The fake Israel
Romans 9:6 -
Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Sometime back I was in discussion with an unbeliever on the Word of God and he raise a point about the hostile attitude of Christians against Muslims and the over friendly relationship with the Jews. He pointed to the fact that Muslims respected Jesus and accepted Him as a Prophet but the Jews consider Jesus as a false Prophet and believe He is hell burning in pots of boiling oil for the blasphemy He spoke on earth.
In today's message in the letter of Paul to the Romans, Paul goes to a great extend to specify the real Jew and writes that not all Israelites are Israel. He further goes on to explain that the promise was not to the ones born of flesh but ones born of promise.
The question comes as to who is Israel?
God always spoke of Israel as His chosen people. When the Jews rejected Jesus they actually rejected God and thus they were cut of Israel. In the book of Moses God had clearly defined conditions wherein people born as a Jew would be cut off. Even though they are cut off people want to override God and His Law.
We become the true Israel and Paul explains this, that it is through our faith in Jesus Christ we become seeds of Abraham. Today you attend most of the Preachers of USA and they preach more on the people of the country Israel than the Word of God. They talk more politics than Christianity. They are the preachers of Samaria whom the Lord would soon bring down.
Jesus Himself said that salvation was first for the Jews but because they rejected Him that salvation went to the Gentiles. The Jews surely were given first preference by God but the day the rejected Jesus they lost it. The Jews are as much connected to Christianity as a Muslim is. Other than historical links there are no other links to the Jews. The Jesus whom the Muslims accept as Prophet is not the Jesus we know in the Bible even though many things are common. As much as their Allah is the God of Abraham so also is their Jesus, the real Jesus - the Jesus of the Christians.
Jacob struggled with God and Jesus was the first in whom the struggle was complete and was the first true Israel. Those who believe in Him and follow Him in Truth are Israel.
Are you Israel?
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You called your people Princes of God. The struggle started with Jacob and in Jesus was the struggle completed. Now we do not have to struggle but by your Spirit all things are easy unto us. You gave us authority in your Name, once we come in your Name all creation will once again be under our dominance. Because of sin we lost and by your sacrifice and Spirit we receive it back again. Lord, help us to realize we are the True Israel whom You gave the promise and it is we who will enter our Promised Land - Heaven...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripturesr ]
6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
1 Corinthians 1:22-31
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:
12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.
13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
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