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Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Gr. oikonomia, "management, " "economy").

(1.) 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.

(2.) 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.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The act of dealing out; distribution; allocation; often used of the distribution of good and evil by God to man, or more generically, of the acts and modes of his administration.

2. (n.) That which is dispensed, dealt out, or appointed; that which is enjoined or bestowed

3. (n.) A system of principles, promises, and rules ordained and administered; scheme; economy; as, the Patriarchal, Mosaic, and Christian dispensations.

4. (n.) The relaxation of a law in a particular case; permission to do something forbidden, or to omit doing something enjoined; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, exemption from some ecclesiastical law or obligation to God which a man has incurred of his own free will (oaths, vows, etc.).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

dis-pen-sa'-shun: The Greek word (oikonomia) so translated signifies primarily, a stewardship, the management or disposition of affairs entrusted to one. Thus 1 Corinthians 9:17, the King James Version "A dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me," the Revised Version (British and American) "I have stewardship entrusted to me." The idea is similar in Ephesians 3:2 parallel Colossians 1:25 (the Revised Version, margin "stewardship"). In Ephesians 1:10 God's own working is spoken of as "dispensation."

3622. oikonomia -- stewardship, administration
... [A "dispensation" can also refer to a special period of (management). But this is
a (not primary) meaning of 3622 ().]. ... dispensation, stewardship. ...
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4930. sunteleia -- a joint payment (for public service), joint ...
... completion NASB Word Usage consummation (1), end (5). end. From sunteleo; entire
completion, ie Consummation (of a dispensation) -- end. see GREEK sunteleo. ...
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The Dispensation of the Spirit.
19, 1850. THE DISPENSATION OF THE SPIRIT. "Now there ...
/.../robertson/sermons preached at brighton/iii the dispensation of the.htm

Whether Vows Admit of Dispensation?
... SERVICE BY PROMISE (Q ) Whether vows admit of dispensation? Objection 1:
It would seem that vows are not subject to dispensation. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether vows admit of dispensation.htm

Whether it May have Been Lawful by Dispensation to Put Away a Wife ...
... OF THE BILL OF DIVORCE (SEVEN ARTICLES) Whether it may have been lawful
by dispensation to put away a wife? Objection 1: It seems ...
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The Dispensation of the Divine Favours Reconciled with the ...
... Chapter V. The Dispensation Of The Divine Favours Reconciled With The Goodness
Of God. O God, whose thunder shakes the sky, Whose ...
/.../a theodicy or vindication of the divine glory/chapter v the dispensation of.htm

The Dispensation of Grace in Paul the Apostle.
... Discourse III."Thaleia. Chapter IX."The Dispensation of Grace in Paul the
Apostle. Now we should consider the case of the renowned ...
/.../chapter ix the dispensation of grace.htm

By what Dispensation of God's Providence the Sacred Scriptures of ...
... Chapter 42."By What Dispensation of God's Providence the Sacred Scriptures of the
Old Testament Were Translated Out of Hebrew into Greek, that They Might Be ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 42 by what dispensation of.htm

That Another Dispensation and a New Covenant was to be Given.
... First Book. 11. That another dispensation and a new covenant was to be
given. In Jeremiah: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord ...
/.../11 that another dispensation and.htm

Pious Parents, under Such a Dispensation, May Conclude it is Well ...
... II. PIOUS PARENTS, under such a Dispensation, may conclude it is well for them in
particular,"because he, who hath done it, is their Covenant GOD. ...
/.../ii pious parents under such.htm

Whether it is Lawful for a Bigamist to Receive a Dispensation?
it is lawful for a bigamist to receive a dispensation? ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/aquinas/summa theologica/whether it is lawful for 23.htm

Whether the Authority of a Prelate is Required for Commutation or ...
... SERVICE BY PROMISE (Q ) Whether the authority of a prelate is required
for commutation or the dispensation of a vow? Objection 1 ...
/...//christianbookshelf.org/aquinas/summa theologica/whether the authority of a.htm

Dispensation (8 Occurrences)
... (1.) The method or scheme according to which God carries out his purposes towards
men is called a dispensation. ... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. DISPENSATION. ...
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Dispense (1 Occurrence)
... 5. (vi) To compensate; to make up; to make amends. 6. (vi) To give dispensation.
7. (vt) Dispensation; exemption. 8. (n.) Expense; profusion; outlay. ...
/d/dispense.htm - 7k

Laodiceans (2 Occurrences)
... 3:1 the King James Version, he writes: "For this cause I, Paul, the prisoner of
Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of the ...
/l/laodiceans.htm - 28k

... 1. Other Acts and Words of Christ on Eve of the Passion 2. Sacrificial Language
of the Institution 3. Sacrificial System of Jewish Dispensation 4. Paschal ...
/e/eucharist.htm - 38k

Supper (17 Occurrences)
... 1. Other Acts and Words of Christ on Eve of the Passion 2. Sacrificial Language
of the Institution 3. Sacrificial System of Jewish Dispensation 4. Paschal ...
/s/supper.htm - 44k

You-ward (9 Occurrences)
... (ASV). Ephesians 3:2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of
God which is given me to you-ward: (KJV ASV). Colossians ...
/y/you-ward.htm - 9k

Visitation (17 Occurrences)
... 5. (n.) Special dispensation; communication of divine favor and goodness, or, more
usually, of divine wrath and vengeance; retributive calamity; retribution ...
/v/visitation.htm - 15k

Elder (34 Occurrences)
... 16:21; 21:23; 26:59). The Jewish eldership was transferred from the old
dispensation to the new. "The creation of the office of ...
/e/elder.htm - 27k

... operation of the very forces that are now at work in extending the gospel; and that
Christ will only come again at the close of this dispensation to judge the ...
/m/millennium.htm - 24k

Circumcision (98 Occurrences)
... The covenant with Abraham was a dispensation or a specific form of the covenant
of grace, and circumcision was a sign and seal of that covenant. ...
/c/circumcision.htm - 53k

Bible Concordance
Dispensation (8 Occurrences)

1 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 unto me.

2 Corinthians 3:8 won't service of the Spirit be with much more glory?
(See RSV)

2 Corinthians 3:9 For if the service of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory.
(See RSV)

Ephesians 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness 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 3:9 and to make all men see what is the dispensation of the mystery which for ages hath been hid in God who created all things;

Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

1 Timothy 1:4 neither to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questionings, rather than a dispensation of God which is in faith; 'so do I now'.



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