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Blessings Belonging to Spiritual Israel

In Review: 
 Genesis 12:1-3, blessing of Abram.
 Galatians 3:1-29, to the seed, which is Christ.  Only through faith. 
 2 Corinthians 1:19, 20, promises ours. 
 Romans 9:6-8, children of the promise counted for the seed.
 Romans 9:30-33, Romans 10:1-12, faith in Christ is the factor. 

Exodus 23:20-27, blessings to Israel then and now.
 Hebrews 1:1-14, Christ stands as supreme ruler over all.
 Deuteronomy 28:1-14, added blessings to the Church. 
 Isaiah 54:17, security through Christ.
 Psalm 103:1-22, remember the blessings. 
 Psalm 68:19, “The Lord deserves praise! Day after day He carries our burden, the                        God who delivers us. (Selah)”  Net Bible.  (Also Matthew 11:28-30).  

 Spiritual Israel Replaces Literal Israel: 
The formal rejection of Jesus by the Jews, as a nation, marked the close of their last opportunity as the special agents of God for the salvation of the world.  It was “last of all” that God “sent unto them His Son,” according to Christ’s own words (Matt. 21:37), but they “caught Him” and “slew Him” (v. 39).  Thereafter, God “let out His vineyard [see Isa. 5:1-7] unto other husbandmen” who would “render Him the fruits in their seasons” (see Matt. 21:41).  Upon His final departure from the sacred Temple, Jesus said, “Your house is left unto you desolate” (Matt. 23:38).  The day before, He called it “my house” (Matt. 21:13), but henceforth He on longer owned it as His.  Jesus’ own verdict was, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits therof” (Matt. 21:43 / I Peter 2:9, 10).  

 The transition from literal Israel to spiritual Israel, or the Christian church, is the subject of Rom. 9-11.  Here Paul affirms that the rejection of the Jews did not mean that the promises of God had “taken none effect” (Rom. 9:6), and explains immediately that they are to become effective through spiritual Israel.  He quotes Hosea 2:23, “I will call them my people. Which were not my people” (Rom. 9:25, 26).  Spiritual Israel includes both Jews and Gentiles (v. 24).  Peter concurs, saying, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons,” for “in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him” (Acts 10:34, 35).  Many years later, in writing to the “strangers,” or Gentiles (I Peter 1:1), as the “elect” of God (I Peter 1:2), Peter refers to them as the “chosen” ones of God, a “holy nation, a peculiar people” (I Peter 2:9), formerly “not a people,” but “now the people of God (v. 10).  Paul states the same truth in Romans 9:30, 31, where he makes it plain that the Christian church has replaced the Hebrew nation in the divine plan.  Henceforth, he says, there is no difference between “Jew” and “Greek” (Romans 10:12, 13).

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