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This entry is part 22 of 28 in the series Biblical CovenantalismWhat does the Apostle mean when he describes the concept of the Church as a “mystery”? Included is some critical interaction with ‘replacement’ and progressive dispensational views. The Church as a Mystery 1 The Church as a Mystery 2 Continue Reading
“God made us and our world because He wished to do so. This means that the world is contingent not necessary. The only thing that is necessary is the existence of the Triune God.”
“Our doctrine of revelation is the bedrock of what ever else we as Christians might want to say. Revelation entails clarity of intention. In speaking about “progressive revelation” we are always talking about the character and consistency of the Revelator.”
“leopard tracks lead to leopards, not to bears. It is no great help saying they are both animals and we are following animal tracks, because we are following definite animal tracks determined by the beast that made them. Their specificity cannot be ignored, and any asserted rough commonalities between leopards and bears will do nothing to disguise the fact that a leopard is not a bear…”
“A true progression must be tracked as such. This means the earlier revelation must in some way determine the boundaries of the later revelation. It cannot be that a set of disclosures, vitally linked together to reveal a certain subject (say, Messiah, or the land grant to Israel), may admit to wholesale ambiguities further along the line. Revelation is not a brainteaser written in code. Such would be a contradiction in terms.”
“Here is the first of a two-part interview with Dr. Paul Henebury, president of Telos Biblical Institute. Henebury also blogs regularly at Dr. Reluctant. Henebury has answered my questions with a lot of depth and clarity, so I decided to split this interview into two parts.”
“Putting aside for the minute the problem of our common failure to reflect God’s truth in our every communication (something I’ll return to), the fact remains that communication; from God first and then to each other, is happening. So before we can get into our main subject of progressive revelation, we must initially ponder what makes for effective communication.”
In Ephesians 3 and Colossians 1 the Apostle Paul refers to teaching about the Church as a “mystery” (musterion) . What does he mean by this? Is he saying that the Old Testament saints knew nothing about the New Testament Church? This lecture deals mainly with the claims of so-called “Progressive Dispensationalism”.
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