The Church Does Not Replace Israel

I finally found an article about the relationship between Israel and the Church that I agree with.  This article takes into consideration the two most prevalent views, Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism, and finds middle ground between the two.  By the way, I don’t agree with Covenant Theology or Dispensationalism.  It is a bit lengthy, but worth the read.  Here is a clip toward the end to whet your appetite.
 
One could ask, “if the church is a nation, where is it’s land?” To this I say, “The Jerusalem above, she is our mother.” Just as Paul did. I believe the Church has a citizenship in Zion in the New Jerusalem above where it awaits being finished by an architect who’s builder is God. For when it is finished it will descend from Heaven on the New Earth. And for all eternity Heaven will be on Earth. Once again, just like in the original creation, only better, will this New Earth be. For the Garden will extend its boundaries around all the earth. Who is the king of this nation? It is Christ Jesus who has been given all authority, and has come from the tribe of Judah, a seed of David. The covenants spoken to Abraham should not be seen as only physical nor only spiritual! Too often we fall to one extreme or the other. God’s promises to Abraham and his offspring was “forever.” The only way this can be fulfilled literally is for it to be fulfilled in the New Heavens and the New Earth. This was the hope of Isaiah that we find in Isaiah 65. We also find that this was the hope of all the patriarchs, in Hebrews 11.
 
Read the entire article here.  I will say that in the past couple of years I have come to many of these same conclusions in my search for the true relationship between the Church and Israel.  But I think I am actually moving beyond this.  I’m starting to see the Church and Israel in the Millennium and beyond as well.
 
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
 
-The Orange Mailman
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