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“The Revelation 19 picture of Jesus” by Mark Driscoll

“The Revelation 19 picture of Jesus coming again as a warrior with a tattoo down His leg and a sword in His hand, riding on a white horse to slaughter evildoers until their blood runs through the streets like a river, is hardly consistent with the common false portrait of Jesus that lacks any sense of righteous anger.”

–Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Death by Love: Letters from the Cross (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008), 127.

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“In the church and not in Christ” by Mark Driscoll

“It was not until the age of nineteen, while reading Romans in my college dorm room, that God the Holy Spirit regenerated me, giving me faith to trust in Jesus alone for my salvation. This happened apart from any church.

Both the teaching of Scripture and the work of the Holy Spirit to regenerate me through the power of the gospel made me a member of the invisible church despite the fact I had already lived my life as a member of the visible church.

My point is that you can be baptized in the church, raised in the church, confirmed in the church, serve in the church, marry in the church, die in the church, and have your funeral in the church, and still wake up in hell if you are merely in the church and not in Christ.”

–Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009), 43.

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“What is a local church?” by Mark Driscoll

“The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy.”

–Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009), 38.

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“What is the relationship between Israel and the church?” by Mark Driscoll

“What is the relationship between Israel and the church? The church is not Israel. Israel is an ethnicity, a nation, and a religious system. The church is none of these. When the Bible—Old and New Testaments—uses the term Israel, it always means a group of Jewish people, not the ‘ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation’ (Rev. 5:9), which is the church.

Some Reformed theologians see Israel as having been replaced by the church so that it is defined as spiritual Israel; the church in the new covenant occupies the place that Israel occupied in the old. But that would mean God reneges on his promises to the ethnic children of Abraham (Gen. 12:1–4; Deut. 30:1–5; Isaiah 11; Zech. 10:8–12).

Older, dispensational theologians in the vein of Lewis Sperry Chafer see Israel and the church as essentially two different peoples with whom God works separately throughout eternity. Their defining hermeneutic, which means method of interpretation, is never to blur the distinction between Israel and church. But that negates the statements of God breaking down the dividing wall to form one new humanity (Eph. 2:11–16).

It seems best to say there is one people of God saved by grace alone through faith alone in the promised Messiah alone who are organized in different administering institutions of God’s one-kingdom purpose. The physical and spiritual descendants of Abraham—Jewish people and especially Jewish believers—are the ‘first born’ of God’s working.

With the establishment of the new covenant in Acts 2, the people from every tribe and language and people and nation join in the body of Christ, sharing in the inaugurated promises of the new covenant, but not in the Mosaic religion and national structure of Israel.

The Old Testament prophecies of a national restoration of Israel (Ezek. 36:22–38; Acts 1:5–7) will be fulfilled by racially Jewish Christians in the millennium who finally ‘shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation’ (Ex. 19:5–6).”

–Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009), 58.

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