Category Archives: Dispensationalism

as many as were ordained to eternal life believed

Act 13:48 Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. Calvinists often try to use Acts 13:48 to point to their … Continue reading

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perry disputes acts 2 dispensationalism

Acts 2 Dispensationalism is the view that a new ministry began in Acts 2 (following Jesus’ death). This new ministry included the gentiles, who were not included before that time. Acts 2 Dispensationalism is not taken seriously by Biblical scholarship. … Continue reading

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nt wright on romans 8

From Surprised by Hope: This brings us to Romans 8, where we find a further image deeply embedded within the created order itself: that of new birth. This passage has routinely been marginalized for centuries by exegetes and theologians who … Continue reading

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understanding romans 9

In Romans 8, Paul makes an impassioned appeal that God saves those who live spiritually. To Paul, it is not the law that saves, but faith. Paul’s Roman audience (the Jews) would despise this (Paul was persecuted throughout the world … Continue reading

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Jesus preaches against the temple leaders

In Matthew 21, Jesus is in the temple preaching. The temple was the Jewish holy place, and the leaders of the temple did not take kindly to Jesus’ subversion of their own authority. They team up with the common religious … Continue reading

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aslan on the jerusalem council

From Reza Aslan’s book Zealot: Paul’s second trip to Jerusalem took place about a decade later, sometime around 50 C.E., and was far less cordial than the first. He had been summoned to appear before a meeting of the Apostolic … Continue reading

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israel chosen as a priest nation

One of God’s favorite individuals throughout the Bible was Abraham. Abraham showed exceptional faith towards God and a promise of a continued loyalty to God. For this, God blesses Abraham. The specific blessing was that Abraham’s descendants would bless the … Continue reading

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ehrman on the letters of paul

Ehrman gives an excellent summary of Paul’s letters in the book Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: In his letter to the Romans Paul has to defend himself against charges leveled by other, trusted Christian authorities that he preached a gospel … Continue reading

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ehrman on dispensationalism

Although Bart Ehrman does not use the term “Acts 9 Dispensationalist”, he makes very simlar points in the book Peter, Paul, and Mary Magdalene: As I’ve intimated, Paul’s own writings show that not everyone agreed with this view of the … Continue reading

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the church in the old testament

There is a claim among Acts 2 dispensationalists that “church” is a dispensational term. The claim is that the church was established by Jesus or the apostles in the New Testament. After all, the word “church” is not used in … Continue reading

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