Pastor-teacher Don Hargrove

Faith Bible Church

Wednesday,  Sept 16, 2009  

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Salvation ( Eph 2:8-9); the spiritual life (Eph 4:30), spiritual maturity (Eph 4:11-13)

 

 

GOD’S COVENANTS – Part 5:  Distinctives of Dispensationalism & the Church Age

 (Messiah & A.C. #251)

 

 

A.   The first six direct Old Testament  prophecies of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

            #1   Gen 3:15: God promises a virgin-born divine Messiah of redemption.

            #2, Gen 22:18; Gal 3:16:  God promises that He will be a Jew.

            #3,  Gen 49:10:  God promises that He will come from the tribe of Judah.

            #4, Numbers 23-24,  24:16-17: God promises that He will be King in Israel.  

            #5,  Dt 18:15-19: God promises He that will be a Mediator and Redeemer.

            #6 , 2 Sam 7:8-19;   1 Chron 17:11-14; Luke 1:26-33: God promises that He will come from line of David. 

 

B.   Covenants and the distinctiveness of dispensationalism. 

            1.  Understanding the covenants of God. 

            2.  Only in dispensationalism are the covenants/contracts of God truly honored, cf. Gen 12-22; Dt 30; Psa 89:1-4, 20-37; Lk 1:26-33.

            3.  Dispensationalism continues to be under enormous attack by the majority of Christian leaders, groups, and denominations.

            4.  Only in dispensationalism can the believer gain a biblical view of history, 1 Thess 5:1.

            5.  Every believer is either a dispensationalist or holds to some form of replacement theology. 

            6.  In dispensationalism consistent literal/natural interpretation applied equally to all Scripture.

            7.  Only in dispensationalism is there the strongest distinction between Israel and the church.

            8.  Only in dispensationalism are the purposes of God for each age really developed.

            9.  Only in dispensationalism is God’s specific program for each age is developed. 

            10.  Apart from dispensationalism with its development of the uniqueness of church age, the believer will succumb to moralism, ritualism, legalism, religionism, and overall maladjustment to the POG. 

            11.  Only dispensationalism really opens up understanding of the WOG and POG for the human history.  

            12.  Each dispensation is a distinct stage of testing of man with regard to new divine revelation.

            13.  Each dispensation is a distinct stage of demonstrating the love, righteousness and justice of God in the angelic conflict.  

            14.  Only in dispensationalism is the uniqueness of the church age  understood and celebrated,  Rom 16:25-26; Eph 3:1-5, 8-10; Col 1:25-29.

 

C.   The Eight Covenants of Scripture.

            #1:   The Edenic/Creation Covenant (Gen 1:28-30; 2:15-23; Psa 8:3-9; Hos 6:7).    

            #2:   Adamic Covenant (Gen 3:14-19).

            #3:   Noahic Covenant (Gen 8:20-9:17).

            #4    Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:1-3, 7; 13:14-17; 15:7-18; 17:1-21).

            #5    Mosaic Covenant:   conditional covenant Ex 20-40; Dt 28:49-50, 53, 63-66; Lev 26:16-46.

            #6.   Real Estate (AKA Palestinian) Covenant, Dt 29-30.  

            #7    Davidic Covenant, 2 Sam 7:8-17; Psa 89; 1 Chron. 17:10-14; Jer 23:5; 33:19-20.

            #8    New Covenant to Israel, Jer 31:31-34; Eze 16; 36:24-28; 37:21-28; Rom 11:26-27.

 

D.   Overview of the 7 major dispensations.

            #1 -   The Age of the Gentiles – Adam to Abraham.

            #2 -   The Age of the Jews – Abraham to Jesus Christ.

            #3 -   Age of the Hypostatic Union – Jesus Christ to Pentecost

            #4 -   Church Age – Pentecost to Rapture, Rom 16:25.

            #5 -   The Tribulation – 7 yrs., from signing of treaty to Second Advent.

            #6 -   The Millennium – 1,000 yrs. of Christ’s Kingdom on earth.

            #7 -   Eternal State.