Keep Israel and the Church Distinct

A dispensationalist keeps Israel and the church distinct. This is stated in different ways by both friends and foes of dispensationalism. Fuller says that ‘the basic premise of Dispensationalism is two purposes God expressed in the formation of two peoples who maintain their distinction throughout eternity.’ A. C. Gaebelein stated it in terms of the difference between the Jews, the Gentiles, and the church of God. The essence of...

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Common Views on Israel and the Church

It was becoming increasingly obvious why we needed to understand the context of each passage we were reading. Specifically, we needed to know to whom it was addressed. We needed to understand context because there were certain commands and promises for Israel, and there were commands and promises for the Church. We needed to rightly interpret which commands and promises applied to us personally. There are generally two accepted views on making...

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Why This Discussion Matters

In January 2006, someone remarked to us that the Bible had answers to many things but certainly not everything that we need. It might have been a casual remark, but it haunted us. Yes, the Bible told us how to have eternal life, but did it tell us how to live? We knew we were supposed to have a good marriage, but did it tell us how? We knew we were supposed to be good parents, but did it tell us how? We knew we were supposed to love other...

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