Israel of God ( a new Creation)

Posted: June 11, 2010 in Church, Holy Spirit, Israel, Jesus Christ, salvation
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Gal 1: 9 “As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

  • James: I always have difficulty when people begin to separate YHWH God’s Word into the OT & the NT. It is one Word from the One God. Some people say “The New is in the Old concealed. The Old is in the New revealed.” I prefer, “The New is in the Old contained. The Old is in the New explained.” Hebrews makes it plain, the saints of the OT were saved in the same manner in which we are – faith in what YHWH God would achieve through His Son at Calvary, even though they may not have seen it as clearly as we can. The stumbling block to the Jews should be “Messiah crucified” not some other doctrine. Where I have problems is the idea of a separate “Church” in the NT, different from the “Church” in the OT. The same word is applied to both, if we look at the Septuagint Greek. The great heresy of the church, from almost the moment the last Apostle, died was that anything associated with the “Jews” had to be purged from the Church – this led to the horrific anti-semitism that still exists today in too many pulpits. In Messiah, both Jew & Gentile have been grafted into the community of Israel, not some new entity – the NT makes this abundantly clear.
  • Comment by Philip | June 10, 2010

The statement was offered up by Philip from ETPW blog.

While I agree with most of what he had to say, there are aspects I do not.  So I will try and cover most of what I see.

“The great heresy of the church, from almost the moment the last Apostle, died was that anything associated with the “Jews” had to be purged from the Church – this led to the horrific anti-semitism that still exists today in too many pulpits. In Messiah, both Jew & Gentile have been grafted into the community of Israel, not some new entity – the NT makes this abundantly clear ”

The assumption that the church became HERETICAL soon after the Apostle John died.  This has always been the lie that has produced many false cults and their teachers.

Phillip believes that it was the church that purged itself from all things Jewish.

that anything associated with the “Jews” had to be purged from the Church”

This again does not represent the clear picture as to what happened.  What was purged from the church was Judaism.  Judaism was now a false religion.  When God tore the veil it signified that the New Covenant had come and the Old had passed away.  On that basis the priests had they recognised their messiah could simply have down their tools, shut shop and gone home.  But what they did was to sew up the temple curtain and carried on as if nothing had happened.  In some strange prophetic way this also signified the sewing up the hearts of many who came to reject the New Covenant and carry on as if nothing had happened.   This rejecting of Judaism did not start after the apostle John died but was the clear teaching of the Apostles from the beginning.  The gentiles were under no obligation to keep the Jewish laws, even though many Judases tried to compel gentiles to embrace Jewish rituals.  In AD 70 the temple itself was destroyed but this did not change the hearts of those who rejected their messiah.  After AD 70 The Jewish hierarchy reinvented Judaism around the synagogue rather than the temple.  So today what people call Judaism is not the Judaism of Biblical days.   But even if it was there was still no place in the New for the old.

It is also interesting that Philip accuses the church of anti-Semitism when the first persecution mention was against the Jewish believers by Jewish brethren.  It would seem that if you critics any nation and no one will bother, but criticise Israel and suddenly you become and anti Semite.   Well Jesus Paul and the disciples all had a go at Israel.

grafted into the community of Israel, not some new entity”  Philip like so many have this strange idea that the church is another offshoot of the commonwealth of Israel.  Scripture does not support that.  Further more there is this rejection that the church becoming part of this commonwealth that she is in fact “NOT A NEW ENTITY”

IS THE CHURCH A NEW ENTITY

  • Eph 2:12”That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world”
  • Eph 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of “Christ.

Nigh to what ?  Does God draw us nigh to a commonwealth of Israel.  If so would that not mean we would become part of a greater national Israel and all the unsaved Jews become brethren?  No there is no evidence for that.  We were aliens from this commonwealth and we are still.

But God has created something bigger and better.

  • Eph 2:15 “ Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [contained] in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain ONE NEW MAN, [so] making peace;  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby”

The word NEW In the Greek kainos and means 1) new a) as respects form 1) recently made, fresh, recent, unused, unworn b) as respects substance 1) of a new kind, unprecedented, novel, uncommon, unheard of.

Vine expository dictionary explains New:

Denotes “new,” of that which is unaccustomed or unused, not “new” in time, recent, but “new” as to form or quality, of different nature from what is contrasted as old. “‘The new tongues,’ kainos, of Mar 16:17 are the ‘other tongues,’ heteros, of Act 2:4. These languages, however, were ‘new’ and ‘different,’ not in the sense that they had never been heard before, or that they were new to the hearers, for it is plain from Act 2:8 that this is not the case; they were new languages to the speakers, different from those in which they were accustomed to speak.

“The new things that the Gospel brings for present obedience and realization are: a new covenant, Mat 26:28 in some texts; a new commandment, Jhn 13:34; a new creative act, Gal 6:15; a new creation, 2Cr 5:17; a new man, i.e., a new character of manhood, spiritual and moral, after the pattern of Christ, Eph 4:24; a new man, i.e., ‘the Church which is His (Christ’s) body,’ Eph 2:15.

“The new things that are to be received and enjoyed hereafter are: a new name, the believer’s, Rev 2:17; a new name, the Lord’s, Rev 3:12; a new song, Rev 5:9; a new Heaven and a new Earth, Rev 21:1; the new Jerusalem, Rev 3:12; 21:2; ‘And He that sitteth on the Throne said, Behold, I make all things new,’ Rev 21:5” *
[* From Notes on Galations, by Hogg and Vine, pp. 337, 338.]

Kainos is translated “fresh” in the RV of Mat 9:17; Mar 2:22 (in the best texts) and Luk 5:38, of wineskins. Cp. kainotes, “newness” (below)

Otherwise this One new man was a NEW ENTITY.

Something that was never seen before.  For in this covenant Jew and gentile are welcomed on the same basis.  Under the Old the Gentiles had no place alongside the Jews.   Now God breaks this wall down and makes a new creature, not based around rituals and works but by faith.  Therefore producing a new man

Now under the Old Covenant not everyone who was called a saint was a saint.  Hebrews 11 is a list of the faithful, and not a list of Jewish ancestry.  Not all who were of Israel were Israelites.

They were many who were born a Jew but were unfaithful to the covenant and therefore would not be expected to inherit alongside those mentioned in Hebrews 11.

This is what we were:

Eph 2: 2-3 “Wherein in time past ye WALKED ACCORDING TO THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD, according to the prince of the power of the air, the SPIRIT THAT NOW WORKETH IN THE CHILDREN OF DISOBEDIENCE: Among whom also we all had our CONVERSATION IN TIMES PAST IN THE LUSTS OF OUR FLESH, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and WERE BY NATURE THE CHILDREN OF WRATH, even as others.”

Compare this to what we are.

  • Eph 2: 6 “And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus”
  • Eph 2:19 “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner [stone]; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

There are things here that has never been seen before under the OT

  1. 1. Raised to sit in heavenly places

In the Old the temple is where Judaism stood.  That earthly tabernacle is where man met with God.  For the most part Jews would come up to the temple to meet their God.  But that temple was still a place of seperation  Now under the New we are raised up to sit with Christ in heavenly places.  While out feet are planted here on the earth we are also planted with Christ in the heavenliest.  To a Jew who was dispersed and his home was in the nations, his desire was always next year in Jerusalem.  To the commonwealth of Israel the earthly Jerusalem was their home.  For the Christian our home is never settled in an earthly city but one that lays four squares in the heaven.  I know for the Christian part of us exists there already.   The New Covenant temple becomes the place of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  Now the way is clear to enter without reservation.  Just make it clear we are never called to look in but to look up.  The Holy Spirit always point to where Jesus is now.  Now we have the invitation to enter through that veil that once separated the believer and into the most holy sanctuary.  The unbeliever does not have such luxuries.  The veil still stands before them as a curtain of separation and exile.  It is only when they turn to God will that curtain be removed.

  1. 2. No more strangers and foreigners.

What does this mean?   Strangers to whom or what?  I believe we were strangers to God and the covenant of promise.  Now we are made close to God and we become the very tabernacle in which God dwells.  The Old had an earthly house where God dwelt but separated from man, in the New God and man dwell together.  The veil that separated and stood as a reminder of that separation was ripped in two signifying the way was open.  The Old did not present that open fellowship never mind the invitation.  Those who came to celebrate and sacrifice were still kept outside the most holy of holies.  .

  1. 3. Fellow citizens with the saints

It does not say we are fellow citizens with unbelieving jews.  Nor does it say we are citizens of an unbelieving commonwealth of Israel.  Who by the way will not and has not accepted gentiles, unless they embraced Judaism.  Unbelieving Jews are recognised on the same lines as unbelieving gentiles.

We are never the  less part of the faithful who down through history have embraced the covenant promises of God.

  1. 4. The household of God
    1. 1) belonging to a house or family, domestic, intimate
    2. a) belonging to one’s household, related by blood, kindred
    3. b) belonging to the household of God
    4. c) belonging, devoted to, adherents of a thing
  • Gal 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

The idea of belonging becomes a new reality.  We might not appreciate all that this entails.

  • 2 Pet 1:4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
  • 1 John 1:3 “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

The word PARTAKER does not mean we become divine, but that we enter into fellowship with the one who is divine in nature.  We are therefore partakers in fellowship with God. Never before did man ever come into that sort of relationship.  There was always this separation between God and man.  But the truest fulfilment is seen in the book of revelation where finally God and man are reunited .  This truly outshines the Old Covenant.

  1. 9. Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets

This is a new foundation.  Not built upon the foundation of sins and an endless cycle of sacrifices which cannot take away sins, but became a constant reminder of their sin. Not built upon a priesthood that required an endless cycle of high priests to its office.  Not built upon the failure that man cannot keep the law.  Not built upon a racial inheritance that included one race to the exclusion of all others.  Not built upon an earthly hope but on an eternal hope.  Not built around an earthly city but an eternal city.

  1. 10. With Christ himself as the corner stone

The natural commonwealth of Israel cannot fit into this new structure.  For they have rejected Christ as their corner stone.  Jesus becomes the new and true vine from which we are nourished.  The Holy Spirit becomes the fountain of life that men can drink and be satisfied.  The father becomes the husbandman that prunes and cuts so that good fruit will grow.

Now I hope that by now you will realise that the church was never grated into unbelieving Israel.  The jews were also the branches and not the root.  Israel could never sustain itself let alone anyone else. Nor would a grafting into some natural stock of Israel serve any purpose, for we are not grafted into the natural but the spiritual.  For some unknown reason people think that the church is some wayward child of Judaism.  There is no such doctrine.  The church is the new SPIRITUAL ISRAEL.

  • 1 Pet 5:1 “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also A PARTAKER OF THE GLORY THAT SHALL BE REVEALED”
  • Rom 8:18 “ For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the GLORY WHICH SHALL BE REVEALED IN US.”

There was a glory which was associated with the Old Testament and the tabernacle.  But it always stood as something separated and above Gods people.  Fire by night and a cloud by day.  From time to time men experienced something of this glory.  Isaiah 6 when Isaiah saw the Glory of God.  The mount where Jesus was transfigured.  But there is a glory which God will be revealed within the believer and something which will be altogether different that what we see and experienced down here.  This will be and eternal Glory manifested by a new body, constructed without the taint of sin or corruption.  Now we know that this body will be like Jesus body which was revealed to the disciples after the resurrection.  This new body will not shrink from the presence of God.  There will be no discomfort in Gods presence.  We will fit right in there.  Now our present bodies are suited to this earth and are subject to its laws and stagnation.  Our new bodies will not stagnate grow old or waste.  I suspect although I cant prove it 100% but the laws by which our new bodies will move in will altogether be different.  Just as there will be a new heaven and earth, and the laws that govern it will not be subject to corruption or death.  Now that will be something to see.

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