Ephesians: The Anti-Dispensationalist Book

From He Shall Have Dominion, by Kenneth L. Gentry

The Building of the Kingdom

In light of the above, Christians now rule and reign with Him in the world. Ephesians 1:3 declares we are blessed “in heavenly places.” Ephesians 2:6 specifically teaches: “And He hath raised us up together, and made us sit [aorist tense] together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” We are, in the eyes of God, seated with Christ in heavenly places (which, in essence, is the idea of Rev. 20:4-6), i.e., in regal position.

As an interesting aside, we should note that the epistle to the Ephesians is virtually an anti-dispensational polemic by the Apostle Paul! Notice the teaching in Ephesians regarding matters anti-thetical to dispensationalism: Christ is held as presently in His position as a kingly Lord (1: 19-22) and, as just pointed out, we are presently seated with Him (1 :3; 2:6). Paul applies the application of “the promises of the covenant” (literally) to Gentiles in the Church (2:10-12). He emphasizes the removal of the distinction of the Jew and the Gentile (2:12-19). He refers to the building up of the Church as being the building of the temple (2:20-22). The New Testament phase of the Church is said to have been taught in the Old Testament, although not with the same fullness and clarity (3:1-6). Christ’s kingly enthronement is celebrated by the pouring out of gifts upon His Church/kingdom (4:8-11) with the expectation of the historical maturation of the Church (4: 12-14). Paul mentions the kingdom in a way that indicates its spiritual, rather than political, nature (5:5).

Tu summaize:

Christ is King today,

God’s people – on earth and in heaven – reign with Him today;

The promises of the covenant applies to the Church today;

There is no distinction between Gentile and Jew;

The Body of Christ – individually and corporately – IS the temple;

The New Testament era was seen in Old Testament times, although vaguely;

Christ pours out His gifts on His people, His called-out ones, today;

The Church will grow in maturity;

The Kingdom is grounded in spiritual realities:
Godly ethics, not Darwinian-materialist power.

“The victory of life over death”, you may say.

And doubly so, after reflecting on the Crucifixion, Resurrection & Ascension!

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