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Who is God's Israel?

13 March 2014, 13:16
What makes one to be the chosen of God? In fact, who is God's Israel or who are the Jews of God? Is it the nation in the middle east composed of Jews? There is a serious confusion regarding who modern Israel is and the only solution to get the correct answer is from the Bible, the word of God. 
With straight testimony, Paul writes; "Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel"- Romans 9:6. An establishment has been made. It is clear according to Holy Scripture that not all those who are of Israel, or those who belong to Israel, are Israelites or Israel. This is amazing, so there must be something that make one an Israelite than just belonging into it. Lets continue: " For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."-Romans 2: 28, 29. So to be Jew or an Israelite is not determined by your physical appearance or your blood but he who is one is a Jew inwardly, which the circumcision is of the heart.
And who are circumcised in the heart? "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." "In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ."- Philippians 3:3, Colossians 2:11. Remember Paul said a Jew or Israelite is one whose circumcision is that of the heart, and in Philippians we are told these are they who worship God in the spirit, these are they who have put of sins of the flesh by the ''circumcision of Christ". It is no guess that the scriptures refer to God's people, his Christian church. Thus it is indeed a fact that the Israel of God are his followers, for they are the Jews, spiritual Israel. That is the definition of who Modern Israel is, not a nation in the middle east. For that is just a name. 
To make things even more interesting, the Bible gives the truth of the transition from  ancient Israel [national Israel] to Spiritual Israel. Note this: In Genesis it is said of Jacob by God; "And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." and from Jacob was to come the twelve tribes of Israel, called after him; "All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them."- Genesis 32:28; 49:28. Christ was building his church, which he made to be a nation also upon the earth. This was the ancient Israel.
Now notice the transition from national Israel to spiritual Israel, Christ modern church of Christians. It is said of Christ: "When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."-Hosea 11:1, see Matthew 2:15 to notice that this verse is referred to Christ, thus without any doubt that Christ is also referred as Israel. And through Israel, that is Christ, God was to establish the Christian church through the twelve disciples; "And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities."-Matthew 11:1. See the picture? First God gives the name Israel to Jacob that through him he was to establish the 12 tribes of Israel, ancient Israel, then Christ also later is referred as Israel whereby God again established his Christian church through 12 disciples. And it was not a mistake. A transition took place. Even after Judas was no longer part of the disciples in Acts the apostles had to choose the twelve one.  
It is no regret Paul and Barnabas had this to say: "Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you:but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles."-Acts 13:40. Now we have seen that God's modern Israel are those who follow Him, his true Church, not a nation in the middle east. For ancient national Israel has lost the plot and Crucified Christ and rejected him. Now God has his chosen, the Chosen people of God; "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."- 1 Peter 2:9.
Since God's people are the modern spiritual Israel, what is to happen to the literal nation of Israel in the middle east? Do they need to convert to be Christians? Join the next article.

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