted cycle of truths which are consummated in the truth relating to the Church as the Body of Christ, Colossians 1:25 (RV and AV, "dispensation"); so in Ephesians 3:2 , of the grace of God given him as a stewardship ("dispensation") in regard to the same "mystery;" (c) in Ephesians 1:10 ; 3:9 , it is used of the arrangement or administration by God, by which in "the fullness of the times" (or seasons) God will sum up all things in the heavens and on earth in Christ. In Ephesians 3:9 some mss. have koinonia, "fellowship," for oikonomia, "dispensation." In 1 Timothy 1:4 oikonomia may mean either a stewardship in the sense of (a) above, or a "dispensation" in the sense of (c). The reading oikodomia, "edifying," in some mss., is not to be accepted. See STEWARDSHIP.
Note: A "dispensation" is not a period or epoch (a common, but erroneous, use of the word), but a mode of dealing, an arrangement, or administration of affairs. Cp. oikonomos, "a steward," and oikonomeo, "to be a steward."
The American Church Dictionary and Cycopedia - Dispensation
A formal license, granted by ecclesiastical authority,to do something which is not ordinarily permitted by the canons,or to leave undone something that may be prescribed. In the AmericanCanons, dispensation has special reference to an official act by theBishop whereby he may excuse candidates for Holy Orders from pursuingcertain studies required by canon.
Holman Bible Dictionary - Dispensation
An administration, ministry, or stewardship for which a person has responsibility in God's administration of salvation. In certain interpretations of Scripture, a period of time during which people are tested in respect to their obedience to a specific revelation of God's will. “Dispensation” appears four times in the King James Version (1 Corinthians 9:17 ; Ephesians 1:10 ; Ephesians 3:2 ; Colossians 1:25 ). Each time it translates the Greek oikonomia , which normally refers to an office and the management functions related to the office. See Luke 16:2-4 . In Ephesians 3:9 KJV translates the term, “fellowship,” and in 1 Timothy 1:4 , “edifying.” Modern translations differ in translating oikonomia in the four basic passages.
The New American Standard translates oikonohymia as “stewardship” in all but the Ephesians 1:10 passage which translates it “administration.” New Revised Standard Version translates it “commission” except for Ephesians 1:10 for which the translation is “plan.” The New International Version translates oikonomia differently in each passage: 1 Corinthians 9:17 , “trust”; Ephesians 1:10 , “put in effect”; Ephesians 3:2 , “administration”; Colossians 1:25 , “commission.”
The New Testament thus uses oikonomia to refer either to Paul's ministry in his apostolic office or God's administration of the world and of His plan of salvation for it. Paul thus had a part in working out God's eternal plan of salvation.
Modern Technical Usage The word “dispensation” became prominent in biblical studies in a recent eschatological movement which dates back to 1830 in Scotland. This movement called “dispensationalism” can be traced back to the visions of Margaret McDonald, a member of the Plymouth Brethren Church. She believed that the return of Christ would be in two distinct stages. The believer would be caught up to the Lord in the air before the days of the antichrist. Then there would be a final revelation of Christ at the end of the age.
The Role of J.N. Darby This two-stage return of the Lord, unheard of before 1830, became the platform for a movement called “dispensationalism.” Miss McDonald's pastor J. N. Darby (1800-1882) picked up on her idea and began to make use of it in his sermons. Darby was responsible for developing the two-stage coming of Christ into a fully developed eschatology or theology. He had been an Anglican clergyman until 1827 when he left the church to join the Plymouth Brethren.
Darby set forth the idea that God has set up seven time periods called dispensations for His work among human beings. The seventh or last dispensation will be the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:1 ). In each dispensation, people are tested in reference to the obedience of God's will according to a specific revelation of that will.
The Role of C. I. Scofield Darby visited the United States on several occasions and won many advocates to his theology. However, C. I. Scofield popularized the dispensational system in his study Bible of 1909. He set forth seven dispensations in God's dealing with human beings.
1. Innocency (Genesis 1:28 ) This is the period of time in the Garden of Eden.
2. Conscience (Genesis 3:23 ) This is the awakening of human conscience and the expulsion from the garden.
3. Human Government (Genesis 8:20 ) This is the new covenant made with Noah, bringing about human government.
4. Promise (Genesis 12:1 ) This is the new covenant made with Abraham.
5. Law (Exodus 19:8 ) This is the period of acceptance of the Jewish law.
6. Grace (John 1:17 ) This dispensation begins with the death and resurrection of Jesus.
7. Kingdom (Ephesians 1:10 ) This constitutes the final rule of Christ.
Program of Eschatology Beyond the seven dispensations, the Darby movement had a definite program of eschatology in five steps.
1. A two-stage coming of Christ—rapture and parousia.
2. Seven years of tribulation on earth for those not raptured. The last three and a half years will be the time of the antichrist. One hundred forty-four thousand Jews will accept Christ and become evangelists.
3. Christ will return with the church, conclude the battle of Armageddon, and rule for a thousand years.
4. Belief in an unconditional covenant with Israel. Thus God is working through Israel and the church. In the millennium, national Israel will be restored.
5. All Old Testament prophecy will be fulfilled literally.
Some of the more popular advocates of dispensationalism have been C. H. MacKintosh, W. E. Blackstone, H. A. Ironside, A. C. Gaebelein. More recently Hal Lindsey has made the system a best seller in The Late Great Planet Earth . The Book of Revelation has become a key book in the dispensational approach. Dispensationalists see the rapture taking place in Revelation 4:1 and the rest of the book ( Revelation 4-18 ) dealing with the seven years of tribulation. Thus the book has very little significance for Christians who will not be on earth during that time. See Revelation 4-18 ; Revelation 4-18 .
James L. Blevins
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Mosiac Dispensation
Inferiority of the, to the Gospel dispensation.
See DISPENSATION.
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Dispensation
The act of dealing out any thing. The two different methods of revealing the truths of the Gospel before and after Christ's death are called the Old and New Testament Dispensation. The dealing of God with his creatures in his providence is called a dispensation. The state of supernatural or revealed theology may also be divided into six dispensations.
1. From the fall of Adam to the flood.
2. From Noah to the giving the law.
3. From that time to the time of David and the prophets.
4. From David to the Babylonish captivity.
5. The period from that, to the time of Christ, finishes the Old Testament dispensation.
6. From Christ to the end of time, the Gospel dispensation. The superiority of the fast dispensation, as Dr. Watts observes, appears, if we consider that it contains the fairest and fullest representation of the moral law; and which is more particularly explained here than in any of the former dispensations.
2. In this dispensation the Gospel or covenant of grace is revealed more perfectly and plainly than ever before; not in obscure expressions, in types and carnal metaphors, but in its own proper form and language.
3. The rites and ceremonies under this dispensation are preferable to those in former times, and that in this respect: they are fewer, clearer, and much more easy.
4. The Son of God, who was the real mediator through all former dispensations, has condescended to become the visible mediator of this dispensation.
5. This dispensation is not confined to one family, or to one nation, or to a few ages of men, but it spreads through all the nations of the earth, and reaches to the end of time.
6. the encouragements and persuasive helps which Christianity gives us to fulfil the duties of the covenant, are much superior to those which were enjoyed under any of the former dispensations. Watts's Works, vol. 1: ser. 47. 8vo. Gill's Body of Div. Introd. Robinson's Sermons, p. 147. Ridgley's Div. qu. 35.
King James Dictionary - Dispensation
DISPENSATION, n. L. See Dispense.
1. Distribution the act of dealing out to different persons or places as the dispensation of water indifferently to all parts of the earth. 2. The dealing of God to his creatures the distribution of good and evil, natural or moral, in the divine government. Neither are Gods methods or intentions different in his dispensations to each private man.
3. The granting of a license, or the license itself, to do what is forbidden by laws or canons, or to omit something which is commanded that is, the dispensing with a law or canon, or the exemption of a particular person from the obligation to comply with its injunctions. The pope has power to dispense with the canons of the church, but has no right to grant dispensations to the injury of a third person. A dispensation was obtained to enable Dr. Barrow to marry.
4. That which is dispensed or bestowed a system of principles and rites enjoined as the Mosaic dispensation the gospel dispensation including, the former the Levitical law and rites the latter the scheme of redemption by Christ.
Webster's Dictionary - Dispensation
(1):
(n.) The act of dispensing or dealing out; distribution; often used of the distribution of good and evil by God to man, or more generically, of the acts and modes of his administration.
(2):
(n.) That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed
(3):
(n.) A system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations.
(4):
(n.) The relaxation of a law in a particular case; permission to do something forbidden, or to omit doing something enjoined; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, exemption from some ecclesiastical law or obligation to God which a man has incurred of his own free will (oaths, vows, etc.).
CARM Theological Dictionary - Dispensation, Dispensationalism
In the Scofield Reference Bible a dispensation is "a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God" Dispensationalism says that God uses different means of administering His will and grace to His people. These different means coincide with different periods of time. Scofield says there are seven dispensations: of innocence, of conscience, of government, of promise, of law, of grace, and of the kingdom. Dispensationalists interpret the scriptures in light of these (or other perceived) dispensations. Compare to Covenant.
Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Legal or Mosaick Dispensation
See DISPENSATION.
Morrish Bible Dictionary - Dispensation,
οἰκονομία. This is literally 'administration of a house,' an 'economy,' and hence an ordered dealing with men by God in the varied administration of his ways at different times. In reviewing God's administrations with man, we may notice the state of innocence in Eden, though it hardly partook of the character of a dispensation. One law was given to Adam and Eve, and obedience was required, the penalty being announced if they failed.
This was followed by the lengthy period of nearly 1600 years till the flood — a time of no ordered dealing of God with men, during which men corrupted their way, and the earth was filled with violence. Then the world was 'spoken to' by God in the person of Noah, who was 'a preacher of righteousness;' and their repentance was waited for in long-suffering mercy while the ark was preparing. 1 Peter 3:20 ; 2 Peter 2:5 . They repented not and the old world was destroyed. In the post-diluvian world government of man by his fellow was established by God, while a knowledge of God, as a God who judged evil, was spread abroad by the descendants of Noah; traditions of the Flood being found all over the earth. This was an additional testimony for God. Then followed the division of the earth into various nations and tribes, according to their families and tongues. Among these ignorance of God prevailed in spite of the testimony of God's power and divinity, and the admonition of conscience spoken of in Romans 1,2 .
About 360 years after the deluge the Patriarchal Age was begun by the call of Abraham, a new and sovereign dealing of God; but this was confined to Abraham and his descendants.
The Dispensation of the Law followed, strictly the first publicly ordered system of God's dealing with men, and administered by angels. The oracles of God were given to a nation, the only nation in all the earth that God had known in this way. Amos 3:2 . It was the dispensation of 'Do this, and live and be blessed; disobey, and be cursed.' This dispensation had three phases:
a. About 400 years under the Judges, when God would have been their king, but during which time every one did that which was right in his own eyes.
b. 500 years as a kingdom under royalty.
c. 600 years from the captivity to the coming of Christ. Connected with this was prophetic testimony: the law and the prophets were until John. Luke 16:16 .
During this 'Dispensation of Law' the Times of the Gentiles commenced in the political supremacy of Nebuchadnezzar, the head of gold and king of kings. Daniel 51:37,38 . They still run their course, and will continue until the Lord Jesus commences His reign.
2. The Dispensation of Grace and Truth commenced, after the preaching of John, by the advent of Christ. During this economy the gospel is preached to every creature under heaven, and the calling out of the Church takes place, extending as a parenthesis, from the day of Pentecost to the rapture of the saints. Acts 2:1-4 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 . Paul had a special 'dispensation' committed to him by God, both as to the gospel and to fulfil the word of God by the doctrine of the church as the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:17 ; Ephesians 3:2,3 ; Colossians 1:25,26 .
3. The Dispensation of the Reign of Christ over the earth during the millennium. It is also called 'the dispensation of the fulness of times.' Ephesians 1:10 ; Revelation 20:1-6 . See MILLENNIUM.
Under these varied administrations the goodness and faithfulness of God shine out, and the failure of man is everywhere made manifest.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Dispensation
The charge of proclaiming the gospel of Christ, 1 Corinthians 9:17 Ephesians 3:2 . Also the scheme or plan of God's dealings with men. In the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations, God has commenced, enlarged, and perfected his revelation of himself and his grace to this world, Ephesians 1:10 Colossians 1:25 . The whole development of his great plan has been gradual, and adapted at every stage to the existing state of the human family.

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Mosiac Dispensation - Inferiority of the, to the Gospel Dispensation. ...
See Dispensation
Oeconomy - See Dispensation
Legal or Mosaick Dispensation - See Dispensation
Dispensative - ) Granting Dispensation
Dispensatively - ) By Dispensation
Dispensation - The two different methods of revealing the truths of the Gospel before and after Christ's death are called the Old and New Testament Dispensation. The dealing of God with his creatures in his providence is called a Dispensation. The state of supernatural or revealed theology may also be divided into six Dispensations. The period from that, to the time of Christ, finishes the Old Testament Dispensation. From Christ to the end of time, the Gospel Dispensation. The superiority of the fast Dispensation, as Dr. Watts observes, appears, if we consider that it contains the fairest and fullest representation of the moral law; and which is more particularly explained here than in any of the former Dispensations. In this Dispensation the Gospel or covenant of grace is revealed more perfectly and plainly than ever before; not in obscure expressions, in types and carnal metaphors, but in its own proper form and language. The rites and ceremonies under this Dispensation are preferable to those in former times, and that in this respect: they are fewer, clearer, and much more easy. The Son of God, who was the real mediator through all former Dispensations, has condescended to become the visible mediator of this Dispensation. This Dispensation is not confined to one family, or to one nation, or to a few ages of men, but it spreads through all the nations of the earth, and reaches to the end of time. the encouragements and persuasive helps which Christianity gives us to fulfil the duties of the covenant, are much superior to those which were enjoyed under any of the former Dispensations
Dispensatorily - ) In the way of Dispensation; dispensatively
Dispensation - Dispensation, n. Distribution the act of dealing out to different persons or places as the Dispensation of water indifferently to all parts of the earth. Neither are Gods methods or intentions different in his Dispensations to each private man. The pope has power to dispense with the canons of the church, but has no right to grant Dispensations to the injury of a third person. A Dispensation was obtained to enable Dr. That which is dispensed or bestowed a system of principles and rites enjoined as the Mosaic Dispensation the gospel Dispensation including, the former the Levitical law and rites the latter the scheme of redemption by Christ
Undispensed - ) Not freed by Dispensation
Undispensable - ) Not to be freed by Dispensation
Dispensation - 1: οἰκονομία (Strong's #3622 — Noun Feminine — oikonomia — oy-kon-om-ee'-ah ) primarily signifies "the management of a household or of household affairs" (oikos, "a house," nomos, "a law"); then the management or administration of the property of others, and so "a stewardship," Luke 16:2-4 ; elsewhere only in the Epistles of Paul, who applies it (a) to the responsibility entrusted to him of preaching the Gospel, 1 Corinthians 9:17 (RV, "stewardship," AV, "dispensation"); (b) to the stewardship commited to him "to fulfill the Word of God," the fulfillment being the unfolding of the completion of the Divinely arranged and imparted cycle of truths which are consummated in the truth relating to the Church as the Body of Christ, Colossians 1:25 (RV and AV, "dispensation"); so in Ephesians 3:2 , of the grace of God given him as a stewardship ("dispensation") in regard to the same "mystery;" (c) in Ephesians 1:10 ; 3:9 , it is used of the arrangement or administration by God, by which in "the fullness of the times" (or seasons) God will sum up all things in the heavens and on earth in Christ. have koinonia, "fellowship," for oikonomia, "dispensation. " In 1 Timothy 1:4 oikonomia may mean either a stewardship in the sense of (a) above, or a "dispensation" in the sense of (c). ...
Note: A "dispensation" is not a period or epoch (a common, but erroneous, use of the word), but a mode of dealing, an arrangement, or administration of affairs
Affinity - A diriment matrimonial impediment preventing a valid marriage with certain blood-relatives of a previous wife or husband, unless a Dispensation be granted. No marriage can be contracted with any relative of the deceased wife or husband in the direct line, that is, with any of her or his ancestors or descendants; and no Dispensation can be given. In the collateral line the impediment extends to the second degree, first cousin, uncle or aunt, nephew or niece; and a Dispensation may be granted for either the first or the second degree
Disparity of Worship - Unless by Dispensation, such a marriage is null; and for the granting of the said Dispensation the signing of certain promises is required, pledging non-interference with the religion of the Catholic party and with the Catholic baptism and training of the children, and also that no ceremony will take place except that before a Catholic priest
Angustia Loci - (Latin: smallness of a place) A basis for Dispensation from a diriment impediment of matrimony, when, in the place of birth or domicile of a woman, her relationship is so widely spread that she is unable to meet anyone of a position equal to her own whom she can marry, except a relative by blood or by marriage, so that if no Dispensation were granted she would be obliged to leave her country in order to marry
Disposition of Angels, - The ordered ministry of angels in connection with the Dispensation of law
Shadow - Used in Colossians 2:17 ; Hebrews 8:5 ; 10:1 to denote the typical relation of the Jewish to the Christian Dispensation
Dispense - ) To give Dispensation. ) Dispensation; exemption
Law - This term is applied in the New Testament to the old covenant and revelation, in distinction from the new; the Dispensation under the law in distinction from the Dispensation under the gospel; that by Moses and the prophets in distinction from the Dispensation by Christ
Old Law - The Mosaic Dispensation, the "Old Covenant"; also the books of the Old Testament; the institutions, laws, religious rites, and traditional customs which prevailed among the Jews, prior to the coming of Christ
Dispensation, - In reviewing God's administrations with man, we may notice the state of innocence in Eden, though it hardly partook of the character of a Dispensation. ...
The Dispensation of the Law followed, strictly the first publicly ordered system of God's dealing with men, and administered by angels. It was the Dispensation of 'Do this, and live and be blessed; disobey, and be cursed. ' This Dispensation had three phases:...
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During this 'Dispensation of Law' the Times of the Gentiles commenced in the political supremacy of Nebuchadnezzar, the head of gold and king of kings. The Dispensation of Grace and Truth commenced, after the preaching of John, by the advent of Christ. Paul had a special 'dispensation' committed to him by God, both as to the gospel and to fulfil the word of God by the doctrine of the church as the body of Christ. The Dispensation of the Reign of Christ over the earth during the millennium. It is also called 'the Dispensation of the fulness of times
Submission: to the Divine Will - Payson was asked, when under great bodily affliction, if he could see any particular reason for this Dispensation
Dispensations - Various Dispensations have been traced in the development of God's dealings with mankind. ...
(1) The Dispensation of innocence in Eden. ...
(2) The Adamic Dispensation of promise (Genesis 3:15) after the fall, down to the flood; the remembrance of the promise being kept alive by sacrifice. ...
(3) The Dispensation of Noah, like that of Adam, requiring, besides the duties of the light of nature, repentance for sin, faith in God's mercy, hope of the promised Savior, kept up by sacrifices; to which were added the prohibition to shed blood of man on penalty of death, and to eat animals' blood, and the permission to eat flesh (Genesis 9); extending from the flood to Abraham. ...
(4) The Abrahamic covenant of more explicit promise (Genesis 12; Genesis 15; Genesis 17; Genesis 22; Galatians 3), extending to the Dispensation of...
(5) The law, which was parenthetically introduced to be the schoolmaster until Christ, the end of the promise and the law, should come. It is made an objection to the Jewish Dispensation that it was restricted to one nation; but its influence extended beyond Israel to the adjoining nations, Egypt famed for wisdom, the Canaanites for war, Phoenicia for commerce, and ultimately to Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. The Divine Lawgiver from the very time of instituting the Law (Deuteronomy 18) looked forward to (Deuteronomy 18:6) the Christian Dispensation, which was to embody its spirit while superseding its letter (2 Corinthians 3:6-18). The gospel Dispensation is the last, and is called "the world to come" (Hebrews 2:5), "the ends of the world" (1 Corinthians 10:11), "these last days" (Hebrews 1:2), "the kingdom of God" or "of the heavens" (Matthew 4:17)
James Hudson, Blessed - He studied at Cardinal Allen's college at Rheims, and by special Dispensation received Holy Orders at Soissons, after one year
James Thompson, Blessed - He studied at Cardinal Allen's college at Rheims, and by special Dispensation received Holy Orders at Soissons, after one year
Hudson, James, Blessed - He studied at Cardinal Allen's college at Rheims, and by special Dispensation received Holy Orders at Soissons, after one year
Thompson, James, Blessed - He studied at Cardinal Allen's college at Rheims, and by special Dispensation received Holy Orders at Soissons, after one year
Impediment, Hindering - One that renders a marriage unlawful unless a Dispensation be obtained, but does not affect its validity
Impediment, Impedient - One that renders a marriage unlawful unless a Dispensation be obtained, but does not affect its validity
Impedient Impediment - One that renders a marriage unlawful unless a Dispensation be obtained, but does not affect its validity
Hindering Impediment - One that renders a marriage unlawful unless a Dispensation be obtained, but does not affect its validity
Marcionite - ) A follower of Marcion, a Gnostic of the second century, who adopted the Oriental notion of the two conflicting principles, and imagined that between them there existed a third power, neither wholly good nor evil, the Creator of the world and of man, and the God of the Jewish Dispensation
Rescripts - In Dispensations the rescript sometimes empowers the local bishops to dispense, at other times it contains a direct Dispensation
Spiritual Relationship - The marriage of a sponsor to his or her godchild, or the marriage of a person who has administered private Baptism to the one baptized, is invalid unless by Dispensation
Dispensation - In the AmericanCanons, Dispensation has special reference to an official act by theBishop whereby he may excuse candidates for Holy Orders from pursuingcertain studies required by canon
Antinomian - ) One who maintains that, under the gospel Dispensation, the moral law is of no use or obligation, but that faith alone is necessary to salvation
Thanksgiving - ) A public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness; also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary Dispensation of his bounties
Chastity, Vow of - If the vow be a simple one, which may be anyone of four kinds (of virginity, of not marrying, of receiving Sacred Orders, or of entering religion), it is a hindering impediment, rendering a marriage unlawful although valid, unless a Dispensation be obtained. In either case a Dispensation may be given by the Church
Cession - ) The giving up or vacating a benefice by accepting another without a proper Dispensation
Dispensation - As long as this reason continues, at least probably, the Dispensation retains its force. Dispensations are granted from fasting, abstinence, from vows in certain cases, reading the Divine Office, etc. Dispensation, in matrimony, is the removal of an impediment by the Church
Mixed Religion - Such a marriage is valid if performed by proper authority, but it requires a Dispensation, which is given only after the signing of promises by the non-Catholic party, pledging non-interference with the religion of the Catholic, rearing the children in the Catholic faith, and only one ceremony of marriage, before a priest
Religion, Mixed - Such a marriage is valid if performed by proper authority, but it requires a Dispensation, which is given only after the signing of promises by the non-Catholic party, pledging non-interference with the religion of the Catholic, rearing the children in the Catholic faith, and only one ceremony of marriage, before a priest
Patriarchs - The "patriarchal Dispensation" is the covenant between God and the godly seed, Seth, Noah, Abraham, and their descendants; the freedom of intercourse with God is simple and childlike, as contrasted with the sterner aspect of the Mosaic Dispensation. It is the innocence of childhood, contrasted with the developed manhood of our Christian Dispensation
Orders, Impediment of - This impediment is of ecclesiastical origin, and therefore it is in the power of the Church to dispense from it; but Dispensation has very rarely been granted
Diriment Impediment - (Latin: dirimere, take apart; impedire, impede) ...
One that renders a marriage altogether invalid unless a Dispensation be granted by the Church, which is possible only in certain cases
Impediment, Diriment - (Latin: dirimere, take apart; impedire, impede) ...
One that renders a marriage altogether invalid unless a Dispensation be granted by the Church, which is possible only in certain cases
Ministry, Gospel - That the Gospel ministry is of divine origin, and intended to be kept up in the church, will evidently appear, if we consider the promises, that in the last and best times of the New Testament Dispensation there would be an instituted and regular ministry in her, Ephesians 4:8 ; Ephesians 4:11 . 1 Peter 5:2-4 ; from the promises of assistance which were given to the first ministers of the new Dispensation, Matthew 28:20 ; and from the importance of a gospel Ministry, which is represented in the Scripture as a very great blessing to them who enjoy it, and the removal of it as one of the greatest calamities which can befall any people, Revelation 2:3 : ...
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Dispensation, Dispensationalism - In the Scofield Reference Bible a Dispensation is "a period of time during which man is tested in respect of obedience to some specific revelation of the will of God" Dispensationalism says that God uses different means of administering His will and grace to His people. Scofield says there are seven Dispensations: of innocence, of conscience, of government, of promise, of law, of grace, and of the kingdom. Dispensationalists interpret the scriptures in light of these (or other perceived) Dispensations
Vocation - ) The bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation; as, the vocation of the Jews under the old Dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel
Legal - ) According to the old or Mosaic Dispensation; in accordance with the law of Moses
Thanksgiving - A public celebration of divine goodness also, a day set apart for religious services, specially to acknowledge the goodness of God, either in any remarkable deliverance from calamities or danger, or in the ordinary Dispensation of his bounties
Birth, Defect of - The defect may be cured by the subsequent marriage of the parents, or by a papal rescript, or by religious profession, or by a Dispensation; but such legitimatization does not remove the impediment against receiving the cardinalate, or consecration as a bishop, abbot, or prelate nullius
Defect of Birth - The defect may be cured by the subsequent marriage of the parents, or by a papal rescript, or by religious profession, or by a Dispensation; but such legitimatization does not remove the impediment against receiving the cardinalate, or consecration as a bishop, abbot, or prelate nullius
Dispensation -
The method or scheme according to which God carries out his purposes towards men is called a Dispensation. There are usually reckoned three Dispensations, the Patriarchal, the Mosaic or Jewish, and the Christian. Dispensations of Providence are providential events which affect men either in the way of mercy or of judgement
Kingdom of Heaven - Messiah's kingdom, as a whole, both in its present spiritual invisible phase, the gospel Dispensation of greet, and also in its future manifestation on earth in glory, when finally heaven and earth shall be joined (John 1:51; Revelation 21-22)
Cocceians - He considered the Old Testament as a mirror, which held forth figuratively the transactions and events that were to happen in the church under the Dispensation of the New Testament, and unto the end of the world. Cocceius also taught, that the covenant made between God and the Jews was of the same nature as the new covenant by Jesus Christ; that the law was promulgated by Moses, not merely as a rule of obedience, but also as a representation of the covenant of grace; that when the Jews had provoked the Deity by their various transgressions, particularly by the worship of the golden calf, the severe yoke of the ceremonial law was added as a punishment; that this yoke, which was painful in itself, became doubly so on account of its typical signification; since it admonished the Israelites from day to day of the imperfection of their state, filled them with anxiety, and was a perpetual proof that they had merited the righteous judgment of God, and could not expect, before the coming of the Messiah, the entire remission of their iniquities; that indeed good men, under the Mosaic Dispensation, were, after death, made partakers of glory; but that, nevertheless, during the whole course of their lives they were far removed from that assurance of salvation, which rejoices the believer under the Dispensation of the Gospel; and that their anxiety flowed from this consideration, that their sins, though they remained unpunished, were not yet pardoned; because Christ had not as yet offered himself up to make an atonement for them
Covenant - These reasons for giving the Dispensation of the Gospel the name of a testament appeared to our translators so striking, that they have rendered διαθηκη more frequently by the word testament, than by the word covenant. On examining the passages in Galatians 3, in 2 Corinthians 3, and in Hebrews 8-10, where the old and the new covenant are contrasted, it will be found that the old covenant means the Dispensation given by Moses to the children of Israel; and the new covenant the Dispensation of the Gospel published by Jesus Christ; and that the object of the Apostle is to illustrate the superior excellence of the latter Dispensation. But, in order to preserve the consistency of the Apostle's writings, it is necessary to remember that there are two different lights in which the former Dispensation may be viewed. Christians appear to draw the line between the old and the new covenant, according to the light in which they view that Dispensation. But although the Mosaic Dispensation did not fulfil the Abrahamic covenant, it was so far from setting that covenant aside, that it cherished the expectation of its being fulfilled: for it continued the rite of circumcision, which was the seal of the covenant; and in those ceremonies which it enjoined, there was a shadow, a type, an obscure representation, of the promised blessing, Luke 1:72-73 . ...
Here, then, is another view of the Mosaic Dispensation. " The covenant made with Abraham retained its force during the Dispensation of the law, and was the end of that Dispensation. This last covenant, which the Scriptures call new in respect to the mode of its Dispensation under the Gospel, although it is not new in respect of its essence, has received, in the language of theology, the name of the covenant of grace, for the two following obvious reasons: because, after man had broken the covenant of works, it was pure grace or favour in the Almighty to enter into a new covenant with him; and, because by the covenant there is conveyed that grace which enables man to comply with the terms of it
Judaism - Judaism was but a temporary Dispensation, and was to give way, at least the ceremonial part of it, at the coming of the Messiah
Heresy - But the last days' Dispensation, we are told, will be distinguished by great departures from the faith; and, we may truly say, already do they appear
Cocceians - He represented the whole history of the Old Testament as a mirror, which held forth an accurate view of the transactions and events that were to happen in the church under the Dispensation of the New Testament, and unto the end of the world. In consequence of this general principle, he maintained that the ten commandments were promulgated by Moses, not as a rule of obedience, but as a representation of the covenant of grace...
that when the Jews had provoked the Deity by their various transgressions, particularly by the worship of the golden calf, the severe and servile yoke of the ceremonial law was added to the decalogue, as a punishment inflicted on them by the Supreme Being in his righteous displeasure...
that this yoke, which was painful in itself, became doubly so on account of its typical signification; since it admonished the Israelites from day to day of the imperfection and uncertainty of their state, filled them with anxiety, and was a perpetual proof that they had merited the righteous displeasure of God, and could not expect before the coming of the Messiah the entire remission of their iniquities...
that indeed good men, even under the Mosaic Dispensation, were immediately after death made partakers of everlasting glory; but that they were nevertheless, during the whole course of their lives, far removed from that firm hope and assurance of salvation, which rejoices the faithful under the Dispensation of the Gospel...
and that their anxiety flowed naturally from this consideration, that their sins, though they remained unpunished were not pardoned; because Christ had not as yet offered himself up a sacrifice to the Father, to make an entire atonement for them
Almaricians - His followers asserted that the power of the Father had continued only during the Mosaic Dispensation, that of the Son twelve hundred years after his entrance upon earth; and that in the thirteenth century the age of the Holy Spirit commenced, in which the sacraments and all external worship were to be abolished; and that every one was to be saved by the internal operations of the Holy Spirit alone, without any external act of religion
Fruit - The Lord in the Old Testament Scripture gave exceeding great and precious promises of blessings, which were to be expected in the fruits and effects under the New Testament Dispensation; and in the gospel the Lord Jesus confirmed the whole, when promising to send the Holy Ghost, and testified of his manifold gifts which should follow
Romans - This epistle is designed to correct certain misapprehensions, and to show that the system of Jewish rites and ceremonies is done away by the gospel Dispensation, and that the way of salvation through Christ is opened alike to Jews and Gentiles, and that whosoever will may come directly and hopefully to Jesus Christ for salvation and pardon from sin
Banns - Three publications, on different Sundays or holy days, are required unless a Dispensation be granted, and ordinarily the marriage should not be celebrated until at least three days after the last announcement
Music, Musicians, Musical Instruments - As these were indited under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we may conclude that this way of celebrating the praises of God was in accordance with the Dispensation that then was. Dispensation it is, "singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;" and "I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also
Dispensation - “Dispensation” appears four times in the King James Version (1 Corinthians 9:17 ; Ephesians 1:10 ; Ephesians 3:2 ; Colossians 1:25 ). ...
Modern Technical Usage The word “dispensation” became prominent in biblical studies in a recent eschatological movement which dates back to 1830 in Scotland. This movement called “dispensationalism” can be traced back to the visions of Margaret McDonald, a member of the Plymouth Brethren Church. Darby This two-stage return of the Lord, unheard of before 1830, became the platform for a movement called “dispensationalism. ...
Darby set forth the idea that God has set up seven time periods called Dispensations for His work among human beings. The seventh or last Dispensation will be the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:1 ). In each Dispensation, people are tested in reference to the obedience of God's will according to a specific revelation of that will. Scofield popularized the Dispensational system in his study Bible of 1909. He set forth seven Dispensations in God's dealing with human beings. Grace (John 1:17 ) This Dispensation begins with the death and resurrection of Jesus. ...
Program of Eschatology Beyond the seven Dispensations, the Darby movement had a definite program of eschatology in five steps. ...
Some of the more popular advocates of Dispensationalism have been C. The Book of Revelation has become a key book in the Dispensational approach. Dispensationalists see the rapture taking place in Revelation 4:1 and the rest of the book ( Revelation 4-18 ) dealing with the seven years of tribulation
Administration - ) The act of administering, or tendering something to another; Dispensation; as, the administration of a medicine, of an oath, of justice, or of the sacrament
Ecclesiastical Residence - If a pastor lives outside of his parish, or a bishop outside of his episcopal city, he does so only by Dispensation
Moseroth - From hence this great high priest of the Levitical Dispensation will arise at the last day
Residence, Ecclesiastical - If a pastor lives outside of his parish, or a bishop outside of his episcopal city, he does so only by Dispensation
Vocation - Among divines, a calling by the will of God or the bestowment of God's distinguishing grace upon a person or nation, by which that person or nation is put in the way of salvation as the vocation of the Jews under the old Dispensation, and of the Gentiles under the gospel
Distribution - Dispensation administration to numbers a rendering to individuals as the distribution of justice
Tribulation - Besides the application of this term to any time of distress, and its special reference to this Dispensation, respecting which it is said, "In the world ye shall have tribulation," John 16:33 — the Lord spoke of a distinct period of distress, such as never had been, or should be again
Infamy - Infamy of law ceases only by Dispensation of the Holy See; infamy of fact, by penance and amendment, causing reestablishment of lost reputation, in the judgment of the bishop
Lanfranc - He obtained the papal Dispensation for the marriage of William, Duke of Normandy, to Matilda of Flanders, and after William's invasion of England, 1066, Lanfranc was made Archbishop of Canterbury
Millennium - The triumph of the gospel, it is held, must be looked for by the wider and more efficient operation of the very forces that are now at work in extending the gospel; and that Christ will only come again at the close of this Dispensation to judge the world at the "last day
Mercy-Seat - Before and upon the mercy-seat the high priest sprinkled the blood of the sin-offerings on the day of atonement as a propitiation, Leviticus 16:11-16, which, under the new Dispensation, received its fulfillment
Blood - Dispensation everything in the tabernacle, the priests and their dresses were purged and sanctified by blood, everything being sprinkled with blood, including the book of the law and the people
Sons of God - Christians, those led of God's Spirit, in the present Dispensation are declared to be 'sons of God
Ulai - (Daniel 8:16) When we consider what is said of the voice of the Lord God, walking in the garden in the cool of the day, Genesis 3:8; when we mark the same grace manifested upon many occasions during the Old Testament Dispensation, 1 Samuel 3:4; 1 Kings 19:9; and when we call to mind, the numberless sweet and gracious tokens of the Lord Jesus, manifested to his servants in the early ages, before he openly tabernacled in substance of our flesh: may we not venture to suppose this voice to have been Him, who in after ages openly tabernacled among us? I only humbly propose the question
Joel - The principal predictions contained in this book are the Chaldean invasion, under the figurative representation of locusts; the destruction of Jerusalem by Titus; the blessings of the Gospel Dispensation; the conversion and restoration of the Jews to their own land; the overthrow of the enemies of God; and the glorious state of the Christian church in the end of the world
Baptism - The use of water in this ordinance is grounded in part on its qualities as the great element of purification, and on the rites of the ancient Dispensation, in which "water and blood: were the divinely appointed symbols of moral renovation and atonement
Moon - These things had served their purpose under the old Dispensation and were but shadows and types of the realities of the new
Administration - Dispensation distribution exhibition as the administration of justice, of the sacrament, or of grace
Poor - Psalm 12:5 41:1-3 , especially cared for in the Jewish Dispensation, Exodus 23:6 Proverbs 14:31 , and even more so under the gospel, Matthew 25:42-45 James 2:5
Comforter - The church is still under the Dispensation of the Comforter, and still he convinces the world of sin, of righteousness, and of the judgement to come
Preaching - Under the gospel Dispensation, the preaching of Christ crucified, by those whom he calls to be his ambassadors, is an established ordinance of prime importance-God's chief instrumentality for the conversion of the world, Mark 16:15 1 Corinthians 1:21 2 Timothy 2:2 4:2
Elder - The Jewish eldership was transferred from the old Dispensation to the new. In other words, the office of elder was the only permanent essential office of the church under either Dispensation
Infant Baptism - The "Mercy to Babes" in the Old Dispensation has not been lost outof the New, the Dispensation of the Spirit of love, which brings toall, even to the infant, as well as to its parents, God's mercywhich "He promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seedforever
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I would only detain the reader for one short observation upon it, just to remark, how very earnest the Lord's people were to carry, in the names of their children, continual records of the Lord's providences and Dispensation
Keys - But every one must see that this is an absolute perversion of Scripture; for the keys of the kingdom of heaven most probably refer to the Gospel Dispensation, and denote the power and authority of every faithful minister to preach the Gospel, administer the sacraments, and exercise government, that men may be admitted to or excluded from the church, as is proper
Visitation - ) Special Dispensation; communication of divine favor and goodness, or, more usually, of divine wrath and vengeance; retributive calamity; retribution; judgment
Christianity - ) The law and Mosaic system, though distinct from the gospel, yet clearly contemplates the new Dispensation as that for which itself was the preparation. Many psalms (as Psalm 2; Psalm 72; Psalm 22; Psalm 67) and all the prophets (compare Isaiah 2; Isaiah 53) look forward to the Messiah as about to introduce a new and worldwide Dispensation
Levirate Marriage - A Dispensation from the law was made possible by a rite, which they call halizah
Marriage, Levirate - A Dispensation from the law was made possible by a rite, which they call halizah
Steward, Stewardship - ...
A — 3: οἰκονομία (Strong's #3622 — Noun Feminine — oikonomia — oy-kon-om-ee'-ah ) is rendered "stewardship" in Luke 16:2,3,4 , and in the RV in 1 Corinthians 9:17 : see Dispensation
Faculty - ) Privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; Dispensation
Apostasy - Among the Romanists, apostasy only signifies the forsaking of a religious order, whereof a man had made profession, without a lawful Dispensation
Dreams - Under the Christian Dispensation, while we read frequently of trances and vision, dreams are never referred to as vehicles of divine revelation
John Baptist, Saint - He was a Prophet, the greatest of all—the last Prophet of theOld Dispensation and the first of the New, and our Lord declaredthat among all previously born of women none was greater than Johnthe Baptist
Judaism - With Abraham Judaism may be said in some sense, to have begun; but it was not till the promulgation of the law upon Mount Sinai, that the Jewish economy was established, and that to his posterity was committed a Dispensation which was to distinguish them ever after from every other people on earth. The Mosiac Dispensation consisted of three parts; the religious faith and worship of the Jews, their civil polity, and precepts for the regulation of their moral conduct
Steward - ’ The latter is used literally in Luke 16:2 ; Luke 16:8 ; Luke 16:4 , and metaphorically in 1 Corinthians 9:17 , Ephesians 3:2 , Colossians 1:25 , 1 Timothy 1:4 Hearing the Word of God - Under the former Dispensation there was a public hearing of the law at stated seasons, Deuteronomy 31:10 ; Deuteronomy 31:13
Genuflection - The Jesuit Rosweyd, in his Onomasticon, shows that genuflection, or kneeling, has been a very ancient custom in the church, and even under the Old Testament Dispensation; and that this practice was observed throughout all the year, excepting on Sundays, and during the time from Easter to Whitsuntide, when kneeling was forbidden by the council of Nice
Feast - But that oneness was primarily and chiefly a religious and not merely a political one; the people were not merely to meet as among themselves, but with Jehovah, and to present themselves before him as one body; the meeting was in its own nature a binding of themselves in fellowship with Jehovah; so that it was not politics and commerce that had here to do, but the soul of the Mosaic Dispensation, the foundation of the religious and political existence of Israel, the covenant with Jehovah
Holy Day - On the other side it is observed, that if holy days had been necessary under the present Dispensation, Jesus Christ would have observed something respecting them, whereas he was silent about them; that it is bringing us again into that bondage to ceremonial laws from which Christ freed us; that it is a tacit reflection on the Head of the church in not appointing them; that such days, on the whole, are more pernicious than useful to society, as they open a door for indolence and profaneness; yea, that Scripture speaks against such days, Galatians 4:9-11
Office - ) A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God himself; as, the office of a priest under the old Dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new
na'Both - For the signal retribution taken on this judicial murder --a remarkable proof of the high regard paid in the old Dispensation to the claims of justice and independence --see AHAB ; JEHU ; JEZEBEL
Tribulation - Dispensational premillennialism connects such a seven-year tribulation with the seventieth week of a prophetic framework taken from Daniel 9:24-27 . See Dispensation ; Eschatology ; Future Hope ; Millennium ; Rapture ; Revelation, Book of; Seventy Weeks
Holy Ghost, the - He, the Comforter, having been given we are now livingunder the Dispensation of the Holy Ghost
Fellowship - have koinonia, instead of oikonomia, "dispensation," RV
Revelation, Book of - In both the Jewish Dispensation is the preparation for the gospel, and the warfare and triumph of the Christ is described in language saturated with the Old Testament
Dispense - Dispensation
Judah - 70, when the Christian Dispensation had become established, compare Matthew 24:14; Acts 2:8; Romans 10:18, in the glory and triumph of the Messiah
Incomprehensibility of God - the Dispensation of his grace, Ephesians 3:8
Apostasy - There are solemn warnings also that show that such apostasy will be more and more general as the close of the present Dispensation approaches
Vow - These selfimposed services were more in keeping with the ancient Dispensation, in which outward sacrifices and observances had so large a share, than with enlightened Christianity
Type - The typical character of the old Dispensation is its most distinguishing feature
Sanctify - ...
So under the Jewish Dispensation, to sanctify the altar, the temple, the priests, &c
Widow - Under the Mosaic Dispensation no legal provision was made for the maintenance of widows
Dream - The revelation of God's will in dreams is characteristic of the early and less perfect patriarchal times (Genesis 28:12; Genesis 31:24; Genesis 37:5-10); to Solomon, 1 Kings 3:5, in commencing his reign; the beginnings of the New Testament Dispensation (Matthew 1:20; Matthew 2:13; Matthew 2:19; Matthew 2:22); and the communications from God to the rulers of the pagan world powers, Philistia, Egypt, Babylon (Genesis 20:3; Genesis 40:5; Genesis 41:1); Elihu, Job 33:15; Daniel 2; Daniel 4:5, etc
Seventy Weeks - ...
The Dispensational approach makes the 70 weeks a prophetic framework for end time events, rather than a prophecy of what took place in the work of Christ at His first coming. See Dispensation ; Eschatology ; Millennium, Tribulation
Feast - Something delicious and entertaining to the mind or soul as the Dispensation of the gospel is called a feast of fat things
Dispensations - These are the grand ends of the divine Dispensations; and in their aptitude to promote these ends consist their excellence and glory. The works or constitutions of nature are, in a general sense, divine Dispensations, by which God condescends to display to us his being and attributes, and thus to lead us to the acknowledgment, adoration, and love, of our Creator Father, and Benefactor. The sacred Scriptures reveal and record other Dispensations of divine providence, which have been directed to the promotion of the religious principles, moral conduct, and true happiness of mankind. In this sense the various revelations which God has communicated to mankind at different periods, and the means he has used, as occasion has required, for their discipline and improvement, have been justly denominated divine Dispensations. Accordingly, we read in the works of theological writers of the various Dispensations of religion; that of the patriarchs, that of Moses, and that of Christ, called the Dispensation of grace, the perfection and ultimate object of every other
Pentecost - This gift was for the whole period of the gospel Dispensation; and the mighty effects then produced foreshow the yet greater works the Spirit will perform in answer to prayer
Singing - Under the Gospel Dispensation it is particularly enjoined, Colossians 3:16 . But on the other side, it is remarked, that nothing should be done in or about God's worship without example or precept from the New Testament; that, instead of aiding devotion, it often tends to draw off the mind from the right object; that it does not accord with the simplicity of Christian worship; that the practice of those who lived under the ceremonial Dispensation can be no rule for us; that not one text in the New Testament requires or authorises it by precept or example, by express words or fair inference; and that the representation of the musical harmony in heaven is merely figurative language, denoting the happiness of the saints
Circumcision - The covenant with Abraham was a Dispensation or a specific form of the covenant of grace, and circumcision was a sign and seal of that covenant. Under the Jewish Dispensation, church and state were identical
Testament, New - the term New is added to distinguish it from the Old Covenant, that it, the Dispensation of Moses. The two covenants are always in Scripture the two Dispensations: that under Moses is the old, that under the Messiah is the new. These terms, from signifying the two Dispensations, came soon to denote the books wherein they were written, the sacred writings of the Jews being called the Old Testament; and the writings superadded by the apostles and evangelists, the New Testament
Age - There is the patriarchal age; the Mosaic age or Dispensation; the Christian age, in which "the kingdom of God cometh without observation" (and evil predominates outwardly); and the future manifested millennial kingdom: the two latter together forming "the world (Greek: "age") to come," in contrast to "this present evil world" (age) (Ephesians 1:21; Galatians 1:4)
Table - ) Surely, these things were emblematical of the Lord's table under the New Testament Dispensation
Stones - In our Christian Dispensation the high-priest's peculiar treasure, consultation of God's light and truth, belongs to all believers as spiritual priests
Vail, Veil - ...
THE VEIL OF THE TABERNACLE AND OF THE TEMPLEwitnessed to the fact that under the Dispensation of the law the way into the holiest was not made manifest: God had not come out in full blessing, and man could not go in
Sanctify - But that Dispensation is now at an end; under the New Testament, the state of things is changed, for now "neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature
Mount Sinai - Mount Sinai hath been always considered figurative of the blackness, and darkness, and terror of that Dispensation which issued from it
Jubilee - Isaiah clearly refers to this peculiar and important festival, as foreshadowing the glorious Dispensation of gospel grace, Isaiah 61:1,2 Luke 4:17-21
Kingdom of Heaven - An expression used in the New Testament to signify the reign, Dispensation, or administration of Jesus Christ
Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost - Under the Christian Dispensation, he applies the salvation of Christ to men's hearts, convincing them of sin, John 16:8,9 ; showing them "the things of Christ," illuminating and regenerating them, John 3:5 Ephesians 2:1
Course - A — 1: αἰών (Strong's #165 — Noun Masculine — aion — ahee-ohn' ) "an age" (see AGE), is sometimes wrongly spoken of as a "dispensation," which does not mean a period of time, but a mode of dealing
Beersheba - The Dispensation of the promise, which began with Abraham's call from Ur to Canaan, ended on the last night of the sojourn of his grandson Israel in Canaan. Possibly the 430 years (Galatians 3:17) dates from this, the end, not from the beginning, of the Dispensation of the promise
Chaplain - All these chaplains may purchase a license or Dispensation, and take two benefices, with cure of souls
Gospel, a Law - ; and it is certain, that, if the Gospel be put for all the parts of the Dispensation taken in connection one with another, it may well be called, on the whole, a good message
Reformation - , where His perfect sacrifice of Himself is contrasted with the annual sacrifices of the older Dispensation
Sacrifice - The sacrifices under the Old Testament Dispensation were all shadowy representations and types of that one great and all-sufficient sacrifice of the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all, whereby "he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified
Steps - These things characterize the godly and believing man in this Dispensation
John the Baptist - The Lord said that among those born of women no one was greater than John; but the least in the kingdom of heaven was greater than he, because the latter was in a new Dispensation, John being connected with the law and the prophets of the old Dispensation
Providence - The word providence is somewhat similar to that of Dispensation, or ordination, and hath a general reference to the appointments of God
Henry Viii, King - The second son of Henry VII, he was intended in his youth for the Church; he married Catherine of Aragon, his brother Arthur's widow, 1509, after obtaining the requisite Dispensation
Glory - The term "glory" is used also of the Gospel Dispensation by St
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Such follies and knaveries are all strictly forbidden in the Bible, and many of them in the Jewish Dispensation were punishable with death
Jubilee - The jubilee has also been supposed to be typical of the Gospel state and Dispensation, described by Isaiah 61:1-2 , in reference to this period, as "the acceptable year of the Lord
Grace - For the Gospel Dispensation, in contradistinction to that of the law, Romans 6:14 ; 1 Peter 5:12
Baptism, Christian - It is the "kingdom of God," one historic kingdom under all Dispensations. The commonwealth of Israel was the "church" (Acts 7:38 ; Romans 9:4 ) under the Mosaic Dispensation. Now it is a fact beyond dispute that the children of God's people under the old Dispensation were recognized as members of the church. If children were members of the church under the old Dispensation, which they undoubtedly were, then they are members of the church now by the same right, unless it can be shown that they have been expressly excluded
Enter - ) To pass within the limits of; to attain; to begin; to commence upon; as, to enter one's teens, a new era, a new Dispensation
Angel of the Lord (Jahweh) - When ultimately, under the Mosaic Dispensation, the holy character and the real nature of Jahweh began to be apprehended, the belief that He personally appeared among men necessarily became more and more untenable; hence, while Jahweh Himself receded further from men, His messenger, or angel, appeared in His stead, and became His representative in all His dealings with men
Antinomians - Those who maintain that the law is of no use or obligation under the gospel Dispensation, or who hold doctrines that clearly supersede the necessity of good works
Kedar - Hence mount Sinai covenant is represented as a Dispensation, like the mount itself, of blackness and darkness and terror; because it set forth that dread of conscience which filled the mind when under a conscious sense of having broken it
Frontlets - (Exodus 13:16; Deuteronomy 6:8) And though we, under the glorious Dispensation of the gospel, have no direction concerning them, yet it may not be improper, nor perhaps unprofitable, to notice them in a cursory way
Enter - ) To pass within the limits of; to attain; to begin; to commence upon; as, to enter one's teens, a new era, a new Dispensation
Holy Ghost - God the Father appears in the Old, Testament Dispensation, holding forth the promised Saviour with all his blessings, as coming for salvation; God the Son takes up the wonderful subject under the New Testament Dispensation, as thus coming and finishing all that was promised in the Old; and now that the Son of God hath finished transgression, made an end of sin, and is returned unto glory, God the Holy Ghost is come down, agreeably to Jesus's and his Father's most sure promise, to render effectual the whole purpose of redemption, by his divine offices in the hearts of the redeemed
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Premillennialism's more specific form is qualified by the adjective “dispensational. ” Dispensational premillennialism acquired its specific shape during the ministry of John Nelson Darby (1800-1882), founder of the Plymouth Brethren. Dispensationalism contrasts God's way of working in at least two historical “dispensations”: those of Israel and of the church. See Dispensation . ...
Under the Israelite Dispensation, God sought to establish an earthly, national kingdom centered in Palestine and governed by social and cultic laws. According to Dispensationalists, however, the Israelite, or “kingdom,” Dispensation did not end when the Jewish nation rejected Him. Dispensationalists claim to interpret all biblical prophecy literally. Therefore, these prophecies will be fulfilled, and the kingdom Dispensation will be completed, in a time still future. ...
Ever since Israel's rejection of Jesus, however, God has worked through the Dispensation of the church. This Dispensation, however, will cease at a particular point. When Jesus returns to gather His church (1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 ), He will rapture it out of the world, and the kingdom Dispensation will be reactivated. ...
Dispensational premillennialists further subdivide this scheme
Bereans - " means only that a person dying in infidelity would not be forgiven neither under the former Dispensation by Moses (the then present Dispensation, kingdom, or government of God, ) nor under the Gospel Dispensation, which, in respect of the Mosaic, was a kind of future world or kingdom to come
Moon - ...
The moon in Revelation 12:1 is the Jewish Dispensation, borrowing its former light from the Christian but now become worldly, and therefore under the church's feet (Galatians 4:3 end; Hebrews 2:1)
Firstborn - " This latter expression likely refers to the Old Testament faithful who could not reach completion until the Christian Dispensation (11:40); these now comprise the cloud of witnesses who applaud the race of the earthly Christians (12:1)
Gospel - " The term refers to the good news of the new Dispensation of redemption ushered in by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
Oil - "...
And what a blessed thought it is, that as the holy oil was poured on the head of Aaron, the great high priest of the Jewish Dispensation, which ran down to the skirts of his clothing, so God the Holy Ghost anointed Jesus, our great and almighty High Priest, to whom Aaron was but the shadow, with "the oil of joy and gladness above and for his fellows;" yea, the Spirit was not given by measure unto him, for in him all fulness dwelleth? And Christ and his church being one and the same, he the glorious Head, and they his members, of "his fulness do we all receive, and grace or grace
Call, Calling - ; and Bennet's Essay on the Gospel Dispensation
Miracle - And what an argument of the most persuasive nature ariseth therefrom to look unto him under every exercise, and to wait his grace in every Dispensation
Beer-la-Hai-Roi - "...
I cannot dismiss the subject before that I have first requested the reader to ask himself, whether, when at any time in the wilderness frames of his own heart, or under the wilderness Dispensations the Lord hath brought him into, he hath not often found a well of seasonable and unexpected supplies, like that of Hagar, so that he could call it Beer-la-hai-roi? How very often hath it been found, yea, it may always be found, in the believer's exercises, that where we least expected, there most of Jesus hath been discovered. That precious Redeemer, always beforehand with his people, and going before them in all his providences, as well as in all his grace, hath been at length manifested to the soul, in the close of some trying Dispensation, as having been all the while present, appointing all, regulating all, watching over all, and giving a sweet and precious finish in his sanctifying blessing on the providence to all; though to our timid and unwatchful hearts, he hath been supposed by us as absent, and inattentive to our distress
Covenant - " (2 Samuel 23:5)...
In the gospel, it is called the New Testament, or covenant, not in respect to any thing new in it or from any change or alteration in its substance or design, but from the promises of the great things engaged for in the Old Testament Dispensation being now newly confirmed and finished
Antinomians - are those who maintain that the law is of no use or obligation under the Gospel Dispensation, or who hold doctrines that clearly supersede the necessity of good works and a virtuous life
Deists - Some of the Deists have attempted to overthrow the Christian Dispensation, by opposing to it what they call the absolute perfection of natural religion
Servant - It does not at all follow, because the Mosaic law and the Christian Dispensation found slavery existing in the world, and made regulations for it, that God approved the system of one man's holding another as his property
Law - , were designed to distinguish the Jewish nation from the heathen, and to foreshadow the gospel Dispensation
Lord's Day - This worship of Christians with their Jewish fellow-countrymen secured the continuation of the Church of God from one Dispensation to another; while their exclusively Christian Eucharists consolidated the Church and enabled it to discover itself. the Christian Dispensation; cf
High Priest (2) - In the real atonement Christ had a part similar to that played by the high priest in the sensuous, temporary, typical atonement of the earlier Dispensation. As the work wrought by Him for men surpassed that of the high priest, so the terminology of the older Dispensation is insufficient, and breaks down under the burden of the description
Heaven - Here we are presented with the antitype of almost every leading circumstance of the Mosaic Dispensation. Instead of the land of Canaan, we have heaven; for the earthly Jerusalem, we have the heavenly, the city of the living God; in place of the congregation of Israel after the flesh, we have the general assembly and church of the first-born, that is, all true believers "made perfect;" for just men in the imperfect state of the old Dispensation, we have just men made perfect in evangelical knowledge and holiness; instead of Moses, the mediator of the old covenant, we have Jesus the Mediator of the new and everlasting covenant; and instead of the blood of slaughtered animals, which was sprinkled upon the Israelites, the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, to make a typical atonement, we have the blood of the Son of God, which was shed for the remission of the sins of the whole world; that blood which doth not, like the blood of Abel, call for vengeance but for mercy, which hath made peace between heaven and earth, effected the true and complete atonement for sin, and which therefore communicates peace to the conscience of every sinner that believes the Gospel
Type - In theological usage a type is a person or thing in the OT Dispensation that represents and prefigures a person or thing in the NT, hence called the antitype. The contrasts in Colossians 2:17 between the σκιά and the σῶμα, in Hebrews 8:5 between the σκιά and the ἐπουράνια, in Hebrews 10:1 between the σκιά and the εἰκών are all of them contrasts between types and their antitypes-between a prefiguring ordinance of the old Dispensation and a corresponding spiritual reality of the new. In these and many other familiar passages which will have to be considered more particularly, the NT authors bring before us the idea of type and antitype-the idea that persons, events, and institutions of the OT represent, and were designed by God to represent, persons, events, and institutions of the Christian Dispensation. If the older Dispensation as a whole contained within it the promise of the Christ who was to come, it was only to be expected that there should be correspondences in detail between the two economies. -Springing naturally out of the conception of the OT as prophetic of the Christian Dispensation, and being justified by the language of Christ Himself, the idea of type and antitype appears in the teaching of those who belonged to the original apostolic circle. Romans 3:25, Ephesians 5:2), the Temple and the Christian Church (1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 6:16), the ministry of the altar and the ministry of the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:13), circumcision and baptism (Colossians 2:11-12), the sacrificial communion of Judaism and communion at the Lord’s Table in the body and blood of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:16; 1 Corinthians 10:18)-these are particular instances he gives of the fact that the institutions of the old Dispensation were anticipative and symbolic of the new
Steward - ): ‘The Dispensation is the Divine arrangement of His household, or plan of government, which was to be carried out when the full time had come, which time had now arrived
Shadow - The ‘things to come’ are the Christian Dispensation, which from the Jewish standpoint, was yet in the future
Cloud - " (Isaiah 4:5) When we consider the peculiarity of this cloud, when we read expressly who was in it, when we consider the wonderful progress of it in its ministry, then going before, and then shifting its station, as occasion required, and going behind, when we behold the striking account of its ministry, in the difference of its aspect of light to Israel, and darkness to the Egyptians, when we trace the history of it through all the wilderness Dispensation of the church, and discover its blessed and beneficial influences to Israel, from Succoth even to Jordan, who but must exclaim, What hath God wrought! Surely, it is impossible for any reader, and every reader, to attend to the wonderful account without joining Moses, the man of God and saying, "Happy art thou, O Israel! who is like unto thee, O people saved of the Lord?" (Deuteronomy 33:29) Let the reader turn to those Scriptures, (Exodus 13:21-22; Exo 14:19-20; Exo 16:10; Numbers 12:5; Deuteronomy 31:15; Nehemiah 9:19; 1 Corinthians 10:1; 1Co 10:4) But when the reader hath paused over these Scriptures, and duly pondered the wonderous subject, I entreat him to carry on the blessed consideration (for it is, indeed, most blessed), as it concerns the Exodus, or going forth of the church of Jesus now
Blasphemy - The law under Moses's Dispensation punished such crimes with death
Kingdom - Campbell, in which there is a manifest allusion to the predictions in which the Dispensation of the Messiah was revealed by the prophets in the Old Testament, particularly by Daniel, who mentions it as "a kingdom which the God of heaven would set up, and which should never be destroyed,"...
Daniel 2:44
Power - (5) ‘The powers of the age to come’ ( Hebrews 6:5 ) are best understood of all supernatural gifts and spiritual forces which belong to the age or Dispensation of the New Covenant, of which Jesus is the Mediator (cf
Under - We live under the gospel Dispensation
Judaizing Christians - They regarded the two Dispensations as forming one whole; and believed that the rites which had distinguished from the rest of mankind those who belonged to the commonwealth of Israel, would in the same manner mark the disciples of the Messiah's kingdom. ...
They accordingly displayed much zeal in support of the Mosaical economy, represented the strict observance of what it required as essential for justification, and looked with a kind of abhorrence upon that large proportion of believers who paid to this no respect, and who even did not hesitate to condemn it as subversive of the fundamental principle of the Gospel Dispensation. One of these tenets, one which, indeed, naturally followed from their conceptions Of the Gospel Dispensation, was, that its author was merely a man raised solely by the commission with which he had been honoured above the rest of his fellow creatures
Ceremony - ...
That the ceremonies were numerous under the Old Testament Dispensation is no argument; for, say they
Religion - … The apostle claims for the new Dispensation a superiority over the old, in that its very θρησκεία consists in acts of mercy, of love, of holiness, in that it has light for its garment, its very robe being righteousness; herein how much nobler than that old, whose θρησκεία was at best merely ceremonial and formal, whatever inner truth it might embody’ (R
Advocate - There are three Dispensations in the history of redemption, each richer and fuller than the last: (1) The OT Dispensation, under which men knew only of God in high heaven; (2) that of the Incarnation, under which the Father came near to men in Jesus Christ and by His gracious advocacy appealed to their hearts; (3) that of the Holy Spirit, under which the Holy Spirit is the Father’s Advocate here, and Jesus ‘our Advocate above, our Friend before the throne of love
Fable - This is seen in the references: 1 Timothy 1:4 ‘Neither to give heed to fables … the which minister questionings rather than a Dispensation of God’ [1]; 1 Timothy 4:7 ‘profane and old wives’ fables’; 2 Timothy 4:4 ‘turn aside unto fables’; Titus 1:14 ‘not giving heed to Jewish fables’; 2 Peter 1:16 ‘We did not follow cunningly devised fables
Manasseh - He is often held up as a trophy of God's marvellous grace in Old Testament times, as Saul of Tarsus and the thief on the cross are given under the New Testament Dispensation
Mennonites - They are, like the Society of Friends, utterly averse to oaths and war, and to capital punishments, as contrary to the spirit of the Christian Dispensation
Altar - Altar, sacrifice, priest, and temple, being typical of Christ and the Christian Dispensation, have passed away
Symmachus, Bishop of Rome - He, however, requires both Eonus and Avitus to send full statements of their case to Rome; and in his letter to Avitus, while he repeats that the confusion introduced by Anastasius was not to be tolerated, he invites Avitus to state any reasons for some equitable Dispensation under existing circumstances
Hutchinsonians - That the Hebrew language was formed under divine inspiration, either all at once, or at different times, as occasion required; and that the Divine Being had a view in constructing it, to the various revelations which he in all succeeding times should make in that language: consequently, that its words must be the most proper and determinate to convey such truths as the Deity, during the Old Testament Dispensation, thought fit to make known to the sons of men. ...
From all which he concluded, that the rites and ceremonies of the Jewish Dispensation were so many delineations of Christ, in what he was to be, to do, and to suffer; that the early Jews knew them to be types of his actions and sufferings; and, by performing them as such, were so far Christians both in faith and practice
Blood - also Revelation 19:13), or a temporary Dispensation gives place to the last age of human earthly existence in the fulfilment of God’s purpose. According to the Epistle to the Hebrews, while the animal sacrifices as such were irrational, destitute of personal consent, intermittent, incapable of purifying, spiritual efficacy (Hebrews 10:4), this lack was more than set off by the blood of Christ, (b) As in the Old Dispensation all persons ministering at the altar, utensils of service and worship, and means of approach to God were cleansed with blood as a medium of purification (cf
Blood - also Revelation 19:13), or a temporary Dispensation gives place to the last age of human earthly existence in the fulfilment of God’s purpose. According to the Epistle to the Hebrews, while the animal sacrifices as such were irrational, destitute of personal consent, intermittent, incapable of purifying, spiritual efficacy (Hebrews 10:4), this lack was more than set off by the blood of Christ, (b) As in the Old Dispensation all persons ministering at the altar, utensils of service and worship, and means of approach to God were cleansed with blood as a medium of purification (cf
Heathen - Paaagans who worship false gods, and are not acquainted either with the doctrines of the Old Testament or the Christian Dispensation
Trump Trumpet - ...
‘The sound of a trumpet’ (Hebrews 12:19) occurs in the description of the scene at Sinai, and is illustrative of the awe-inspiring character of the Jewish Dispensation
Curse - ’—() This is the word regularly used to denote a curse in the general sense, as the natural antithesis of a blessing; it is not charged (as ‘anathema’ essentially is) with sacred associations; its quality, which is capable of all degrees, from Divine to devilish, is to be decided by the context () The disappearance of cursing in the NT marks very forcibly the contrast between the spirit of the New Dispensation and that of the Old; for in the OT its presence is at times painfully prominent
Marriage - ...
But such a prohibition would be contrary to natural right, and the design of the law itself; neither of which was ever intended to be set aside by the Gospel Dispensation
Millennium - The change will bring about a Dispensation entirely different in character from that which now exists during the gathering out from the nations of a people for heavenly blessing
Romans - The Apostle, after expressing his affection to the Roman Christians, and asserting that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe, takes a comprehensive view of the conduct and condition of men under the different Dispensations of Providence; he shows that all mankind, both Jews and Gentiles, were equally "under sin," and liable to the wrath and punishment of God; that therefore there was a necessity for a universal propitiation and redemption, which were now offered to the whole race of men, without any preference or exception, by the mercy of him who is the God of the Gentiles as well as of the Jews; that faith in Jesus Christ, the universal Redeemer, was the only means of obtaining this salvation, which the deeds of the law were wholly incompetent to procure; that as the sins of the whole world originated from the disobedience of Adam, so the justification from those sins was to be derived from the obedience of Christ; that all distinction between Jew and Gentile was now abolished, and the ceremonial law entirely abrogated; that the unbelieving Jews would be excluded from the benefits of the Gospel, while the believing Gentiles would be partakers of them; and that this rejection of the Jews, and call of the Gentiles, were predicted by the Jewish Prophets Hosea and Isaiah. This epistle is most valuable, on account of the arguments and truths which it contains, relative to the necessity, nature, and universality of the Gospel Dispensation
Navel - (Revelation 7:17) Nay, we are told by the Holy Ghost, through the ministry of his servant Paul, (Ephesians 1:10) that the great purpose of redemption is, "that in the Dispensation of the fulness of time, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him
Lot - Respecting his wife, whether grieving for the loss of her property, or inwardly censuring the severity of the divine Dispensation, or whether moved by unbelief or curiosity, cannot now be known; but, looking back, she became a pillar of salt, Genesis 19:26
Apocalypse - John by Eusebius, not to distinguish him from any other person of the same name, but as an honourable title, intimating that to him was more fully revealed the system of divine counsels than to any other prophet of the Christian Dispensation
Pentecost, Feast of - Under the old Dispensation Pentecost had been distinctly connected with the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Baptism - ...
The baptism of John was the concluding scene of the legal Dispensation, and, in fact, part of it; and to be considered as one of those "divers washings" among the Jews; for he did not attempt to make any alteration in the Jewish religion, nor did the persons he baptized cease to be members of the Jewish church on the account of their baptism; but Christian baptism is the regular entrance into, and is a part of, the evangelical Dispensation, Galatians 3:27 . Hence, it is clear, that, under the Gospel, infants are still continued exactly in the same relation to God and his church, in which they were originally placed under the former Dispensation. To conclude this article, it is observed against the mode of immersion, that, as it carries with it too much of the appearance of a burdensome rite for the Gospel Dispensation; that as it is too indecent for so solemn an ordinance; as it has a tendency to agitate the spirits, often rendering the subject unfit for the exercise of proper thought and affections, and indeed utterly incapable of them; as in many cases the immersion of the body would in all probability be instant death; as in other situations it would be impracticable for want of a sufficient quantity of water, it cannot be considered as necessary to the ordinance of baptism
Prayer - The kind of prayer in each Dispensation corresponds to its character: simple, childlike, asking for the needs of the family, in the patriarchal Dispensation (Genesis 15:2-3; Genesis 17:18; Genesis 25:21; Genesis 24:12-14; Genesis 18:23-32, which however is a larger prayer, namely, for Sodom; Genesis 20:7; Genesis 20:17). In the Mosaic Dispensation the range of prayer is wider and loftier, namely, intercession for the elect nation
Candlestick - The candlestick stands in the outer sanctuary, the type of the present Dispensation on earth; but not in the inner holiest place, the type of the heavenly world wherein the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are both the temple and the light (Revelation 21:22-23)
Hagar - ...
Paul expounds Hagar to answer to Sinai and the law, which generates a spirit of "bondage," as Hagar was a bond-woman, and that this must give place to the gospel Dispensation and the church of grace, the "Jerusalem which is above
Church - Peter, on the day of Pentecost, at the beginning of the New Testament Dispensation, announces the same great principle
Burnt-Offering - ...
The burnt-offering was the principal sacrifice of the Mosaic Dispensation, and continued as such till the destruction of the Temple by Titus
Fig Tree - (Luke 13:6) And the prophet, in the Old Testament Dispensation, celebrated the glories of God's grace to the church under a similar figure of his planting his vineyard with a choice vine
Turtle - ...
But some have supposed that by the turtle is meant God the Holy Ghost, whose voice is said, (Song of Song of Solomon 2:12) after the long winter of the Jewish Dispensation, to be heard in our land
Colosse - Paul assures them, that since he had heard of their faith in Christ Jesus, and of their love to all Christians, he had not ceased to return thanks to God for them, and to pray that they might increase in spiritual knowledge, and abound in every good work; he describes the dignity of Christ, and declares the universality of the Gospel Dispensation, which was a mystery formerly hidden, but now made manifest; and he mentions his own appointment, through the grace of God, to be the Apostle of the Gentiles; he expresses a tender concern for the Colossians and other Christians of Phrygia, and cautions them against being seduced from the simplicity of the Gospel, by the subtlety of Pagan philosophers, or the superstition of Judaizing Christians; he directs them to set their affections on things above, and forbids every species of licentiousness; he exhorts to a variety of Christian virtues, to meekness, veracity, humility, charity, and devotion; he enforces the duties of wives, husbands, children, fathers, servants, and masters; he inculcates the duty of prayer, and of prudent behaviour toward unbelievers; and after adding the salutations of several persons then at Rome, and desiring that this epistle might be read in the church of their neighbours the Laodiceans, he concludes with a salutation from himself, written, as usual, with his own hand
Ceremony - Even under the Mosaical Dispensation, proceeding as it did, immediately from heaven, and adapted, as in infinite wisdom it was, to the situation of those to whom it was given, the same evil early began to be experienced; and although it was lamented and exposed by the prophets, and the most enlightened men among the Jews, it was so far from being eradicated, that it continued to acquire strength, till it was exhibited in all its magnitude in the character prevalent among the Pharisees at the period of Christ's manifestation
Manichaeans - Every thing, therefore, which they conceived unworthy of the fountain of goodness, they attributed to the evil being; particularly the material world, the Mosaic Dispensation, and the Scriptures on which it was founded
Covenant - ...
Whilst the Sinaitic covenant is rightly regarded as the charter of the Jewish Dispensation, the establishment by God of a new constitution was contemplated by a series of prophets (Jeremiah 31:31 ; Jeremiah 31:33 ; Jeremiah 32:40 ; Jeremiah 50:5 , Isaiah 55:3 ; Isaiah 59:21 ; Isaiah 61:8 , Ezekiel 16:60 ; Ezekiel 16:62 ; Ezekiel 20:37 ; Ezekiel 34:25 ). The Sinaitic covenant is thus transformed, and, whilst continuing as a note of racial separation until the period for the Incarnation was come, gave way then to a new Dispensation with increased emphasis on personal religion and the provision of means adequate to ensure it ( Hebrews 8:6-13 )
Aeon - The larger vision gave the larger meaning; but it cannot he said that the fundamental idea of ‘age,’ as an epoch or Dispensation with an end, is lost. There is also attached to the word the significance of ‘age’ as indicating a period or Dispensation of a definite character-the present order of ‘world-life’ viewed as a whole and as possessing certain moral characteristics
Tribes - Are the ‘servants of God’ of Revelation 7:3 identical with the ‘multitude’ of Revelation 7:9 ‘whom no man can number’? Can this be the case when the sealed are numbered so definitely? If not, who then are the sealed? Are they faithful Jews of the OT Dispensation, or are they Jewish Christians, and are the Gentile Christians not to be sealed? The first suggestion is impossible, as the sealed are evidently still on the earth
Hope - Great as was the religious hope inspired by the older Dispensation, it was small when compared with that ‘better hope’ (Hebrews 7:19) which rested on the unchangeable kingly Priesthood of Christ
Judas Iscariot - Matthias infers that the inclusion of the traitor in the number of the apostles and his obtaining a share in their ministry was a mysterious Dispensation by which was fulfilled the prediction of Psalms 41:9, so recently quoted by our Lord Himself (John 13:18), together with its necessary consequences as foreshadowed in two other Psalms (Psalms 69:25; Psalms 109:8): that is, if John 13:20 be an original part of St
Levi - See another instance, (Exodus 32:25-28) The other instance at Meribah, sets forth the frailty both of Moses and Aaron: (see Numbers 20:1-13) But by taking into one view both instances at Meribah, we are certainly constrained to look farther than to the Aarons, or to all the sons of Levi, under the Old Testament Dispensation, for the accomplishment of Moses's dying prediction that the Urim and Thummim of JEHOVAH might be with the Lord's Holy One; and to none can we make the smallest application, but to the Almighty Aaron of "a better covenant, established upon better promises
Fire - John the Baptist, as the last and greatest prophet of the Old Testament Dispensation, declared of the Messiah, "He shall baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire," referring to His judicial aspect, "burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire" (Matthew 3:11-12)
Gospel - Signifies good news, and is that revelation and Dispensation which God has made known to guilty man through Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer
Hope - Great as was the religious hope inspired by the older Dispensation, it was small when compared with that ‘better hope’ (Hebrews 7:19) which rested on the unchangeable kingly Priesthood of Christ
Covenant - (See Dispensation
Sabbath - These were peculiar to that Dispensation
Thomas - Jesus spoke for all our Dispensation what He said to Thomas, "because thou hast seen Me thou hast believed; blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed" (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Hieracas, an Egyptian Teacher - The most salient point in his practical teaching was that he absolutely condemned marriage holding that though permitted under the old Dispensation since the coming of Christ no married person could inherit the kingdom of heaven
Antichrist - Now there has been no change of Dispensation since this epistle was written, and John wrote much later, from which we learn that the revelation of the antichrist is still future, though doubtless the mystery of iniquity is getting ripe for his appearing; that which hindered and still hinders the manifestation of the antichrist is doubtless the presence of the Holy Spirit on earth
How the Prophetic Gift Was Received - a revealer of a new religious Dispensation
Phar'Isees, - (Luke 10:29 ) Finally, instead of endeavoring to fulfill the great end of the Dispensation whose truths they professed to teach, and thus bringing men to the Hope of Israel, they devoted their energies to making converts to their own narrow views, who with all the zeal of proselytes were more exclusive and more bitterly opposed to the truth than they were themselves
Israel, Israelite - Christianity is not a completely new creation fallen from heaven, but rather a growth from the religion of Israel—a growth far surpassing the germ from which it sprang, as an oak surpasses an acorn, but yet composed of elements which are discernible in the earlier Dispensation in a rudimentary form. ‘The Law and the Prophets,’ as a Dispensation, have had their day, and have given place to ‘the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 11:12 f
Branch - The Saviour brought in a new Dispensation
Serpent - " And as the simple act of faith in the Israelite in the wilderness, when beholding the brazen serpent as typical of Christ, became the sole means of recovery when dying under the effects of the serpent's poison in the old Dispensation, so the simple act of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ becomes the sole cause of salvation when dying under the consequences of sin and Satan under the New
Rock - The proclamation of the Lord was on this occasion, "Behold, I will stand before thee upon the rock in Horeb;" intimating, as plain as words can shew, when opened to us by the Holy Ghost, that the whole Dispensation is God in Christ. ...
And as these several Dispensations pointed all to Christ as the only possible supply for the church, so the church is uniformly considered under every estate, both in the Old Testament and New, as living by faith upon Jesus, and deriving all supplies from him
Samson - His riddle "out of the eater came forth meat (carcasses in the East often dry up without decomposition), and out of the strong (Matthew 12:29) came forth sweetness," is the key of Samson's history and of our present Dispensation
Law - Some deny that it is a rule of conduct to believers under the Gospel Dispensation; but it is easy to see the futility of such an idea; for as a transcript of the mind of God, it must be the criterion of moral good and evil
Apostle - The ordering of a Dispensation depended on the apostolic office as divinely appointed
Punishment - Whatever possibilities the eternal future may have in store, the NT draws a veil over the fate of those who have failed to improve the opportunity afforded by the Dispensation under which men are now living
Glory - The whole Christian Dispensation is characterized by ‘glory’ (2 Corinthians 3:7-18). As the inferior and temporary nature of the old Dispensation is typified in the veiled and fading splendour of Moses, its mediator, the perfection and permanence of the new are witnessed in the unveiled and eternal glory of Christ, which is reflected partly here, more fully hereafter, on His people (a merely figurative interpretation is excluded by the very terms εἰκών and δόξα)
Holy Day - The life and work, the example and precept, and above all the Resurrection of Jesus, implied the complete abrogation of the Mosaic Dispensation; but as that Dispensation was still part of the personal environment, and eventually bound up with the personal religion of individual Christians-both Jew and Gentile-for many generations, it is not to be expected that its cogency would at once cease to be felt
Establishments - That the case of the Jews can never be considered in point, as they were under a theocracy, and a ceremonial Dispensation that was to pass away, and consequently not designed to be a model for Christian nations
Sermon on the Mount - Scofield held that the ethics of the sermon were fully valid only for the new Dispensation after the return of Christ
Greatness - And the character demanded includes, not the assertive qualities of notoriety, but the milder attributes of childlike humility (Mark 9:34, Matthew 18:1; Matthew 18:4, Luke 9:48), and obedience to the Divine law (Matthew 5:19—a passage which has an important bearing on the relationship of the new Dispensation to the old)
Steward, Stewardship - Yet a regulation like that does not seem fully in harmony with the spirit of the new Dispensation (cf
Angels - The messages, though addressed to churches existing at the time, no doubt set forth the state of the church in its varied phases ever since apostolic times down to its entire rejection as the responsible witness for Christ at the close of the Dispensation
Hutchinsonians - ...
Hence he drew this conclusion, "that all the rites and ceremonies of the Jewish Dispensation were so many delineations of Christ, in what he was to be, to do, and to suffer; and that the early Jews knew them to be types of his actions and sufferings, and, by performing them as such, were in so far Christians, both in faith and practice
Analogy of Faith - ' The scope of his reasoning shows that nothing is there meant by faith, but a conviction of the truth in regard to the article of which he had been treating, namely, the equality of days and meats, in point of sanctity, under the Gospel Dispensation
Propitiation - ’ The ideas in this passage include the following: (1) that Christ’s death is a propitiatory sacrifice; (2) that sin cannot be righteously passed over except on the ground of such a sacrifice; (3) that Christ’s propitiatory death is the vindication of God’s righteousness in passing over sins under the older Dispensation (cf
Parousia - Thus various historical crises, such as the destruction of Jerusalem and the fall of the Roman Empire, are regarded as due to the immediate influence of the Christ and as a part of the new Dispensation of the Spirit
God - The biblical writers, however, did not, in either Dispensation, concern themselves to prove a fact which no one doubted. In the new ‘dispensation of the fulness of the times’ God has ‘made known unto us the mystery of his will’ (Ephesians 1:9 f
Sabbath - Under the Christian Dispensation, the sabbath is altered from the seventh to the first day of the week
Leviticus - ...
Psalms 89:15; "blessed is the people that know the joyful sound, they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance," alludes to the Jubilee year enjoined in Leviticus; Isaiah 61:1-3, and our Lord's application of the prophecy to Himself, show that the gospel Dispensation is the antitype
Refuge - (2 Corinthians 5:5; Ephesians 1:13)...
Under this article of refuge, it will be proper to notice those cities of refuge, which the Lord appointed under the Old Testament Dispensation, as a shelter for the manslayer who unintentionally killed another, and hated him not in times past
Coming Again - His final coming at the end of the Dispensation He had inaugurated, to sit in judgment over all classes and nations of men, to apportion their merit and demerit, decide their destinies, overthrow all evil, and bring the kingdom of God to its supreme triumph and glory
Firstborn - And if this be the case in the instance of Christ, and this appointment of dedication to the Lord of the first-born, that openeth the womb had respect only to Christ; what an eye to this one birth, all along through the whole Levitical Dispensation, was manifested by this right of the Lord, both in the first-born of men and of beast, to typify Christ!...
I beg the reader on this occasion, as in many others, to observe, that I presume not to speak with any positiveness upon the subject; I only state it
Feasts - To keep them under the influence of religion, and by the majesty of that service which he instituted among them, and which abounded in mystical symbols or types of evangelical things, to convey spiritual instruction, and to keep alive the expectation of the Messiah, and his more perfect Dispensation
Prophets - A class of men of God, especially in the Old Testament Dispensation, inspired to foretell future and secret events; and who also revealed he will of God as to current events and duties, and were his ambassadors to men
Prayer - In the record on prayer accepted and granted by God, we observe, as always, a special adaptation to the period of his Dispensation to which they belong
Will - " The most pious of those who lived under the Mosaic Dispensation often acknowledged the necessity of extraordinary assistance from God: David prays to God to open his eyes, to guide and direct him; to create in him a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within him, Psalms 51:10 ; Psalms 119:18 ; Psalms 119:33 ; Psalms 119:35 . Graves, are those who have made it the subject of mental observation, exertion, and pursuit; or, in other words, those who have sought after righteousness, under whatever Dispensation, Acts 10:35 ; Romans 2:7 ; Romans 2:10 . Though now that it has pleased God in Christ to bring life and immortality to light through the Gospel," it is possible for reason to estimate the beauty and the mercy and the wisdom of the Dispensation by which it has been effected
Unpardonable Sin - The present age, it is said, was simply the Mosaic age or Dispensation under which the Jews were living; while ‘the age to come’ was the Messianic age or Christian Dispensation Our Lord’s words thus mean only that, whether men live under the Law or the Gospel, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is unpardonable
Justice - Justice thus is universal (Psalm 9:7-9 ) and applies to each covenant or Dispensation
Death - This was the hour of the abolition of the law, and the introduction of the Gospel; the hour of terminating the old and beginning the new Dispensation
Call, Called, Calling - Of this OT meaning examples in the NT are our Lord’s call of His apostles (Matthew 4:21), the Spirit’s call of Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:2), the call of the High Priest of the old Dispensation (Hebrews 5:4), where a Divine call to special service is given and accepted
Fire - "I am come (saith Christ,) to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?" (Luke 12:49) And one of the apostles declares that in the end of the Dispensation of the gospel, "every man's work shall be tried by fire
Sabbath - For a time, such of the disciples as were Jews observed the Jewish Sabbath also; but they did not require this nor the observance of any festival of the Mosaic Dispensation, of Gentile converts, nor even of Jews, Colossians 2:16
Pharisees - For Prophetism, whether of the Old or of the New Dispensation, threw the whole emphasis on character
Moses - Moses stands at the head of the legal Dispensation, so that Israel is said to have been "baptized unto Moses" (initiated into the Mosaic covenant) as Christians are into Christ. On his last descent from Sinai "his face shone"; and he put on a veil as the people "could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done away," a type of the transitory Dispensation which he represented, in contrast to the abiding Christian Dispensation (Exodus 34:30; Exodus 34:38; 2 Corinthians 3:13-14; 2 Corinthians 3:7; 2 Corinthians 3:11)
Holy Spirit, the - Between Christ's ascension and return continues the Dispensation of the Spirit; the true church is now "the temple of the Holy Spirit," in which believers are "living stones" "builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:22); "living in the Spirit and walking in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:25); "by one Spirit baptized into one body
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The parables and parabolic sayings in the Synoptics (Matthew 24:42 to Matthew 25:30, Mark 13:32-37, Luke 12:35-48; Luke 19:11-27), intended to enforce the lesson of constant readiness for the Second Coming, may be described as parting counsels and admonitions to the disciples for the guidance of their conduct during the period, indefinitely prolonged, which must elapse between Christ’s departure from the world, then impending, and His return at the close of the present Dispensation
Judaizing - that Christianity would fulfil and also succeed the older Dispensation
Samuel - ...
His sacrificing was not as a priest, but as a Levite and prophet especially called to do so by God, though not of the family of Aaron; a presage of the better Dispensation wherein not those alone of one favored family or caste, but all, are privileged to be king-priests to God
Judgment, Last - The justice of God requires it; for it is evident that this attribute is not clearly displayed in the Dispensation of things in the present state, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7
Mediator - Thus for example, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, the first chapter, and the tenth verse, where speaking, of the design of JEHOVAH in redemption, to bring and centre all things in Christ, and finally to make him the glorious end of creation, he saith, that "in the Dispensation of the fulness of time, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are in earth, even in him
Acceptance - It was largely due to the prophets that the old ceremonial ground was gradually ethicized; and, though it never died out under the earlier ‘dispensation’ (which, indeed, reached its most rigid and mechanical development in the degenerate Pharisaic cult of NT times), the way was effectually prepared for the full proclamation of the spiritual message of the gospel by Jesus, who was Himself the perfect embodiment of all that was acceptable and well-pleasing to God (cf
Unitarians - Belsham says, "The Unitarian doctrine is, that Jesus of Nazareth was a man constituted in all respects like other men, subject to the same infirmities, the same ignorance, prejudices, and frailties; descended from the family of David, the son of Joseph and Mary, though some indeed still adhere to the popular opinion of the miraculous conception; that he was born in low circumstances, having no peculiar advantages of education or learning, but that he was a man of exemplary character; and that, in conformity to ancient prophecy, he was chosen and appointed by God to introduce a new moral Dispensation into the world, the design of which was to abolish the Jewish economy, and to place believing Gentiles upon an equal ground of privilege and favour with the posterity of Abraham; in other words, he was authorized to reveal to all mankind, without distinction, the great doctrine of a future life, in which men shall be rewarded according to their works
John the Baptist - He taught fasting and prayers, rather in the spirit and therefore with the forms of, the old Dispensation which the new would supersede, its new spirit creating its appropriate new forms (Luke 5:33-38; Luke 11:1)
Hypocrisy - On the other hand, to follow hypocrisy is to go the road that leads to the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost—the state of mind that has so juggled with good and evil that good has no power over it, the sin which no change of Dispensation, or perhaps nothing in eternity any more than in time, can modify. ...
That, as our Lord predicted, hypocrisy has continued to work under the New Dispensation as under the Old, may be seen from the state of things in the Eastern Church as pictured by Eustathius, in the Western as drawn by Dante and Chaucer, and in later times as reflected in a literature too abundant and familiar to require to be named
Nebuchadnezzar - When I put myself into Nebuchadnezzar's place, when I recall my own temper and my own conduct, I honour Nebuchadnezzar, and I cannot cease from wondering that the king of Babylon has not been far more made of as a pattern of humility and meekness both under the Dispensations of God and under the doctrines of Daniel. It is as if God had predestinated Nebuchadnezzar to come out of that heathen Dispensation, and to sit down in the kingdom of heaven, while the emperors of our modern Christendom are to be cast out. But when we see and feel ourselves to be oxen in our stupidity, and dogs in our selfishness, and swine in our miryness, and vipers in our poisonousness-then we have got the key within ourselves to God's great Dispensation of humiliation with Nebuchadnezzar
Division of the Earth - By this event, considered as a wise Dispensation of Providence, bounds were set to the contagion of wickedness; evil example was confined, and could not extend its influence beyond the limits of one country; nor could wicked projects be carried on, with universal concurrence, by many small colonies, separated by the natural boundaries of mountains, rivers, barren deserts, and seas, and hindered from associating together by a variety of languages, unintelligible to each other. This Dispensation was, therefore, properly calculated to prevent a second universal degeneracy; God dealing in it with men as rational agents, and adapting his scheme to their state and circumstances
Hypocrisy - On the other hand, to follow hypocrisy is to go the road that leads to the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost—the state of mind that has so juggled with good and evil that good has no power over it, the sin which no change of Dispensation, or perhaps nothing in eternity any more than in time, can modify. ...
That, as our Lord predicted, hypocrisy has continued to work under the New Dispensation as under the Old, may be seen from the state of things in the Eastern Church as pictured by Eustathius, in the Western as drawn by Dante and Chaucer, and in later times as reflected in a literature too abundant and familiar to require to be named
Devil - The old Dispensation could not overcome him (compare Zechariah 3)
Inheritance - In the OT the secure inheritance of the Holy Land was the outward symbol of these spiritual blessings; under the New Dispensation they are assured by membership in the Christian body
Liberty (2) - Throughout the NT liberty (ἐλευθερία, and its even more confident form ἐξουσία) runs as a golden thread, distinguishing the New Dispensation from the Old
Election - Paul calls "the fellowship of the mystery" was fully explained, chiefly by the glorious ministry of that Apostle himself, were called into that church relation and visible acknowledgment as the people of God, which the Jews had formerly enjoyed, and that with even a higher degree of glory, in proportion to the superior spirituality of the new Dispensation
Sinai - In the New Testament, the Dispensation proclaimed on Sinai is contrasted with the gospel of the grace of God, Galatians 4:24,25 Hebrews 12:18-29
Priest - The OT idea that Israel was ‘a kingdom of priests unto God’ ( Exodus 19:5 ) is transferred in precise terms to God’s people under the New Dispensation
Offices of Christ - Under the OT Dispensation the three principal offices were those of prophet, priest, and king; and ‘the innermost pulse, so to speak, of the history of prophecy is to be found in the effort to interweave these three offices together, and to contemplate them in the Messianic image instead of in their distribution among several persons’ (Dorner, System of Christ
Elder - Also elders in the new Dispensation are to preserve and nurture life with God in the covenant community (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 )
Promise - ...
When the new covenant was initiated in the coming of Jesus Christ, it not merely represented the completion of one phase of promise, but in fact commenced a new Dispensation, that of grace, which contained its own promises to be fulfilled by God in future times
Joy - Jesus Himself had already represented the spiritual coming of the Kingdom, the time of His presence with the disciples as a period of joy, resembling a wedding-feast (Mark 2:19), and had pointed forward to the Dispensation of the Spirit as a period of joy (John 14:28; John 15:11; John 16:20; John 16:22; John 16:24; John 17:13)
Pentecost - So that there is a beautiful order in the design and execution of the work itself, as well as grace and mercy in the Dispensation
Abiding - Thus as in ancient Israel union with the Church nation was the condition of life, so in the new Dispensation the condition of life was to be the abiding in Christ
Timotheus - After saluting him in an affectionate manner, and reminding him of the reason for which he was left at Ephesus, the Apostle takes occasion, from the frivolous disputes which some Judaizing teachers had introduced among the Ephesians, to assert the practical nature of the Gospel, and to show its superiority over the law; he returns thanks to God for his own appointment to the apostleship, and recommends to Timothy fidelity in the discharge of his sacred office; he exhorts that prayers should be made for all men, and especially for magistrates; he gives directions for the conduct of women, and forbids their teaching in public; he describes the qualifications necessary for bishops and deacons, and speaks of the mysterious nature of the Gospel Dispensation; he foretels that there will be apostates from the truth, and false teachers in the latter times, and recommends to Timothy purity of manners and improvement of his spiritual gifts; he gives him particular directions for his behaviour toward persons in different situations in life, and instructs him in several points of Christian discipline; he cautions him against false teachers, gives him several precepts, and solemnly charges him to be faithful to his trust
Judgment - DAY OF, is that important period which shall terminate the present Dispensation of grace toward the fallen race of Adam, put an end to time, and introduce the eternal destinies of men and angels, Acts 16:31 ; 1 Corinthians 15:24-26 ; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17 ; Matthew 25:31-46
Sacrifice - Then, as truly as under the Christian Dispensation, it could be said, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise," Psalm 51:17
Hebrews - This whole Dispensation only prefigured that more perfect one which should come, and bring life and immortality to light in his gospel, and make a full atonement for the sins of the world
Abiding - Thus as in ancient Israel union with the Church nation was the condition of life, so in the new Dispensation the condition of life was to be the abiding in Christ
Inspiration - Yet, in their epistles, we find just notions of the spiritual nature of the religion of Jesus as a kingdom of righteousness, the subjects of which are to receive remission of sins, and sanctification through his blood, and just notions also of the extent of this religion as a Dispensation the spiritual blessings of which are to be communicated to all, in every land, who receive it in faith and love. "But God hath revealed it," not them, as our translators have supplied the accusative, "revealed the wisdom of God, the Dispensation of the Gospel unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. "If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord," 1 Corinthians 14:37 ; that is, Let no eminence of spiritual gifts be set up in opposition to the authority of the Apostles, or as implying any Dispensation from submitting to it
Propitiation - (c) The idea of appeasing God in the heathen sense by offering Him an inducement to alter His disposition towards the offerer is absent, ‘nor is it ever implied that the offerer of such a sacrifice is outside God’s Dispensation of grace, or the object of His wrath’ (Driver, HDB_ iv. -The Pauline use (Romans 3:25) states the propitiation in relation to a Divine righteousness expressed in ‘a wrath of God revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold down the truth in unrighteousness’ (Romans 1:18); its purpose is to show God’s righteousness to be consistent with the fact of His forbearance ‘in the passing over of sins done aforetime’: for there has never been a time under any Dispensation when God has not dealt graciously with sinful men; He is always God the Saviour, ‘whose property is always to have mercy
Apostolic Fathers - On the other hand, in the Shepherd of Hermas, and possibly in the Expositions of Papias (for in this instance the inferences drawn from a few scanty fragments must be precarious), the sympathy with the Old Dispensation is unduly strong, and the distinctive features of the Gospel are darkened by the shadow of the Law thus projected upon them
Miracles - Both Dispensations were inaugurated by miracles, and then mainly left to ordinary providence; only that the Old Testament church, at times when surrounding paganism, as in Elijah's times, threatened to swamp it, was vindicated by miracles. Many miracles were typical; as the "tongues" manifested the universality of the Christian Dispensation designed for every tongue, so counterworking the division of man from man through the confusion of tongues at Babel; the casting out of demons symbolizes Christ's coming "to destroy the works of the devil. The Christian miracles on the contrary, as attesting a permanent and universal Dispensation, were properly limited to its commencement
Unity - The ruin wrought by Adam and the redemption wrought by Christ seem to be co-extensive in human history (Romans 5:16, 1 Corinthians 15:22); and in the Dispensation of the fullness of the times it is God’s purpose to bring all things again into unity (ἀνακεφαλαιώσασθαι) in Christ (Ephesians 1:10; cf
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Now if the reader will pause over the subject, and by looking back take a retrospective view of the whole, he will perceive that salt in the church of God had a twofold Dispensation: and, like Him whom it evidently prefigured, it became "the savor of life unto life, or of death unto death?" (2 Corinthians 2:16) Jesus was set for "the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against
Timothy, Epistles to - ...
After the benediction Paul states that Timothy had been besought to remain at Ephesus to enjoin some not to teach strange doctrine, nor give heed to fables and useless genealogies, which ministered questions rather than the Dispensation of God, which was in faith
Propitiation - And as, under the law, God was propitious to those who came to him by appearing before his mercy seat with the blood of their sin- offerings; so, under the Gospel Dispensation, he is propitious to those who come unto him by Jesus Christ, through faith in that blood which is elsewhere called "the blood of sprinkling," and which he shed for the remission of sins
Quakers - "As we dare not encourage any ministry but that which we believe to spring from the influence of the Holy Spirit, so neither dare we attempt to restrain this influence to persons of any condition in life, or to the male sex alone; but, as male and female are one in Christ, we allow such of the female sex as we believe to be endued with a right qualification for the ministry, to exercise their gifts for the general edification of the church; and this liberty we esteem a peculiar mark of the Gospel Dispensation, as foretold by the prophet Joel, Joel 2:28-29 . so his baptism is one, in nature and operation; that nothing short of it can make us living members of his mystical body; and that the baptism with water; administered by his forerunner John, belonged, as the latter confessed, to an inferior Dispensation, John 3:30
Hebrews Epistle to the - Summary of contents...
(1) The theme: the old Dispensation and the new. Jesus is the Moses of the new Dispensation, but greater than Moses, as a son is greater than a servant
Death of Christ - It was on the place of His death in the moral order of the world, and as therein related to man’s sin and God’s governmental judgment, that He depended for the victory and triumph of Righteousness over Sin in the Dispensation of the Spirit (John 17:7-11). It is so still in the current Dispensation of the Spirit by whose agency His mediation is brought to saving effect in souls
Prophecy - ) The Scripture prophecies, on the other hand, constitute a series of divine predictions, relating principally to one grand object, of universal importance, the work of man's redemption, and carried on in regular progression through the patriarchal, Jewish, and Christian Dispensations, with a harmony and uniformity of design, clearly indicating one and the same divine Author. ...
On this subject it may be observed, by way of general illustration, that the remarkable personages under the old Dispensation were sometimes in the description of their characters, and in the events of their lives, the representatives of the future dispensers of evangelical blessings, as Moses and David were unquestionably types of Christ, Ezekiel 34:23 ; Matthew 11:14 ; Hebrews 6:20 ; Hebrews 7:1-3 . ...
Beside these historical passages, of which the covert allusions were explained by the interpretation of the Gospel writers, who were enlightened by the Spirit to unfold the mysteries of Scripture, the prophets often uttered positive predictions which in consequence of the correspondence established between the two Dispensations, were descriptive of a double event, however they might be themselves ignorant of the full extent of those prophecies which they delivered. ...
It requires much attention to comprehend the full import and extent of this typical Dispensation, and the chief obscurities which prevail in the sacred writings are to be attributed to the double character of prophecy
Canon of the New Testament - ...
Their previous habits (as being some of them illiterate, and all bigoted Jew) prove that nothing but divine power could have so changed them from their former selves as to be the founders of a spiritual and worldwide Dispensation (see Luke 24:25; Luke 24:49), utterly alien to their Jewish prejudices
Balaam - As a Judas was among the apostles, so Balaam among the prophets, a true seer but a bad man; at the transition to the Mosaic from the patriarchal age witnessing to the truth in spite of himself, as Caiaphas did at the transition from the legal to the Christian Dispensation
the Wedding Guest Who Sat Down in the Lowest Room - The very essence of evangelical humility consists in such humility as becomes a man in himself exceeding sinful but now under a Dispensation of grace
Census - Besides, the Israelites were under a special Dispensation of fruitfulness from God, and preservation from plague and from serious diminution even by Pharaoh's repressive measures
Plagues of Egypt - (John 2:11) And was it not in both instances figurative of the different Dispensations of the law and the gospel? Every thing under the law, like the full flowing streams of the Nile turned into blood, is made a source of condemnation: it is called indeed the ministration of death, (2 Corinthians 3:7) Every thing under the gospel brings with it life and liberty. (See Exodus 9:1-7) Beside the very tremendous judgment on Egypt as a nation by this plague, we may remark somewhat leading to the gospel Dispensation in this appointment
Commandment - Of the laws of Moses, the Decalogue, as we might expect, is assigned a position of peculiar importance; it forms the fundamental law of the Old Dispensation (2 Corinthians 3:3 : ‘tables of stone’), and is therefore always cited when the leading commandments are under consideration (Romans 13:9, James 2:11)
the Widow With the Two Mites - And if it is only the inward estate of a more and more willing mind, what usurers we are, and what an obligation will He acknowledge and repay!...
Mutatis mutandis, as the Latin lawyers said; making all allowance, that is, for the immense change of Dispensation and of all other circumstances, the thirteen temple-chests of our Lord's day were just the Endowment Funds, and the Augmentation Funds, and the Sustentation Funds of our own land and day
Holiness - And, under the Christian Dispensation, every thing found in the simple services of Christ's church is no otherwise holy, than as it derives that purity from Christ's person; Christ is all, and in all
mo'Ses - (2) In (Hebrews 3:1-19 ; 12:24-29 ; Acts 7:37 ) Christ is described, though more obscurely, as the Moses of the new Dispensation --as the apostle or messenger or mediator of God to the people --as the controller and leader of the flock or household of God
Macarius Magnus, Magnes, a Writer - 93); the four watches of the night (Mat_14:25) mean the ages of the patriarchs of the law of the prophets and of Christ; in Elijah's vision the strong wind was the patriarchal Dispensation which swept away the worship of idols; the earthquake was the law of Moses at the giving of which the mountains leaped like rams; the fire was the word of prophecy (Jer_20:9); the still small voice was the message of Gabriel to Mary
Prayer - Those who are advocates for forms, observe, that it prevents absurd, extravagant, or impious addresses to God, as well as the confusion of extemporary prayer; that forms were used under the Old Testament Dispensation; and, in proof thereof cite Numb. On the other side it is answered, that it is neither reasonable nor Scriptural to look for the pattern of Christian worship in the Mosaic Dispensation, which, with all its rites and ceremonies, is abrogated and done away; that, though forms may be of use to children, and such as are very ignorant, yet restriction to forms, either in public or private does not seem Scriptural or lawful
Montanus - He taught that God's supernatural revelations did not end with the apostles, but that even more wonderful manifestations of the divine energy might be expected under the Dispensation of the Paraclete. It had its rudimentary principle in the religion of nature, its infancy in the law and the prophets, its youth in the gospel, its full maturity only in the Dispensation of the Paraclete
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Moreover, since the gift of tongues was bestowed on the apostles for the gathering and building up the church in the first ages thereof, which end, when it was answered, this extraordinary Dispensation ceased; in like manner it is probable that hereafter the diversity of languages shall cease
Exodus, the - The patriarchal Dispensation ends and the law begins here
Tabernacle - As the court represents the Jewish Dispensation, so the holy place the Christian and the holiest place the glorified church
Repentance - Man could not be thought of as forced into repentance independently of his own will; but repentance is none the leas made possible only through a Dispensation of God’s grace (cf
Moses - As regards the other two restrictions, it is clear that they converge upon a single point-the supreme necessity of maintaining the sacredness of blood in every form, as already recognized in the so-called Noachian Dispensation: the believing Gentiles must no longer partake of blood either in the flesh or by itself (e
Job - All of which was surely tribulation enough for that day and that Dispensation
John, the Epistles of - The rise of antichristian teachers he marks as a sign of "the last time" (1 John 2:18), no other "age" or Dispensation will be until Christ comes; for His coming the church is to be ever waiting; Hebrews 1:2, "these last days
Jews - Hence, not only all the Israelites of future times have been called Jews, but all the descendants of Jacob, from the earliest times, are frequently so called by us at present, and we speak even of their original Dispensation as the Jewish Dispensation
Baptism - It continues to the end of this Dispensation (Matthew 28:19-20)
Law of God - It is therefore possible, and even almost necessary, with a view to a clear understanding of Christ’s attitude towards the Law, to distinguish between the Law of God, meaning by the term that which is of universal validity, and those elements in the Law of Moses which are merely associated with a particular Dispensation, a temporary manifestation of God’s will
Crucifixion - John recognized a providential Dispensation in the enslavement of the Jews to the Romans, inasmuch as it brought about the Crucifixion (John 18:31-32)
Enoch - He just began to live in the Spirit before the Dispensation of the Spirit, and walked in the Spirit even before the Spirit was as yet given
Roman Catholics - And a succession in the church being now supposed necessary under the New Testament, as Aaron had his succession under the old Dispensation, which was a figure of the new, this succession can now, they contend, be shown only in the chair of St
Canaanites - The objection, therefore, is not to the Canaanitish nations being destroyed; (for when their national wickedness is considered, and when that is expressly stated as the cause of their destruction, the Dispensation, however severe, will not be questioned;) but the objection is solely to the manner of destroying them
Apostle - About the commencement of the third year of his ministry, according to the common account of its duration, he sent them out two by two, that they might be assistants to each other in their work; and commanded them to restrict their teaching and services to the people of Israel, and to avoid going to the Gentiles or to the Samaritans, to declare the approach of the kingdom of heaven, and the establishment of the Gospel Dispensation; to exercise the miraculous powers with which they had been endowed gratuitously; and to depend for their subsistence on the providence of God, and on the donations of those to whom they ministered
Oaths - —Christ’s teaching on the subject of oaths is set forth in one of the sections of the Sermon on the Mount, in which He contrasts His doctrine with that of the earlier Dispensation (Matthew 5:33-37)
Temple - The dedication of the temple was the grandest ceremony ever performed under the Mosaic Dispensation
Witness (2) - Nevertheless, in the economy of the gospel Dispensation, the word of the original witnesses is manifestly of cardinal importance
Grace - Thereby a new era is inaugurated-the Dispensation of ‘the gospel of the grace of God
Minister, Ministration - —The application of λειτουργία to the prayers offered at the Dispensation of the Lord’s Supper is a comparatively late ecclesiastical usage (Cheetham, Dict
Soul - … Did not the same Dispensation obtain in Hades, so that even there, all the souls, on hearing the preaching, might either exhibit repentance, or confess that their punishment was just because they believed not?’ (Strom
Magi - This cannot but be looked upon as one instance of several merciful Dispensations of God to the Gentile world, through his own peculiar people, the Jews, by which the idolatries of the Heathen were often checked, and the light of truth rekindled among them. " That this Dispensation of mercy was afterward neglected among the Persians, is certain
Word - " The Unitarian comment is, "from the beginning of his ministry," or "the commencement of the Gospel Dispensation;" which makes St
Soul - … Did not the same Dispensation obtain in Hades, so that even there, all the souls, on hearing the preaching, might either exhibit repentance, or confess that their punishment was just because they believed not?’ (Strom
Hannah - Now, why was that? Well, we may make guesses, and we may propose reasons for that perplexing Dispensation, but they are only guesses and proposed reasons
Holy Spirit - Moreover, even if in that age the Gosper still clung closely to the Jewish expectation of the Messiah, dissociating the working of the Spirit from the present, and assigning it wholly to the coming Dispensation-the idea being that the Spirit would raise from the dead all who had been baptized into Christ-yet, even on that hypothesis, the preaching of Christ must still have embraced the promise of the Spirit
Zechariah, the Book of - Four chariots, symbolizing the fourfold Dispensations of Providence as regards the contact of the four great world powers with Judaea, come out from between the two mountains Zion and Moriah (the seat of the temple, representing the theocracy) where the Lord is (Zechariah 2:10), and from whence He sends His ministers of judgments on the pagan; the red horses in one represent carnage; the black, sorrow and famine (Revelation 6:5-6); the white, joy and victory; the grisled or piebald, a mixed Dispensation, partly prosperity, partly adversity; all alike working together for good to Israel
Begetting - ‘Sending forth’ and ‘coming forth’ appear, according to the Fourth Gospel, to have been favourite expressions in the mouth of Jesus with which to describe His Messianic commission, and that act of Divine grace which was, as it were, the genesis of the New Dispensation—the reign of ‘grace and truth’ inaugurated by Christ as Messiah; as St
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Moses was the highest concentration of the type; bringing in with mighty signs the legal Dispensation, as Christ did the gospel (Deuteronomy 18:15; Deuteronomy 34:10-11; John 1:18; John 1:45; John 3:34; John 15:24), and announcing the program of God's redemption scheme, which the rest of the Bible fills up
Inspiration - No man could write an intelligible discourse on a subject which he does not understand, unless he were furnished with the words as well as the sentiments; and that the penmen of the Scriptures did not always understand what they wrote, might be safely inferred from the comparative darkness of the Dispensation under which some of them lived; and is intimated by Peter, when he says, that the prophets 'enquired and searched diligently what, and what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow
Jephthah And His Daughter - It is really of little consequence in what age of the world, or in what Dispensation of providence, patriarchal, Mosaic, pagan, or Christian, or just in what way, and just among what things, the mind and the heart and the will of Jephthah and Jesus Christ are worked out within us-If only they are worked out within us
Circumcision - This covenant with Abraham, therefore, although it respected a natural seed, Isaac, from whom a numerous progeny was to spring; and an earthly inheritance provided for this issue, the land of Canaan; and a special covenant relation with the descendants of Isaac, through the line of Jacob, to whom Jehovah was to be "a God," visibly and specially, and they a visible and "peculiar people;" yet was, under all these temporal, earthly, and external advantages, but a higher and spiritual grace embodying itself under these circumstances, as types of a Dispensation of salvation and eternal life, to all who should follow the faith of Abraham, whose justification before God was the pattern of the justification of every man, whether Jew or Gentile, in all ages
Grace - Thereby a new era is inaugurated-the Dispensation of ‘the gospel of the grace of God
Preaching - ‘Moses hath in every city them that preach (κηρύσσοντας) him’ (Acts 15:21), where the whole Mosaic Dispensation is the content of the preaching
Saviour (2) - Perhaps also the emphasis upon the fact that God as well as Christ is Saviour, though perfectly natural from the OT point of view, is specially directed against a system which tended to separate between the Creator-God of the old Dispensation and the Saviour-God, Christ, of the new
Galatians, Epistle to the - The Law was an inferior Dispensation, though good for the time, and useful as educating the world for freedom; the Galatians were bent on returning to a state of tutelage, and their present attitude was retrogressive
Descent Into Hades - Thus Hermas does not speak of a Descent of Christ into Hades, but he finds a mission there for the apostles and teachers of the Christian Dispensation, viz
Abraham - I do not understand this dark Dispensation of God-all the seed of Abraham are often compelled to say
Sabbath - The seventh day was hallowed at the close of the creation; its sanctity was afterward marked by the withholding of the manna on that day, and the provision of a double supply on the sixth, and that previous to the giving of the law from Sinai: it was then made a part of that great epitome of religious and moral duty, which God wrote with his own finger on tables of stone; it was a part of the public political law of the only people to whom almighty God ever made himself a political Head and Ruler; its observance is connected throughout the prophetic age with the highest promises, its violations with the severest maledictions; it was among the Jews in our Lord's time a day of solemn religious assembling, and was so observed by him; when changed to the first day of the week, it was the day on which the first Christians assembled; it was called, by way of eminence, "the Lord's day;" and we have inspired authority to say, that both under the Old and New Testament Dispensations, it is used as an expressive type of the heavenly and eternal rest. Paul, in which he speaks of Jewish Sabbaths, with their Levitical rites, and of a distinction of days, the observance of which marked a weak or a criminal adherence to the abolished ceremonial Dispensation; touch not the Sabbath as a branch of the moral law, or as it was changed, by the authority of the Apostles, to the first day of the week
Teaching - The Jewish Dispensation supplied such ideas as the ‘New Covenant’ and ‘royal priesthood,’ by which the Christian’s new relationship to God could be understood
Athenagoras - ), of God assuming flesh according to divine Dispensation
Barnabas, Epistle of - Clement of Alexandria bears witness to it as the work of "Barnabas the apostle"—"Barnabas who was one of the seventy disciples and the fellow-labourer of Paul"—"Barnabas who also preached the Gospel along with the apostle according to the Dispensation of the Gentiles" ( Strom
Samuel - All Samuel's past life had been spent in animating and purifying, and restoring the republic; but when he saw that a kingdom was coming in, instead of meeting it with resistance and obstinacy and lifelong hostility, the great man bowed to the will of God and the will of Israel, and cast in his lot with the new Dispensation
Law - It is probable, however, that in his view of the matter his concern for Israel bulked more largely than his regard for the Gentiles, and that accordingly he would have preferred to surrender the possibility of perfect Christian communion between Jewish and Gentile Christians rather than grant the former a Dispensation from their regulations regarding food
Prophecy - An increase of age is an addition to its strength; and the nearer we approach the point towards which the Dispensations of God unvaryingly tend, the more clearly shall we discern the wonderful regularity, consistency, and beauty of this stupendous plan for universal good. "Prophecy keeps the attention of Christians alive to the truth and importance of their holy religion: to its truth, because prophecy and Christianity had one and the same origin, both being derived from the same fountain of perfection; it keeps them alive to its importance, because prophecy shows that the Supreme Being has vouchsafed, through a long succession of ages, to prepare mankind, by gradual revelations of his will, for future blessings; and has proved, by sending chosen messengers to usher in this final Dispensation, that 'the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy
Individualism - Paul’s conception of the Dispensation of the Law as meant to shut all up unto disobedience (Romans 11:32)
Atonement - It is customary to speak of the sacrificial terms employed as ‘figures’ borrowed from the older Dispensation
Acts of the Apostles (2) - Ephesians 2:20; Ephesians 3:5)—not upon one Apostle, as in Matthew 16:18, but upon the two great leaders, the head of the primitive Church who by a Divine Dispensation was led to engage in a mission to the Gentiles, and the great Apostle of the heathen world who by Divine guidance had to turn his back on his own people and betake himself to the Gentiles
Oracle - Such was the esteem and veneration which the faithful entertained for the lively oracles under the former Dispensation, when they had only Moses and the prophets; how, then, ought they to be prized by Christians, who have also Christ and his Apostles!...
Among the Heathen the term oracle is usually taken to signify an answer, generally couched in very dark and ambiguous terms, supposed to be given by demons of old, either by the mouths of their idols, or by those of their priests, to the people, who consulted them on things to come
Baptism - Hence it is clear that, under the Gospel, infants are still continued exactly in the same relation to God and his church in which they were originally placed under former Dispensations. ...
To conclude: it is urged, against the mode of immersion, that, as it carries with it too much of the appearance of a burdensome rite for the Gospel Dispensation; as it is too indecent for so solemn an ordinance; as it has a tendency to agitate the spirits, often rendering the subject unfit for the exercise of proper thoughts and affections, and indeed utterly incapable of them; as in many cases the immersion of the body would, in all probability, be instant death; as in other situations it would be impracticable, for want of water; it cannot be considered as necessary to the ordinance of baptism, and there is the strongest improbability that it was ever practised in the times of the New Testament, or in the earliest periods of the Christian church
Jesus Christ - 780 (30 counted back bring our Lord's birth to 750), when Pontius Pilate was procurator of Judea and Annas and Caiaphas jointly in fact exercised the high priesthood, Caiaphas being nominally the high priest (John 18:13), John Baptist, as last prophet of the Old Testament Dispensation, by preaching repentance for sin and a return to legal obedience, prepared the way for Messiah, the Saviour from sin; whereas the people's desire was for a Messiah who would deliver them from the hated foreign, yoke
Nestorian Church - Arianism passed by this church absolutely, and the fact is both a testimony to its isolation and a merciful Dispensation
Inspiration And Revelation - It is only the difference of a simpler and a more advanced Dispensation
Temple - As the sacrificial serrate at the tabernacle at Gibeon and the ark service of sacred song for the 30 years of David's reign, before separate (2 Samuel 6:17; 2 Chronicles 1:3-4; called "the tabernacle of David" Amos 9:11-12; Acts 15:16; 1 Chronicles 13:3; 1 Chronicles 16:37; 1 Chronicles 16:39), were combined in Solomon's temple, so the priestly intercessory functions of our High priest in heaven and our service of prayer and praise carried on separately on earth, during our Judaeo universal Dispensation, shall in the millennial temple at Jerusalem be combined in perfection, namely, Christ's priesthood manifested among men and our service of outward and inward liturgy
Redemption - There we are told that Christ, in contrast with the priests of the old Dispensation, ‘a high priest of the good things to come, … not by means of the blood of goats and calves, but by means of his own blood, entered in once for all into the holy place having obtained eternal ransoming
Regeneration (2) - The newness is so complete, the distinction is so great, that the least in the Kingdom of God is greater than the greatest in the old Dispensation (Matthew 11:11)
Ascension (2) - A future is always with Him: separate from the present in its conditions and gifts and in the nature of His agency, so separate as justly to be entitled to the name of a new ‘dispensation
Dream (2) - ’ As many of these dreams were granted to Israelites as to aliens; they do not mark any particular stage of religious development in their recipients; they do not gradually decrease with the progress of revelation; they no more characterize the patriarchal age than that of the exile or the opening of the new Dispensation
Omnipresence - This is the very fact which the words were employed by our Lord to teach—that God’s presence is not confined to any temple, Judaean or Samaritan; and that therefore in the new Dispensation His presence is everywhere operative, and equally real and near to men wheresoever they may be
Psalms (2) - The author is arguing that the continual sacrifices of the OT Dispensation have been for ever abolished by the one sacrifice of Christ
Revelation, the - They are evidently souls converted after the present Dispensation of the church, and may not ever have known Christianity. The title 'the Lamb,' and all Dispensational names have disappeared: God is all in all
Elijah - In contrast to the detailed genealogy of Samuel, Elisha, and other prophets, Elijah abruptly appears, like Melchizedek in the patriarchal Dispensation, without father or mother named, his exact locality unknown; in order that attention should be wholly fixed on his errand from heaven to overthrow Baal and Asherah (the licentious Venus) worship in Israel
Messiah - The enemies of God were to be punished in Gehenna, and a glorious Dispensation for united Israel was to dawn
Church - The Pauline view involved the hateful admission that the OT Dispensation was relative and transitory
Jews - The modern Jews adhere still as closely to the Mosaic Dispensation, as their dispersed and despised condition will permit them
Law - Even in the books of Moses, which have the legislative form to a great extent, not all the principles and duties which constituted the full character of "godliness," under that Dispensation, are made the subjects of formal injunction by particular precepts
Paul - Though emphatically styled the great Apostle of the Gentiles, he began his ministry, in almost every city, by preaching in the synagogue of the Jews, and though he owed by far the greater part of his persecutions to the opposition and malice of that proud and obstinate people, whose resentment he particularly incurred by maintaining that the Gentiles were to be admitted to an indiscriminate participation of the benefits of the new Dispensation, yet it rarely happened in any place, that some of the Jews did not yield to his arguments, and embrace the Gospel
Monophysitism - The Nestorian heresy was condemned because it tended to separate Christ into two beings, one God and the other man, and to regard the inhabitation of the latter by the former as differing in degree only from the inhabitation by the Deity, of the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Dispensation
Prophet - She recognized that the old Dispensation was established and preserved by those who were anointed to be prophets, priests, and kings, and she believed that each of these offices found its perfection in the Person and work of Jesus Christ
Methodists, Protestant - ...
He considered the Gospel as a Dispensation of mercy to men, holding forth pardon, a free pardon of sin to all who repent and believe in Christ Jesus
Worship - The ends of the institution of public worship are of such obvious importance, that it must ever be considered as one of the most condescending and gracious Dispensations of God to man. Piety, benevolence, and patriotism are equally dependent for their purity and vigour upon the regular and devout worship of God in the simplicity of the Christian Dispensation
Jesus Christ - In diametrical opposition to every Dispensation of Providence which is registered in the records of the Jews, it represents spotless innocence suffering by the appointment of Heaven; death as the issue of perfect obedience; God's righteous servant as forsaken of him; and one who was perfectly immaculate bearing the chastisement of many guilty; sprinkling many nations from their iniquity, by virtue of his sacrifice; justifying many by his knowledge; and dividing a portion with the great and the spoil with the strong, because he hath poured out his soul in death
Marcion, a 2nd Century Heretic - ...
The story proceeds to say that he asked the Roman presbyters to explain the texts, "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit," and "No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment," texts from which he himself deduced that works in which evil is to be found could not proceed from the good God, and that the Christian Dispensation could have nothing in common with the Jewish
Pelagianism And Pelagius - Dispensation and its prophetic character