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The Dispensational Keystone.
#1. An examination of objections to the teaching that
Acts 28: is a dispensational boundary of the first importance.
pp. 153 - 159
No reader of The Berean Expositor needs reminding that the keystone of the truth for
which it stands is the last chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. With this contention the
first number of the publication opened, and all the light that has subsequently been
received on the great dispensational teaching of the New Testament has radiated from
this epoch-making chapter of the Acts.
In perfect symmetry on either side of this keystone, are ranged the fourteen epistles of
Paul, and across the arch can be written the three statements, "The Jew Prominent",
which is true of the early ministry of the Apostle, "The Jew Absent", which is most
obviously true of his later ministry, and "The Jew Dismissed", which is the truth of
Acts 28: itself. These features we have visualized in the following diagram, which
also indicates further features of the two ministries associated with the two sets of
The primary reason for reopening this question is the necessity which has arisen to
deal with an objection that has been made by a reader and fellow-student of the Word.
The dispensational importance of Acts 28: has been challenged, and the statement
has been made, that the dismissal of the Jew in Acts 28: is "local" and neither
"national nor final".
By a "local" dismissal we understand such a turning from the Jew as is recorded in
Acts 13: 44-48, for in the opening verse of the next chapter we find the same apostle
again entering a synagogue, with the result that "a great multitude both of the Jews and
also of the Greeks believed" (Acts 14: 1). Acts 13: and 14: have a dispensational
importance in that they,
Prefigure the national blindness which has since settled upon all Israel (Acts 13: 11).
The related salvation of the Gentile (Acts 13: 12).
The warning of impending judgment (Acts 13: 40, 41).
The close association of "Paul" with the Gentiles (Acts 13: 9).
The opening of the door of faith to the Gentiles (Acts 14: 27).
The recognition that the Jew was "first" (Acts 13: 46).