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And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

- I Corinthians 12:5

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

- Acts 4:12

Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.

- Hebrews 13:8

 

Dispensationalism is a belief that originated in the late 1800's. It teaches that God tested man, and that man was to respond to God, in different manners during different dispensations (time periods).

How is this belief different from believing in one Covenant of Grace being revealed in increasingly richer forms of revelation and administration?

Why is this distinction very important?


 

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ ' that we might be justified by faith.

- Galatians 3:24

 

God's wonderful Covenant of Grace was revealed to sinners already in Paradise immediately after man's fall. It has been proclaimed through all ages, and it shall be presented to fallen sinners until the end of the world. While the same covenant or way of salvation (with the same blessings of the forgiveness of sins and right to eternal life through the same Covenant Head or Savior, Jesus Christ) has been and will be revealed throughout all ages, God has not always revealed and administrated His covenant in the same form. Four different modes of revelation, or forms of administration, of the same Covenant of Grace are spoken of in Scripture.


The four different forms of administration of the Covenant of Grace are as follows:


1. The Particular Form from Adam to Abraham - During this period there was no formal covenant, no sacrament administration, no special sign or seal to one set-apart group of people. While God revealed His grace personally to particular persons in the generations of Seth, no formal covenant revelation or administration was established.


2. The Patriarchal Form from Abraham to Moses - God established His covenant more formally with Abraham and his seed. To them were given the sign of circumcision and the promises. All the natural seed were circumcised and placed in an external relationship to the covenant in distinction from all other families on earth. Yet all were not included internally in the essence of the covenant. The saving blessings of the covenant were given to some, but not to all - to Isaac but not Ishmael, to Jacob but not Esau.

3. The National (or Sinaitic) Form from Moses to Christ God formally established His covenant with the nation of Israel on Mount Sinai. God set apart the nation of Israel from all other nations on earth. Under this national covenant, Israel's church and state became one. God gave them His laws - moral, civil, and ceremonial. The passover sacrament was added to that of circumcision.


We know that the national (law) form was an administration of God's Covenant of Grace for the following five reasons:


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