What is Dispensational Theology?
“Dispensational theology” is the theory that God has dealt progressively with man based on events in biblical history, which changed the human – divine relationship.
- Events that affect all of mankind: Creation, The Fall, The Flood, Babel, Christ’s First Advent, Christ’s Second Advent, Resurrection & Judgment, Eternity.
- Events that affect primarily the elect: Call of Abraham, Giving of The Law, Conquest of the Promised Land, Captivity of Israel, Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, Church Age, the Millennium.
- Innocence. (Beginning at the creation of Man.)
- Conscience. (Beginning with the Fall of Man.)
- Covenants. (Beginning after the Flood.)
- Government. (Beginning at Babel and the confusion of languages.)
- Law. (Beginning with Moses receiving of the tablets on Mt. Sinai.)
- Grace. (Beginning with the atonement of Christ at His First Advent.)
- Kingdom of God. (Beginning with the descent of the Holy Spirit and birth of the Church, or, beginning with the Millennial reign of Christ at His second advent.)
(Note: Some Dispensations are believed to overlap.)
III. Typical charts used to teach this system of theology: