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Dispensation

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(Gr. oikonomia, "management," "economy").
  • The method or scheme according to which God carries out his purposes towards men is called a dispensation. There are usually reckoned three dispensations, the Patriarchal, the Mosaic or Jewish, and the Christian. (See COVENANT, Administration of.) These were so many stages in God's unfolding of his purpose of grace toward men. The word is not found with this meaning in Scripture.

  • A commission to preach the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:17 ; Ephesians 1:10 ; 3:2 ; Colossians 1:25 ).

    Dispensations of Providence are providential events which affect men either in the way of mercy or of judgement.


  • Copyright Statement
    These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

    Bibliography Information
    Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Dispensation'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/d/dispensation.html. 1897.

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