A Text on Biblical Hermeneutics
Tenth Printing, 1983
Mark G. Cambron
D.D., Lit.D., L.L.D., ThD
Table of Contents
Names and Titles of the Scriptures........................................................................ 3
Inspiration of the Scriptures.................................................................................. 4
The Bible Student................................................................................................... 6
The Dispensation Principle ................................................................................... 9
The Covenant Principle ....................................................................................... 17
The Ethnic Division Principle ............................................................................. 26
The Discrimination Principle .............................................................................. 28
The Predictive Principle....................................................................................... 38
The Application Principle.................................................................................... 42
The Initiative Principle ........................................................................................ 51
The Consequence Principle................................................................................. 54
The Exhortation Principle................................................................................... 55
The Subsequent Mention Principle..................................................................... 56
The Human Willingness In Illumination Principle ........................................... 57
The Divine Will In Revelation Principle............................................................. 59
The First Mention Principle................................................................................ 60
The Progressive Revelation Principle ................................................................. 64
The Full Mention Principle................................................................................. 67
The Illustrative Principle..................................................................................... 71
The Context Principle .......................................................................................... 72
The Agreement Principle..................................................................................... 77
The Direct Statement Principle ........................................................................... 89
The Recurrence In the Law of Repetition Principle........................................... 99
So-Called Contradictions................................................................................... 101
The Lord Presented Four Ways In the Old Testament .................................... 103
The Gap Principle .............................................................................................. 106
The Election Principle ....................................................................................... 107
The Three-fold Principle ................................................................................... 108
The Principle of Synthesis or Literary Structure.............................................. 110
The Numerical Principle ................................................................................... 115
The Double Reference Principle ....................................................................... 126
The Christo-Centric Principle ........................................................................... 127
The Typical Principle......................................................................................... 128
Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation of the Scriptures.
Names and Titles of the Scriptures
A. The Bible (most familiar).
1. From the Greek, “ta biblia”, meaning, the Books.
2. Unity—66 books, yet ONE.
3. THE Book.
Psalm 40:7 and Hebrews 10:7—”Then said I, Lo, I come,
in the volume of the book it is written of me.”
It is the pre-eminent Book.
B. The Word of God.
“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).
“For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of
sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (II
“For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye
received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as
the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which
effectually worketh also in you that believe.” (I Thessalonians 2:13).
The Word of God is made up of the “Words of God,” God’s message to
man. Men, led by the Holy Spirit, wrote His Word.
We need never be ashamed of it or apologize for it, for it is PERFECT!
There are no errors, no mistakes, no contradictions. It is reliable! It is PERFECT!
The reason for such men as Ingersoll is S-I-N, SIN!
C. The Scriptures
“And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders
rejected is become the head of the corner.” (Mark 12:10).
“And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered
with the transgressors.” (Mark 15:28).
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and
they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39).
The word Scripture comes from the Latin word meaning “writings”. It is
found 52 times in the New Testament and only once in the Old Testament.
D. The Old and New Testaments
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the New Testament; not of
the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth
life.” (II Corinthians 3:6).
“And for this cause He is the mediator of the new testament, that by
means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were
under the first testament, they which are called might receive the
promise of eternal inheritance,” (Hebrews 9:15).
“But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same
vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is
done away in Christ,” (II Corinthians 3:14).
Testament means covenant: Old Covenant and New Covenant. Therefore, the
Old and New Covenants show the RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOD AND
The Old (Testament) Covenant is the relationship of God with Moses (Mosaic
Law). The New (Testament) Covenant is the shed Blood of Jesus Christ on
Calvary; thus, it is God’s relationship with the sinner. The Old Covenant was for
His people (Jews) only; the New Covenant is for the Jews, but also for believing
Gentiles. Thus, the Bible is ONE Book with TWO Covenants.
E. The Oracles.
The original meaning is “the place where the Word of God was kept.” “And
the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days,-was as if a man
had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with
David and with Absalom,” (II Samuel 16:23).
It is used 16 times in the Old Testament and 4 times in the New Testament.
The other meaning of the Oracles is the “Holy Scriptures,” (Psalm 119).
A. Inspiration of the Scriptures
“Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: that the man of God may
he complete, furnished completely unto every good work,” (II Timothy 3:16, 17
It is more than human genius and human qualification.
Inspirations are endowments from God. No man has been
inspired to write since John finished the Book of Revelation.
It is more than illumination.
Illumination means the influence of the Holy Spirit which enables
one to understand spiritual truth. Only yielded believers are
Some are more yielded, and their illumination is greater, for God
can work in them.
It is more than a revelation. The exposé of records: things revealed by
God. Only God knew the record of the creation. Men of God have
records of men’s lives, thus proving that the Bible is the Word of God;
for when mere man is recording the life of men, he leaves out the bitter
and bad. God doesn’t!
It literally means “God-breathed”. The Word is the breath of God in a
person (chosen of Him) that inspired the person. Today God is
breathing to man by means of the written Word. If the Bible is not
what it claims to be, it cannot be a “good book”. It is the same in the
case of our Lord. If Jesus wasn’t what He claimed to be, He couldn’t be
a “good Man”. IF THE BIBLE IS NOT WHAT IT CLAIMS TO BE,
THEN IT IS THE BIGGEST LIE EVER PRINTED.
Alone man is powerless to know God’s Word. “Knowing this first, that no
prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came
not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved
by the Holy Ghost” (II Peter 1:20, 21). Man needs the Holy Spirit to lead him and
to interpret the Word. The same Spirit leads men, but no two are led alike.
We believe in a full, complete, inspired-of-God-Bible. Not a partly inspired
Bible, but ALL-inspired! One who says that the Bible contains some parts that are
inspired means that the Bible contains some things that are not inspired, some
falsehoods, etc. They are wrong!
B. Extent of Inspiration (Verbal)
“Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who
prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what
manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified
beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow,” (I Peter
Men were inspired to write the Word of God, but they did not always
understand what they wrote, proving that it is God’s Word only. “And I heard,
but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these
things?And He said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed
till the time of the end” (Daniel 12:8, 9). “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and
His word was in my tongue.” (II Samuel 23:2—David).” Exodus 20:1; Isaiah 1:2;
Jeremiah 1:4; Ezekiel 1:3; Amos 1:1; Daniel 9:21.
THE ENGLISH BIBLE
The Old Testament contains 39 hooks. The New Testament contains 27. There
are a total of 66 books.
The Hebrew Old Testament contains 24 books. The reason for that is that
there was just one book for Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, etc. When the Hebrew
Scriptures were translated into the Greek it was found that these books were too
large for one scroll, so the books were divided into two books, or two scrolls.
There are 1189 chapters in the Bible, made up of 31,163 verses. All are man-
made divisions. All punctuations (periods, commas, question marks, etc.) are
man-made. None are by God. All capitals are man-made.
The Bible Student
A. Personal Preparation
A personal relation with Christ. A Bible student must be a regenerated
person in order to know the Scriptures, (I Corinthians 2:11-14).
A positive persuasion concerning inspiration. This BLESSED BOOK
must be recognized as such; it must be studied. As Moses came to the
burning bush with unshod feet, we should come to the BOOK with
heads bowed, looking unto the Heavenly Father for divine guidance.
A passionate desire to know the BOOK. A real appetite for the
Scriptures is needed.
A prayer for discernment. Pray when going to study; ask the Holy
Spirit to direct. Martin Luther said, “To have prayed well is to have
A predisposition to obedience. Keep your heart and mind open to every
message; for reproach, if necessary (Timothy, for example). The Great
Teacher will not teach them who do not obey Him.” Some parts of the
Bible are never studied, or even read, because they hit, or convict, of
some personal sin.
A persistence of study, unfailing industry, hard work, and keeping at it.
Truth is found by study. You can get the truth yourself. Dig out the
truth. Verify the teaching by the Word! Study!
B. Practical Preparation
A good Bible.
A good concordance.
Other good books. Right now is the time to start a good library:
commentaries, special books on one book of the Bible, sermons, books
on types, books on illustrations.
II. PROMOTION GAINED BY STUDYING THE WORD
A. Profound Knowledge
Will become a possessor of profound knowledge. Romans l5:4—”For
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might
Wise unto salvation. “And that from a child thou hast known the holy
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through
faith which is in Christ Jesus.” “All scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect,
throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:15-17). “Being
born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of
God, which liveth and abideth forever” (I Peter 1:23). Other scripture: I
Corinthians 15:1-4; Luke 24:25-27; John 1:45; John 5:46.
B. Personal Faith.
Faith based upon His Book (Scriptural Faith) comes only through the study of
THE BOOK. By faith, through Jesus Christ, we have eternal life—”Faith cometh
by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”.
C. Purification of Life.
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you” (John
15:3). “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).
“Husbands, Love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave
Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by
the word” (Ephesians 5:25, 26); thus, a cleansing by the Word. Moody said,
“THIS BOOK will keep you from sin, or SIN will keep you from this BOOK.”
This is the Living Book.
Preparation of Study.
A student is not equipped for service until he knows the Word. “Study to shew
thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly
dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).
Use the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). Peter used the Word at
Pentecost. The world today needs ministers who know and preach the Word.
Power in Ministry.
Put emphasis on the Word of God!
Practice its Truth.
Preach its Truth.
The Word must be rightly divided.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy
Who is to study? The workman in the ministry. Everyone is to be in the
ministry. Study is hard work. These words are addressed to workmen; thus, it is
no child’s play, nor is it a hobby.
Study to receive commendation of God, rather than to receive the
commendation of man. “Notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me, and
strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the
Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion” (II Timothy
4:17). DO NOT FEAR MAN! To gain God’s approval we must study His Word.
“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but
of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth Life” (II Corinthians 3:6).
“It shall greatly help thee to understand Scripture if thou not only
knoweth what is spoken, but what is written of whom, and to whom,
at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstance.”
The Dispensation Principle
A dispensation is a period of time during which God deals in a particular way
with man in respect to sin and to man’s responsibility. Distinguish the
dispensations and you will understand the Word of God. Ephesians 1:10—”That
in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all
things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in Him.”
Ephesians 3:2—”If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is
given me to you-ward.” Ephesians 3:5—”Which in other ages was not made
known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and
prophets by the Spirit.” I Corinthians 9:17— “For if I do this thing willingly, I
have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed
Time is an island in the Sea of God’s Eternity. It begins with man and ends
with man. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but His dealings with
man are different. Each dispensation is different, and each proves man’s failure.
Dispensations were made in order to give man another chance. (See Hebrews 1:2;
The literal meaning of a dispensation is a stewardship, or administration. In
the Word we see that it is used as the administration of the affairs of a house,
property, or nation; the rule of a house, the administration of a household,
stewardship. A steward is one who has been entrusted with household goods.
I. THE FIRST DISPENSATION
Designation (Term): Dispensation of Innocence. Man was ignorant of
good and evil, but was not an ignorant person. Adam was not holy, for he
was living an untested life. Innocence is negative, and righteousness is
positive. This period proves to be man’s most disastrous failure. The fall
of man (Genesis 1:26; 2:16-17; 3:7; 3:22-24).
Citation: Genesis 1—3.
Limitation: From the Creation to the Expulsion.
Condition: Genesis 1:26-29.
At the beginning of this dispensation man lived under the most favorable
conditions. He lived in Eden, a park of Paradise, and was given a
helpmeet. Helpmeet means “fit for”. Therefore, Eve was “fit for” Adam.
Obligation: Man’s responsibility: not to eat the forbidden fruit (Genesis
2:8, 9, 16, 17). The fruit was all right, only it had God’s prohibition
against it. The test was to see if man would be obedient to the will of God.
Would Adam obey God? Consequence plainly states his obligation.
G. Transgression: Man deliberately disobeyed the will of God (Genesis 3:6).
Man was not deceived (I Timothy 2:14; I John 2:16). The whole program
of Satan was given.
Condemnation: Consequence of sin (Genesis 3:14-19). Climax: Genesis
Prediction: Genesis 3:15——the promise of a Redeemer.
Correction: That we today are on probation. Wrong? Man is NOT on
probation today. Modern Theology is all wrong!
II. THE SECOND DISPENSATION
Citation: Genesis 3—8.
Limitation: From the fall to the flood.
Duration: 1656 years.
Condition: Fallen race. In the second dispensation man came under a “sinconscience”.
In the first dispensation man was under a” God-conscience.”
THERE WAS NO LAW, just conscience in the second dispensation.
Obligation: Since knowing the difference between good and evil, man was
to do things right (Genesis 4:7) and to avoid evil. God made the way of
approach to Him by way of the sacrifice.
Transgression: Man goes on sinning. He goes from bad to worse (Genesis
6:5, 11, 12). The first child born became a murderer.
Destruction: God’s orders disobeyed (Genesis 6:12).
Culmination: Closes with the flood of judgment. Eight were saved.
Prediction: Matthew 24:37-39. The apostasy of Genesis 6 will be the same
when the Lord Jesus comes again.
Correction: Two present-day errors: (1) “Conscience is a sufficient guide”.
Conscience does not keep man from doing wrong. Conscience says to do
right but doesn’t say what is right. Conscience will not bring a man back
to God. (2) Anarchy: “All that is needed to elevate mankind is to throw off
the old restraints. Give him his absolute freedom, and he will take care of
himself.” Anarchy— absolute freedom. But this is what took place in the
second dispensation, and man failed!
III. THE THIRD DISPENSATION
Designation: Human Government.
Citation: Genesis 8—11.
Limitation: Flood to Babel.
Duration: 427 years.
Condition: Genesis 8: 1. Noah is to be head of the earth, as Adam started
out to be. Noah is head of the Government. The first government is
Obligation: Man’s responsibility is to govern the earth (world) (Genesis
9:5, 6). Capital punishment is introduced. Reason why: Genesis 9:6. A
man slays another man, kills one who is made in the image of God; this is
a direct thrust at God
Transgressions: Failed at the start. Noah sinned. If the governor sinneth,
one whom he rules will sin. At this time there is a united “red union”, the
first communistic government (Genesis 9:1; 11 11:4). This was the
beginning of idolatry at the Tower of Babel. Man built this tower as an
image to worship. All images, idols, etc. are held up and supported by
H. Condemnation: Dispersion (Genesis 11:6,7—the beginning of the
Prediction: Babylon has never been completely overthrown but it will be
(Jeremiah 51:8; Revelation 18:8, 10, 17).
Correction: ‘Our hope is in human government.” Wrong! Our hope is not
in any man, but in God. “Capital punishment is not right.” Wrong! God
introduced it, and it is still His law given to man.
IV. FOURTH DISPENSATION
Citation: Genesis 1 1—Exodus 15.
Duration: 430 years.
Conditions: Has to do, primarily, with the Seed of Abraham (Genesis
12:1-3; 13:14-17; 15:6). “And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it
to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). God called Abraham from Ur of
the Caldees, and he left a land seen for a land unseen.
Limitations: Call of Abraham to Bondage in Egypt.
Obligation: To abide in the land. Genesis 26:1-3: a famine comes after
obeying God! Abraham didn’t have to go to Egypt. When God calls or
leads, He will provide! It would have been better if he hadn’t gone. Like
man today, he looked to the flesh, rather than to God. He should have
stayed in the land. He brought Hagar back with him, and through her has
sprung up the greatest enemy of Israel today—the Mohammedans. “Every
time you go to Egypt you will have trouble.”
G. Transgression: Genesis 47:1. All of Abraham’s descendants were in Egypt,
and there they fell into unbelief and turned from God (Ezekiel 20:7-9); but
they were spared for His sake (promise to Abraham).
H. Subjection: Exodus 1:8-14. All this time they had hardships and they were
servants of the Egyptians; they were under idolatry.
Prediction: The land to go back to the “Seed of Abraham.” It will be
fulfilled when Jesus comes again!
Correction: “When God called Abraham He abandoned the world.”
V. THE FIFTH DISPENSATION
Limitation: From the Exodus to the Cross, or from Sinai to Calvary.
Duration: 1491 years.
Condition: Exodus 19:1-8. God proposed the Law before giving it to man.
When God gave the Law by means of Moses, they all voiced, “All that the
Lord bath spoken we will do.”
Obligation: Exodus 19:1-5; Romans 10:5—“To render a perfect obedience
unto the Law.”
Transgression: II Kings 17:7-17, 19; Matthew 15:6. They put the word of
man in front of the Law of God (John 19:15; Romans 3:19, 20). Failure
H. Condemnation: II Kings 17:1-6, 20, 23; II Kings 25:1-11; a
depression (Amos 9:9); cursed of all nations, but not destroyed (Zechariah
8:23; Romans 11:23; Amos 9:1315).
Correction: Man is saved by the Law”—Wrong (Romans
10:5; Galatians 5:11-Acts 15:1-10).
VI. THE SIXTH DISPENSATION
Citation: Acts and Epistles.
Limitation: From the descent of the Holy Spirit to the ascent of the
Duration: 1900 years plus.
Condition: All under sin. Under Innocence God dealt with one man.Under
Promise He dealt with one nation. Praise the Lord, under Grace, He deals
with the world again (Romans 3:19, 20; Ephesians 2:2). All the world is
guilty before God (Romans 3:10-18). “All have sinned and come short of
the glory of God.” When a picture is taken of man, he has the picture
retouched; God does not retouch anyone. Man is open before Him, as he
is. Moody said that man is a murderer at heart. A dentist heard him make
this statement and took exception to it, but a later experience with a patient
proved the truth of Moody’s statement.
Someone has said that the reason man hunts and fishes is to kill. By nature
man is a sinner, a born liar. He is “born in iniquity”. All have sinned! Yes,
but all can be saved by believing on the Lamb of Calvary, God’s Son, our
Lord and Master, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Obligation: John 1:11-13. Must be born (of the Spirit) again (John 3:36;
Romans 4:5; Galatians 5:6; Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). A sinner cannot
come to God alone; he must come by the only WAY, the Lord Jesus
Christ. “No man cometh unto the Father but by me”. There’s a difference
between praying to God and yelling at God. Can a person talk to God?
Yes, if he has a connection. Man is saved because he believes by FAITH,
not because he seeks God and confesses his sins (I John 5:10). A man
(saved forever!) is saved as soon as he believes in Jesus Christ! You don’t
have to pay a thing, for JESUS HAS PAID IT ALL. We are never
saved because we deserve it, but we are saved through grace, it is all of
grace. “By grace are ye saved, through faith.” There is only one way to be
saved. When man tries to add to the requirement, he fails.
G. Transgression: Failure of man: II Timothy 3:1-7; II Thessalonians 2:3; 1
John 5:10. The FALLING AWAY is the apostasy, and not the Body of
Christ (the true Church turning away); that is impossible. It is NONCHRISTIANS
in power in the churches turning away unto their reasoning,
from God’s teaching.
Culmination: Rapture of the TRUE CHURCH from a world of sin (I
VII. THE SEVENTH DISPENSATION.
Designation: Tribulation or Judgment.
Citation: Revelation 6—19; Daniel 12:1; Jeremiah 30:7.
Limitation: From ascent of the Church to the descent of Christ.
Duration: Some think it is 7 years; some think it is only 3½ years, while
there are those who think it is 40 years (for 40 is the number of testing, or
trial in Scripture: Moses upon the mount 40 days; Israel in the wilderness
40 years; Christ tempted in the wilderness 40 days).
Condition: I Thessalonians 4:16-18; II Thessalonians 2:10-12. Israel is the
central object during this dispensation.
Obligation: Revelation 7:14; 14:6, 7. People to be saved after the rapture
of the Church. All are saved by the precious blood of Christ.
Transgression: Revelation 9:20, 21. Picture of man during this time: great
masses of people hardening their hearts.
Condemnation: Psalm 2:1-6; Revelation 14:20. The winepress is the
judgment of Revelation 20:1, 2; Revelation 19:17-21; Zechariah 14:4.
Correction: “Restitution of all things”-”everyone will be saved, including
the Devil.” Wrong! We don’t know of anywhere in the Scriptures, or out
of the Scriptures, where judgment will make anyone believe or obey.
VIII. THE EIGHTH DISPENSATION
A. Designation: Kingdom.
Citation: Isaiah 2:11.
Limitation: From descent of Christ to the Great White Throne.
Duration: 1,000 years, plus.
Condition: Acts 15:14-17. It is the condition in which man is under the
personal reign of Christ (Matthew 24:29, 30; Isaiah 24:23;Psalm 2:6; Revelation
19:6, 16). Man will be under the personal reign of Jesus Christ.
Men will be free from the temptation of Satan; yet, the kingdom will not
be a world of perfection.
Obligation: Psalm 2:2—means to submit to Him, to His reign (Psalm 67:4;
86:9; Zechariah 14:17).
Transgression: Psalm 66:3—a feigned obedience. Jeremiah 3:l0—a
pretense obedience, more of compulsion than of love. Rev. 20:7-9 gives to
us the Great Apostasy of the Kingdom.
Culmination: Revelation 20:9-15. Two Books: (1) Life (no name); (2)
Works (their names are in it). The Destruction: II Peter 3:10.
Correction: The Kingdom is only a spiritual sense”. Wrong! It is a literal
Kingdom to be established on earth, with Jesus Christ as its King.
IX. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DISPENSATIONS
Man was tried by God at the ideal time, under ideal conditions:
“Believe and obey God.” At the close of every dispensation God gives man up to
his own way.
Innocence: Knowledge of sin.
Conscience: Imagination of Evil.
Human Government: Lawlessness.
Promise: Food in Egypt.
Grace: Love of the world.
Judgment: (Tribulation:) Judicial blindness.
Kingdom: Following after Satan.
In every dispensation Evil is headed up in a person, or persons.
Innocence: Fallen Woman.
Conscience: Sinful Angels.
Human Government: Nimrod.
Promise: King who knew not God.
Law: Judas, Scribes and Pharisees.
Judgment (Tribulation): Antichrist
Each dispensation ends with world-wide destruction or judgment
Human Government: Dispersion.
Promise: Bitter Bondage.
Law: Beheading of John the Baptist and Cross of Christ.
Grace: Rapture of Church.
Judgment (Tribulation): Chaining of Satan.
Kingdom: Loosing of Satan and world-wide rebellion against God: Hence, the
wrath of God.
In each dispensation God comes down to earth
Innocence: Walked in the Garden.
Conscience: Talked with Noah.
Human Government: “Let us go down” (Genesis 11:7).
Promise: “Burning Bush”—”I Am” came down (Exodus 3:8).
Law: Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Grace: Holy Spirit.
Judgment (Tribulation): Second Coming of Christ to earth.
Kingdom: Christ Still Upon Earth.
Each dispensation mars ability of man.
Innocence: Man could see.
Conscience: Able to Know.
Human Government: To Judge.
Promise: To trust.
Law: To Obey.
Grace: To Believe.
Judgment (Tribulation): To Repent.
Kingdom: To Dominate.
NECESSITY OF RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE TRUTH
A. Do not confuse one dispensation with another dispensation. Take Matthew
10:5, 6. If this command is binding, there are no grounds for us to preach the
Gospel. If Matthew 10:5, 6 is for today, then it contradicts Matthew 28:19
and Mark 16:15. Luke 9:3 (“Take not”) contradicts Luke 22.36 (“Take”).
Necessity of Distinguishing the Truths in Different Dispensations.
The past dispensation must not be brought into the present.
Deuteronomy 6:25 (Law) with Romans 3:20 (Grace). Deuteronomy
6:25 is under the covenant of works to Israel only: “Thou shalt not”
(“Do and live”). Romans 3:20 is under Grace to the Jew and Gentile:
“Believe upon the Lord Jesus” (“Done”).
Priesthood: Exodus 29:9 (Law) with Hebrews 8:4 (Grace).
The Future Dispensation must not be brought into the Present. Isaiah
2:4 (Kingdom) with Joel 3:10 (Grace).
Romans 11:26 (Kingdom) with Romans11:28 (Grace); Isaiah 2:4
(Kingdom) with II Timothy 3:1 (Grace).
The Kingdom is different from the Church. Acts 15 was the first Bible
Conference; here James tells of Amos 9:11, 12, which was written in a
past dispensation (Law) to be fulfilled in the future (Kingdom).
The Present must not be read into the past. The secret (the Church) of
the Body of Christ was revealed first unto the Apostle Paul. Scripture
of the Old Testament has no reference to the Church (this truth found in
Ephesians 3:1-10). Someone may ask, “Why didn’t God reveal the
Church by Jesus?” John 16:12-15 answers this.
The Present Dispensation must not be read into the Future.
None of the Church is to go through the tribulation. It is a rapture, not
a rupture. In Jeremiah 30:4-7 it is called “Jacob’s Trouble”, not the
Church’s. Jeremiah 30:3 tells us that this time of Jacob’s Trouble will
occur when many Jews return to the land.
One part of the Future is not to be read into another part of the Future.
John 5:25 with II Corinthians 5:10.
The Covenant Principle
The Word “covenant” means compact, or fetter; that which binds together. In
the Word the written covenants were made between God and man, binding them
There are two kinds of covenants: (1) “CONDITIONAL”, its formula being:
“If thou will” (Exodus 19:5). It is based upon the faithfulness of man. (2)
“UNCONDITIONAL”, its formula being: “I will” (Genesis 9: 11). It is not based
upon what man will do, hut rather, upon the faithfulness of God.
Dispensations and Covenants are linked together.
I. EDENIC COVENANT
Constitution: Genesis 1:28-30; 2:15-17—Order of life of unfallen man in
To replenish the earth.
To subdue the earth.
To have dominion over the animal kingdom (Psalm 8:3-9).
There is no headship in man today. The Lord Jesus exercised it.
To restrict themselves to a vegetable diet.
a. Animals will one day eat vegetables.
b. Not wrong for man to eat meat today (Colossians 2:16).
To dress the Garden.
To keep the Garden (translated “guard”).
Condition: A Conditional covenant! Man was to abstain from eating of the
tree of good and evil; man was also warned of the enemy to come.
D. Conclusion: Expulsion
II.. ADAMIC COVENANT
Constitution: Made with Adam, in Eden, before expulsion. An UNCONDITIONAL
covenant. Includes a curse and a promise.
Contents: Genesis 3:14-19.
Curse on the Serpent. “That old serpent, the devil”. He came as an
angel of light. He was seen by unfallen man as he appeared and was
seen by our Lord Jesus Christ in the wilderness. Verse 14: a record of
utter defeat. This account is not a “snake and apple” story, but rather, a
true account of a curse being placed upon Satan.
Judgment on the woman.
Multiplied conception. Many children born at the time. To God’s
command to “replenish” the earth, inter-marriage was performed.
All people came or descended from Adam. Cain married his niece,
or most likely, his sister.
Maternal sorrows. Not only pains of childbirth, but of sorrow that
some were even born.
Wifely Subordination. The headship was given to the man in the
family. It belongs to the man (no two-headed institution) Go to
China, India, Africa, and to our own North American Indians, or
any pagan country, and you will see what is meant. Woman can
thank Jesus Christ and His Gospel for making her burden as light
as it is now in America.
Judgment upon the man. The ground is cursed on account of man’s
sake, to make man tired, worn out.
Curse on creation
The Promise! Genesis 3:15 (greatest verse in the Bible, many think).
The coming, suffering, and triumph of the Seed of the Woman.
Conclusion: Did not end with the Flood, but continues until the world is
destroyed by fire.
III. NOAHIC COVENANT
Constitution: Genesis 8:20—9:17. Adam could say, “God can create”.
Noah could say, “God can destroy.”
God would not again curse the earth by water.
God would not again destroy all living.
Natural order of the season to be preserved.
Noah and descendants to multiply and replenish the earth;
this was the same command that was given to Adam.
Dominion over animal kingdom.
Diet changed to include flesh (meat).
a. Flesh must be drained of blood.
b. Life in the blood.
Law of capital punishment established (Human Government Dispensation).
It is binding to the end of time.
This covenant includes animal creation.
C. Conclusion: This runs on until earth is destroyed with fire (Genesis 9:12).
The SIGN: Rainbow. Every time it rains there is a rainbow, and He sees it.
The Rainbow has been described as a joint product of storm and sunlight. God’s
sign has been hanging in the skies for 40 centuries (Genesis 9:14). It is blessed to
know that every cloud that comes into our lives is brought by God; and
remember, every cloud has a rainbow. This is an (UNCONDITIONAL covenant.
A man’s dark cloud is SIN, and the rainbow is Jesus! This is the only cloud that
God does not bring.
IV. THE ABRAHAMIC COVENANT
A. Constitution: Genesis 12:1-3.
1. Great nation.
2. All nations to be blessed through Him.
3. Unconditional covenant—Genesis 13:14, 15; 15:1-16.
a. Called from Ur. (Abraham’s father worshipped idols.)
b. Making of a covenant: Jeremiah 34:18.
1. “I will make of thee a great nation.” God gave added details: Genesis
13:16; Genesis 15:5; Genesis 17:6. A spiritual blessing, as well as a
posterity blessing, is found in Genesis 22:18.
Made to a childless man, an old man of 99 years, to become a father of
(1) a great nation; (2) of many nations; (3) of kings. At this time his
name was changed from Abram to Abraham.
To be a father” of nations, not a founder. Abraham’s nation (Israel)
was to be the greatest nation in all the world, instead of being the
“tail”, as she is today.
“Israel is a standing miracle; no land; no country; no cities; no towns; no
buildings; no houses; no ruler; no king; no flag. Though she is scattered to all-four
corners of the globe, she is united as a people (separated from other nations)
of 20,000,000 souls, controlling a great deal of the wealth today.” These facts
were brought out 29 years ago (this writing in 1964). Now these facts are
outdated, bringing only to our hearts the soon appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Israel is 4,000 years old; 3,500 years ago Egypt tried to whip her, and did
so in bondage; but, where is the glory of Egypt today? The Medes and Persians,
and the Babylonians passed away, but Israel has not passed away, and she will
never pass away, for God is with Israel.
A great nation shall arise from Ishmael (Genesis 17:20); that was
promised to Ishmael’s father, Abraham. Ishmael, the father, did have a great
nation divided into twelve tribes, or smaller nations (Genesis 25:16).
The seed of Isaac was to bring peace. The seed of Ishmael was to be the
opposite, a thorn in the side of Israel. Ishmael is indeed a great nation. No nation
has ever captured the Arabians (Ishmael’s seed). Mohammed (622 A.D.) rose to
greatness and proclaimed his religion to his people, the Arabians (the seed of
Ishmael, the children, whose father is Abraham). Their greatest reward is in
killing Christians, who are the spiritual seed of Isaac, whose father is Abraham.
Therefore, the seed of Ishmael is a thorn in the side of the seed of Isaac.
One thousand years changes people. Today Rome is not what she was
1,000 years ago; England is not the same, but for 4,000 years the Arabians have
remained the same. The Arabians are living exactly as their father, Ishmael, lived
4,000 years ago. Arabians circumcise their male children at the age of 13 years,
the same as under Ishmael, 4,000 years ago.
Abraham had EIGHT sons. The Great Promise came only through Isaac.
“Salvation is of the JEW”, for we are saved by the SON of Abraham.
2. “I will bless thee.” He was blessed by God with wealth (Genesis 13, 15,
24, 34, 35). He was blessed, blessed, blessed, and not only with
wealth, but with victory over four kings, and he brought back Lot and
the people of Sodom who had been captured by these four kings.
He was the only one ever called “a friend of God.”
3. “And make thy name great.” Next to Jesus Christ, Abraham’s name is
mentioned more in the Bible than any other. It is mentioned 300 times
in the Scriptures. Out of the Scriptures he is better known than Jesus
Christ. Abraham’s name is mentioned by people who never mention
Jesus’ name. He is the best-known person in history. “He wandered
around”—worshipped God in simplicity; no tabernacle; no temple. He
just “wandered around.”
4. “I will make thee a blessing.” Every nation which has treated the Jew
with kindness has been blessed, and those which have not have been
cursed (Zechariah 2:8). America’s prosperity is due to her treatment of
the Jew. Egypt (Ezekiel 29:15, 16; Joel 3:19) was once a glorious
nation, but look at her now. All this because of her treatment of the
Jew. Look at the Amalekites (I Chronicles 4:43); the Moabites and the
Ammonites (Zephaniah 2:9, 10), who were once nations of repute, but
not now, because of their treatment of the Jews. Also, look at the
Edomites (Amos 1: 11, 12)...all because of their treatment of the Jews.
Glance at modern nations of today. Turkey is called the sick man of
Europe—all because of its treatment of the Jews.
5. “I will give to thee and thy seed the land of Canaan as an everlasting
Genesis 13 records the words of Abraham, “Let us not have
trouble for we are brethren.” Abraham wasn’t concerned about Lot’s
decision, for it was all his. God gave a promise to Abraham, renewed it
to Isaac, and confirmed it again to Jacob.
The Jews have six (6) titles to the Land of Canaan: (1) By
Homestead Law (Deuteronomy 23:8); (2) By Gift; (3) By Covenant;
(4) By Conquest; (5)By right of Tenure; (6) By Purchase.
6. “In thee shall all families of the earth he blessed.” All the monotheism
in the world has had contact with the seed of Abraham. America is not
Christian, but monotheistic (belief in one God). Those of monotheistic
belief are the Jews, Mohammedans, and Christians.
The population of the world numbers over 3,300,000,000. The
Abrahamic influence numbers over 2,000,000,000, about half of the
The promise is to the SEED (singular, not plural); not to Seeds, but
SEED (the Lord Jesus Christ). “Now to Abraham and his seed were
the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many: but as of
one, And thy seed, which is Christ” (Galatians 3:16). Thus, it was a
SPIRITUAL BLESSING, also, which includes the Gentiles.
Condition: An Unconditional covenant—standing even today.
Conclusion: Abrahamic Covenant to Jews only.
Separation unto Him.
Purity unto Him.
Possession by Him.
V. THE MOSAIC COVENANT
(Note: this covenant was made only with Israel! It was never made with the
Gentiles or the Church).
It was made 430 years after Abraham. Moses was a founder, not a father, of a
nation. He was the greatest law-giver in the world; it was God who gave the Law
Constitution: Given to Moses on Mount Sinai (Exodus, Deuteronomy 33).
The word “Moses” means “drawn out”. He became the son of Pharaoh’s
daughter, who was a virgin. After he was “drawn out” he became the
Saviour; and when Jesus was “drawn out” of the tomb He became the
Saviour of the world.
Moral Law (ten commandments)—Exodus 20.
Civil Law—Exodus 21-24.
Ceremonial Law—Exodus 25-31.
Moses broke the tables of the law, signifying that if we break one law,
we break them all (James 2:10).
The Institution of the Tabernacle was established so that God could
dwell in the midst of His people.
C. Condition: A Conditional Covenant.
Responsibility: (Exodus19:5,6; Leviticus 26:3; Deuteronomy 28:1;
Blessings for obedience (Exodus 19:5, 6; Leviticus 26:3-18; Deuteronomy
Punishment for disobedience (Exodus 19:5-8; Leviticus 26:14-46;
Deuteronomy 11:10-17; 28:15-68). Deuteronomy 28:37—“byword” is
the Hebrew “sheniynah”, pronounced “sheneenaw”, from whence we
sometimes say, “Sheeny” (I Kings 9:7; II Chronicles 7:20).
Deuteronomy 11:1-17: the branch of Kidron has water for the first time in
1800 years. Joel 2:21-27: the time when God shall restore Palestine for Israel, the
time of prosperity. Palestine is growing more productive—just a sign of the times.
When Joel says rain he means rain; not the Holy Spirit, but rain.
Deuteronomy 28:49, 50: The enemy shall come; the Romans fulfilled this prophecy
1,500 years after it was made.
FOUR REMARKABLE FACTS ABOUT THE JEW:
a. Deuteronomy 28:63: Plucked out of the land. The Romans completely
plucked them off. Moses said it 3,500 years ago.
b. Deuteronomy 28:64: Scattered among all nations. What country is there
without the Jew?
c. Deuteronomy 28:65: Unrest among the nations; they were persecuted by
so-called Christian nations; yea, even by the so-called Church.
d. Leviticus 26:44-46: Would not utterly destroy the Jews. Treatment in
Germany: the Jews were charged as being the killers of the Son of God.
The Black Death of 1348 was laid to their charge and blame; one-third of
the Jewish population was put to death. Who really put Christ to death?
THE WHOLE WORLD! During World War II 6,000,000 Jews are
reported to have been put to death. Before the war the Jews numbered
around 20,000,000, but now about 16,000,000.
Treatment in Spain and France: both nations were spillers of Jewish
blood, Jew murderers The Jews were driven out of their homes and
businesses, stripped of their possessions and wealth, and then allowed to
come back again. The Jews were at one time cut down to a mere
Why destroy the Jew for what he has done, or has not done? Look at
what he has given to the world: The SAVIOUR! The Devil hates nothing
worse than the Bible, God and His Son. If the Devil could destroy the Jew,
he could prove a lying Bible. There is only ONE way to destroy the Jew
and that is the Scriptural way: Jeremiah 31:35-37. Thus, it is impossible to
destroy the Jew. Jonah (type of Israel): the water could not drown him and
the fish couldn’t digest him.
Conclusion: Merged with Palestinian Covenant.
Sign: The Sabbath. It was never given to the Gentiles (Romans 2:12, 14);
Exodus 31:12, 13; Ezekiel 20:12, 20; Deuteronomy 5:12-15; man should
rest on the Sabbath.
THE SABBATH HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED, BUT ABOLISHED!
What did Jesus do on the first day of the week?
VI. THE PALESTINIAN COVENANT
Constitution: Deuteronomy 30:1-10. The years of wandering (for Israel)
are over; ready now to enter into the land.
Return of the Lord if repentance of people (Verse 3).
Promise of the re-gathering of the people (Jews) from all
lands (Verses 3-5).
Promise of the conversion of all of the nation of Israel
Promise of judgment upon all nations who have persecuted
Israel (Verse 7).
Promise of great blessings and prosperity to Israel (Vs. 9).
A Conditional Covenant (verse 2) based upon repentance of scattered
Israel. The only conditional covenant that will be kept.
VII. THE DAVIDIC COVENANT
Constitution: 500 years from Moses to David (II Samuel 7:5-19;
Contents: II Samuel 7:10-13.
Provided for a Davidic House. The House God is going to
build ‘for David is not material or spiritual, but political.
Provides for a Davidic Throne (II Samuel 7:13).
A Davidic Kingdom, NEVER to be destroyed.
These three are unending, established forever.
Condition: An UNCONDITIONAL Covenant. II Samuel 7:13-15; verse 14:
last part translated, “When iniquity is laid upon, I will chasten him with
rods of men.” Parallel with Isaiah 53.
Sign: The Son (Isaiah 7:14). Sign finally comes (Luke 1: 30-33; 2:12).
The question is, “How can a man live forever?” A throne that is perpetual
does not seem odd; but one to rule forever and ever? How can this he? David
asked, “What manner of man is this?”
GOD’S REVELATION TO DAVID:
1. Two natures of David’s Son.
Complication (II Samuel 7:14). David’s Son and David’s Lord (Psalm 2). It
is not incredible 1900 years after the fulfillment, but how incredible it seemed
when promised. In Psalm 110 David speaks of this Son as His Lord. Hebrews 1 is
written of no angel, but of the Son of David (Matthew 22:43).
2. David’s Son is to have two experiences.
a. Suffering and death (and resurrection).
b. Reign. Psalms 22; 2:1-6; 69:4; these Scriptures speak of His enemies.
This is what puzzled John the Baptist. He could not understand
the sufferings of the Messiah. God made it plain to David that the Son
of God was to die (Psalm 40). Levitical sacrifices were not acceptable
3. David’s Son to sit upon two thrones.
a. Heavenly throne (Psalm 110; Hebrews 1:13).
b. Earthly throne (Revelation 3:21; Luke 1:32, 33).
4. David’s Son to hold two sways.
b. Priestly, (Hebrews 7:11-22).
David’s Son’s two-fold act:
a. Descent of the King from Heaven.
b. Judgment upon His enemies (Psalm 72; 96:10-13; 97:1-6, 9; 99:1-4).
David’s Son’s Kingdom to have two-fold aspect.
Only one family has ruled over Judah, whereas there were seven
families, with 19 kings, ruling over the 10 upper tribes.
NOTE: DAVID DIDN’T KNOW OF CHRISTIANITY. DAVID DIDN’T
KNOW ANYTHING OF THE CHURCH.
VIII. THE NEW COVENANT
It is not a renewed covenant, but is new in character and contents.
Constitution: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Matthew 26:27, 28; Hebrew 8:6-13.
Remember, to make a covenant, blood has to be shed. in Hebrews 13:20
the Blood of Jesus Christ is called the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant
(Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:8; 9:11-15; 10:1-12, 26, 27.). The Old
Covenant was made at Sinai and the New Covenant at Calvary. The
ceremony of the Jewish religion today is only an Aaron’s calf.
The New Covenant offers a better sacrifice, a better hope; the New Covenant
is to be fulfilled when Christ comes again. Israel claims by a natural
birth; we claim by a spiritual birth.
Contents: Three-fold blessing:
Sanctification. The New Covenant was not written on hard stones, but
upon the fleshly hearts (Hebrews 8:10).
Knowledge. Through the Bible we acquire a personal knowledge of
Him. The greatest need of any man is God (Hebrews 8:11). Romans
1:22 is the reason for the heathen.
Forgiveness. He remembers our sins no more forever (Hebrews 8:12).
Sins: Forsaken, forgiven and forgotten.
Condition: An UNCONDITIONAL Covenant. The Old Covenant (Law)
was a means to an end, the schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. (Jeremiah
31 and Hebrews 8).
The law gives place to Grace (John 1:7). We do not earn it; it is a gift!
The Ethnic Division Principle
Ethnic means “races, or people.” “Give none offence, neither to the Jew, nor
to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God.” (I Corinthians 10: 32).
Definition: That principle by which the word of Truth is rightly divided in
relation to Jew, Gentile, and Church. In these three classes it is seen that God is
no Respecter of persons, but He is a REGARDER of classes.
The Jew is mostly spoken of in the Old Testament and in the first part of the
New Testament. The New Testament speaks mostly of the Church. God deals
with the nations (all races) in the first ten chapters of Genesis, but from Genesis
11 through the four Gospels, the Bible speaks of the Jewish nation as the theme of
the Book, only mentioning the Gentile races. Then, from Acts through Revelation,
the Bible speaks of the Church.
The Bible is written FOR everybody, but the Bible does not speak TO
everybody (Romans 15:4). ALWAYS ASK WHEN READING THE
SCRIPTURES, “To whom was this written?”
The whole book of Isaiah was written to the Jews. Ephesians was written to
the Church. Matthew 25:31, 32 speaks of the nations. In Ephesians 2:11, 14, 15
all three are mentioned. The first eight chapters of Romans deal with the Church,
and only the Church: no guilt, no condemnation, no separation; but in Romans
11:22, 23, there is the “cut-off”. Thus, it seems like a contradiction. Explanation:
(1) Chapter 8—those who are in Christ. (2) Chapter 9—to Paul’s brethren in the
flesh (Jews, Israelites). (3) Chapter 10—still talking about Israel. (4) Chapter
11—still to Israel. (5) Chapter 11:13 —to the Gentiles. There is your “cut-off”.
THE FIG TREE is the emblem of Israel and speaks of her national privileges.
THE OLIVE TREE speaks of Israel’s religious privileges.
THE VINE is the symbol of her spiritual privileges.
JEW: John 4:22—Salvation is of the Jew; Romans 3:1, 2— Given the
Oracles of God; Chosen to be (1) Witnesses, (2) Writers of
Scripture, (3) A channel through which Christ came into the world.
GENTILE: Ephesians 2:11, 12
Mark 7:27, 28
CHURCH: Ephesians 1:22, 23
Ephesians 2:14, 15
Ephesians 5:29-33 & I Peter 2:9.
CONTRAST BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
Matthew 25:32 (Foundation) Ephesians 1:4
Genesis 12:7 (Revelation) Ephesians 3:3
God chose Israel for His earthly
glory (Isaiah 43:7, 21).
Israel chosen after the foundation of
the earth. revealed unto Abraham.
God’s purpose was to establish a
nation distinct from any other nation
(Genesis 12:2; 46:3; Numbers 23:9;
Israel called out from among the
nations (Genesis 18:18)
Israel was called when only ONE, to
he many (Isaiah 51:2).
Israel, as the Nation, is yet to
be called back to the land, (Jeremiah
Relation of Christ is King (Zechariah
14:9,17; John 12:12-15).
The inheritance of Israel is the earth.
Blessings of Israel are
Israel had seven great feasts
Israel was put under a dietary law
(Exodus 12:20; Leviticus 3:17;
Deuteronomy 14:3; Acts 15:29;
Israel’s hope is for National
II Corinthians 12:7
God chose the Church for His
heavenly glory (Ephesians1:14).
Church chosen before the
foundation of the earth—
God’s purpose of the Church was to
make a separate and distinct body
from any other body (Ephesians
Church called out from among the
individuals (“he that believeth”).
Church called from many, to be
ONE (Ephesians 1:10; 4:4).
The Church, as the Body, is yet to
be called on high (I Thessalonians 4:
Christ’s relation to the Church is its
Head, Lord of Glory (Ephesians
The inheritance of the Church is
heavenly (Ephesians 1:3).
The blessings of the Church are
Church had none.
The Church has no diet (Colossians
The Church’s hope is for her
As earthly things are concerned, As heavenly things are concerned,
nothing will excel Israel.
nothing will excel the Church.
I Corinthians 4:11
Genesis 12:1; 13:15
Psalm 137:8, 9
Deuteronomy 7:1, 2; 20:16-17;
II Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:12;
Joshua 6:21; I Samuel 15:33
Galatians 5:22, 23; II Timothy 2:24
Genesis 12:2; 13:2; 23:6
Romans 12:16; I Corinthians 1:26;
The Discrimination Principle
That principle by which we should divide the Word of Truth so as to make a
distinction when God makes a difference.
I. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CREATURES AND CHILDREN OF GOD.
All men are not children of God, but all are the creatures of God. There is
more than one father (John 8:41-44; Galatians 3:26). In Matthew 13 there is the
wheat, which is the children of God. In Acts 13:10 is the tare, which is the child
of the Devil. God is God of all men, but He is the Father of only saved men. God
makes a distinction between His children and those of Satan. All people are
creatures; all are races that were created by Adam. We all were in the loins of
Adam. Man is a creature of God by creation, and man is a child of God by recreation.
Why repeat so much? “Repetition is theological mucilage.”
Only the saved person can call Him “Father”. The sinner can only call Him
God. The creature of God is a ruined creation. Scripture used by those who call
themselves apostles of the new thought and preach “the Fatherhood of God and
the Brotherhood of Man” is found in Acts 17:24-29. They fail to read the next few
verses. There is none good that is born of Adam. By natural birth we are of the
Devil. By regeneration we are of God (John 1:11-13). Salvation does not run in
the blood; it is not the will of man; he is only saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8, 9),
through faith in Jesus Christ. II Peter 1:4: a child is born the first time of his
father’s nature; he is born again the second time with the nature of the Father
(John 3:1-6). All children are not alike (I Corinthians 3:1). Babies are carnal, and
not spiritual; they walk after the flesh, and not after the Spirit. You can always tell
the spiritual state of people by what they want to play with. Babies haven’t much
sense. They are selfish. We all start out as babies. God does not want babies to
remain babies. He wants them to grow. Perfection is not gained in a short time.
We must grow (1 John 3:2; John 3); we ought to grow to be like HIM. The only
brotherhood in the world is in Jesus Christ. The only thing that will bring the
races together is Christ. The only brotherhood is in Christ!
II. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACCEPTABLE AND ACCEPTABLENESS
(Ephesians 1:6; II Corinthians 5:9).
A. Acceptable in Christ: Our Position.
Ephesians 1:6 means “identification”. II Corinthians 5:21: He represents us in
glory. Galatians 2:20 is also ‘identification”. Romans 6:2, 8 reveals what we are.
It would do us a lot of good if we could (or would) see ourselves as God sees us.
Romans 7:11: What profit is it to reckon you are dead? Answer: if you count one
dead, you won’t make any provision for him. (Example of Bob Young (Jew) who
took Christ and was reckoned by his family to be dead. His mother knew he was
Romans 6:5; Colossians 3:1—in Christ—wrapped up in Him. (Example of a
piece of paper in the Bible). As far as our position is concerned, God looks upon
us as perfect, as Jesus Himself, for we are in Him. God loves us, and we are as
dear to God as Jesus is. Ephesians 1:4—we are as holy and blameless as the Son
of God Himself. You can say this and not be boastful. God looks upon us as in
Our position is in heaven (in Jesus); our condition is on the earth. Paul said he
was perfect, and then said he was not perfect. He was perfect in position and
imperfect in condition (Philippians 3:10-15). We are saved by Grace, by matter
of faith. No man has ever been saved unless he has received the gospel (Romans
10:13; Ephesians 1:13). When God saves you, you will be a new creature in
B. Acceptableness for Christ: Our Condition (II Corinthians 5:9).
Acceptableness means to live a life acceptable unto God, approved unto Him.
Be constant in effort in living a life acceptable unto Him. It is possible for a man
to be saved and yet suffer loss (in rewards) (I Corinthians 3:15). (Example of the
young couple who lose everything in their home, yet a jewel is found unharmed in
the ashes. It is possible for a man to be saved and yet be a castaway (I Corinthians
9:27). It is possible to be saved and still be chastised (Colossians 3:25). It is
possible to be saved and yet sow to the flesh (Galatians 6:7, 8).
We are accepted the moment we believe; our works are acceptable if
according to His Word and Will.
III. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEARANCE AND ACCEPTANCE
Clearance means “cleansed of all guilt” (Romans 8:1). God could have cleared
us without accepting us.
IV. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE POSITION AND THE WALK OF THE
Very similar to No. II.
A saved man has two natures: (1) carnal; (2) spiritual.
Walk In the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25). That means saying “yes” to the
Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God can communicate with the Saved One.
Some think that victory through Christ over an appetite is greater and
more glorious than never having the appetite at all.
Walk in Newness of Life (Romans 6:4).
Walk Circumspectly (Ephesians 5:5). Circumspectly means ‘accurately”
(G. Campbell Morgan’s illustration of a cat walking the fence with two
dogs, one on either side). “Be sure to be careful.”
Walk Worthy of the Lord Unto All Pleasing (Colossians 1:10). The sin of
David brings contempt on God even today. Abraham was willing that
Sarah, his wife, lose her honor just to save his life; a pagan ruler rebuked
him for it.
Walk In Love (Ephesians 5:2). We are to he ruled by love toward God and
fellow man. This is not a natural love, but a supernatural love. Man does
not love God or fellow man, but loves SELF. Man is selfish. “Walk in
Walk in Wisdom and Prudence (Colossians 4:5). Walk tactfully so that
you will not cause those outside to stumble. Walk so that those who are
lost will want Christ.
Walk in Truth (III John, vs. 4). It does not make any difference what
people think, but it makes plenty of difference what God says.
Walk in Christ (Colossians 2:6; I Peter 2:21).
Walk with God (Gen 5:24; 6:9). To walk with God means “fellowship”.
When you have fellowship with someone, you want to do something for
Him. You love Him; you obey Him. It is His will, not your will. As in
marriage; “His wife for life”. To walk with God means “progress.”
Walk Before God (Genesis 17:1; 24:40). Walk through life knowing that
God’s eyes are upon you.
Walk After God—Walking with your eyes upon Him, walking in His
Walk in the Light (I John 1:7).
M. Walk in Good Works (Ephesians 2:10).
Walk Honestly (Romans 13:13).
O. Walk Worthy of Our Vocation (Ephesians 4:1). Daily cleansing through
the washing of the Word of God (Ephesians 5:26). Moody wrote in his
Bible, “Sin will keep you from this Book, or this Book will keep you from
V. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PERFECTION AND MATURITY
Compare Philippians 3:15 with 3:12. Paul claimed perfection. Our perfection
will be manifested (it is not now) when Christ comes again, both our physical as
well as our spiritual bodies. In Philippians 3:11 Paul confesses his imperfection.
Resurrection is not an attainment, but an obtainment. Matthew 5:48 is the text;
Matthew 5:44, 45 is the context. The principle of perfection here is the walk in
grace toward our fellow man.
VI. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BELIEVERS AND PROFESSORS (OR FAITH)
There is a difference between possessors and professors. There are many
today who do not have the assurance of salvation.
NOTE: “Never take what seems to be a doubtful passage of Scripture and use
it to contradict a dozen clear passages, such as comparing Hebrews 6:4-10 with
John 3:16; 5:24; 3:36; 10:28.”
Armenianism believes a man can be saved today and lost tomorrow. Calvinism
believes once saved, always saved—saved forever! The Armenian always uses
Hebrews 6, but he does not believe it, for he says a saved man can be lost after
being saved, and then be saved again. Hebrews 6 (if it has to do with being lost
after being saved) says, “It is impossible to renew again.” Hebrews 6 is talking
about the saved person. It does not mention the word “lost”. When it talks about
tasting, the same Book talks about Jesus tasting death for every man.
Philippians 2:12: “Work out your own salvation.” It does not say, “Work for
your salvation”. Read the context (Verse 13)—God works in, and you work out.
There are only two people who know that I am saved—God and myself. You do
not know whether I am saved, and I do not know whether you are saved. The
person may stray, and the prodigal may drift away from home, but you cannot unson
a son, and you cannot unborn a son. That is a fact! Nicodemus could not
figure it out. He was not thinking of the spiritual birth. The spiritual birth is just as
important as the physical birth. Never try to judge God’s Word by man’s
experience. We do not mean that after you are saved you can live as the flesh
pleases, for if you do you will get into trouble. A professor may come in and live
as a possessor and fool man, but God is the only one who really knows if he is
saved. Cain was a professor; Abel was a possessor. Cain was a religious man, for
“he brought an offering unto God”.
In Matthew 13:24-30 the tares equal the “professors”. Tares look like wheat
while growing and can only be distinguished at harvest time. There are only a few
hypocrites in the Church (those who join only for gain of this world, and not as an
art of obedience after salvation), but there are many in the Church who are lost.
The meaning of Christ is unreal to those who are not born-again, but are only
members of a church.
God calls us sheep. Sheep is a good word, for we are just like sheep, following
someone else in joining the church, not saved, but going through a ritual, a
ceremony! It is not regeneration.
Only the true possessor can worship God. Worship is the praising of His goodness
to us. Some people show by their worship their unreality to God. (By the way, the
place for short prayers is in public.)
We need to think of our brethren and their souls’ salvation. The rich man
fared sumptuously every day; only when he died and went to Hades did he think
of his brethren.
Abraham believed God; Paul believed God. Do you believe God? Do you
believe the Gospel? Do you believe that it is the only power of God unto
salvation? Do you live it? As far as the ‘good man” (one who is a member of the
church, and to whom Christ is unreal) is concerned, he is as much lost as the
biggest bum in town.
VII. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FACT AND PROMISE
The fundamental difference is that we are to rest upon the facts and plead the
Fact: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I
in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18:20). This is a divine fact. You need not plead
for His presence; you can rest and know that He is there, if at least two or three
are gathered together in His name.
Promise: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). This is a divine promise of rest given by One
Who can give rest. If you come—this means a certain condition. “Come” is the
Fact: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.”—a divine
statement, an eternal fact. No believing sinner is to plead for eternal life. Eternal
life is bestowed the moment one believes. Too many times we ask God to do
something that He has already accomplished.
Distinction between fact and promise will enrich our prayer life. We will learn
more of consecration.
VIII. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAITH AND WORKS
Faith: Faith is a means of salvation. When you make works the means of your
salvation, you make light of the Cross of Calvary. Faith means this: “I believe
Jesus Christ died for me and was raised from the dead”. “Faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Look at the great faith verses:
John 1:12; 3:16. It does not say to pray for salvation, but only to believe.
Faith: Faith holds first place in the Christian life. Hebrews 11:6—Man cannot
please God without faith. God demands faith. “By grace are ye saved through
faith.” Faith means to take God at His Word. A heart faith is what God is talking
about. Faith: “believes with his whole being.”
Works: Works do not precede salvation, but come after salvation. Both are
divine appointments. Faith comes first. You can find both in Christ. When you
have faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9), then cometh works (Titus 3:5; Romans 3:20). Saved
by grace unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).
Works: With every man-made religion you are saved by your own works
(Titus 3:3-8; 2:11-14). Ask this of yourself, “If the religions of the world say that
man is saved by his works, and if Christianity says that a man is saved by his
works, then what can Christianity offer to the world?” Man is not saved by works,
but by faith! What Christianity offers is salvation by the grace of God, through
faith alone! Salvation bringeth good works (Hebrews 13:16; Galatians 6:9, 10).
Works: Works done by man before salvation never have been accepted by
God (Example of the man with leprosy, bringing a glass of water; you would not
drink it.). What kind of a God do you think we have? Only what we do as saved
people will be rewarded, and that, alone, in the flesh (alive in the body).
IX. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SALVATION AND REWARDS
Rewards are for the saved Judgment is for the sinner
Salvation is an obtainment Reward is an attainment
Salvation is a free gift Rewards are earned
Salvation is a present gift Rewards have to do with the
compensation of the future
Salvation is emancipation Reward is compensation
Salvation is unmerited Rewards are merited
Salvation is never lost Rewards can be lost
Salvation secures heaven Rewards secure a position in
Salvation depends upon Rewards depend upon man’s
God’s faithfulness. faithfulness.
Luke 19:12-19; I Corinthians 3:11-13; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 22:12; I
X. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LAW AND GRACE
They may be confused, but they cannot be mixed (John 1:17).
Law: That legal system instituted at Sinai through the mediator, Moses.
Grace: By this we mean the expression of righteousness and favor of God in
Christ Jesus. “‘Tis grace of God that gives for nothing.”
Law: In its principle it demands righteousness of men.
Grace: Its principle bestows righteousness upon man (Romans 3:21, 22; 8:4;
Law: Demands works.
Grace: Asks for faith.
Law: Blesses the good and obedient (Ephesians 2:1, 2).
DIFFERS IN PURPOSE
Law was never given to save anyone. No one has ever been saved by Law, nor
has it ever made a bad man good, or a good man better.
The Law is for perfect beings and grace for imperfect beings (Psalm 9:7, 8;
Romans 7:12). The Law is holy, good, and just unto God. The purpose of the law
is to show man his sins and how hopeless he is.
It is easy to make people believe they are saved by grace, but it is terribly hard
to make people believe they are saved by grace alone! But there is Ephesians 2:8,
9! Man always adds works. This is true of every man-made religion—saved by
works. When you add to grace, grace loses grace, and grace is no more grace!
By grace alone are we saved!
Law shows you what you are; grace shows you what God is. Salvation is all of
grace, and grace alone.
Galatians 3:19—The Law was added because God wanted sin to become
transgression... Romans 4:15; 5:20; 7:7, 13 all combined, equal Galatians 3:19.