*Note: This was written by a Facebook friend of mine. Reposting here.*
WHO IS ISRAEL? (WHO ARE THE TRUE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB "ISRAEL"?)
by Mark Church
Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a [real] Jew who is one outwardly and publicly, nor is [true] circumcision something external and physical. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and [true] circumcision is of the heart, a spiritual and not a literal [matter]. His praise is not from men but from God.
Romans 9:7-8 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
Galatians 3:7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.
Galatians 3:16 The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ.
Galatians 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are THE TRUE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 6:15-16 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon (the Israel of God.
*(YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ MATTHEW 23 ABOUT WHAT JESUS SAID TO THE JEWS WHO WERE GOING TO PERSECUTE HIS 12 DISCIPLES, AS WELL)*
YOU MIGHT ALSO WANT TO STUDY GALATIANS 4:21-31 :
21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.
24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the [then, i.e. first century - Ed.] present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written:
“Be glad, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
shout for joy and cry aloud,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband.”
28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman. (end)
In Matthew 23, Jesus told the Jews that they would be held responsible for the murder of every single righteous person that had ever lived. WHY? Because the Jews were going to persecute, chase, and even kill Jesus and Jesus' disciples (Christians). Jesus told the Jews that God was going to judge the nation of Israel for crimes that they weren't even guilty of. Even to this day, Israel persecutes and kills (Palestinian Christians and American Christians). Jesus condemned Israel (Jews) for killing Christians back then in the 1st Century, why would God all of a sudden be okay with the Israeli's persecution and murder of Christians? Doesn't make any sense.
"Israel" has now been EXPANDED to Jews and GENTILES through Faith in Christ. There is no exclusivity or special right given to the physical bloodline of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel). The only ISRAEL that God supports, are the Jews and Gentiles who accept Jesus Christ, and follow Him.
The Apostle Paul (who was a JEW / ISRAELI) said that the TRUE ISRAEL OF GOD was not the physical lineage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Rather, the TRUE ISRAEL OF GOD are those Jews and GENTILES who put their faith in Christ. There is no other Israel in the eyes of God.
Let's Reign! (Rev. 5:10)
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