Excellent message. (HT)
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If Old Jerusalem has been replaced by New Jerusalem (grace era or Christian system); if the Old Temple has been replaced by the New Temple; if the Old Priesthood has been superseded by the priesthood of all believers; if the Old Sacrifices were succeeded by the Perfect Sacrifice; if physical circumcision was replaced by spiritual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?