The covenant was conditional upon the Israelites keeping their end of the bargain
Quite so and they were so warned.
Those who believe that the church replaces Israel, in the process, delete entire sections of the promises God gave Judah and Israel about the rejoining of the scattered tribes, and the regathering (contained in the old testament). They also ignore Paul's warning to not become proud, because they can be easily ungrafted from the tree of Israel. Paul specifically states that by accepting Christ we become fellow citizens of Israel and heirs to His promises. Note fellow citizens, not usurpers.
posted on 05/07/2012 5:15:45 PM PDT
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“Note fellow citizens, not usurpers.”
That citizenship was a heavenly one as Paul said at Phil. 3:20 so the “Jerusalem above” made no distinction between Jew, Greek, slave, freeman. (Gal. 3:26-29)
As Paul argues in Hebrews chapters 9, 10, 11 it is a fulfillment of prophecy that only a remnant of natural would form part of the spiritual nation of Israel that that became heir to the promises.
Jesus had told the fleshly nation of Israel that the kingdom was to be taken away from them for failure to produce fruit and it was.
Thus there was no usurpation and the only way an Israelite by birth could become part of the spiritual nation of Israel was to put faith in Christ.
“The covenant was conditional upon the Israelites keeping their end of the bargain.
posted on 05/07/2012 5:44:31 PM PDT
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