Sunday, August 16, 2015
“[His mighty power] Which he [Father God] wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all” (Ephesians 1:20-23 KJV).
What else can the Apostle Paul teach us about dispensational Bible study?
Many decades ago, a dear elderly lady approached her Bible teacher with the following question: “Just why is the concept of dying and going to heaven not taught in the Old Testament?” Realizing she was correct, but not having an answer, he said he would get back to her about it. He spent the next 40 years delving into dispensational Bible study!
The Bible’s oldest book, Job, chapter 19, describes the hope of all Old Testament saints: “ For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:  And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:  Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.” Old Testament saints died with the faith of Abraham—the hope of an earthly kingdom (still future; Hebrews 11:8-16; Revelation 1:5,6; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 20:4-6).
However, when we come to Paul, we learn about God’s plan to restore heaven unto Himself (cf. Colossians 1:16-20). As per prophecy, God would use redeemed Israel in the Earth. Through Paul, God disclosed that He would reconcile the heavenly places to Himself using the Church the Body of Christ. Ephesians 2:6,7: “ And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (cf. Philippians 3:20,21). Thereby exalting Jesus Christ in earth and heaven forever (Ephesians 1:8-12)!
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Does Hebrews 10:25 really teach we must attend church?”