God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son,
whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
The times when God spoke to us in His son are different from the times when God spoke to us in the Mosaic Law, which are different from the times when God spoke to us in the stars. From one administration to the next there are always things that are similar. Recognizing the things that are similar aren't what gets us in trouble or confuses us. Its a failure to recognize the differences in the different administrations that trips us up and frustrates our walk with God.
When I go to the doctor because I have a cold and sinus infection he might give me an antibiotic to help clear up my infection. And like a normal person, when I start feeling better I stop taking the antibiotic. Two months later when my teenage child has a cold and the flu I get the bright idea to give my son the remaining antibiotic pills from when I was sick.
Now we can all see that this is a very bad idea that can lead to major problems and issues. Each time a person becomes ill, that person goes to the doctor and if he deems it necessary, the doctor will write out a prescription to be dispensed. Sharing presciption drugs is an idea that can present major health issues.
Every prescription bottle comes with a label that declares who is the correct person to take that drug. Getting to whom addressed correct is very important when it comes to prescription drugs. But its more important when we are talking about your spiritual life.
2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
This verse is speaking about the destruction of the second heaven and earth, our current heaven and earth. Is this like one of those doomsday prophecies? Should I be concerned about an asteroid? Is somebody finally going to push that button that sends the missles? To whom is the Bible speaking?
“How could I possibly begin to express how much I love you. All you do is give and give some more without ever asking for anything in return. I have never known that kind of love before. Sometimes I wonder why you love and respect me so much. I certainly don’t deserve it, yet you do it anyway.
You have taught me what it is to be a woman, how to receive love, and how to believe in myself.
I never had much confidence in my ability but with your gentleness and confidence you slowly but surely loved me into loving myself. I soon became confident of my ability...you have made me feel beautiful, confident, smart, able, and a hundred thousand things more. Thank you so much for loving me into loving myself.”
To whom is this note addressed? Husband? Lover? Friend? Mentor? Before we can accurately and correctly apply what words are communicating, we must accurately determine to whom the words are speaking. To whom words are addressed makes all the difference in the world.
It matters when your boss yells, "You're Fired!" Is he speaking to you or the person at the next desk? It matters when you propose to the love of your life if the right person knows to whom you are speaking!
In like manner, the administrations in the Bible make very clear to whom God is speaking so that we have understanding as to our right and proper response to His words.
There are a total of seven administrations.
By name, the administrations are: Paradise, Patriarchal, Law, Christ, Revealing, Grace, Kingdom of Heaven.
Each administration has its own uniqueness and things that distinguish it and set it apart from the other administrations. But together they unite to develop the whole story as chapters develop the different aspects of a book.