Israel—Things to Keep in Mind. Today’s Israel is not the OT Israel They have missed the Messiah Their leaders are NOT appointed by God (anymore than any other nation) There aren’t temple sacrifices They are NOT a theocracy. One God, One People. Pre-Israel Israel the Nation
Israel the Nation
The body of Christ
ALL saved by FAITH
(In the dispensation/stewardship of Grace)
Christ is building His Church
What’s the big deal?
“Christian, what do you think I need to be saved from?”
Some day God will remove the partial blindness Israel is presently experiencing.
The spiritual blessing of being part of the “People of God.”
Paul describes non-Jews [Gentiles] as branches on wild olive trees who are now being integrated (grafted) into the people of God.
But these people are NOT becoming Jews; they are professing to be followers of Christ.
The tree is the visible representation of the people of God beginning with Abraham.
Today’s unrepentant Jews are not the people of God.
Our biblical heritage is in the Judaism of the OT.
Turn to Romans 4:11
through adoption, we are connected to Jews
This is what Paul describes as natural branches being broken off.
NO ROOM FOR PRIDE IN THE BODY OF CHRIST!
1 Corinthians 10:1-12
Natural vs. Wild
Israel vs. Gentiles
And they also, if they [corporate] abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
The corporate blindness sets the conditions for a huge Gentile church (which can have Jews in it who believe Jesus is the Christ).
How does God fulfill His promise to Abraham if the tree has only Jewish branches?
When the fullness of the Gentiles is reached, how will God remove the partial blinding?
In the same way the Holy Spirit was poured out upon Gentiles, God will once again send His Spirit [of Grace] to Jews [natural branches]; and when they see Jesus [him who they pierced], they will repent.