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The Doctrine of Dispensations. Part 3.
Dispensation of Conscience.
The Mystery of the mark of Cain.


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

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The Doctrine of Dispensations. Part 3.
Dispensation of Conscience.
The Mystery of the mark of Cain.


Terms & Abbreviations used:

PPOG = Predesigned Plan of God
Human Good = Evil + Good Deeds while not in fellowship with God
Old Sin Nature = Old Sin Nature
TLJC = The Lord Jesus Christ
SSE = Spiritual Self Esteem
PVTD = Positive Volition Towards Doctrine [Bible Truth]
+H - The Happiness of God
NVTD = Negative Volition Towards Doctrine
Doctrine = Bible Truth


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The Doctrine of Dispensations. Part 3.
Dispensation of Conscience.
The Mystery of the mark of Cain.


We have now completed the first dispensation of innocence and saw that even though man was placed in a perfect environment, he failed and rejected the plan of God for that dispensation.

Gen 2:7 Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Gen 2:15-17, Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.”

Then while in the garden of Eden we read in Gen 3:6, When the woman saw that the tree [which God had forbidden] was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

It was at this point that man experienced for the first time a knowledge of “good and evil” that brought into existence the human conscience when his problems really began. For in Gen 3:7-8, we read that for the first time, The eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Notice for the first-time man experienced some negative vibes.

In Gen 3:7, they realized that they were naked and they became ashamed or embarrassed which they were not back in Gen 2:25. In Gen 2:25, before the fall, The man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. For the first time, they were conscious of the fact that they had disobeyed God ; and they sewed fig leaves together and tried to cover their sin. In Gen 3:10, now that they have a conscience, they were afraid, and they were living in fear.

Gen 3:9-10, Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you [Adam, not where are you both, Adam and the woman]?” And he [Adam] said, “I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”

These are the four “I’s” of Adam. “I heard the sound of Thee in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” What a contrast to what Adam was like before the fall and before he did what the Lord said that he did in

Gen 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.

So much for the first dispensation, the dispensation of innocent perfection! Now, it was at time that because they now had knowledge of good and evil that they also experienced a conscience of what is good and what is evil. And so after the first dispensation which is a period of time that we call the dispensation of innocence, we are not ready for the second dispensation, called theologically, the dispensation of conscience.

Dispensation = Conscience
Opening Event = Able offers a lamb – Cain murders Abel (Gen 4:2-15)
Man’s Responsibility = Believe and obey – Gen 4:3-7; Heb 11:4. Abel did – Cain did not!

Heb 11:4, By faith [by means of pistis or doctrine] Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts [blood sacrifice], and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.

Man’s failure – his conscience was so defiled and perverted that we read that God destroyed those who were on the earth in Gen 6:5-7, Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. And the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.”

Man’s Tendency = He fell away from God – Gen 6:11-13.

Closing Event = Judgment – flood – Gen 7:11-23.

Personal Salvation = By Grace through Faith – Gen 6:8; Heb 11:4-7; 1Pe 3:18-22.

We quote Gen 6:8 because in the midst of the perversion on earth we read: Gen 6:8, But Noah found favor or grace in the eyes of the Lord.

So the dispensation of the conscience was a period of negative volition beginning with the first murder in history, Gen 4:1-15. Let’s look at it one more time to get to our main message on the Mark of Cain.

GenN 4:1, Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.” She was so deceived from the fall that she thought Cain was the male child from the Lord and the fulfillment of Gen 3:15, which was the first promise in human history and the first prophecy in human history. Remember in Gen 3:15, after Adam and the woman fell, our Lord said to the serpent in front of Adam and the woman; Gen 3:15, “And I will put enmity Between you [Satan, indwelling the serpent] and the woman [the virgin Mary], And between your seed [Satan, the father of all unbelievers] and her seed [TLJC]; He [TLJC] shall bruise you on the head, And you [Satan] shall bruise him on the heel.”

Gen 4:1, “Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord.”

Cain’s name Qayin means “one who was made with the help of the Lord.” What hope she much have had when Cain was born thinking that he was the promise see of Gen 3:15. She probably thought that this child, Cain, was to be the one who would bring the end of Satan and restore Eden or Paradise. However, in Gen 4:2, “And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

The name Abel is also very interesting when you learn that Habel means vanity, vapor, nothingness and even disappointment. It’s not really the type of name you would like to give to your child. However, the name assigned indicates disillusion on the part of the original parents. By the time that Abel was born, they discovered what they had left behind by way of perfect environment. They had discovered some of the repercussions in history from the old sin nature and they had come to the point of disillusion and discouragement. For they left behind a perfect environment! Perfect sex! Perfect food! No work, no sweat, no kids.

Now right away I want you to notice something else. Cain and Abel are brothers. Cain turned out to be a murderer and a loser in life. Abel turned out to be a winner and a visible hero. Now, they both came from the same home. They had the same parents. They came from the same environment. Therefore, there’s no place for blaming the parents! And there’s no place for the parents blaming themselves. Cain was a product of his own decisions not his genes.

Eze 18:20, “The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity;”

The righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. So, Cain was the first unbeliever recorded in human history. Cain was also the first criminal in human history. And I want you to notice something! Adam and the woman were right man and right woman, designed for each other by God, and, in spite of that, their children did not all turn out right.

Gen 4:3-4, So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. And Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering;

In the case of Abel, the animal sacrifices were a part of “worship ritual” and they were meaningful to Abel because Abel had doctrine in his soul. Heb 11:4, By means of doctrine [resident in the soul] Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain. Cain offered certain types of gifts and sacrifices but they had no meaning, there was no doctrine in Cain’s soul…Cain was an unbeliever and therefore was minus the appropriate doctrine.

Abel is a picture of the believer who has P.V.T.D. [positive volition towards doctrine] and does the right thing in the right way. Cain is a picture of an individual who is minus doctrine and tries to impress God with his works.

Gen 4:6-15, Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin [or an animal or a sin offering] is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” And Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. “And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you; you shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.” “And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is too great to bear! Behold, Thou hast driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Thy face I shall be hidden, and I shall be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and it will come about that whoever finds me will kill me.” So the Lord said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And the Lord appointed a sign for Cain, lest anyone finding him should slay him.”

So, this dispensation began with Cain murdering his brother Abel, Gen 4:8, it ends with God destroying the human race, with the exception of Noah and his family, a total of 8; 1Pe 3:20. And we are told who motivated this murder in 1Jo 3:12, Cain was of the evil one, and murdered his brother. Cain was the original criminal in human history. And what was the reason behind it? In 1Jo 3:12, Because his deeds [his form of worshipping God] were evil [religious], but those of his brother were honorable and righteous.”

Cain offered to the Lord the result of his own sweat and toil, his own good works, he should have purchased a blood sacrifice or asked one from his brother Abel, who was a keeper of the flocks. Remember in GEN 3:19, man was to live by the sweat of his brow. And so, in the immediate era following the fall we have envy, jealousy, arrogance, and this was the motive for the first murder. This is a also the beginning in history of capital punishment. Capital punishment has been authorized form the time of the first murder, right down to this moment.

Capital punishment began in Gen 9. It continued in the Mosaic Law, Exo 21:14; Then in the hypostatic union, Matt 26:52; In Rom 13:1-8, it continues in the Church-age; In the Tribulation, terrorism is dealt with by capital punishment; In Rev 2:26-28, capital punishment will even be practiced in the Millennium.

Here’s something that people overlook and try to discredit the Bible by saying, “If murder demands capital punishment then why did God allow Cain to keep on living?” The reason why Cain was not executed was because it had not been a law up to the time of Cain. Again, here’s where dispensational truth answers the seeming contradictions in the word of God.

There are some other reasons why God kept Cain alive. The mark of Cain was also the mark of divine protection not a mark of violence. The mark of Cain permits Cain to remain alive so that he can have an opportunity to be saved. People are always interested in what the mark of Cain was. I do not know what the mark of Cain was but I do have some facts to consider. It is impossible to tell whether it was some physical mark, some sign upon in his body, which indicated that he was God’s property, or something else. We simply do not (as all of us are), an object of universal pity. But the point is, even the guilty man is still God’s property.

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Preparing yourself for the study of God’s Word

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is— you have trusted in Him for eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to take-in God’s Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge your sins privately directly to God the Father. This will assure that you are in fellowship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit’s convicting ministry, also called the convincing ministry will then be able to teach you as the Holy Spirit is the real teacher and the pastor’s message is the vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to convince you what you are learning is true or not.

1 John 1:9 says—“If we confess [simply name, cite or acknowledge to God the Father] our sins [known sins], He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [known sins] and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [all unknown and forgotten sins].” NKJV (New King James Version)

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins to God; the issue for you is to believe by faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life and you will be saved the very second you believe in Him:

John 6:47 says: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” NKJV

Notice again what John 6:47 says, “he who believes in Me [Jesus Christ] has everlasting life.” It doesn’t say, “will have”; it says, “has.” Therefore, the very moment you believe Jesus Christ’s promise of everlasting life, you have it (it’s really just that simple), and it can never be lost or taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-18 says: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” NKJV

Let us now bow our hearts and take a moment to prepare for learning God’s Word, if there is any known sin in your life, this is the time to just cite it privately to God the Father with your thoughts directed towards Him. With your head bowed and your eyes closed, you have total privacy in your mind and soul:

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The Doctrine of Justification. Part 2.

The Righteousness and Justice of God, the First Adam and the Last Adam, the Doctrine of Imputations, and now our final doctrine, the Doctrine of Justification.

Point 1. Introduction; Rom 4:13-25.

If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and following the rules and regulations found in the Mosaic Law, then faith is meaningless and we must live by works.

1. This is why the law is said to be an unbearable yoke.

2. The Law reveals sin but cannot fix it.

3. The Law brings wrath upon those who follow it.

4. The purpose of the law was to increase sin.

5. Therefore, this means that Christians are not under the law.

6. Christians have been delivered from the law.
7. The law is good, perfect and holy but cannot help you to be good, perfect or holy.

8. The law which promises life only brings death through sin.
Abraham is not our racial father he is our faith father, the father of our faith.

Gen 15:6 Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw “he couldn’t do” but on what God said “He would do.”

Abraham failed twice when he lied to the Pharaoh and said that Sarah was not his wife, Gen 12:10-20, and when he lied to Abimelech, the king of Gerar in Gen 20:1-15 and said the same thing, Sarah was not his wife.


He listened to the voice of his wife Sarah who told Abraham to go and have sex with her female slave, Hagar, and bring an heir from her rather than waiting on the timing of God.

Abraham is a man after God’s own heart and a man after God’s own heart doesn’t quit.

Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless, instead he focused in on God’s omnipotence, and said, with God all things are possible.

His hundred year old body could never father a child nor did he consider Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up.

The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions seemed to be hopeless.

His resurrection was the validation of the sacrifice of His spiritual death and the proof of our acceptance with God.

Abraham became a tremendous example of “the just shall live by faith.”

Point 2 in the doctrine of justification is the Etymology of the word which is the origin and historical development of a word and how it was originally used in its earliest known use.

The word for justification is the noun dikaiosis which means anything pertaining to the integrity of God, His righteousness and justice.

When used for man it refers to imputed perfect righteousness.
When used for God it refers to His righteousness and justice.

2Co 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Justified is the present-passive-participle of the Greek verb of dikaioo which means to be totally righteous before God.

Notice how all these words are closely related, dikaiosune, dikaioo , dikaios, dikaioma. etc. referring to righteousness, justice, just, justification, pointing to the integrity of God.

Rom 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace – the present-passive-participle of dikaioo means to be totally righteous before God.

1Jo 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

Psa 23:3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.

Psa 25:11 For Thy name’s sake, O Lord, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

Isa 43:25 “I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.

The word translated justified is the adjective dikaios in the original language of the Bible which means “just,” or “righteous.”

If God just left us to ourselves and didn’t do anything about our problem of sin then He would not have been just.

The adjective dikaios means “just” or “righteous” and when used of God it refers to His integrity.

When used of man it refers to his salvation adjustment to the justice of God which means that he is “a justified one” or a righteous man.

Point 3. The definition of dikaiosune Theou translated the “perfect righteousness of God” which justifies us at the moment of salvation.”

This function of divine blessing from the justice of God at salvation is called “dikaiosune Theou” or the integrity of God, or dikaioo or justification, a judicial function of the justice of God.

Justification is a judicial act of vindication, because we are born under condemnation, being spiritually dead.

The justice of God acts on our behalf pronouncing us justified, which means, having a relationship with God forever, having the perfect righteousness of God imputed to us.

Justification is the judicial act by God, whereby He recognizes we have His perfect righteousness.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.

Heb 10:17 And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.

Mic 7:18-19, Who is a God like thee, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? Yes you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Isa 38:17c For You have cast all their sins behind their back.

Jer 31:34c, For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.

Col 2:13 He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us ALL our transgressions,

Psa 85:2 You did forgive the iniquity of Your people; you did cover all their sin.

Eze 16:63 “I will forgive you for all that you have done”

a. Personal faith in Christ. The object of faith has all the merit.
b. The justice of God provides perfect righteousness to all who believe.
c. Then God judicially pronounces us justified, officially righteous.
Mankind can only be justified by the justice of God.

This only happens when we possess what justice possesses which is perfect righteousness.

The justice of God guards the essence of God and perfect righteousness guards the justice if God.

At salvation we receive God’s perfect righteousness and His justice must recognize that very same perfect righteousness in us which He possesses.

God’s perfect righteousness is the principle of His integrity.
And His justice is the function of His integrity.

The justice of God can only judge sin with divine discipline but if we rebound first, the justice of God can only forgive us.

1Jo 1:9 “If we acknowledge [name and cite] our sins, He is faithful and just, with the result that He forgives us our sins [our known sins] and purifies us from all unrighteousness [unknown sins].”

No perfect righteousness imputed means no justification.

God loves His perfect righteousness with His eternal love.

Psa 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.

Psa 37:28 For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever;

Psa 45:7 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Thy God, has anointed Thee With the oil of joy above Thy fellows.

Justification frees the justice of God to pronounce the fact we have His perfect righteousness.

Forgiveness is subtraction, justification is addition by grace.

At the point of faith in Christ, justification is the judicial act of God whereby the imputation of divine perfect righteousness is recognized as valid for vindication.

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Weekly Bible Study – January 9, 2017


The Doctrine of Dispensations. Part 2.


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Prepare yourself for learning the Word of God!

Before we begin, if you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ (that is; you have believed [trusted] in Him for His promised gift of eternal life), it is important to prepare yourself to learn God's Word so take a moment to name, cite or acknowledge (confess) your sins privately to God (i.e.; with your thoughts directed only to God the Father).

1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins (known sins) and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [unknown or forgotten sins]." NKJV (New King James Version) [italics added]; we call this REBOUND, read the full doctrine as to “why” we need to use 1 John 1:9 to grow spiritually. REBOUND

If you have never personally believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior (that is, believed in Him for eternal life), the issue for you is not to name your sins; the issue for you is to have faith alone in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life: John 3:16, 5:24, 6:47, 20:30, 31.

John 6:47 says: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." NKJV [italics added]

Notice again what Jesus said in John 6:47: "…he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ) has everlasting life." It doesn't say, "will have"; it says, "has." Therefore, the very moment you believe in Jesus Christ for His promise of everlasting life, you have it (it's really just that simple; nothing more and nothing less), and it can never be taken away from you (John 10:28-29). Furthermore, the gift (Ephesians 2:8c) of everlasting life (also called eternal life in scripture) is available to every human being; there are absolutely no exceptions.

John 3:14-15, 16, 17, 18, says: "14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." NKJV

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The Doctrine of Dispensations. Part 2.


Terms & Abbreviations used:

PPOG = Predesigned Plan of God
Human Good = Evil + Good Deeds while not in fellowship with God
Old Sin Nature = Old Sin Nature
TLJC = The Lord Jesus Christ
SSE = Spiritual Self Esteem
PVTD = Positive Volition Towards Doctrine [Bible Truth]
+H - The Happiness of God
NVTD = Negative Volition Towards Doctrine
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The Doctrine of Dispensations. Part 2.


When a person receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior he also receives a desire to know more about his salvation and the one who saved him. This is why our Lord said in John 15:26, “When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness of Me,

This desire causes the new believer, possibly for the very first time in his life, to open the Bible in a serious attempt to learn what God has to say. Once in the Scriptures the believer soon realizes that the Bible speaks of much more than just personal salvation and Christ dying on the Cross; It speaks of God’s whole program for His entire creation from eternity to eternity. It reveals what God wants man to know about God Himself, His creation, and His purpose with His creation.

Ecc 3:10-11, Solomon says I have seen or researched the task which God has given the sons of men with which to occupy themselves. He has made everything appropriate in its time.

That’s the first conclusion and it is a correct conclusion! The word appropriate is japheh which means meaningful or beautiful. You remember the song, in His time he makes all things beautiful! Now, that’s our problem! Our problem is not so much what happens, our problem is our perspective of it after it happens. We like things to end like the fairy tales…and they lived happily ever after. And when something occurs that we don’t like and is not a happy conclusion, we begin to question the giver of that particular thing! And when we push it all the way to the margin, we go back to God and think “what kind of God is it that would allow this to happen resulting in this tragic set of affairs?” And if you don’t know about the angelic conflict and our subject of dispensations, you’ll miss the whole thing!

What we miss is God’s timing! If I look at life as it is laid out before me and dealt out to me and do not see through the eyes of faith {which is} the hand of God, I will not understand why certain things happen! However, when I see things through His eyes and recognize divine timing and the fact that in His time, he makes all things beautiful and meaningful, then I give Him praise. So easy to teach, but so many times so hard to do!

And so, Solomon says in Ecc 3:11, is that God has made everything appropriate in its time. It is the timing of God that is related to our doctrine of dispensations. The second conclusion has to do with life! Ecc 3:11…He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

Now think of this word eternity! However, let’s not think of it like we always do, you know, something that’s incomprehensible, something that is inscrutable, something that sounds far beyond our ability to really understand!

Let’s look at from the viewpoint of curiosity about our future! God has not only put things in perspective by having a time table in which events run their course but He also has put within every human being’s heart a curiosity about tomorrow…and about life…and about life beyond.

Now, as much as you love your dog or cat, they will never be concerned about their eternity! They may worry about a meal or some water, or protecting their young ones, or maybe even finding another one of their species in heat, but they will not be concerned about tomorrow! Because God has not placed eternity in their hearts! And since that is true and since we will not find out about tomorrow or the beginning from the end without God, our pursuit must be of Him. Meaning that you are not really ready to handle life until you are ready to handle death and eternity. And when you have eternity squared away, it’s remarkable what it will do with time! And that’s what happened to Solomon after his eight experiments!

Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve learned and what we will learn concerning the experiments of Solomon. Solomon will tell us in the end that the key to the enjoyment of time is Bible doctrine saturating the soul. Solomon researched the whole thing! He tried to get along without Bible doctrine and he said:

“I will get along without Bible doctrine, I’m in a position to!”
“I’m the wealthiest man in the world!”
“I’m the king of Israel”!
“I have everything at my disposal and I can prove that I can get along without doctrine.”


Solomon neglected Bible doctrine and therefore he didn’t have the capacity for pleasure and every pleasure turned sour! Now, if you do have pleasure, would you remember who allotted you the time to have pleasure and the capacity for pleasure? It is a gift that comes from Bible doctrine.

Solomon’s third experiment was the inevitable result of frustration the failure of pleasure to make one happy. “What I need, says Solomon, is someone to carry on the family name. I’m going to find my pleasure in heritage.” Ecc 2:12-26. So he went that route and he had a son and his son was the dumbest ruler who ever ruled in Israel! So it didn’t work out!

Solomon’s next quest for happiness, he is going to say in chapter 5, “What I need that will really make me happy is money! Now, some believers are going to get rich! And what are they going to do with all that money? Well, you know how people are, they’re going to give it to the church. They’re going to give it all to the Lord. No, I’ll tell you what they’re going to do with it! If they have Bible doctrine, they’re going to enjoy it! They’re going to have a ball with it! But then, if you don’t have doctrine in your soul, there’s nothing worse than to have than money! It adds to your trouble!

So after discovering that money won’t give him happiness and pleasure, Solomon said “What I really need to do is just to build a reputation so people will never forget me. Ecc 7:1-20. And he went all out to do things so that people would never forget him! He put his name on every sign post! If there wasn’t a post, he’d put one in….make it out of gold! He said in effect, “I’m going to have a reputation, no one is ever going to forget me!” But the trouble was in Ecc 7:1-20, no doctrine in the soul!

Next, Solomon said, “It isn’t worth it to build up a reputation like that, so I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, I’m going to pick out one thing that I enjoy doing more than anything else and that’s all I’m going to do for the rest of my life” “I’m going to go sex crazy” in Ecc 7:26-29. And he said “I’m going to do it and do it and do it and do it!” Do you know what happened? He ran out of gas! He had no doctrine and no capacity to love and that’s why he says that out of his thousand women, there wasn’t one good one that he could find.

So he says in Ecc 7:27-28, “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “{adding} one thing to another to find an explanation, which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.

And he tried a few other things but he finally came to the conclusion that while there are a lot of wonderful things that God allots to us in time, they’re no good without Bible doctrine in the soul! And he came to realize that without Bible doctrine in the soul, the believer with the best of everything is the most miserable of all. And, secondly, that the believer was designed in time to have his capacity for these allotments through Bible doctrine in the soul.

Ecc 3:11, He has made everything meaningful in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, without which [the setting of the desire for eternal things] mankind will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

Money is good, in its own time. Sex is good, in its own time. Pleasure is good, in its own time. Hard monotonous work is good, in its own time! There’s a time for everything! And doctrine can make everything meaningful and bring everything to its literal conclusion.

Ecc 3:11, “He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart,

The phrase “He has also set eternity in their heart” describes the tremendous grace of God reaching down to fallen man! Eternity is ‘ethaa`olaam which means “the eternal or the desire for the eternal. In other words, God has placed a deep desire in man for that which is eternal! There is a deep desire or a yearning for that which is eternal placed in the hearts of all mankind (Psa 42:1). It is a very delicate and sensitive desire that can be hindered by arrogance or emotionalism and it can be put out by hardness of the heart, scar tissue of the soul or occupation with the details of life. This is the reason the majority of the world reject the desire which God has placed within them! Arrogance! Emotionalism! Hardness of the heart! Scar tissue of the soul! Occupation with the details of life!

So there is a desire for that which is eternal placed in every person’s heart! However, although this desire is in every person, every person does not have this desire fulfilled. The interesting thing is that the more this desire or need is fed, the stronger it becomes. Now, you will never have this desire fulfilled and met until you understand dispensational truth. Unless the believer understands this and divides the Bible accordingly (2Ti 2:15), he will become overwhelmed and confused by its vast scope and perplexed by its differences.

All the Bible’s major differences can be reconciled with some study (sometimes even a very little), but if the believer neglects to study and sort these differences out, he will cheat himself out of understanding not only God’s plan and purpose for man in general, but also for himself in particular. However, even though the Bible is in some areas complex and difficult to understand at times, one notable indication that it is the very word of God is the most vital and important subjects found in it are easy to understand.

God has purposely made the crucial subjects of sin, man’s accountability to God, Christ’s substitutionary death, and personal salvation so simple a small child can understand them. He made these matters clear and easy to comprehend so any person wanting the truth about them could by faith act upon them and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as his salvation. These clear yet vital doctrines are referred to as the “simplicity that is in Christ” (2Co 11:3). Though the more complex subjects reveal more of the mind and intentions of God, knowledge of them is not necessary for one to be saved.

Needless to say, the Bible contains both simplicity and complexity by God’s direction. He wanted to provide a salvation so simple that a person could understand it and get saved after only being presented with the gospel once. He also wanted some other matters more detailed and complex so one would have to labor in the Scriptures a certain degree to sort them out. If a person reads the Bible he is soon confronted with various laws, judgments, ordinances, commandments, doctrines, kingdoms, covenants, testaments, dispensations, gospels, priesthoods, feasts, tribes, churches, etc.

Then we begin to see some of the Bible’s complexity. Then we are further introduced to events known as the Exodus, Israel’s Captivity, Daniel’s Seventieth Week, the Rapture, the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Tribulation, the Millennium, the Great White Throne Judgment, the New Heaven and New Earth, etc. This is where the doctrine of dispensations becomes vital to understand. Once a person gets to this point questions usually arise: Where do all these subjects belong? Do they all apply to everyone in every age? Is salvation exactly the same in every age?

Does every precept mentioned in the Bible apply doctrinally to a Christian? What about the doctrines that seem to contradict each other? How is one to account for the differences? The major differences in the Bible can be reconciled by rightly dividing it into dispensations and keeping the different doctrines found in the dispensations in their proper place. Then you are able to understand and answer the questions that many people have.

Throughout the O.T., we see that God commands the Israelites to steal and plunder livestock and goods of their neighbors. Why? There is a reason for it that the doctrine of dispensations will answer! Think about it, in the Gospels God impregnated Mary without asking or even informing Joseph about it first. So did God brake the commandment of “Thou shall not steal” and “Though shall not commit adultery ?” Not at all, says dispensational truth.

Psa 137:8-9, “O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.

How can this be? Well, it depends upon the rules in the dispensation! In Deut 14:26 we read, “And you may spend the money for whatever your heart desires, for oxen, or sheep, or wine, or strong drink, or whatever your heart desires; and there you shall eat in the presence of the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household.”

Lev 10:9, “Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you may not die it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations.”

Which one is it? Look at Jdg 13:4, Now therefore, be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing. Or Rom 14:14, I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Prov 23:31, Do not look on the wine when it is red, When it sparkles in the cup, When it goes down smoothly. And yet what was said about Lord? Luk 7:34, “The Son of Man has come eating (good food) and drinking (good wine); and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard, a friend of tax gatherers and sinners!’

How do we answer things like this? By the doctrine of dispensational truth! Actually, as long as you pay attention to language, context, and cultural and historic context then there are no contradictions. God often commanded the Israelites into wars with other nations as a way to punish the other nations for their wickedness. “Thou shalt not kill” refers to murder, not war.

The following link is to a good news message describing how one can receive eternal life:
Ticket to Heaven, it was written for anyone not absolutely certain about their eternal future.