The Dispensational Frontier of Acts 28:23-31. The Analogy of a Frontier. It is but reasonable to expect that any system of doctrine or interpretation that differs from or challenges orthodoxy, will be subjected to a fair amount of criticism, and this should be welcomed, for if our pursuit be the TRUTH, the faults discovered even by an enemy should be acknowledged and the quest continued. We believe that many whose interest has been quickened, but who have received a setback by some of the specious arguments advanced against us, would value a careful and constructive presentation of the reasons why Acts 28 should be considered a dispensational boundary. This we hope to provide in the text below.
Many, if not all, believers in Christ are aware that as we progress through the Bible, so God reveals more of His plan and purpose for mankind. We may turn to Genesis for teaching on creation, but we are not likely to offer God burnt offerings like Abel, Noah and others did. We may admire the faith of Abraham who believed that even in his old age God would grant him a child, but we know that we have to believe something different if the same righteousness is to be imputed to us. We may read of the ritual of circumcision, but we are unlikely to have our boy babies circumcised as a religious rite, even if we may do so for medical reasons.
How visually observant are you? There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them?
Gk. pascha, from Heb. pesah). The Passover (which see), and so translated in every passage except in the KJV: "intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people" . In the earlier English versions Easter had been frequently used as the translation of pascha. At the last revision Passover was substituted in all passages but this. The word Easter is of Saxon origin, Eastra, the goddess of spring, in whose honor sacrifices were offered about Passover time each year. By the eighth century Anglo-Saxons had adopted the name to designate the celebration of Christ's resurrection. bibliography: N. M. Denis-Boulet, Christian Calendar (1960). (from New Unger's Bible Dictionary)
The name "Easter" originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 AD.) a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a .k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similar "Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [were] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos." Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: "eastre."
Lest those, who having read this study may feel that they have been robbed of so much that is precious in the Word - so much from which they derive comfort and help, we would like to make it clear that while the various books and parts of the Scriptures are definitely ADDRESSED TO different companies of people at different times we MUST distinguish between; the interpretationand application of the Word.
Interpretation deals first with those to whom the passage of Scripture is addressed. When this has been settled we can then apply the passage to ourselves if this is consistent with truth revealed in this present age of grace, this is a legitimate application of Scripture.
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What does it mean to be an Acts 28 site?
Simply stated, we believe the passage in Acts 28:28-31 is when the Apostle Paul declares to the Jewish leadership that the final opportunity for their acceptance of Jesus as Christ is over. From that point on the message for the plan of salvation is now authorized to be sent from the Gentiles, apart from Israel. Prior to this point in scripture, salvation was always either through or with the Jew. At this point the nation of Israel has been put on hold but will be still receive the promises and blessings made to them through Abraham in the future (when Elijah restores the revealed plan of God).
"Be a Spirtual Spud" Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head exclaimed! They centered their message around the verse in Psalm 139:14 (KJV) “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” They said we should honor God with our whole body. Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head want to share with you some scripture on praising God which they call “Spudly” Wisdom… using your body parts to praise God! This material uses all the potato head body parts to highlight scripture as to how they may be used to glory God... and sometimes not. It was a fun way to have children think of their Christian behavior.
We all need to ask questions as we ponder God's word. These are not to be construed as negative to your faith as are foolish and unlearned questions 2Tim. 2:23, but on the contrary should simply be a part of the method of acquiring knowledge and understanding and therefore be faith building. The right questions should lead onto edification and strength and finally to perfection. It is with this spirit that I ask these questions and hope that the Father of lights will give a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him (see Eph.1:17) to each and every one of us so that with enlightened eyes we may know!
Straw Men and Misrepresentation
Many who are unaccustomed to Acts 28 right division will find the teaching here, at first glance, hard to digest. One reason for this is that the teaching of Biblical doctrine has given way to and replaced by entertainment in many churches. The other reason is that Acts 28 teaching lays to rest many of the sacred cows of confessing christianity though this is not by any means the only fruit that it produces. If something is seen only in terms of negatives, that is if Acts 28 teaching is seen only in terms of denying this or denying that so that the message one gets is a long list of doctrines that are negated this can have the effect of turning many would be investigators into righteously indignant detractors.