I’d like to point something out that you might be completely oblivious to. I can say this because there was a time that I was oblivious to this. I’m going to call this “subconscious deletion”. Dispensational teaching asks you to believe that God meant exactly what he said in the Bible. You most likely believe as the song says “every promise in the book is mine” Unfortunately the Bible does not even come close to saying this. You have been conditioned to read the Bible like it is all to you. You have been conditioned to subconsciously delete words like Israel, Jews, Zion, Hebrews, and the like and place yourself into the verse and context when the Bible does not allow such a thing. You have been conditioned to place yourself into phrases like “my people” and words like “sheep”. Are you aware that of the 39 times the NT uses the word sheep our Apostle Paul uses it only once, and he is quoting the OT when he does? You are not a sheep in the Bible. If you are saved you are a member of the body of Christ. Jesus defines who the sheep are in Matthew 10:6. The fact is 90% of the Bible is addressed to Israel and you will never understand the Bible as God intended if you continue to drop yourself into verses that are not written to you. I challenge you to read the book of Matthew with one thought in mind as you read; ask yourself who is in the audience. This will require you to stop inserting yourself into everything that is said and stop ignoring phrases like “his people” seen in chapter 1 verse 21 which is not referring to you. This means you can’t ignore “king of the Jews” in 2:2 or “rule my people Israel” in 2:6. You will need to ask yourself the context of the phrase “kingdom of heaven” that Jesus uses constantly throughout the book. You probably never noticed that the Jews knew exactly what kingdom Jesus was talking about because the OT clearly prophesied of it. This of course being the only kingdom that fits perfectly into everything Jesus said, the earthly kingdom. You will not be able to get past chapter 10:5-7 without clearly seeing who is in the context of the book. Chapter 13:14-15 speaks of “this people” who most Christians are all too quick to agree is about the Jews. If 13:14-15 is about the Jews then how can you insert yourself into any of the other context? Chapter 15 verse 24 continues to set the audience of Matthew clearly. Chapter 19 verse 17 certainly does not teach our salvation for today in the dispensation of the grace of God. How can Verse 29 of chapter 19 agree with what we know about our salvation? The clear plain truth is; it can’t. You can’t pick and choose where you want to insert Gentiles if the context doesn’t allow it. When you get done reading Matthew you will clearly see you are not in the context. This is because Matthew is OT in doctrine and clearly addressed to Israel. Every verse in Matthew makes complete sense when it is rightly divided.
Steve Schoenberger is a student of the Bible and the teacher at Abundant Grace Bible Fellowship, A Mid-Acts Dispensational Bible church teaching the Bible rightly divided according the revelation of the mystery delivered to the Apostle Paul