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Is National Israel God’s Chosen And Holy Nation?


Excellent message. (HT)

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Let’s Make It Simple:

  • All believers, regardless of race, are the children of Abraham (Gal. 3:7, 26-29).
  • All believers, regardless of race, are God’s chosen children (Eph. 1:3-6, Titus 2:11-14).
  • All believers, regardless of race, are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, “a people belonging to God” (1 Peter 2:9).
  • All believers, regardless of race, are the temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16, 2 Cor. 6:16).
  • All believers, regardless of race, are currently in God’s spiritual kingdom or reign (Col. 1:13-14).
  • All believers, regardless of race, are called the circumcision (Phil. 3:3). All believers, regardless of race, are called Jerusalem, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2-12).

The Whole Matter In A Nut Shell

If Old Jerusalem has been replaced by New Jerusalem (grace era or Christian system); if the Old Temple has been replaced by the New Temple; if the Old Priesthood has been superseded by the priesthood of all believers; if the Old Sacrifices were succeeded by the Perfect Sacrifice; if physical circumcision was replaced by spiritual circumcision (of the heart); and if New Israel (the Christian community) replaced Old Israel, then…

Why would God, at some future date, restore the old carnal regulations and practices when something far better, with transcendent promises, has arrived? God has made everything new! The new order eclipses the old regulations and practices, which were only shadows of the good things to come (Heb. 10:1).

To put it another way, why would God return to the Old after having created the New? This would be regression, not progression. Or, why would God retreat by reinstating the carnal when He has resurrected the spiritual? Why would any believer want to surrender his spiritual status in this new age and return to the carnal, external, and legalistic arrangement under Moses—a system that was incapable of abolishing sins? Well, why?

Allow Me To Clarify Even More

There is room for doubt that God sponsored or established the formation of National Israel in 1948, for it was prophesied long ago that the Jews would be scattered all over the earth. Even Jesus said the Jews would be scattered “to all the nations” (Luke 21:24). Why did God scatter them? Because of their persistent, long-term rebellion.

Secondly, God has not forsaken Jews or Gentiles. He wants all of them to come to His Son for deliverance and salvation. Romans 11 seems to teach that a day is coming (assuming it hasn’t come and gone) when Jews in large numbers will accept Jesus as their Messiah. When that happens, they, too, will be grafted in and become part of the one body of believers and part of God’s holy nation. “And if they [Jews] do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again” (Rom. 11:23). Until then, they remain separated from God.

Ungrafted Jews are not God’s chosen people. Ungrafted Gentiles are not God’s chosen people. I think you will agree that unregenerated Gentiles are not God’s elect. Then why is it so difficult for so many of you to believe that unregenerated Jews are not God’s elect?

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7 comments on “Is National Israel God’s Chosen And Holy Nation?

  1. Why would God, at some future date, restore the old carnal regulations and practices when something far better, with transcendent promises, has arrived? God has made everything new! The new order eclipses the old regulations and practices, which were only shadows of the good things to come (Heb. 10:1).

    WHY INDEED? This is very clear, concise and Truth with a capital T.

  2. why would god make a new? … was the old no good – did god make a mistake?
    Very odd you cut down the root of your family tree without searching for the truth.

    • Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.

      For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.[a] And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. For He testifies:[b]

      “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek.”

      For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness, 19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

      And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him:

      “The Lord has sworn And will not relent,‘You are a priest forever, According to the order of Melchizedek’”),

      by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.

      Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

      For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself. For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.

      Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.

      For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. 4 For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; 5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a] 6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

      A New Covenant

      For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Because finding fault with them, He says:

      “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

      In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

      Hebrews 8-9

  3. Quote: None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.

    Recently I have been pondering over some words Jesus had spoken to those called: Pharisees. They were religious, taught in the word, or shall we say: repeating the Law, and spent much time proudly proclaiming their belief. When Jesus was before them He says: you know NOT God, because if you did you would know Me. Then I was remembering how those God has chosen to speak His word and the same Pharisees got so angry they wanted to shut them up, and sought to destroy them. Because I have sat in classes where questions have been asked and upon answering I got angry responses; even a fist hitting hard on a table top. Yet these classes were Bible study classes, and I was sitting before proudly proclaiming Christians.

    The statement just really stands out for me… I am not one who likes to say to a professing Christian ‘ you may think you are a Christian, yet you seem more liken unto those Jesus said they knew NOT God’.

    Thanks for sharing … I believe Him when He says He writes His laws on their Hearts, and in their minds.

    • While i’ve not experienced firsthand a fist slamming upon a table, i get the feeling some of my posts may provoke similar responses by a few sitting at their computers. Aha!

      All joking aside i do know what you mean. Many don’t like questions oxy because if they cannot provide an answer it puts them “on the spot”, so to speak–many times forcing them to look closely at what they believe and why. In other words you make them think and that is not acceptable today; for we live in a world filled with Christians who want to be told what to believe.

  4. I really enjoyed this post, and found it to be well put-together and clearly communicated, especially the “Let’s Keep It Simple” section.

    Indeed, the New Testament demonstrates over and over again that the types and shadows of the old covenant age find their fulfillment in Jesus and the church that is built up in Him. The realities to which those types pointed are here, and as a result there is no reason to return to those types. Mr. Cott’s post demonstrates this truth very well.

    A couple of Scripture passages could be added to his point that “[all] believers, regardless or race, are called Jerusalem, the Holy City, the New Jerusalem”: Hebrews 12:22-24 and Galatians 4:21-31.

    The author of Hebrews told his readers that they (and also we) “have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…” Paul likewise told his readers in Galatia that “the Jerusalem above” was their mother (and also our mother), while earthly Jerusalem was in bondage with her children and was about to be cast out.

    I’m sure there are other passages which could be added to his study as well. It’s such a rich topic and ripe for further study. There are so many glorious new covenant truths regarding God’s chosen and holy nation/people, and the idea that national Israel has anything to do with it would give me a spiritual stomachache. What does national Israel have to offer compared to what Jesus offers, and compared to the spiritual blessings found in Him which are freely available to His people (the chosen people of God)?

    • This was really good for it’s simplicity! As one who tries but fails (too often) to keep things simple, it was much appreciated. aha!

      Thanks for adding further scriptures Adam.

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