Originally posted at http://gephartr.blogspot.com
Warning: I speak in generic terms in this article, and with some small amount of sarcasm.
Over the years, the church has developed the theory of supersessionism. Under this theory, the church claims to be the new spiritual Israel in fulfillment of the promises that the Creator gave in the Old Testament. This theory denies the ability of the Creator to maintain the identity of Israel and thus the ability to keep His promises. This theory began after Rome “destroyed” Israel and the nation was no more. Therefore, since there was no more physical nation another idea needed to be developed to keep the belief going – and to improve the position of the church too.
But belief in this theory ignores the promises of the Creator. Such as the curses that Israel had to suffer for their sins in worshipping idols and abandoning their God. Such as the promise to bring the children of Israel home one day and to restore paradise. Oh, wait a second, the church remembers that promise – but with the church replacing Israel. So, maybe all the church does not believe in supersessionism anymore. Why should they now that Israel is a nation again. We are able to see that God is now able to keep His promises – the UN allowed Israel to be formed again.
But, what we do in large parts ignore is all of the false teachings that have been integrated into Christianity based on a couple thousand years of this belief. We forget that we that are not of Jewish descent are the wild vines grafted into the that tree and that Israel is the natural vine. We forget that Israel is the recipient of all the promises and covenants (that are recorded in the Bible). We forget that we are the adopted children, the foreigners in the land, the ones that love the God of Israel and His promises. We forget that God picked Israel to be His nation of priests and judges, and that thru this nation we foreigners will also be allowed to be His priests and judges.
Anyway, let us look to the Bible to review our beliefs. Let us ask God to help us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Let us not be stuck in tradition as were the Pharisees, Saduccees, and scribes; but instead let us continously seek the truth. Let us not harden our hearts against God, but let God mold our beliefs daily until we are like Christ.
And, lastly, let us pray for peace in the holy city of Jerusalem. Let us pray for God to bring all the children of Israel back to the land that He set aside for them. Let us pray for the last trumpet to sound and for Jesus to return to make all things new. Let us pray for the perfect that we see in part now to come in full; for the renewal of all creation and the millenial reign of our Lord Jesus. Let us renew our excitement for the Good News and speak with love of all the things that God has done for us.
NASB: Philipians 4:7-9
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”