|PATTERN OF HISTORY
||Covenant of Works with Adam; Covenant of
Grace with Christ on behalf of elect (some distinguish between Covenant of
Redemption with Christ and Covenant of Grace with the elect).
||Divided into dispensations (usually seven);
e.g., Innocence (pre-Fall), Conscience (Adam), Human Government (Noah),
Promise (Abraham), Law (Moses), Grace (Christ's First Coming), Kingdom
(Christ's Second Coming).
|VIEW OF HISTORY
||Optimistic: God is extending His kingdom.
|Pessimistic: the Last Days are marked by
increasingly worse wickedness in the world and by apostasy in the church.
|GOD'S PURPOSE IN
||There is a unified redemptive purpose.
||There are two distinct purposes, one earthly
(Israel), one heavenly (church).
|VIEW OF THE BIBLICAL
||They are different administrations of the,
Covenant of Grace.
||They mark off periods of time during which
God's specific demands of man differ.
|RELATIONSHIP OF OLD
TESTAMENT TO NEW TESTAMENT
||Acceptance of Old Testament teaching required
unless specifically abrogated by New Testament.
||Old Testament prescriptions are not binding
unless reaffirmed in New Testament.
ISRAEL AND THE CHURCH
||The church is spiritual Israel, in continuity
with true Israel of Old Testament.
||The church is the spiritual people of God,
distinct from Israel, the physical people of God.
|OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY
||Refers to God's people, the church.
||Refers to ethnic Israel.
||God's redemptive purpose continued to unfold.
||There is a parenthesis between past and
future manifestations of the kingdom.
|ROLE OF HOLY SPIRIT
||The Holy Spirit indwells God's people
||The Holy Spirit indwells God's people only
from Pentecost to the Rapture.
||Unified covenant generally used to support
||Israel/church distinction often (but not
always) used to support believers' baptism.
||Emphasizes "cultural mandate."
||The only way to save the world is to save
individuals; therefore evangelism takes precedence over "social action."
||Usually amillennial; rarely postmillennial;
||Premillennial, usually pretribulational.
||Symbolic, often identified with present age.
||Literal, earthly 1000-year reign after Second