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The Palestinian Covenant is the Basis for the New Covenant

Let's think about this... the Abrahamic covenant (Gen 12, 15, 22, etc.) promised land, seed, and blessing to Abraham and his physical descendants. The Mosaic covenant was made with his seed (descendants) and the promised blessing was to come through that seed in the land as they obeyed and fulfilled their covenant agreement of Exodus 19.8. 

Within the context of the Mosaic covenant (the Mosaic Law being the stipulations of the covenant) God made another covenant with Israel: (Deut 29-30) the Palestinian covenant. I find myself describing this as the "life and land" covenant because it set the requirements for LIFE (Dt 30.6, 16, 16, 19) and for that life to be lived in blessing in the LAND (v3, 5, 16, 20). 

The overarching condition of participation in the Palestinian covenant (the condition to inherit LIFE and the LAND) was "devotion" (see the previous study on Israel and the Church, specifically pages 17-24 in the accompanying PDF).

God required repentance, faith, submission, and obedience; those are all summed up in one word: devotion.

The Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language defines devotion as "profound dedication, consecration; earnest attachment to a cause, person, etc." It gives as synonyms "zeal" and "ardor." And at the very end of the definition in this unabridged dictionary are these words: "See love." Love God with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength!

Well... with that in mind... 

Isn't it interesting that in Romans 10, the chapter that deals with "Israel's Present" and salvation in the Church Age, Paul quotes Deuteronomy 30.11-14, a key passage in the Palestinian covenant?

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Israel & The Church

Was an individual Israelite in the Old Testament saved the same way as you? Was he saved in the same time frame as you? Was he guaranteed the same things as you? Was his salvation conditioned the same as yours?

J. Dwight Pentecost Scripture is unintelligible until one can distinguish clearly between God's program for his earthly people Israel and that for the church.

Thesis: Israel and the Church are different and distinct in God's plan and purpose for the ages, and this distinction is clearly seen in the differences in their soteriology and resulting eschatology. 

Conclusion: Dispensationalism is a system of theology that consistently recognizes and maintains the biblical distinction between Israel and the Church (as is seen in the dispensational analysis of each people's soteriology and eschatology).

Lewis Sperry Chafer These systems do set up conflicting and opposing principles; but since these difficulties appear only when an attempt is made to coalesce systems, elements, and principles which God has separated, the conflicts really do not exist at all outside these unwarranted unifying efforts; in fact they rather demonstrate the necessity of a due recognition of all God's different and distinct administrations. The true unity of the Scriptures is not discovered when one blindly seeks to fuse these opposing principles into one system, but rather it is found when God's plain differences are observed. The dispensationalist does not create these differences as he is sometimes accused of doing... Instead of creating the problems, the dispensationalist is the one who has a solution for them.
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"Some Major Problems
in Dispensational Interpretation"
by Paul David Nevin

I had been seeing this unpublished Th.D. dissertation cited in many of the books I have been reading in my current study on dispensations. When I tried to get a copy of the original source (a copy of the dissertation) I found out it was unpublished and unavailable for purchase. I did, however, obtain the only paper copy I know of through the Inter-Library Loan system of my local library. 

The dissertation arrived and it was a mule-choker! Wow! It was a little over 500 pages long. And guess what...?

It was typed on a manual typewriter! It was written (or at least finished, presented, and defended) in 1965. Five-hundred pages of manually typed text plus footnotes and Greek (maybe some Hebrew, too; just haven't got that far). Incredible. The man put an enormous amount of effort into this. 

He titled his dissertation "Some Major Problems in Dispensational Interpretation: A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Systematic Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary." Here is a copy of the Table of Contents, if you're curious (as I was) about the content:

  • Table of Contents [ pdf ]

Very cool. Much thanks to Dr. Paul David Nevin for his work! 

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Dispensationalism is Self-Evident

Dispensationalism, as a system of theology, is self-evident to the normal reader of Scripture.

This article is part of an on-going study into Dispensationalism. It is only a small part of a larger study, so if you feel it is incomplete, you're right.

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