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The Future of Israel [Hermeneutical Principles]

Last time, we introduced the discussion of Israel’s future as explained in Romans 9–11. Before we get into the text itself, we need to talk about two primary hermeneutical principles that must be employed. “Hermeneutics” refers to the process of … Continue reading

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The Future of Israel in Romans 9–11

In Romans 9–11, Paul expounds on the covenant-keeping righteousness of God in light of God’s setting aside of the nation of Israel. Considering God’s many blessings and promises given to the nation of Israel as a nation (Rom 9:4–5), the … Continue reading

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Dispensations & Covenants [a critique of the progressive dispensational framework]

Traditional dispensationalists typically view biblical history through the grid of seven administrative divisions, or dispensations. Some progressive dispensationalists have narrowed down the dispensations to four, namely: Patriarchal, Mosaic, Ecclesial, and Zionic. The Patriarchal age is from Creation to the giving … Continue reading

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Dispensationalism in Church History

I had an interesting conversation with a friend recently about the history of Dispensationalism as a system. His point was basically this: Darby (sometimes referred to as the father of Dispensationalism) was, in fact, Covenantal in his theology at first. … Continue reading

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Review of “Dispensationalism,” by Charles Ryrie

Summary Just prior to Dr. Charles Ryrie’s recent passing, I thoroughly read through His book, Dispensationalism. In that work, Ryrie seeks to lay out a thorough explanation of the theological framework known as dispensationalism. Ryrie notes in the opening chapter … Continue reading

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Resources for the study of Dispensationalism

This post is more for my own benefit than anything else. But if, by chance, my study on the nature of the Kingdom interested you, I thought I would post a list of valuable resources for further reading about the … Continue reading

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Who is “the Israel of God?”

In the vein of our recent discussions regarding the church, kingdom, and dispensationalism, I’ve been doing some interesting reading. A particularly fascinating question in the Covenantal/Dispensational discussion is: who is the “Israel of God” that Paul refers to in Galatians … Continue reading

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The Gospel of the Kingdom [Conclusion]

THE DEFINING OF THE KINGDOM A remarkable aspect of this discussion is that in the gospels, there is no indication of any explanation of the kingdom (Matt. 3:1-2; 4:17; Mark 1:14-15). It is as though Jesus assumed that his hearers … Continue reading

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The Gospel of the Kingdom [The mystery form in Luke 17:21]

A COUNTER TEXT TO THE “FULLY FUTURE KINGDOM” One text that is especially important to the discussion of a purely future kingdom versus a “mystery form” of the kingdom present today (the currently reigning view), and one that is perhaps … Continue reading

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The Gospel of the Kingdom [Messianic Fulfillment]

MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT Having the Old Testament context in mind, the New Testament then should be read with an understanding that the Jews of Christ’s day would have had their minds saturated with the promises of the Old Testament. So the … Continue reading

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