I came across the definition of Dispensation which I must say, I’ve heard spoken of on many occasions, but never fully understood. The dictionary definition of dispensation is as follows:
dis·pen·sa·tion [ dìspən sáysh’n ] (plural dis·pen·sa·tions)
1. exemption: exemption or release from a rule or obligation, especially a religious one
2. document giving exemption: an official document authorizing dispensation, especially religious dispensation
3. religious system: in Christian belief, a divinely ordained religious system
4. divine ordering: in Christian belief, a divine ordering or management of affairs and events in the world
5. religious epoch: the time during which a religious doctrine or practice is believed to be in force
6. distribution of things: the distribution or giving out of something dispensation of emergency supplies
Based on the definition given in the dictionary, it is clear to me that dispensation as it applies to the Christian Church is a time of God’s release from O.T. Law and Covenant because of the New Covenant of Grace given to the church by the Lord Yeshua upon his death on the Cross. This raises a question in my mind as to the Church’s position….does God change or doesn’t He?
Because of the many doctrinal positions that seem to emerge from the Church, I believe this has caused many Believers to become confused. So much Church doctrine and position is not clear to many of the members and so they do not know or understand what they believe.
I recently came across the following opinion on the definition of Dispensation which I must admit, really articulates what I have sensed for a very long time: Dispensationalism – Relatively new church doctrine which divides G-d’s plan up into two separate dispensations; it pits Torah against Grace; an age of Israel against a church age. Basically, dispensationalism creates a confused G-d and confused followers. It leads to anomianism (lawlessness) and pre-tribulational eschatology scenarios to accommodate G-d’s supposed ‘two sets of people.’ Dispensationalists read the bible in terms of ‘this applies to me, this doesn’t apply to me’ instead of acknowledging G-d has one way and one people.
I absolutely feel that the church is a house divided because it has turned away from it’s Judeo-Christian roots and it’s Apostolic mandate. Could this be the reason there’s no sense of God or understanding of His Eternal Purposes? Ephesians 3 teaches:
6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
9And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
10To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
11According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
And yet, Church leadership doesn’t understand the lack of growth in their denominations or why many people are leaving the Christian church entirely. I believe that people are not obligated to remain in any religious institution where there is no clear understanding of or sense of God.
Am I the only Believer who has taken the position to not invite anyone to my church home, because of concern of doctrinal error and not only that, but because too much of the Gospel is watered down fluff and church looks more like an infomercial? By the way, I have recently left the traditional Church and attend a non-denominational congregation that is exploring it’s Judeo-Christian roots.
We need Truth….God’s Truth. God did not design man to live in untruth or half-truths or lies. Yet the church and judaism persist in holding onto their religious doctrines that serve man’s purposes and not God’s Eternal Purposes.
Psalm 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
I noticed that one of the definitions for “dispensation” is: the time during which a religious doctrine or practice is believed to be in force.
I believe that God has times and seasons for everything He has ordained, but I can’t see where He sets his works against one another….if anything, everything He ordains is a prelude to or shadow of His Eternal Purposes. That being said….why is there such a division of the O.T. and N.T. as far as man is concerned? This error is propagated by the Jews and by the Church.
I really have come to believe that God did not intend for Jews or Believers/Christians to be at odds; I believe that God’s plan is for us to be united into “One New Man” serving “One True God” believing the same Truths. Ephesians 2:19 calls the church the “Ground and Pillar of Truth”…if we are not seeking to know and teach Truth, if we are not walking in the Spirit of Truth….how can the world turn to us in the current and impending days of darkness?
I believe that Yeshua’s/Jesus’ death on the cross created the opportunity for all mankind to be reconciled to God and live eternally in the Kingdom of God.
When will we get there? How long will we not seek after Truth? Fear of God is the beginning of understanding….can we start there? Or will we propagate what is clearly deception from the enemy of our souls….a divided kingdom and replacement theology? Leaning unto our own understanding is destroying congregations and individuals everywhere….and I’m sure Satan is quite pleased!
Father God, you are Alpha & Omega, Our Creator, the Only Wise God…..Sovereign and Holy are you! From the beginning you had a plan for all mankind; and even though sin came through Adam and stained us….you were willing still to reconcile us to you and see your eternal plan and purpose through. Forgive us Father for leaning to our own understanding and not seeing past our wants and needs and desires to your plan for us. Forgive us for exalting our will and wisdom above your perfect will and manifold wisdom….which is too high for us to understand.
Lord we need to humble ourselves before your throne and repent of our pride. We need to repent of our rejection of your wisdom and for dividing your house. Father I pray in Yeshua’s Holy Name that you will remove the scales from our eyes and bring us down from our high-mindedness so that we will know that you alone are God and that we will no longer do, or think or say what is right in our own eyes.
I ask this and all things in Yeshua’s Name….amen.