Sermon—“Bible Ages”

Some of the points covered in this sermon:
• A review of the flawed Dispensational framework of history
• A review of the correct Sovereign Grace framework of history
• The key words used by Dispensationalists that need to be addressed—ages, covenants and institutions
• The twofold division of history and how it coincides with the twofold division of the Bible
• The difference between Dispensationalists and Hyper-calvinists, in the way they understand “responsibility” and “authority”
• The structure of Hebrews 11:1-40
• The timeline of Hebrews 11:1-40
• Hebrews 11 doesn’t organize the dispensations according to events, but rather, according to individual life spans (Abel, Enoch, Noah, etc)
• The meaning of the word “ages” and how it is used throughout the New Testament
• The meaning of the word “ages” as it appears in Hebrews 11:3: “Through faith we understand that the AGES were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
• The two catalogues of generations recorded in Hebrews 11
• The two summaries of generations recorded in Hebrews 11
• The proper way to view a dispensation of time—it is the lifespan of each individual, as he/she is under the administration of God

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Wherein The Doctrine of Predestination Is Explained As It Relates In General To All Men.

Thus much being premised with relation to the Scripture terms commonly made use of in this controversy, we shall now proceed to take a nearer view of this high and mysterious article, and—

I.—We, with the Scriptures, assert that there is a predestination of some particular persons to life for the praise of the glory of Divine grace, and a predestination of other particular persons to death, which death of punishment they shall inevitably undergo, and that justly, on account of their sins.

(1) There is a predestination of some particular persons to life, so “Many are called, but…

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III.—We assert that as all men universally are not elected to salvation, so neither are all men universally ordained to condemnation. This follows from what has been proved already; however, I shall subjoin some further demonstration of these two positions.

(1) All men universally are not elected to salvation, and, first, this may be evinced a posteriori; it is undeniable from Scripture that God will not in the last day save every individual of mankind! (Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25:46; John 5:29). Therefore, say we, God never designed to save every individual, since, if He had, every individual would and must be saved, for “His counsel shall stand, and He will do all His pleasure.”

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