Monday, September 14, 2015

What Does The Bible Say About Israel's Status With God Today?

Does ethnic Israel have any special status with God today?  No!  Salvation comes through Jesus Christ for everyone… one person at a time no matter what his or her nationality….  We must let the New Testament give us more complete revelation.

Speaking of Jews and Gentiles Paul says….. (Ephesians 2:14-15 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace,)
Notice Jews and Gentiles are now one, the law has been set aside with it’s commands and regulations.  There is now one people of God, not two.

(Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.)
Again one people of God through faith in Christ

(Romans 2:28-29
A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God.)
A Spiritual Jew includes all who have been regenerated [born again] through the circumcision of the heart.  These are the people of God and they include both Jews and Gentiles.

(Romans 9:6-8 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel. 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.)
Can it get any clearer who God’s children are?

(Hebrews 8:8-9 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord,

when I will establish a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. For they did not continue in my covenant, and so I showed no concern for them, declares the Lord.)
God showed no concern for them!!!  That certainly points to the status of unbelieving Jews.