Dispensationalism III - Lesson 1

  1. THE DISPENSATION OF THE LAW (Exodus 24:1-8)
    1. Why I Reject Works-Salvation For Any Dispensation
      1. Because it did not happen when man had his best chance – the dispensation of innocence
        1. God created a perfect man.  As the representative of all man, he must have been the best man who ever lived until the coming of Jesus Christ.  He had great wisdom and a perfect moral character.  He had no sin nature and was perfectly innocent.
        2. God placed man in a perfect environment.  The entire earth was climate-controlled.  There was no sin, no bars, no hospitals, no wars, no famine and no reason to have any of these.  Adam was given a help meet for him and had daily fellowship with God.
        3. God made obedience a very simple thing.  All Adam had to do was avoid eating of the forbidden fruit.  The sin and its consequences were clearly defined.  There was no mistake about when that line was crossed.  Adam had no reason to want to cross that line.
        4. Yet, Adam sinned in the one forbidden thing and lost his place in the earthly paradise.  He did it willingly and with full knowledge of what he was doing.  Satan’s one temptation was enough to bring mankind to his knees and ruin him inside and out.
        5. Conclusion:  If works-salvation did not happen under these best of circumstances, there is certainly no chance for it to work under the less favorable circumstances.
      2. Because it did not happen under the law, the most works-oriented of the dispensations.
        1. The law provided two ways for man to approach God through his own works:
          1. By obedience to the commandments (Exodus 24:1-8; Leviticus 18:5; Deuteronomy 27:26)
          2. By the making of sacrifices (Leviticus 1:1-4; Leviticus 4:27-35)
        2. Obedience to the commandments could not save man because no man could keep all the commandments (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:19-20; Romans 7:12-14; Romans 8:3; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:10-12, 21-22; Hebrews 7:18-19)
        3. The making of sacrifices could not save man because the blood of animals could not put away sin
          1. Old Testament teaching (Psalm 51:16; Isaiah 1:11; Hosea 6:6)
          2. New Testament teaching (Hebrews 9:8-10, Hebrews 10:1-4, 11)
        4. Because the imputation of God’s righteousness without the law is witnessed by the law and the prophets. (Romans 3:21-22)
          1. By the law (Deuteronomy 7:6-9; Deuteronomy 9:4-6)
          2. By the prophets (Psalm 35:24; Psalm 71:1-3; Psalm 119:40; Isaiah 45:24-25; Isaiah 54:17; Isaiah 61:10; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Daniel 9:16)
        5. Because the utter sinfulness of man makes him absolutely incapable of having any part in earning his own salvation (Romans 3:21-23, 10-18; Psalm 14:1-3; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 64:6)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 16:16

How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!