Difference of Doctrine, Re: “Israel”
Here’s one of the few (but key) points where the Doctrine that has been given to me BY Jesus Christ (the Author and Finisher of our Faith)… differs from the doctrine that has been given to the Pentecostal (and many other “Evangelical”) pastors by their Bible school scholars…
When the Bible / GOD says (in the New Testament / Covenant)…
“The Jewish ceremony of circumcision has value only if you obey God’s law. But if you don’t obey God’s law, you are no better off than an uncircumcised Gentile. And if the Gentiles obey God’s law, won’t God declare them to be His own people? In fact, uncircumcised Gentiles who keep God’s law will condemn you Jews who are circumcised and possess God’s law but don’t obey it.
For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by God’s Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.” Romans 2:25-29
And, “With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it. My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.
They are the people of Israel, chosen to be God’s adopted children. God revealed His glory to them. He made covenants with them and gave them His law. He gave them the privilege of worshiping Him and receiving His wonderful promises. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are their ancestors, and Christ himself was an Israelite as far as His human nature is concerned. And He is God, the one who rules over everything and is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
Well then, has God failed to fulfill his promise to Israel? No, for not all who are born into the nation of Israel are truly members of God’s people! [And] Being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children….” Romans 9:1-7
I believe it!!!
To reiterate… When God says that, “… you ARE NOT a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents,” and that, you ARE NOT a Jew just, “because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision,” and that, “NOT ALL who are born into the nation of Israel are truly members of God’s people,” and that, “being descendants of Abraham DOES NOT make them truly Abraham’s children,“… I believe THAT… and preach THAT!!!
Where as, THEY (the aforementioned pastors) believe that… you ARE a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents, and that you ARE a Jew just because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision, and that, ALL who are born into the nation of Israel ARE members of God’s people, and that, being descendants of Abraham DOES make them Abraham’s children!!!
And THIS view (as you can read in the Bible what the Bible ACTUALLY says) is TOTALLY contrary to what the Bible CLEARLY states!!!
And, THEN… they will try to tell you that WE who accept and experience the Resurrected Jesus Christ; whose hearts ARE right with God; who has their hearts circumcised FROM the world’s FALSE gods and IDOLS, and WANT to obey God because we love Him that much and His Holy Spirit has changed (and is changing) us – from one glorious Encounter to the next and is making us more and more like Christ… are not TRUE “Israel”
When, “... we ARE among those whom He selected, both from the Jews AND from the Gentiles.
Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea,
‘Those who were not My people,
I will now call My people.
And I will love those
whom I did not love before.’
And, then, at the place where they were told,
‘You are not My people,’
there they will be called
‘children of the living God.’
And concerning Israel, Isaiah the prophet cried out,
‘Though the people of Israel are as numerous as the sand of the seashore,
ONLY A REMNANT will be Saved.
For the LORD will carry out His sentence upon the earth
quickly and with finality.
And Isaiah said the same thing in another place:
‘If the LORD of Heaven’s Armies
had not spared a few of our children,
we would have been wiped out like Sodom,
destroyed like Gomorrah.’ ” Romans 9:24-29
And when God says that I, “have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. [And when] The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we ARE the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together [with Him].”
I AM Israel!!!
And NO AMOUNT of IGNORANCE (that’s behind that suffering) will (or, even, can) change that FACT!!!