…of replacement theology, and you will be if you do not adhere to dispensationalism, consider this,
“The Church does not replace Israel, the Church was the plan all the time”
Luke 2:10-11 – But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Acts 10:34-35 – Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
Colossians 1:18 – And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Ephesians 4:15-16 – But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Romans 12:5 – So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
God’s plan has always been to reach the world through His Son–and His Son’s body, the Church. The Church was not plan-B, the Church was the plan all the time.
Gal. 3:7-9 – Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, “In thee shall all nations be blessed”. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Paul tells us anyone with faith in Jesus Christ is a child of Abraham regardless of national heritage. Therefore, anyone who does not have faith in Jesus Christ is not a true child of Abraham regardless of national heritage.
Gal. 3:26-29 – So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 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 Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Gal. 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.
Rom. 9:6-7 – 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…
Scripture is clear. The promises of God were ultimately to His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus is the center. Everyone who belongs to Jesus is now an heir to the promises, everyone who does not belong to Jesus is disinherited.
But what about the promises to Abraham, Israel, and others in the Old Testament; didn’t they have any literal meaning? Of course they did. Let’s take the promise of the “Land” as an example.
God did promise Abraham and his descendants the land of Israel. True, while it was a foreshadow of what was coming on a spiritual plane, it was also a physical possession.
And they did inherit and possess it,
Joshua 21:43 – And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.
1 Kings 8:56 – Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised...
And if they had kept the conditions of the covenant they would have been able to enjoy the land in peace until the Second Coming. However, since the terms of the covenant were violated the physical land is no longer a Biblical promise, only the spiritual reality remains.
1Cor. 15:46 – Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
Jesus Christ is at the center of all Scripture and a world-wide people of God has always been God’s objective. In this, natural Israel had an important part to play, but it was not the central focus of God’s ultimate plan for the ages. Only true believers who walked by faith in the Old Testament, were True Israel: All true believers from creation to the second coming form one body, one church. THE Church: True Israel.
The Church does not replace Israel, the Church was God’s plan from the very beginning…