When interpreting Scripture, you have to be able to separate Jewish and Christian contexts. So many false doctrines rise up because churches are not able to do this. They take Jewish things and try to apply them to Christianity. They reject what is Christian because they are hung up on the Jewish context.
|Material prosperity||Spiritual blessings|
|Works of the law||Salvation through faith, not works|
|Present physical kingdom||Present spiritual kingdom|
|God deals with the Jews physically||God deals with Christians spiritually|
The Jews comprise a physical nation that God started. Christians comprise a spiritual nation. You can compare them to birds and fish. Their functions and operations are different. Birds fly and fish swim. You can’t put a bird in the water or a fish in a tree and expect them to survive. In the same way, we have to understand the differences between Christians and Jews.
Opponents of dispensationalism will claim that dispensationalism is a heresy because they claim that God doesn’t deal in different ways for different people. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. But see, God Himself is still the same, but His dealings are different and diverse.
1 Corinthians 12:4: “Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.”
Right here, the Bible makes it clear that God does things in different ways with different people.
1 Corinthians 12:8-10: “For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
The Bible has a clear message about God’s dealings with humanity and the varied ways He goes about them.
If you don’t understand that God deals in different ways with different groups of people, as the Bible so clearly states, you will be in grave danger of falling into heresy and applying teachings for others to yourself.