Israel and the Church

By , May 20, 2009 9:10 pm

Deuteronomy 6:4:Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord”.

We would ask in all sincerity, what people belong to Israel, and what people belong to the church. We find that Israel is made up of the descendants of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob, while the church is made up of the spiritual seed of Abraham through Christ.  God speaking to Abraham some 1900 years before Christ had this to say in Gen 22:17:that in blessing, I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is upon the sea shore”. God pictured the seed of Abraham both as the sands of the sea (earthly people-Israel) and as the stars of heaven (heavenly people-Church). Paul confirms this in Romans 9:4-5:  4:“who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises” if these things belong to Israel, where does the church come in, does the church have the right to claim the promises and the glory of God? Paul continues in verse 5 Whose are the fathers and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came”. And of course the church and Christianity came of Christ.

Just like all seed of Abraham is not Israel, nor are all Christians  of Christ. Only that seed of Abraham that came from the promise, Isaac, is Israel and only those Christians that know who Christ is, are the Church.

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