Saturday, January 22, 2022

Is the Church Israel? | Session 1

Many teach today that upon salvation, we the church (Body of Christ) become part of spiritual Israel. Not physical Israel, but a spiritual one. The question that I pose today is does the Bible truly teach that? Is God really through with the physical nation of Israel? Has He really given all of the promises that He gave to Israel to us now? Some will go on to say that Israel in the Old Testament is merely an allegory for the church, i.e., the church is the true Israel. 

I strongly believe that the entire "spiritual Israel" teaching is the result of not rightly dividing the Word of God. As such, they fail to see the dispensational shift from God's dealings with the nation and the Body of Christ. Also, for anyone to arrive at the conclusion that the church is Israel in any way, shape, or form, requires a view that the Scriptures should not be interpreted literally. Therein lies the problem. 

This erroneous view has led to literally everything promised to the nation has now been given to the church. Again, this teaching can only come from an allegorical reading of the text. By the way, according to the dictionary, allegorical is a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning. 

To make the Scriptures say that the church is spiritual or true Israel requires three things from those who are doing it. First, they must deny the precise fulfillment of prophecy given specifically to Israel. Second, they must reject the significance of God's separation of Israel from the Gentiles. Third, they must ignore the teaching of Jesus Christ according to the mystery as revealed to the Apostle Paul. We are going to take a look at each of these one at a time over the course of the next few studies. 

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