In Romans 5:12 to 14 and 20, we learn that sin entered by Adam, that death reigned during the 2500 years from Adam to Moses, and then the law of the ten commandments was added.
In Galatians 3:6 to 9 we learn that during the period designated “from Adam to Moses” (430 years before Moses received from God the Ten Commandments) Abram was justified in uncircumcision. (Romans 4:9 to 12).
During that same period, “from Adam to Moses”, we learn in chapters six to nine, in Genesis, that God, with a flood, destroyed all creatures on earth who were not in Noah’s Ark. That was about 850 years before Moses received the Ten Commandments and about 1650 years after Adam was driven from Eden, and about 420 years before God called and justified uncircumcised Abram.
And we read in Genesis 7:6 that Noah lived 600 years before the flood; before he entered the ark.
In Genesis 9:28 we learn that Noah lived 350 years after he came out of the ark.
In Genesis 1:29 and 30 we read that God gave fruits and herbs for man’s food.
In Genesis 9:3 God gave animal flesh for man’s food and instituted the government of man by man in Genesis 9:5 and 6.
In Galatians 3:19 we read that 430 years after Abram left Ur of Chaldees God gave the law; that the law of sin and death might abound (Romans 5:20).
Adam lived in innocency before he sinned and then Adam knew good and evil (conscience)—(Genesis 3:5 - Romans 2:15 - and Romans 1:20).
So Adam lived first in the “Dispensation of Innocence” and then in the “Dispensation of Conscience.”
This was under “the law of sin and death” reigning “from Adam to Moses.” Under this dispensation and reign God sent Noah into the ark and the rest of the human race to destruction.
Noah came out under the “Dispensation of Human Government.”
Again, about 1900 B. C. God gave up the Gentiles (Romans 1:18 to 28) and made a covenant of promise with Abram.
Thus began the “Dispensation of Promise.”
When Moses was eighty years old (Exodus 7:7) God remembered His promise to Abram and delivered Israel from Egypt (Exodus 2:24), by the hand of Moses; and then God made with Israel a new covenant at Sinai, the law covenant.
The law was added till Christ came (Galatians 3:19). So for 1500 years Israel was governed by the “Dispensation of Law.”
While Peter and the Eleven were on earth with the Son of Man preaching the gospel of the kingdom to Israel (Matthew 4:17 - Matthew 4:23 - Matthew 10:6 to 8), they ministered under the law. We might, however, think of the earthly ministry of Christ and the Twelve as the “Dispensation of the Son of Man.”
Christ committed to Peter the kingdom keys used on the day of Pentecost, and with the household of Cornelius. Peter lived before and after the death of Christ.
Then to Paul was committed a new dispensation, the “Dispensation of Grace.” (II Corinthians 5:17 - I Corinthians 9:15 to 17 - Ephesians 3:1 to 4). In Paul’s “grace” Epistles we have the revelation of the new creation and the one new man. (II Corinthians 5:17 - Ephesians 2:15).
Paul ministered before and after the fall of Israel. Here we learn that all of these servants of the Lord lived before and after, that is, in two different dispensations.
There are other ages and dispensations: which will follow this one; as the time of Jacob’s trouble is to be followed by the millennium.
A statement by Coverdale in 1500
“It shall help you to understand Scripture if you mark not only what is spoken, or written, but ask yourself of whom, to whom, with what words, what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows.”
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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