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What is the synonym of dispensation?

The following are appropriate synonyms for dispensation.

  1. Dispense
  2. Disbursement
  3. Appointment
  4. Distribution
  5. Allotment

Within scripture God Dispense and or Distributes information when and how He sees fit regardless of the age.

What is the dispensation in the KJV Bible?

The KJV is the only Bible that uses the word dispensation in all four verses.

  1. 1 Corinthians 9:17
  2. Ephesians 1:10
  3. Ephesians 3:2
  4. Colossians 1:25

The CSB, NIV, NASB, AMP, ESV, RSV, NLT, and other do not have the word dispensation in them. The NKJV is the only modern version that we know of that has the word dispensation in it. Nevertheless, it only uses that word in Ephesians. No wonder what Paul said, “If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God”. To get more details pertaining to this question, see: What is the biblical meaning of dispensation?

What was the first dispensation?

What is Dispensational Theology?

There are three methods we use to study scripture; which makes us dispensational.

  1. Literal Interpretation: The Bible says what it means and means what it says.
  2. Compare Scripture with Scripture: Scripture interprets scripture. Therefore, there is no such thing as private interpretation.
  3. Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: The scriptures MUST be rightly divided.

Dispensationalism hinges upon properly combining and incorporating these methods into your Bible studies.

In addition, someone who dispensational in their theology will always take the following things into consideration when studying God’s word.

  1. Who is the author?
  2. Who is the audience?
  3. When was the book/epistle written?


James wrote the book of James. According to James1:1, he was LITERALLY writing to the 12 tribes which had been scattered in Acts 8 after Stephen had been stoned. Therefore, if I take the Bible LITERALLY, I would naturally believe that James was not writing to the Gentiles Seeing as though his Audience is the nation of Israel. To insure that this understanding is correct, we would compare James 1:1 with other scriptures that confirm the 12 tribes are in FACT Israel and not Gentiles. This is one of many elementary examples that illustrate the basic view of dispensational thought.

Is dispensationalism a religion?

No. Dispensationalism is a method whereby the body of Christ studies the scriptures with respect to the different dispensations God has administered and or given throughout scripture.

Was the mystery that Christ revealed to Paul in prophecy?

No. Prophecy is that which can be searched in the scriptures. Paul preached the unsearchable riches of Christ to the gentiles. As it is written, “8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:” Ephesians 3:8-9

Notice how he said, “which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God”, the Mystery was not hid in the scriptures, it was hid in God. A good contrast to this would be Luke 18:31-34. In that passage of scripture we see that while the death, burial and resurrection, was in the scripture for anyone to see or read, it was hid from the twelve.

Nevertheless, Paul says, in Romans 16:25 that the Mystery “was kept secret since the world began”. So, what is the Mystery that Christ revealed to Paul.

  1. Ephesians 3:6 – That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
  2. Colossians 1:27 – To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Therefore the mystery revealed to the apostle Paul is twofold.

  1. The Body of Christ: Whereby Jews and Gentiles alike are NEW CREATURES (2 Corinthians 5:17) and fellowheirs.
  2. Christ in you, the hope of glory.

This is something that cannot be found in prophecy. In addition, to the Mystery there are new doctrines revealed to Paul as a result of the dispensation change. Therefore, while you can find the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ in prophecy, you cannot find what it would accomplish as a result of Israel’s fall; Romans 11:7-11

Lastly, this is why no one else makes mention of the Body of Christ accept the apostle Paul.