The Wandering Mind

1: The Dispensation of Innocence

Posted in Dispensationalism by wandren on 4 September 2007

Primary source for this discussion: Ankerberg Theological Research Institute
Author: Dr. Renald Flowers

The first dispensation has traditionally been called the Dispensation of Innocency by Dispensational theologians.

The first dispensation began with the creation of mankind and ended with the fall of mankind from God. The Scripture portion which covers the first dispensation is Genesis 1:26-3:24.

The ruling factor which God used to govern man during the first dispensation was an ‘unconfirmed favorable disposition.’ Before mankind fell it was favorably disposed toward God: Adam and Eve fellowshipped with God; they obeyed God by cultivating the Garden of Eden in accordance with His will; they did not run and hide from Him when He approached them.

These things indicate that mankind originally had a disposition that was favorably disposed toward God. But that favorable disposition toward God was unconfirmed because mankind had not chosen it for itself. It had been given to mankind by God at the time that God created the first two human beings. When God created Adam and Eve, He gave them this kind of disposition in accordance with His own sovereign choice. God did not give Adam and Eve the option of choosing what kind of disposition they wanted toward God.

The only way that mankind’s favorable disposition could become confirmed was for Adam and Eve to choose to remain favorably disposed toward God when confronted with an alternative to that disposition. Thus, mankind had to”fall,” or eat the forbidden fruit in order to choose God’s favor.


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  1. wandren said,

    Mankind’s responsibility during the first dispensation was to obey God on the basis of its unconfirmed favorable disposition toward Him. Mankind failed the test when offered an alternative to being favorably disposed toward God; they chose to reject God’s rule over them and to assert their own self-rule—just as God is His own self-ruler.

    Mankind’s failure resulted in judgment. Adam and Eve died spiritually as soon as they made their fateful choice (Genesis 2:16-17); in addition to spiritual death, mankind became subject to disease, deformity, accidents, and physical death (Genesis 3:22-24; 5). A great separation took place between them and God; only the redemptive work of God could accomplish that rescue.

    In Genesis 3:15 He pronounced the first promise of the Redeemer , through who He would accomplish redemption for fallen mankind, the defeat of Satan, the restoration of His theocracy to the earth, and the removal of the curse from nature.

  2. […] a ruling factor for the believer, grace consists of two things: a confirmed favorable disposition toward God (the law of God in the heart, Romans 7:22; 2 Corinthians 3:3-11; Hebrews 8:8-12) and the […]

  3. wandren said,

    Found an interesting page about the Edenic Covenant that relates to the the First Dispensation…

    “According to the esoteric tradition, our God Creator formed seven major groups of conscious beings, which the Masters call “root races.” In ancient times these groups descended into the lower etheric plane during Earth’s golden ages. The first three root races lived under the Edenic covenant in purity and innocence before the Fall of Adam and Eve. Through obedience to cosmic law, with no loss of light or fall from grace through deceleration of the Kundalini fire and through total identification with the Real Self, these groups won their immortal freedom and ascended from earth.”

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