At Jesus’ First Advent

At Jesus’ first Advent, He devoted His ministry to the Jewish people, in the holy Land. He said: I was sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel and to them only. Matthew 15:24

So the Jews were lost spiritually, but so were the rest of Israel, in dispersion. Paul alludes to them; Acts 26:6-7, and 1 Peter 1:1 and James 1:1 also mention those who still remain scattered among the nations.  The Jews were and still are aware that the majority of Jacobs descendants have not yet come back to the holy Land.

John 7:35….will He go to the dispersion among the Gentiles and teach Gentiles?

Note the prophecy of Caiphas: the death of Jesus will result in the gathering of the scattered children of God. John 11:49-52

Now, nearly 2000 years later, we can see how things have panned out. The Jews remain in apostasy and people from every race, nation and language have become Christian. Only a small proportion of the Jews have become Christian, but millions of other peoples have accepted the Gospel, but just how many are actual descendants of Jacob, God only knows. Amos 9:9

However, in order to fulfil what Jesus said about the lost sheep of Israel and so as God will fulfil His promises to the Patriarchs, most of the people who will go to live in all of the holy Land, soon after all that area is cleared and cleansed by the Lord’s Day of wrath, Zephaniah 1:14-18, Revelation 6:12-17, will be Israelites.  Isaiah 62:1-5, Ezekiel 34:11-31, Isaiah 35:1-10, Romans 8:24-26

This ‘Church’, comprised of every born again individual, is no more a new ‘church, or congregation’, than the one of Ezra and Nehemiah’s time, made up of the faithful remnant who returned from Babylon and is simply a continuation of all the faithful ones, such as Enoch, Noah and Abraham.

The Jews who have accepted Jesus are members of the Israel of God, along with all righteous believers, as Isaiah 56:1-8 makes clear.

Many scriptures reiterate the truth of there being only one people of God, John 10:16, Ephesians 4:4-6. Those who refuse Jesus’ offer of salvation, be they Jew or Gentile, all belong in the other category; godless people who are doomed for destruction. Isaiah 66:15-17 God doesn’t have any special plan for anyone who rejects His Son. The apostate Jews have been broken off from the fig tree and they, plus the ungodly Gentiles are now vessels of God’s retribution. Romans 9:22

Just as there is one ‘olive tree’; Jesus, there is one holy people of God; His ‘ay-daw’; Hebrew, His ‘ekkelasia’; Greek, His ‘kurikos’; Greek, meaning ‘belonging to the Lord, the word that ‘church’ comes from.

It isn’t that God has taken away the special status of ethnic Israel and replaced them with the Gentiles, but they as a nation have rejected their Messiah and so God rejected them and now offers salvation to all peoples. Matthew 21:43, Romans 3:29

Born again Christians, the sheep of Jesus Christ’s flock, John 10:14-16, are deemed by God to be the Seed of Abraham and it is them alone, who are the true Israelites of God.  1 Peter 2:9-10, Galatians 3:26-29

The real fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham, that he would become the father of many nations, is seen in the myriads of Christians from every ethnicity. Whatever our ancestry may be, if we are by faith and self surrender, a true Christian, then we are of the Seed of Abraham and we are the inheritors of the promises God made to him. Romans 8:16-18, Ephesians 1:11