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The Dispensations


God's Plan for the Ages


Mark Sweetnam

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All of God's works display His glory and power. We often wonder at the magnificent expanses and intricate details of the physical creation and trace the fingerprints of God. It is just the same with history. The ages are not just the accumulation of random and meaningless events. In the passing of the centuries we see the working out of a great and inexorable purpose, and recognise the mighty power and boundless wisdom of God. This book presents the scriptural truth of the dispensations. It introduces the reader to the wonder of God's plan for the ages, and seeks to demonstrate how an understanding of the dispensations allows us to comprehend more of God's Word and more of His mighty ways.

Mark Sweetnam is in fellowship in the assembly at Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland. He is a Research Fellow in the School of Histories and Humanities and Adjunct Professor in the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of a number of books including, most recently, Sanctify Them Through Thy Truth: God's Word in Human History and Worship: The Christian's Highest Calling.

The Dispensations - By Mark Sweetnam

This excellent volume of over 200 pages might be regarded as a necessary addition to the library of each student of Holy Scripture. The subtitle 'God's Plan for the Ages' defines in a few words what Mark Sweetnam has effectively addressed in this book. In the early chapters he deals most helpfully with definitions of e.g. the ages, generations and dispensations. He shows that history from Genesis 1 verse 1 is not a series of incoherent, haphazard, unrelated and ad hoc events: in his coverage of the dispensations, we see an unfolding of the divine plan and programme for the ages, in keeping with Divine purpose and wisdom. The author has made extensive and effective use of Holy Scripture in support of his exposition of the dispensations.

Robin I. McKeown