Evening School of the Bible
Dispensations and Ages
A Dispensation is a period in time in which God gives His expectations for the conduct of life through a steward for those in the household.
- The household is made up of people God is specifically dealing with – whether all of mankind or only a specific group.
- There is only one steward for each dispensation.
- Scripture shows only one person per dispensation being given the expectations for those in the household
- Even after the death of the Steward no other steward is put in his place
- Most stewards did not die
- When a steward died before the end of the Dispensation the instructions are passed down to those in the household through written word.
- When the steward is changed the expectations for the manner of life of the household changed
- Dispensations are for men and through them God shows something to mankind about mankind.
The Rules for Determining How to Define a Dispensation
Requirement for setting the rules to determine a dispensational period in Scripture
Must be taken from Scripture.
Based on the normal use of dispensation in the everyday language.
Makeup of a dispensation
Master – God
Steward, Genesis 41:41-43; 43:19
At times it is all humanity.
Other times it is only specific groups of mankind (Jews, the Church).
A household can have only one steward at a time, Luke 16:2.
The steward is responsible for dispensing the rules to the household, Luke 12:42.
Only the person given the instructions for God’s expectation of conduct for the household is the steward.