Progressive Dispensationalism at 30,000 Feet
Dr. Himie Pickett
The Progressive Dispensational doctrine essentially says Christ’s Kingdom began on the Day of Pentecost and that Christ’s Kingdom will have an earthly manifestation during a literal 1000 reign (Revelation 20). Let’s examine the Scriptures:
Acts 2:22-36 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence. “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
The Progressive Dispensationa view is supported by many New Testament passages. Let’s examine two:
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.
Three things are to be noted in marrying the above passage with Acts 2:
1. The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Christ are not two separate Kingdoms, but merely two different terms for the ONE Kingdom.
2. The Holy Spirit is the agent of Christ, who is reigning in heaven, here on earth.
3. Christ is not only reigning in heaven, on earth via of Holy Spirit, but He reigns in the hearts of believers via Holy Spirit.
It is clear to see how the Godhead (Colossians 2:9) works in tangent in reigning in the Kingdom.
Another passage is Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Notice, John uses the term “kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ.” We are in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Kingdom of God).
This doctrine of the Kingdom is similar to that of the Kingdom view within Covenant Theology and is antipodal to that of Traditional Dispensationalism. Traditional Dispensationalism purports that Christ’s Kingdom is only established during the 1000 year reign of Christ (the Millennium) and established after the Tribulation and Christ’s Second Coming.
Progressive Dispensationalism does see a future literal earthly reign as do Traditional Dispensationalists.
Progressive Dispensationalists have a “Kingdom now and Kingdom later” perspective.
This is Progressive Dispensationalism at 30,000 feet.