LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A New Covenant Critque Of Dispensationalism

Folks, I 've come across a paper that I would suggest you read. Here it is: http://www.firstbaptistparker.org/documents/PDisp1.pdf

I have many problems with Classic Dispensationalism. The author of the above paper is very articulate and concise. He spells out many of the problems that I find with the "Normative Dispensational" approach to interpretting scripture.

In short, I believe that the arrival of classic dispensationalism changed the character of Christianity in that it presents the Gospel essentially as a ticket to heaven. That is only part of the accomplishment of Christ's cross-work.

In the Old Testament God sought a people to represent Himself to the nations. The people He chose to do this through was the nation of Israel. The command to Pharoh was to "let My people go that they may serve Me". Serving Him was the whole reason why the nation was to exist. But they broke the covenant He made with them for His Law was holy, and their flesh was weak.

Enter the New Covenant. It is based on the "I wills" of God. In the New Covenant God indwells, leads, enables, and empowers His people to walk in His ways. Now He has a people to represent Himself to the world - a people who will serve Him. And He gets all the glory, for, look at the raw materials He had to work with in bringing such a people into existence.

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Blogger jazzycat said...

Enter the New Covenant.....

Yes, the promise fulfilled.

October 23, 2008 6:32 PM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

The current CD's deny that the New Covenant is for the Church. That is why Progressive Dispy's, Covenant Theology, and New Cov. Theology folk find it hard to have fellowship with such. They are in their own world theologically.

October 23, 2008 7:46 PM

 
Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

I think you hit the nail on the proverbial head!

Son #2 is a university senior and he called me the other night and said, "Dad! Quick question! Explain Dispensationalism to me!" Ha!

But Dispensationalism DID solidify the idea that everything God did in salvation history was for US, not for him! It made man the center of his work instead of his own glory. You've heard it too, "If you were the only person on earth Jesus would have come to die for YOU!"

Oh, and Mark, thanks for stopping by Shilohguy again! I'll get the phone call on as soon as I finish Sunday's sermon!

October 24, 2008 2:16 AM

 

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