At best, Paul had moments of clarity. Paul said: To be holy, the Jew had to limit his diet (11:41–45), a ceremonial command.24 He also had to leave the corners of his field for gleaners (19:9–10), which was a civil command, and to revere his parents (19:2–3), which was a moral command. It is beyond the scope of this study to offer detailed proof, but two examples should suffice.20 The most notable is 1 Corinthians 10:32: “Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God.” According to this text, Israel and the church are as distinct as Israel and the Gentiles. To the Lord Jesus, the essence of this commandment was this principle: Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy. (Exod 31:14–15; 35:2).11 In the New Testament, however, keeping Sabbath is optional; breaking it brings no negative consequences. The Lord has promised a new order, but it has not come. Matthew was a publican, or tax collector, for the Roman government (Matthew 9:9, Mark 2:14, and Luke 5:27), which was a position despised by Jews (Matthew 9:10-11). Paul, for example, testified to “every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law” (Gal 5:3). The words “for truly” literally mean surely, verily, certainly. Being Filled With The Spirit. Indeed, Ryrie considers the literal, or “normal,” hermeneutic crucial to the dispensational system, part of its sine qua non.2 Literal interpretation does not involve any voodoo or complicated machinations. (3-8) Concerning widows. letters were very similar, a slight change would often very greatly vary the sense. It does not, however, govern more than Israel. The law can only save us if we don’t break one law even once. Scriptures, If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the. Not all covenant proponents are willing to go that far. In Jesus’ view, nothing will abrogate Scripture. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was called to pastor the New Park Street Chapel, London, when he was only nineteen.This church became the 6,000 seat Metropolitan Tabernacle, which he pastored until his death at age 58. Peter uses it of putting the ignorant and foolish to silence (1 Peter 2:15). Deut 5:13–14). The death penalty is attached just as readily to Nadab and Abihu’s failure to follow proper ritual procedure (10:1–7) as to sexual immorality (20:8–16). In no instance does he imply that only a particular category of laws possesses such high value.37 The rest of the New Testament maintains the same distinction. By no means! Matthew 18:5. Powered by Tengine Dispensationalism as Biblical and Practical The context must determine its usage. Modern Differences Conclusions Regarding Dispensationalism as Biblical Implications of Abolition to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. Your biggest problem is that you do not have the ability to exercise proper hermeneutics (but that is for scholars and too abstruse for you). HENRY ALFORD (1810-1871) The New Testament for English Readers Matthew Commentary. If it is true of an ox, how much more is it true of a man of God! Test drive it and tell us about your experience. You shall not sow your seed with mixed seed. This is the second “until” clause in this verse, and the repetition indicates strong emphasis. by Grant | Apr 1, 2008 | Matthew | 45 comments, “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”. Third, the eastern gate of the Temple’s inner court will be kept shut during the week, but on the Sabbath, it is to be opened (46:1). Thus, when we see the church meeting on the first day of the week, rather than keeping the traditional Sabbath (see Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2), it should come as no surprise. Theology belongs with the arts and humanities. John Decreases, Jesus Increases • Part 1 020. Theological Explanation. A few theologians are led by an honesty which is rare in the field to see what they were taught is not true. Inspiration of Scripture extends to its words. Chris, you said, ” Not all the words in all languages of the world can change the truth about a matter.” He who will not be convinced against his will is of the same opinion still. Implication. It is the Lord who raises them, restores them, and puts his Spirit within them (37:1–14). Indeed, Paul both refused and forbade circumcision when it symbolized a person placing themselves under law (Galatians 2:1-10; 5:1-6f.). Second, identify how the theological and situational reality of the original readers differs from that of modern Christians. Even some covenant theologians come to this conclusion.3 The implications of this fact, however, cannot be reconciled with the covenant position. And I’ve done quite a few of those. Failure to keep it brings capital punishment In Israel, keeping the Sabbath was more than an act of worship; it was a manifestation of loyalty. You have obviously not read true scholarship of either expositors, exegetes or the theologians. Fifth, it is at the eastern gate that the prince is to offer his Sabbath offering of six spotless lambs and a ram (46:4). Whatever its motive or effect, this approach tends to treat the Mosaic code not just as terminated law, but as expired Scripture, inspired texts with no message for the current dispensation. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious (2 Cor 3:7–11). Want to distort what is in the Bible? he would ruin the world.’ [Because the sense of the commandment would then be. The Greek word πιστευω occurs 98 times in the gospel of John and it is the only condition stated for salvation. Universal Principle Original Meaning Third, distinguish the universal principle behind the specific command. Follow the Word of God (usually in red print). There are things in the law that have been set aside, however. A Future for Israel As previously shown, however, it is not continued in the church which means that Israel and the church are different entities. Depending on God (James 1:5–18) Listening, Taking Action, and Avoiding Anger (James 1:19–21) Doers of the Word: Working for Those in Need (James 1:22–27) Discriminating Against the Poor and Currying Favor with the Rich (James 2:1–13) Faith and Work(s) (James 2:14–26) Taming the … Each is a distinctive aspect of the system.32 All three are The Sabbath and Israel. As many Hebrew words and. Thus, the Sabbath commandment does govern more than Jews. Although many Christians claim that the Sabbath law is a moral law, practically none of them obey it. Throughout the rest of Scripture, the kingdom is called “the kingdom of God.” That’s where Jesus steps in – he paid the price for us breaking the law subjected to certain conditions. Your war of words will turn away those looking for a relationship with Christ. children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” The very next verse, however, is ceremonial and would thus be limited to Old Testament Israel: “You shall keep My statutes. As such, it marked Israel’s special relationship with the Creator. This conclusion is not imposed by the theological system; it flows naturally from the text of Scripture. Title: This prophetic book takes its name from its author and possibly means “one who embraces” (1:1; 3:1). Sabbath observance is an excellent case for evaluating the usefulness of principlism. Similarly, Sabbath law did not govern those outside of Israel, but it did govern all within it, even resident aliens. SO legalism is wrong because legalism says so? Unfortunately, many dispensationalists follow the traditional approach without considering its theological implications. /docs/ot/books/exo/deffin/exo-15.htm /docs/ot/books/exo/deffin/exo-16.htm /docs/ot/books/exo/deffin/exo-17.htm. Clearly phrased statements make the theologian uncomfortable. For truly, I say to you, . Eph 2:12).16 Indeed, it is the sign of the special relationship established by that covenant: “Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you” (Exod 31:13, cf. In addition to the daily burnt offerings, the priests were to offer a special burnt offering of two male lambs, a special grain offering of fine flour, and a special drink offering on the Sabbath (28:9–10). God responds to their complaint by saying, "I will set things right with My Messiah, and before Him will come My messenger." They saw it as a precept, or rule; He saw it as a principle: “To the Pharisees, the essence of the Fourth Commandment was this precept: Thou shalt not work. None of these things have happened yet; the fulfillment must be in the future. Old Testament Evidence. (18-20) Joseph gives the terms for their release from prison. In short: dispensationalism is profitable, and it is profitable because it is biblical. Language could not be clearer, and yet there are fewer truths of which it is harder to convince people.29 Matthew 18:6; Matthew 18:9) extends it to children in spirit. application to it. Your email address will not be published. JODT 11:32 (March 2007) p. 84 For all of us humans, that ship has sailed. This understanding is confirmed by Paul’s parallel example, the application of Jewish dietary laws. But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? Clowney’s explanation of Ezekiel’s Temple is a good example. The sign of that covenant is the cup taken at the Lord’s Table, as Christ himself declared: “This cup is the new covenant in My blood” (1 Cor 11:25). You must treat it with respect by refraining from your normal activities, and by refraining from your selfish pursuits and from making business deals. Look at my Introduction to the gospel of John: Matthew 5:18 - For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. And I thought today that Passover is a Jewish feast which Exodus 12 said we gentiles should not be allowed to celebrate and Easter is a heathen, fertility feast with the coming of Spring in the northern hemisphere. clearly biblical. In some weird and wonderful way, theologians say keeping the law annuls it. In short: dispensationalism is biblical. In keeping with this understanding, Hendriksen argued that Romans 14:5 refers to the Jewish Sabbath, not to the Christian Sabbath, which is still governed by the fourth commandment: 14 Then you will find joy in your relationship to the Lord, and I will give you great prosperity, and cause crops to grow on the land I gave to your ancestor Jacob.” Know for certain that the Lord has spoken (Isaiah 58:13-14). he would ruin the world.’ [Because the command would then run. Jesus had a complete and thorough view of the inspiration of Scripture. Where we differ is that this day needs to be the Sabbath Day of the Old Testament. The, ,) the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. If the Sabbath is no longer mandatory, the Sabbath is no longer law. Many scholars divide the Mosaic code into three parts: the ceremonial law, the civil (or social) law, and the moral law. Abolition of the Mosaic Law On the other hand, the dispensational hermeneutic, it seems to me, imposes an a priori definition of “literalness” upon the meaning and interpretation of Scripture.1 The exegetes, expositors and theologians that I know operate on Aristotelian logic, factuality, objectivity and scholarship of which you are obviously unaware. Each must be fully convinced in his own mind. Chris, I am not going to give you any more platform for your invective based on ignorance. Silly quarrels. and he wrote them upon two tables of stone” (Deut 4:10, cf. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 5:38-48 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Earlier, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” (5:17). 36:21, 32; 39:25). Thus, the covenant belief is that the Lord established the Sabbath commandment when he sanctified the seventh day in Genesis 2:2–3.18 The facts The Sabbath is the only one of the Ten Commandments not repeated to the church; thus, the New Testament does not assign any present The sense briefly is, Not the slightest principle of the law shall fail of accomplishment while the world stands. I wonder what Paul would have made of that? Dispensationalism is defined, at least in part, by its “literal” hermeneutic. There is only one master teacher, Lord Jesus Christ. I suggest you look up your references on my site to understand those Scriptures you reference. Nothing in this conclusion is intended to imply that regular church worship is optional for the Christian. I don’t read any interpretation into the text. No aspect of Scripture will pass away until creation as we know it passes away. You must look forward to the Sabbath and treat the Lord’s holy day with respect. Here again, the logic is easy to follow, and the Scriptural support is overwhelming. Israel, in contrast, is as dead and helpless as scattered dry bones. In this case, Judaisers were not demanding circumcision.). This principle is often missed when people read Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. If that is correct, then Israel must have a future. [God] hath particularly appointed one day in seven, for a Sabbath, to be kept holy unto Him: which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week; and, from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which, in Scripture, is called the Lord’s Day, and is to be continued to the end of the world, as the Christian Sabbath. At the end of Malachi 2, Israel complained that God seemed to reward the wicked and did not exercise His justice in the world. Matthew 18:18 - Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. 1 When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. Read his fascinating brief biography - Henry Alford and Phil Johnson's related comments/p>. JODT 11:32 (March 2007) p. 91 You obviously have no clue what it takes to get a degree in this category nor are you aware of the great scholarship from liberals to conservatives. The Sabbath commandment does more than regulate the seventh day; in reality, it regulates the entire week: “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. This position is formalized in the Westminster Confession of Faith (21.7): Nowhere do I claim that the moral law is not for today. 1 Co 15:24-25. JODT 11:32 (March 2007) p. 92 He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and he gives God thanks. It uses the Bible’s own teaching about the Sabbath to show that dispensationalism is both biblical and practical. And what about the rituals, including the Sabbath, which are prescribed? .. regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths” (Col 2:16).45 Chris, I hope people do read the context of Colossians 2, even the argument of the entire book, because it rejects outright what you propose. Moses was nearly put to death for neglecting to circumcise his son (Exodus 4:24-26). The New Revised Standard Version makes the sense even clearer: “set aside.” Thus, the law with its glory is set aside—not just the law, but the portion specific “written and engraved on stones.” Ryrie noted the significance of this phrase: Someone said that the closer one’s conclusion is to the raw data (for the Bible that means that which is clear as it stands there) the most likely one’s conclusion is to be right, and the more steps there are between the raw data and one’s conclusion the more likely one’s conclusion is to be wrong. i. Thus, the only viable explanation is that the new order is still future. Heaven and earth as they now are, are transitory. Moral laws, such as the Sabbath, are applied as law, just as they were in the Old Testament. In all that He promises to do, the Lord has but one objective: that all men might know that he is the Lord, all Israelites (36:11, 38; 37:13–14; 39:22, 28) and all Gentiles (36:23, 36; 37:28; 38:23; 39:6–7). on Mystery and Gnosticism are alive and well in the Trinity. To state things briefly, the traditional, moral—non-moral, approach runs a double risk: On the one hand it may add to the Scripture and on the other, subtract from it. Maybe another article will help you: The second part of this chapter (Ephesians 5:22–33) addresses mutual submission between husband and wife. Moses would not have accepted the first day of the week as a substitute for the seventh day. I wonder why? In the twenty-first century, as already stated, dispensationalism faces challenges from two opposing poles within evangelicalism: those who consider it unbiblical and those who consider it irrelevant. Not believing that (what John said), Jesus avails one nothing. To assist in this process, Hays offered five guidelines: “(a) It should be reflected in the text, (b) it should be timeless, (c) it should correspond to the theology of the rest of Scripture, (d) it should not be culturally bound, and (e) it should be relevant to both Old Testament and current New Testament believers.”43 Fourth, check the proposed principle against the teaching of the New Testament. 15:32–36).35 You need to make a distinction between the Mosaic law given to the nation Israel, such as the civil law (for a nation), ceremonial law such as the Sabbaths and the moral law, which every believer is obligated to keep because they are a reflection of God’s character. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. Years ago, Dr. Bruce Waltke (formerly a Hebrew professor at Dallas Seminary — now teaching elsewhere) said something like this: “When we come to the New Testament, we must determine whether the New Testament ratifies, modifies, or abrogates the Old Testament law.” There are some of the commandments that are clearly carried directly over into the New Testament. Deut 5:14). How much simpler and more natural it is to understand Ezekiel as describing an actual building! One could cease from work on the Sabbath (as the Pharisees did) without keeping the Sabbath holy.”46 The Sabbath as law is now abolished, but the principles behind it remain. Furthermore, it was the first English biblical translation that was mass-produced as a result of new advances in the art of printing. The same punishment applies to the different classes of law. Distinction of Church and Israel The principle of observing a day of rest, and of freedom from distraction, so that one can devote himself to worshipping God is clearly laid out in the Book of Isaiah: 13 You must observe the Sabbath rather than doing anything you want on my holy day. It should be an approach that (a) is consistent, treating the Old Testament Scripture as God’s Word, (b) does not depend on arbitrary nontextual categories [e.g. He is definitely touched and inspired by God, but he is not the messiah. Contrary to the teaching of the Confession, the sabbath as sign of God’s covenant is not binding on nonbelievers, simply because they are not recipients of the covenant-sign.17 In the process, however, he reflected a balanced New Testament view of the Sabbath issue: The preceding analysis dissected the Sabbath question biblically, examining the pertinent texts and interpreting them at face value. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. The law explains its ban on working in light of this significance. The scholarship, even among liberals, is amazing. Want to lie to those poor suckers out there so they will believe things that are not in the Bible? What did I say about a massive attack of verbal diarrhea to try and cover up what is clear and concise? The Lord does not act because of compassion for Israel here, but because of concern for His own holy name: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went” (36:22; cf. Three Questions You Must Answer - Matthew 27:15-26 The Crucifixion Of The King - Matthew 27:27-54 May We Never Forget - Matthew 27:45-54 The Case Of The Dead Messiah - Matthew 28:1-10 Good News From A Far Country - Matthew 28:1-8 (Resurrection) The First Resurrection Sunday - Matthew … By applying a consistent, literal hermeneutic, this article addresses both extremes. grammatical-historical interpretation). The one who eats, eats for the Lord, because he gives thanks to God, and the one who abstains from eating, abstains for the Lord, and he gives thanks to God (Romans 14:5-6). Jesus contrasts His view of Scripture with that of religious leaders. In Deuteronomy 5:15, it is seen as an opportunity for remembering that the Lord had delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Principlism and the Application of Sabbath Law Believers should also submit to one another out of respect for Christ (Ephesians 5:21). This article has examined the issue of Sabbath observance to show that dispensationalism rises to both challenges. He denied that spiritualized the text; nevertheless, he insistd that Ezekiel’s Temple is a reference to the incarnate Christ. Thus, in work as well as worship, they are accountable to God. Ezekiel 36-–46 creates problems for amillennialists, who try to explain it as figurative of the new covenant relationship that has existed since the resurrection of Christ. There is no bigger nonsense that humanity has come up with than the assertion that 1+1+1=1. Covenant theology is guided by the principle of sola Scriptura. I don’t think he had a PhD.? Fires were not to be kindled (35:2–3). Consider the implication of all this. In the Old Testament, the Sabbath is a matter of law. Since the Scriptures cannot err, there are only three possible explanations: (1) the promised new order is fulfilled spiritually in the church, which functions as the New Israel; (2) the promised new order has been forfeited by Israel, and so will never come; or, (3) the promised new order will yet be fulfilled in the future. Point people to Christ, not interpretations of his teachings. on In this new Temple, the Lord will dwell, and from it, He will reign forever among His people Israel (43:7). At first glance, this does seem correct: “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. Thus, Scripture negates the first possibility. James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. Go for it. The B is for bull and the A for artist. In keeping with the dispensationalist’s commitment to a consistent hermeneutic, Hays 40 suggested that the proper approach must meet five criteria: As part of the Decalogue, the Sabbath is at the core of the Lord’s covenant with Israel at Sinai: “And he declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; Consider Dorsey’s summary of Paul’s approach of Paul. 28:1; Mark 16:2, 9; Luke 24:1; John 20:1, 19; Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. In both cases, he demonstrated that the command is defunct, but the principle is still at work. If the Sabbath did exist, then it is more than passing strange that, although we find accounts of the religious life and worship of the patriarchs, in which accounts mention is specifically made to the rite of circumcision, the sacrifices, the offering of the tithe, and the institution of marriage, we should find no mention of the great institution of the Sabbath.19 What is clear and “straightforward” is that you do not have the capacity to interpret the Bible as it is, rather than reading your interpretation into the text (eisegesis). in this verse, rendering the meaning slightly obscure. Application of the Sabbath: Dispensationalism as Practical His high view of Scripture did not accommodate culture. See on Matthew 8:12. In 2 Corinthians 3:7 and 11, the New King James Version translates καταργέω as “passing away.” The Greek term refers to that which has been done away with or abolished.