There are numerous books available to the Christian who desires to study God's dispensational progam. A select few of these books begin to approach the subject from a Pauline perspective. Of those, one is either forced to concede to the argument that, after all, there is no real difference between Paul and the Twelve; or, one must ride the pendulum to the ultra-dispensationalist argument that the Church began with Paul, either at his conversion or later in his ministry. Is there a middle ground?
In this book, a survey of the dispensations, as well as the distinction between Israel and the Church is, of course, presented. Then, the argument turns to the distinctions between the Lord's earthly ministry and that of Paul; as well, much time is spent delineating the nuanced differences between the ministry of the Twelve and that of Paul. The conclusion is not that we must disregard any ministry other than Paul's but to put Paul first as the Apostle to the Gentiles, the prototype, the masterbuilder, and the recipient of the revelations of the mysteries.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Definitions and Terminology xiii
I A Dispensational Hermeneutic 1
II Promise of the Kingdom 17
III The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand 37
IV A Year to Repent 55
V Journey Through Acts: Two Gospels? 73
VI Journey Through Acts: Paul's Ministry of Grace 93
VII Paul's Unique Calling: Set Apart Unto the Dispensation of Grace 111
VIII Paul's Unique Gospel: Set Apart From the Gospel of the Circumcision 137
IX Paul's Unique Ministry: Set Apart From the Jerusalem Apostles 161
X Defining the Church 177
XI Pauline Dispensationalism: Some Conclusions and Final Thoughts 203