The true Israel of God: The Gathering.

Posted: October 13, 2010 in Church, Israel, Jesus Christ
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Would it surprise people to know that what God called Israel in the Old Testament God calls the Church in the new Testament.  Many try to reject that the church is in fact Spiritual Israel.  For they feel threatened that this will rob them of their claim to a piece of land in the Middle East.  Yet as we see in this list the church is indeed called by the same names.  The vine in which all believers are called into stretches its way back to Abel  and it will stretched its way to the last man to name the name of Jesus.   In the race to support one ethnic group and their rights to a land which they already have, many have forgotten a greater glory and a greater reality which belongs to the true Israel church .  The land while it may serve as a temporary place of residence during the millennium, our true home lies in a city four square.  Our inheritance is not within the confines of a small stretch of land but an entire planet.  Our backyard a New Earth and a New heaven to explore.  When God say he will make all things new it means we will never tire of the new.

Israel: The Church in the Old Testament The Body of Christ: The Church in the New Testament
Righteous live by faithfulness (Hab. 2:4) Righteous live by faith (Romans 1:17)
Holy people (Deu. 7:6; 33:3; Num. 16:3) Holy people (Eph. 1:1; Rom. 1:7)
Chosen (Deu. 7:6; 14:2) Chosen (Col. 3:12; Tit. 1:1)
Loved (Deu. 4:37) Loved (Col. 3:12; 1 The. 1:4)
Called (Isa. 41:9; 2 Chr. 7:14) Called (Rom. 1:6-7; 1 Cor. 1:2)
Assembly (Psa. 1:5; 89:5; 149:1) Assembly (Acts 7:38; 20:28; Heb. 2:12)
‘Church’ = Assembly in Greek OT (Mic. 2:5) Church (Matthew 16:18; 18:17; Eph 2:20)
Flock (Eze. 34:2, 7; Psa. 77:20) Flock (Luke 12:32; Act. 20:28)
Holy nation (Exo. 19:6) Holy nation (1 Pet. 2:9)
Treasured possession (Exo 19:5) Special possession (1 Pet. 2:9)
Kingdom of priests (Exo. 19:6) Royal priesthood (1 Pet. 2:9)
Children of God (Hos. 1:10) Children of God (Joh. 1:12)
People of God (Hos. 2:23) People of God ( 1 Pet. 2:10)
People of his inheritance (Deu. 4:20) Glorious inheritance (Eph 1:18)
My dwelling place = tabernacle (Lev. 26:11Eze. 37:27) Dwelling among us = tabernacle (Joh. 1:14; 2 Cor. 6:16)
I will walk among you (Lev. 26:12; Jer. 32:38) I will… walk among them (2 Cor. 6:16-17)
I will be his father = of David (2 Sam. 7:14) I will be a father to you (2 Cor. 6:18)
God is a husband betrothed (Isa. 54:5; Jer. 3:14; 31:32; Hos. 2:19) Christ is a husband betrothed (2 Cor. 11:2; Eph 5:25-30)
Saints  used 32X OT 25 in Psalms  Saints Rom 8:27

 

Twelve tribes (Gen. 49:28; Rev. 21:12) Twelve Apostles (Mar. 3:14; Rev. 21:14)
Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heartDeut 10:16 Col 2:11 Circumcision made without hands
I will be his God and they will be my people I will be his God and they will be my people.
Meek shall inherit Ps 37:11 Meek shall inherit matt 5:5
 Promise: Everlasting covenant Ezek  37:26 Fulfilment :Everlasting covenant Heb13:20
Jew                  Esther 2:5 Jew        Romans 2:25-29

So who are the real ‘Children of God’?

While the majority of Jewish people of Jesus’ generation rejected him, all who did receive him as their Lord and Saviour, irrespective of their race, were the legitimate heirs of the covenant promises. The apostle John explains this at the beginning of his gospel where he explains that those who receive Jesus are the ‘children of God’.

 John 1:11-13He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. “

 In Acts 3, the apostle Peter explains to the many nationalities present in Jerusalem how the death of Jesus was no accident but the sovereign will of God, foretold by Moses and the prophets, and the sole means by which all people can be reconciled to God (Acts 3:24-26).

  Significantly, Peter says that those who trust in Jesus are the ‘heirs of the prophets and of the covenant.’ He sees the promises made to Abraham fulfilled not through Israel but through the Church. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we are given a glorious insight into how Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus Christ have been brought into a new ‘citizenship’ (Ephesians 2:11-16).

 The ‘dividing wall of hostility’ typified by the barrier that separated Jews and Gentiles in the Temple, has been broken down by Jesus Christ. In is ironic, if tragic that despite his willingness to comply with all the petty Temple regulations concerning ritual purity, that Paul would eventually be arrested for allegedly bringing Greeks into the Temple and defiling God’s house. (Acts 21:28-29). Today, their successors in the government of Israel are seeking to erect a much higher and longer ‘Separation Barrier’ to preserve their racial identity and exclusive claim to the land of Palestine.

 Paul goes on to show how, having broken down the wall of partition, Jesus has created a new living Temple made up of people of all races (Ephesians 2:19-22). Paul cites the prophet Hosea as evidence that this new inclusive understanding of God’s people has always been God’s intention and sovereign will (Romans 9:21-26 – See Hosea 1:10, 2:23).

The incorporation of both Jews and Gentiles into the one people of God is further illustrated by the way the writer of the Hebrews understands the continuity and unity between the saints of the Old Testament Church and the saints of the New Testament Church. In chapter 11, we find a catalogue of the Old Testament saints and how they suffered for their faith. The chapter concludes with this summary:

 Hebrews 11:39-40These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

 Notice that the writer says “only together with us would they be made perfect.” This is because the Old Testament saints, saved by faith as we are, could only hope for their salvation. They could not experience their inheritance in its fullest sense until the Lord Jesus had died in their place and the dead in Christ are raised (1 Thessalonians 4:16). Then, and only then will, “we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.” (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Notice here, Paul uses the expression “together with them.” This is why Jesus could say, Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.” (John 8:56). The Church of Jesus Christ therefore brings ‘together’ in a unity of faith and love his children under the Old and New Covenants, Jews and Gentiles who trust and believe in Jesus – the one looking forward, the other looking back to his first coming and upward for his second.

 Finally, in the vision which God gave the Apostle John, we see the Church as she is becoming in all her radiant glory.

 Revelation 7:9After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”

 This is why it is inappropriate to maintain racial distinctions within the Body of Christ, or claim the Jewish people have a separate relationship with God based on their ancestry or Mosaic law. The promises made to the Patriarchs and Israel are now being fulfilled in and through the Church. We must not therefore erect once again a wall of separation which Jesus has broken down by his death in our place (Ephesians 2:14).

True home of the faithfull

This is something we call home. Where we can put our feet up and rest. Where we will be welcomed, refreshed, loved and accepted as part of the family of God.   So let it be known that there is a place at the fireplace by faith for both Jew and gentile alike.  Established in a place they can call home.  Not transient or incomplete, but finished  and ready for residence.  To place your feet and rest your wandering souls in a mansion created by God.  Called by the Father to intimate fellowship not for a minute or a day,  but for ever.  But there is only one way and one path.  Through Christ and him alone.  When you come to know him as Lord and saviour.  The King of Kings and Lord of Lords then you will know this garbage dump down here is not your home.  You will become a pilgrim on your way home.  The city lies over the mountains and we will keep going until the sunsets and we rise on the new dawn.

God bless.

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