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New Book

 

A Case for
Pauline Dispensationalism:
Defining Paul's
Gospel and Mission

by

Carol Berubee

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From the Introduction:

"This book is structured in such a way that will, hopefully, clear up any perceived contradictions in Scripture so that we may avoid the necessity to twist the Scriptures to make them fit some preconceived assumptions. To meet this goal, I have thought it best to define some key terms, give a general outline of Scripture, and closely examine the particular ministries of Christ and the Apostles.

"First, it is prudent to lay out a brief explanation and history of dispensationalism, particularly as it differs from covenant theology. Second, it is essential to study the Old Testament timeline. In doing so, it will be noticed that Godís manner of dealing with people differs from one dispensation to the next; that is, His revealed will is communicated progressively as history unfolds so that those in earlier dispensations can not have been responsible to obey those directives that were revealed only in subsequent centuries and dispensations....

"Third, if we are to understand the Church and Godís will for His Body on earth, we must study what came before. Only in doing so can we correctly delineate the differences between Israel and the Church. Even a cursory knowledge of the Old Testament promises to Israel will help us to recognize the focused earthly ministry of Christ to the Jews. We will examine, then, the Old Testament prophetic Scriptures given to Israel and the Messiahís fulfillment of those Jewish promises at His first advent.

"Fourth, it will be seen that the disciples of the Lord were not aware of His impending Death, Burial, and Resurrection; therefore, this is our first obvious clue that what the disciples, pre-Cross, were responsible to believe and what we are now, post-Cross, responsible to believe, is different. Thus, the pre-Cross Gospel differed from the Gospel that went forth post-Cross. This being the case, then it will be acknowledged that the ministry of Christ to His people Israel under the Law, pre-Cross, does not readily apply to the Church, post-Cross. An examination of the relevant Scriptures will bear out the fact that Israel, pre-Cross, was under a different dispensation than the Church, post-Cross.....

"Fifth, I have elected to use the Book of Acts as a template upon which to explain the overlapping dispensations of Israel and the Church..... Much time will be spent to explain the differences between the earthly ministry of Christ and that of Paul; as well, it will be shown that there were differences between the ministry of the Twelve and that of Paul. The objective, however, is not to drive a wedge between the respective ministries, but to point out the harmony of Godís purposes that no one could have expected due to the fact that these disparate ministries occurring in temporal juxtaposition were not foretold in the Old Testament.

"Sixth, a general examination of Paulís ministry and message, as distinct from those of the Messiah and the Twelve, will reveal that Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles. This, of course, is the main contention I am making. It is hoped that enough Scripture will be brought to light to convince the reader that he must turn to Paul first in seeking to understand salvation and sanctification, as well as a number of doctrines that are to be found nowhere else in the Bible but Paulís epistles. Because of the uniqueness of Paulís doctrines, we would then classify the believer who recognizes this distinction, and lives his life accordingly, as a Pauline dispensationalist.

"Seventh, a brief examination is provided of the scope of Pauline dispensationalism as it relates to the origin of the Church. Some have suggested that the Church began with Paul, not earlier with the Twelve at the Feast of Pentecost. It is necessary, then, to seek an answer to this assertion. Several Scriptures will be examined in an effort to define the Church.

"Eighth, some conclusions will be drawn from the foregoing discussion; namely, that Paul is the Apostle to the Gentiles and that he, and he alone, teaches us the hidden things that had not been revealed to anyone else. It was the Ascended Lord who revealed these doctrines to Paul; as such, we can truly obey God in this dispensation only by learning and heeding Paulís doctrines."

 

 


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