Take a tour of a comprehensive understanding of Dispensationalism with Dr. Robert Dean. Today Dr. Dean looks at the nature of various schools of Theology in relation to Interpretation. Amos37 has spent years researching the various positions of Amillennialism, Postmillennialism, Prewrath/Mid-tribulation View, Historic Premillennialism, Dispensational Premillennialism, Preterism, and their variants. It is our earnest desire that you grow in grace and in mercy. With this in mind we offer Dr. Deans exhaustive approach will help you understand the issues and components of various theologies. Do your own study and compare with the word of God.
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Dispensations: Covenants and Ages
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Dispensation: Greek: οἰκονομία (oikonomia) 1. the management of a household or of household affairs… administration, dispensation.
So what moves history in terms of divine revelation has to do with the concept of covenant? What is a covenant? A covenant is a form of a contract. It is not identical to a contract; there is a little bit of a difference between a covenant and a contract, but they are similar in that they are legal documents where one party is bound to another party in a legal agreement. So we define a covenant as a contract between God, who is the party of the first part. All the Biblical covenants are described in Scripture. God initiates the covenant and He makes a sovereign disposition obligating Himself in grace to bless man, who is the party of the second part. What that means is God is willing to limit Himself to a written or verbal contract with man in terms of what God is going to do for the human race under that contract. So God obligates Himself and is willing to bind Himself to that contractual agreement. He is not operating in a willy-nilly sort of fashion, which is what you have in every other religion. No other world religion has God binding Himself in a legal agreement of this nature to the human race (see slide #9). -Dr. Robert Dean See full Transcript
About Dr. Robert L. Dean Jr.
Before coming to West Houston Bible Church, Dr. Dean was the Pastor of Preston City Bible Church in Preston, Connecticut. Prior to that he had served churches in both the Dallas and Houston, Texas areas and has over 35 years of pastoral experience.
Dr. Dean is a much sought after Bible teacher both in the United States and overseas. He serves on the adjunct faculty of Faith Evangelical Seminary and is the Chairman of the Governing Board for Chafer Theological Seminary.
Dr. Dean trained for the ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary where he earned a Th.M. in Hebrew and Old Testament Studies and later returned to pursue a Ph.D. in theological studies with an emphasis in Historical Theology. He also earned an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas (1987) and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Evangelical Seminary (2002). In 1988 he was recognized as an Outstanding Young Man of America, and in 1989 was listed in the Who’s Who in American Christian Leadership .
His academic training in Greek, Hebrew, theology, philosophy, and history enables him to study the Bible in the original languages and show how these eternal truths are as vital today as always.