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Christian Post — I have a friend who’s an experienced pastor, teacher, and Christian apologist. He’s very well educated, articulate, teaches in a way that hits the mark, and has a passion particularly for grounding young people in the faith during their high school and early college years. Currently, he’s employed with Youth for Christ […]

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Israel plays an important role in Scripture. She represents God’s people throughout most of the Old Testament: she is God’s elect nation (Deut 7:7–8 ; 10:15; Zech 2:8; Rom 3:1–3; 11:1), the focal point of his redemptive mercies in history (Deut 4:7–8; Psa 147:19–20; Amos 3:2; Rom 9:4). Because of her commanding presence in old […]

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Dispensationalists like to argue that the Church was not revealed until the New Testament. They claim all prophecy of the Old Testament is silent about any idea of the Church, so that the Old Testament is wholly wind-swept empty regarding the Church. But we should not deem the new covenant era, international Church as a […]

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Though dispensationalists hold a distinct and elevated status for Israel in God’s kingdom in the future, the Bible actually sees prophecies regarding Israel coming to fulfillment in the church. This creates serious problems for the dispensational system in that they sing: My hope is built on nothing less than Scofield’s notes and Moody Press. Not […]

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Does Israel have a special future in which she will rule the world? Or does the Bible’s view of Israel have her coming to full-flower in the Church of Jesus Christ? We have been studying this question and surveying the evidence that supports a transformation of the people of God from geo-political Israel to the […]

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In a posting yesterday, I quoted Charles C. Ryrie who points to the centrality and exaltation of Israel as the first of the three sine qua non of dispensationalism: “A dispensationalist keeps Israel and the Church distinct.” He defends this position over against all other evangelical theologies by arguing that: (1) The Church is not […]

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One of the most encouraging yet misunderstood verses in the Bible is Matthew 16:18. “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Jesus gave the Church this great promise just after Peter recognized Him […]

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