THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
With an Examination
the “Scofield Bible”
spread of “Dispensationalism” and the wide acceptance of the “Scofield
Bible” as an authority. The need of a careful examination of this new system
of doctrine and of the new “Bible” by which it is propagated. The relation
of Dispensationalism to the “fundamental” truths of Christianity. The
divisive effect of “dispensational teaching.”
defined. A radical system of doctrine. Deserves the name of “Modernism.” Had
its rise among the “Plymouth Brethren.” Its basic doctrine (concerning the
Kingdom of God) a revival of ancient Rabbinism. Some pressing questions touching
this new system of teaching.
is a “dispensation”? Does the Bible distinguish seven dispensations? Was
there a dispensation of “Innocence”? of “Conscience”? Another of
“Human Government”? another of “Promise”? and so on? Did Israel reject
grace when they accepted the law? Did they have an opportunity to choose between
law and grace? Was the gift of God’s law to Israel a curse to that people?
Does grace abolish law?
two grand divisions of the Bible: the old covenant and the new; or the law and
the gospel. God has spoken, to the fathers--to us. The law of Moses was an
unspeakable blessing to Israel. Testimonies of the Old Testament to this truth.
What the New Testament says about it. Paul’s teaching in Romans and Galatians.
did the gospel era begin? The proclamation of the Kingdom of God. What Kingdom
did Jesus announce? Are there two different Kingdoms of God? Was the Kingdom of
God offered to the Jews and rejected by them? Examination of the proof-texts
cited to support this novel doctrine. Strange misstatements in the notes of the
word of the Kingdom” is God’s special message for this era. It is The
GOSPEL. It is ‘in the Holy Spirit.’ It is the fulfilment of the voices of
the prophets and of the shadows of the law. The important texts of the N. T.
that speak of the Kingdom are ignored in the “Scofield Bible” -- 118
references in all being passed by in silence. What those neglected passages
reveal. The Spirit’s definition of the Kingdom: What it is not, and what it
is. To be translated into the Kingdom is salvation.
new doctrine that the Gospels belong to the era of the law is dangerous error.
It contradicts the teaching of Christ Himself. The settled Christian doctrine as
to this is termed by the Scofield Bible a “notion” and “a legacy from
Roman Catholic Theology.” The new “dispensational teaching” accords with
that of Judaism and that of Romanism. It savors also of Russellism.
meaning of the phrase “at hand.” What was the divine “order of
revelation” when Christ appeared to Israel? If the Jews were (and rightly)
expecting the restoration of the Davidic Kingdom and if Christ “offered” it
to them, why did they “reject” it? Peter’s testimony as to the era, of
blessing foretold by the prophets. Paul’s testimony agrees.
prophets of Israel foretold salvation for all nations, and the building of the
true House of God. This two-fold work is what God is accomplishing in the
present gospel-era. Pertinent prophecies examined. The earthly kingdom given to
Israel in the days of Samuel was a punishment for their rejection of God. The
restoration of that Kingdom was never promised. Prophecies relating specially to
David. The N.T. shows that these were gospel-promises and are fulfilled in the
resurrection of Jesus Christ.
parables clearly prove that the Kingdom of heaven is now. This is virtually
admitted in the “Scofield Bible.” Further proof that the Kingdom preached by
Christ and the earthly do minion expected by the Jews are not the same.
Prophecies by Isaiah; by David in the Psalms; by Jeremiah; by Zechariah. Proof
that all these are fulfilled in this present era of the gospel.
vital feature of every Kingdom is its Law. The Law of God as given in the N. T.
is suited to a regenerated people scattered throughout the world. Hence it
differs materially from His law as given in the O. T. to an earthly nation
composed of natural men. The Gospel is “preached for obedience.” Christ’s
Sermon on the Mount is the Law of His present Kingdom. Fundamentalism vs.
Modernism. Dispensationalism a house built on the sand. Dr. Scofield’s
teaching as to the Sermon on the Mount. The two Mountains and the two Laws,
Christ’s “Sayings” can apply only to this gospel era.
Sermon on the Mount is characterized throughout by grace. Analysis of its
commandments. They are “not grievous.” The vital importance of “the
doctrine of Christ” to His people now. Law and Grace, Forgiveness of sins,
Sins and debts distinguished.
what event was Christ’s prophecy in Mark 9:1 fulfilled: Pentecost, or the
Destruction of Jerusalem? The immense significance of the latter event. Moses’
prophecy thereof. The Time of the Gentiles and the Fulness of the Gentiles. Two
continuing fulfilments of prophecy. Conclusive testimony of the Divine
Authorship of the Bible.
prophecy predict another return of the Jews to Palestine? Is that “the hope of
Israel”? Was it for preaching that as the hope of Israel that Paul was sent in
chains to Rome? The Natural and the Spiritual. Abraham’s spiritual seed are
the heirs of the promises. “Salvation in Zion for Israel.” What is
Salvation? Where is Zion? Who are Israel? The Election hath obtained it. The
present status of Zionism.
the Bible foretell the restoration of the earthly Jewish nation in a future
day? Is there another salvation different from Gospel-salvation, and another day
of salvation? A novel and subversive doctrine. The new doctrine analyzed. What
manner of men will the Millennialites be? Are animal sacrifices to be resumed
hereafter? Are the abolished shadows of the law to be re-established?
are the “all Israel” of Romans 11:26? Abraham’s two sons typify
respectively his natural seed and his spiritual seed. Are “the bondwoman and
her son” to be restored? Is the son of bondwoman to be a fellow-heir with the
son of the freewoman? Romans IX, X and XI reviewed. The “good olive tree”
and what it typifies and teaches.
which, though fundamental, is much neglected today. The Kingdom, not the Church,
the divine basis of unity. Preaching the Kingdom of God was the chief business
of Christ and His apostles, especially Paul. Salvation is a change of allegiance
and of governmental relationships. Reconciliation to God. Heart obedience the
essence of true faith. Live faith contrasted with dead orthodoxy. Work yet to be
accomplished by “this gospel of the Kingdom.”