DISPENSATIONS in The BIBLE: Bible Study Illustration Chart 4 - Pastor David
During the last few years Christians have been warned time and again against Dispensationalism, Ultradispensationalism, Hyperdispensationalism, and Extreme Dispensationalism. Some ignorant, spiritual leaders have warned their followers against any and all Dispensationalism. Now, the word "Dispensation" is used in Ephesians 1:10, Ephesians 3:2-3, Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:24-26, and 1 Corinthians 9:17. The Greek word is "OIKONOMIA" . . . "Oiko" means House . . . and "Nomia" means Law. IT is also from where we get our English word Economy. This word "OIKONOMIA" is translated "Stewardship" in Luke 16:2-4. You see the word has the meaning of "The ADMINISTRATION of a HOUSE or HOUSE HOLD. I am sure you have heard of...The President's ADMINISTRATION.
In Ephesians 4:12 we read that God is EDIFYING THE BODY OF CHRIST. OK, now, "EDIFY" in the Greek is "OIKODOMEO". "OIKO" means House, and, "DONIEO" means Build. The House of God, which God is building in this age and DISPENSATION OF GRACE (Ephesians 3:1-4), is called "THE CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD; Without controversy a GREAT MYSTERY. (1 Timothy 3:15-16, Ephesians 5:31-32). Then, this HOUSE OF GOD, in Ephesians 3:6, is called "SUSSOMOS". "SUS" which means Joint, and, "SOMA" which means Body. God is building a "JOINT BODY". What is meant by "Joint Body", (because all of those IN Christ are ONE in Christ, ONE Body), is that both Jews and Gentiles as individuals are being added to the Body WITHOUT distinction, HENCE the Joint. So, in the building of this "CHURCH OF THE MYSTERY" (Colossians 1:24-26) unto Paul was committed "THE DISPENSATION OF GOD" (Colossians 1:24-26), and he was ordered by the risen Christ to "MAKE ALL SEE WHAT IS THE DISPENSATION (not fellowship) OF THE MYSTERY" (Ephesians 3:9). So the Apsotle Paul declared himself to be the Lords "WISE MASTERBUILDER" (Architect) who had laid the foundation. (1 Corinthians 3:10).
Surely then you must see that no Christian can obey Ephesians 3:9 and make others see "WHAT IS THE DISPENSATION OF THE MYSTERY" or obey Paul, in 1 Corinthians 3:10, and build together on the foundation that he laid, without being a DISPENSATIONALIST. So we see that surely no intelligent, spiritual, student of the Scriptures, led by the Holy Spirit, after reading 1 Corinthians 3:10, Colossians 1:24-26 and Ephesians 3:1-4, would or could believe that the foundation that Paul laid was the same as the foundation that Peter and the Eleven (Acts 2:14) laid on the day of Pentecost.
In Ephesians 1:13 the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul declares that men are saved and sealed by hearing and BELIEVING the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation. Therefore, here, now, is declared unto you the Word of Truth, the Gospel of your Salvation: "that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. BELIEVE today. The time is short.
So There You Have it!
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In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)