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Israel & The Church

Was an individual Israelite in the Old Testament saved the same way as you? Was he saved in the same time frame as you? Was he guaranteed the same things as you? Was his salvation conditioned the same as yours?

J. Dwight Pentecost Scripture is unintelligible until one can distinguish clearly between God's program for his earthly people Israel and that for the church.

Thesis: Israel and the Church are different and distinct in God's plan and purpose for the ages, and this distinction is clearly seen in the differences in their soteriology and resulting eschatology. 

Conclusion: Dispensationalism is a system of theology that consistently recognizes and maintains the biblical distinction between Israel and the Church (as is seen in the dispensational analysis of each people's soteriology and eschatology).

Lewis Sperry Chafer These systems do set up conflicting and opposing principles; but since these difficulties appear only when an attempt is made to coalesce systems, elements, and principles which God has separated, the conflicts really do not exist at all outside these unwarranted unifying efforts; in fact they rather demonstrate the necessity of a due recognition of all God's different and distinct administrations. The true unity of the Scriptures is not discovered when one blindly seeks to fuse these opposing principles into one system, but rather it is found when God's plain differences are observed. The dispensationalist does not create these differences as he is sometimes accused of doing... Instead of creating the problems, the dispensationalist is the one who has a solution for them.
Categoría: Dispensations

I had the great privilege of teaching the youth today in Sunday School at my church. I spoke to them on the dangers of the modern gospel.

Categoría: Updates

"Some Major Problems
in Dispensational Interpretation"
by Paul David Nevin

I had been seeing this unpublished Th.D. dissertation cited in many of the books I have been reading in my current study on dispensations. When I tried to get a copy of the original source (a copy of the dissertation) I found out it was unpublished and unavailable for purchase. I did, however, obtain the only paper copy I know of through the Inter-Library Loan system of my local library. 

The dissertation arrived and it was a mule-choker! Wow! It was a little over 500 pages long. And guess what...?

It was typed on a manual typewriter! It was written (or at least finished, presented, and defended) in 1965. Five-hundred pages of manually typed text plus footnotes and Greek (maybe some Hebrew, too; just haven't got that far). Incredible. The man put an enormous amount of effort into this. 

He titled his dissertation "Some Major Problems in Dispensational Interpretation: A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary." Here is a copy of the Table of Contents, if you're curious (as I was) about the content:

  • Table of Contents [ pdf ]

Very cool. Much thanks to Dr. Paul David Nevin for his work! 

Categoría: Dispensations

Revelation 2-3: The Seven Churches

...the consistency of one's hermeneutical principle is far more important than the defense of one's theological system.
~Charles Ryrie, Dispensationalism (p. 115) ~

Our challenge with Revelation 2-3: We should make every effort possible to consistently apply the key hermeneutical principal of the normal-literal interpretation of Scripture.

  • If we do that, we will see and understand that the seven churches are not churches in the current dispensation of grace (the Church Age).
  • A normal-literal (plain) understanding of Revelation 2-3 leads us to the conclusion that the seven churches are, doctrinally, seven churches (or types of churches) during the Tribulation period.

Links:

  • Teaching notes [pdf]
  • Teaching audio [mp3]
  • Handout #1: Overview and Book Chart [pdf]
  • Handout #2: Eschatological Time Line [pdf]
  • Study of the Book of Revelation [page]
Categoría: Updates