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  1. Pauline Dispensationalism

  2. Lehman Strauss wrote: • “the departure from the traditional dispensational position is leading younger students of God’s Word into the Covenant Theology camp” • “For years I have been reading and studying the Apostle Paul and his Church Epistles. They are completely adequate for the life and labors of every member of the Body of Christ.”

  3. Paul R. Van Gorder wrote: • “Utter confusion reigns among evangelicals because of the failure to rightly divide the Word, especially the clear distinction between Israel and the Church” • “I am distressed with the teaching which confuses Israel and the Church, Law and Grace, Salvation and Discipleship” • “Sad, sad that many of God’s dear children seem to know nothing more than Jesus of Nazareth in His humiliation—while the risen, ascended, glorified Man is ignored, or unknown”

  4. “neo-dispensationalism” • This movement, recently emerging from Dallas Theological Seminary and elsewhere, is “contemporary,” and “progressive,” having left Dallas’ founder, Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer, and his Pauline Dispensationalism far, far behind. • The aim of Neo-Dispensationalism is to equate Israel and the Church as much as possible, while at the same time keeping them separate.

  5. Pauline Dispensationalism is heavenly. • The Christian whom Paul presents is heavenly; • The Church that Paul presents is heavenly — her Source is in heaven, although her birth took place on earth on the Day of Pentecost. • She will return to her Source in heaven on the Day of the Rapture Neo-Dispensationalism is “progressing” on the horizontal, kingdom level, and is already halfway to Covenant Theology, which has always been on that earthly plane.

  6. Pauline Dispensationalism Coming onto Paul’s heavenly ground results in a full escape from all earthly, horizontal, New Covenant, Synoptic, Sermon on the Mount, and Millennial Kingdom influences.

  7. Breached Bulwarks • Israel’s New Covenant • Israel’s Sermon on the Mount • Israel’s Millennial Kingdom

  8. The Church is to be kept separate from all else, including Israel and her Law, via clear-cut Pauline Dispensationalism.

  9. Ephesians 5:25-27 • . . . . Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

  10. By Faith Two Gospels • The earthly(Kingdom) gospel • The heavenly (Grace) gospel

  11. The earthly gospel • ministered by Christ on earth, during His pre-Cross humiliation • exclusively addressed to Israel regarding her Millennial Kingdom

  12. The Heavenly Gospel • ministered to Paul by the glorified Lord Jesus Christ; after Calvary, from heaven • exclusively to and for His chosen heavenly Body

  13. Gospel of the Kingdom Matthew 4:23 Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. Matthew 9:35 Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.

  14. Gospel of the Kingdom Matthew 24:14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. Mark 1:14 Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God Luke 9:2 And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.

  15. Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 "But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.

  16. Gospel of the Grace of God Ephesians 3:1-3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles--if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace which was given to me for you; that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief.

  17. Pentecost AD 30 Acts 2:1-4 Church Age Human history Heaven-based Church Why should a heavenly citizen, “blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ”, stoop to purloin some “spiritual” blessing from comparatively poor Israel? The Rapture 1 Thess. 4:13-17 Here we are, in the year 2004.

  18. Anti-“Ultra” • The dispensational aspects of the Word presented here are simply normal, clear-cut, Pauline teaching • We insist that the Church was born on the day of pentecost; • we insist upon the privilege and responsibility of the Lord’s Supper; • we insist upon believers’ baptism by immersion • we are just seeking to give God’s revelation to Paul its proper place

  19. Heavenly Gospel 1 Corinthians 15:3–5 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received [from Christ in glory], that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures; and that He was seen…”

  20. These truths concerned our identification with Christ • crucified, • buried, • resurrected, and • ascended; • our heavenly position; • our co-heirship and • co-reign with our Beloved Bridegroom, • and much more.

  21. Infinitely Above The Lord Jesus’ heavenly Gospel in content and position is infinitely above the Kingdom Gospel that He shared with earthly Israel — which they rejected.

  22. Those who do not center in the truths which the ascended Lord communicated directly to Paul • will not know WHO they are in Christ • will not know WHERE they are in Christ • will not know WHAT their portion is in the purpose of the Father • will not know their PRIVILEGES and RESPONSIBILITIES They will constantly go astray in their interpretation of the Gospel and the all-important Church truth

  23. 2 Peter 3:15-16 . . . . . just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all {his} letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as {they do} also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

  24. This means that the those divine standards given to Paul for the Christian must become the day to day life of the Christian W.G. Scroggie wrote: “To isolate Christian morality from Christian theology is to rend asunder the teachings of the Pauline Epistles, as to their deepest and most vital elements."

  25. Dr. L.S. Chafer wrote: "The laws of the Kingdom are not required to be combined with the teachings of Grace, since every item within those laws which could have any present application, is exactly and amply stated in the Pauline teachings of Grace."

  26. Pauline Gospel Newell Knew! Dr. Wm. R. Newell well knew the scriptural difference between Jesus’ Kingdom Gospel to Israel, and His heavenly Grace Gospel to the Church.

  27. Pauline Gospel The heart of the Pauline Gospel is that the old Adam life is condemned in death (not forgiven), and another Adam - even the glorified Lord Jesus - is given to us as our Christian life, by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

  28. All is to us a new creation. It is not a new creature. The new man is not the old man changed or renovated [reformed]; he is a new creation of the Father

  29. Dr. Newell continues: • “In His earthly ministry to Israel the Lord Jesus gave none of the great heavenly truths for the present Church dispensation.” • “He chose Saul of Tarsus to be the revelator of the exclusive truths connected with our Lord’s death, burial, resurrection, and His ascended, glorified Person.”

  30. Dr. Newell continues: • “Take Romans to Philemon out of the Bible and you are bereft of Christian Church doctrine.” • “If you were to take Paul’s Epistles out of the Bible, you could not find anything about the Church, for no other Apostle even mentions that Body.”

  31. Dr. Newell continues: • “If you were to take Paul’s Epistles out of the Bible, you could not find the exact meaning of any of the great doctrines such as Propitiation, Reconciliation, Justification, Identification, Redemption, Sanctification.”

  32. Dr. Newell continues: • “If you were to take Paul’s Epistles out of the Bible, you could not find what is perhaps the most tremendous fact of every Christian life, that of personal union with the Lord Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father in glory!

  33. “You can evaluate a man’s ministry by this rule--is he Pauline?Does his doctrine start and finish according to those statements of Church truth proclaimed by the Apostle Paul?”

  34. The Tragedy Of Romans 5:12 Romans 5:11-12 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned--

  35. The Savior’s substitutionary death for our sins Romans 3:24-25 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. {This was} to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; Romans 4:7 "BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED.

  36. Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- • Paul is no longer dealing with our sins, but rather with their source, the principle of indwelling sin personified in the indwelling fallen Adam.

  37. “God sending His own Son, in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3) Identification • Unlike its product sins (personal sins), sin (the sin nature) could not be forgiven, for it would be sin still. • Therefore sin(the sin nature) had to be condemned to death

  38. “Christ died for our sins according to the [Pauline] Gospel” (1 Corinthians 15:3) "FOR HE HATH MADE HIM, WHO KNEW NO SIN, TO BE SIN FOR US" (2 Corinthians 5:21) Our sins (personal sins) were forgiven via the principle of substitution But our sin (the sin nature) was condemned via the principle of identification

  39. WE are Pre-historic EPHESIANS 1:4 JUST AS HE CHOSE US IN HIM BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, THAT WE WOULD BE HOLY AND BLAMELESS BEFORE HIM. 2 TIMOTHY 1:9 WHO HAS SAVED US AND CALLED US WITH A HOLY CALLING, NOT ACCORDING TO OUR WORKS, BUT ACCORDING TO HIS OWN PURPOSE AND GRACE WHICH WAS GRANTED US IN CHRIST JESUS FROM ALL ETERNITY,

  40. ROMANS 5:12, 18 THEREFORE, JUST AS THROUGH ONE MAN SIN ENTERED INTO THE WORLD, AND DEATH THROUGH SIN, AND SO DEATH SPREAD TO ALL MEN, BECAUSE ALL SINNED . . . . . SO THEN AS THROUGH ONE TRANSGRESSION THERE RESULTED CONDEMNATION TO ALL MEN, . . . Adam The “Natural” man. Condemned in Adam Human History Eternity future Eternity past

  41. Last Adam Adam The “Natural” man. Condemned in Adam Human History Eternity future Eternity past

  42. In Eternity Past PSALM 139:16 YOUR EYES HAVE SEEN MY UNFORMED SUBSTANCE; AND IN YOUR BOOK WERE ALL WRITTEN THE DAYS THAT WERE ORDAINED {FOR ME}, WHEN AS YET THERE WAS NOT ONE OF THEM. (NAS) You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book! (TLB)

  43. “One Naturism” Error • Wesleyan One-naturism – “no new nature” “eventual eradication of SIN from the old nature” • Arminian One-naturism – “amelioration” “improvement of the sin nature” “change” instead of “exchange” • Covenant One-naturism – “no more old man” “eradication of the old man at the cross – Romans 6:6”

  44. Genesis 6:3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; "FATHERS OF OUR FLESH" (Hebrews 12:9) Flesh is a “person,” as well as a “condition.”

  45. Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the {life} which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I, as a new creation in the Last Adam, was positionally separated from the first Adam at the Cross

  46. We have the life of the first Adam, hence his sinful nature we have the Life of the Last Adam, hence His new and divine nature Two Natures • The nature is the essential character of a person • The traits, the attributes, comprise the nature of a man

  47. Revelation 3:14 "To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God, 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, {he is} a new creature; ( a new creation )

  48. Abide Above

  49. Positionally passed away Rapture Totally, eternally removed Conditionally passing away Door of Death Old Adamic things

  50. In Christ • I am a new creation, • I am accepted in the Beloved, • I am complete in Him, • I am sanctified in Him, • I am perfect in Him