The Israel of God

Christians often lack understanding regarding Israel, a lack of bible understanding often causes them to be sentimentally biased in favour of Israel. Despite the horrific crimes that are being currently committed they can’t seem to get past their emotions and into the reality of truth. God requires justice for all people and our God given charge is clear, we should pray for the peace of Jerusalem not war! Also, it’s important to understand that the chosen people of God are no longer limited to Jewish believers as in Old Testament times. The Gospel is for all people equally and believers need to think with a New Testament understanding. Consider for example, the Apostle Peter told those who believe in Christ Jesus, “Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people…Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God” (I Peter 2: 9,10). Jesus told those who believed in Him: “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” Everyone who has faith in Christ is chosen by Him.

Someone said recently that Romans 11 teaches that “All Israel will be saved.” I pointed out to them that whilst this was true, Romans 9 had already explained that not all Israel was Israel.

Believers from all the world, not limited by geography or ethnicity, now form what Galatians calls 6:16 calls the “Israel of God.” We know that the whole Jewish race was not chosen by God because Jesus taught that some of them were of their father the devil (John 8:44). The scriptures clearly teach that, “Whoso denieth the Son the same hath not the Father” (I John 2:23).

If you are Christ’s, you are also Abraham’s seed and heirs of the promise. Here is one final Bible verse that you should determine to fully understand: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:29). Join with me in praying for peace and an end to the evil that is currently flourishing.