Understanding the Big Picture Options of Eschatology and its relationship to Ecclesiology

This chart of mine is used to explain the overall landscape of the relationship Ecclesiology (doctrine of the church) to Eschatology (Doctrine of last things or end times).  Along the spectrum of Ecclesological position that people take today is Classical Covenant Theology (CCT) at one end and Classical Dispensational theology (CDT) at the other end (CCT---------------------------------------CDT), with several options in the middle (one of which is New Covenant Theology (what is what I currently hold at leas in one the various branches).  All sides would claim that they hold to a literal interpretation of the Bible.   To help one understand this a little better one needs to know how that Ecclesiastical position: defines the people of God throughout time  places the covenants (both biblical and theological) in relationship to each other, and  especially the relationship between the the church with respect to Israel.   In Classical Covenant Theology (held by some church fathers - … [Read more...]

John Davis : Hermeneutical Issues in the Dispensational Understanding of the Abrahamic Covenant – Quodlibet Journal

Here is a great article on a correct understanding of interpreting the Bible according to its canonical context.  This helps all students of Scripture undrstand what is meant byLiteral interpretation,Bifurcation of the material in the two TestamentsTheological CorrespondenceProgressive RevelationTypologyGrammatical-historical InterpretationThe Unity of the covenantsI love some of these quotes in this article including: Why could not the Old Testament revelation be thought of as the grain of sand, which, after entering the oyster of progressive revelation, has the pearl of additional and deeper concepts added to it without necessarily canceling out the original grain of sand (Fuller 1957, 233)? The history of exegesis seems generally to demonstrate that when the sensus literalis of Scripture has been defined in a positive and more than woodenly literal way (cf. especially Augustine and Luther), resulting in a synthesis of grammatical, historical, and theological understandings, a … [Read more...]

Theological Systems Compared

Theological Systems Compared: " Dispensationalism - Progressive DispensationalismCovenant Theology - New Covenant Theology Legend:DISP - DispensationalismPD - Progressive DispensationalismCT - Covenant TheologyNCT - New Covenant Theology Definition of Terms:Physical Israel - physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and JacobSpiritual Israel - the elect of God, all those in Christ, whether Jew or GentileUniversal Church - all the elect of God from all timeVisible Church - a local assembly of baptized believers in Christ, joined by covenant for worship and fellowship (These statements are generally true of those who hold to a specific system of theology, however this list is not to be considered comprehensive. Some of this material has been compiled from several resources available online and some of it is original work resulting from the study of these issues by Phillip M. Way.)1. Stance regarding the Doctrines of Grace DISP - Usually not CalvinisticPD - Some not CalvinisticCT - Almost … [Read more...]

Theological Systems Compared � TIME in the Word Ministries

Here is a good comparison between Dispensational Theology, Progressive Dispensational Theology, Covenant Theology and New Covenant Theology:Theological Systems Compared � TIME in the Word Ministries see also www.disciplemaking.net … [Read more...]