Gentiles can participate in the New Covenant with Israel

When it comes to theology regarding how the church relates to Israel, I have come across a lot of opposing views.  I’ve pretty much chucked them all in the garbage and started from scratch in my own personal studies.  I really don’t know what to call my views.  I hesitate to say that the Gentiles and Israel are all under one covenant because I might get labeled as believing in Covenant Theology.  I don’t dare say anything about the Church Dispensation because I might get tagged as a Dispensationalist.  If you can help, please read my views and see where I fall.  Can you think of a good name for my position?  Here are some thoughts that I composed for someone on my views regarding how the Gentiles are brought under the New Covenant.
 
First off, what I mean in saying that Gentiles become a part of
Israel is NOT that Gentiles become Israelites. Gentiles have an
equal standing in Messiah’s body with Israelites. Messiah’s body is
the ultimate Israel. Gentiles are inplaced within spiritual Israel.

The disciples of Messiah did not begin a new Israel, but represented
the true Israel, the spiritual remnant within Israel that God had
been using all throughout the Old Testament. When the nation
rejected Messiah, the remnant still believed and ushered in the
kingdom of God in a way that was unexpected. The Holy Spirit was
poured out, the gospel was preached throughout the entire world, but
Israel was not raised to her place of prominence as prophesied in the
OT prophets.

Gentiles are able to become a part of this working of the Holy Spirit
and stand on equal ground with Israelites within Messiah’s body.
They do not become Israelites, but maintain their own ethnicity. Yet
the scriptures declare them to be Abraham’s children, Galatians
3:29. Since they are Abraham’s children, they are also heirs of the
promise. They stand to inherit everything that was promised to a
child of Abraham. There are not different seeds of Abraham, one for
Israel and another for Gentiles, but only one seed, Galatians 3:16.
Christ is the fulfillment of that promise and all must abide in Him
or stand outside of the inheritance. It is none other than the
blessing of Abraham coming upon Gentiles who believe in Christ,
Galatians 3:14. At the end of this epistle, Paul refers to this
entity of Israel and Gentiles brought in as "the Israel of God". Of
course Paul is referring to the church.

Now let’s examine Ephesians 2. Without Christ ~ In time past, that
is, before their salvation, these unsaved Gentiles had an identity
which included being without Messiah. Now these Gentiles are in the
Messiah. The Messiah (or Christ) was to visit and redeem His people,
Israel. He would rule from the throne of David and save Israel from
their enemies. He would fulfill the covenant, the oath which God
swore to Abraham.

Aliens from the commonwealth of Israel. Before entering the body of
the Messiah, these Gentiles were shut out from the commonwealth of
Israel. You, being a Greek scholar, should recognize this word as
having an application of citizenship. Before salvation, they were
aliens, as in, foreigners, not belonging to the citizenship of
Israel. But now, they must have entered into citizenship within the
commonwealth of Israel for the contrast of what it means to enter the
Messiah to be demonstrated in this verse. They are no longer aliens
from the commonwealth of Israel, but benefactors of the commonwealth
of Israel.

Strangers from the covenants of promise. The covenants were made by
God with Israel. Beginning with Abraham, then with the nation of
Israel through Moses, the covenants were all made with the nation of
Israel in mind. This includes the New Covenant in the blood of the
Messiah. The New Covenant was prophesied to be made with Israel,
Jeremiah 31:31-34. This was fulfilled in just this fashion in the
New Testament. Jesus came to Israel. Israel did not receive Him as
a nation, but a remant did. Jesus confirmed the covenant with Israel
in His blood with the believing remnant at the last supper. Gentiles
are no longer strangers to these covenants of prommise which were
made with Israel. They are full participants in the covenants.

No longer strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens. This verse
encapsulates the entire theme which began in verse 12 and brings it
to a conclusion by utilizing the terms strangers and foreigners which
were mentioned in verse 12.

Fellowcitizens with the saints and of the household of God, and are
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. The prophets
were the prophets of and to Israel. The apostles also were the
spiritual remnant of Israel at the time of Messiah’s appearing. The
twelve apostles will sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes
of Israel, Matthew 19:28. The twelve apostles are the foundation
stones for the church and they have a place of judgement over Israel.

This was the mystery which was not understood in the Old Testament.
Paul explains it in Ephesians 3:6. The Gentiles would be fellowheirs
of all that Israelites were promised to inherit. The Gentiles would
coexist in the same body with the Israelites. The Gentiles would be
partakers of the promises that were promised to Israel.

The nature of Gentile salvation in relationship to the nation of
Israel is more distinctly defined in Romans 11. The entity that
exists is Israel, believing Israelites still bearing fruit on the
tree, while unbelieving Isralites are broken off. Believing Gentiles
are grafted, but there is nothing permanent about this relationship.
Gentiles may not always have this opportunity. God is able to break
these unnatural branches back off again. Since it is in God’s plan
to graft the natural branches back in when the fullness of the
Gentiles has come in, those who currently are grafted in contrary to
nature should beware. Not that God will take away their personal
salvation because that is not the subject matter. The topic here is
the relationship of the nations to salvation within Israel’s Messiah.

The New Covenant is with Israel, and Gentiles are allowed to
participate in this covenant with an equal standing to Israelites.

So how about it?  Can someone please help me out with a name for my position?
 
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
 
-The Orange Mailman
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4 Responses to Gentiles can participate in the New Covenant with Israel

  1. Carmen says:

    Orolangy? That\’s "or-ol-an-jee." Not "oral-anjee."  🙂 But it sounding fine to me. What\’s the big disagreement other pre-wrather types have with this? Maybe I just didn\’t read it clearly enough to notice your heresy, but at first read I agree with it.

  2. Carmen says:

    Oops, that was me. Dave B.

  3. Darrin says:

    Hey Dave. B-
     
    Here are some comments from a worthy poster.
     
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
     
    It\’s saying we\’re all in one body of Christ, not multiple bodies.We are all a single seed, not seeds, in that everyone saved isunited into one body. We have the same promise of salavtion asAbraham\’s descendents had under the old covenant, and even in theO.T. it\’s referred to as Abraham\’s seed (singular). The idea isthat we are all united in Christ, not that we are all united inIsrael.
     
    Now, this caught my attention. Something lacking is a directscripture saying the church is Israel. So, your statementthat "Israel of God" is the church would hold some weight if true.Gal. 6:13, "for those who are circumcised do not even keep the lawthemselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they mayboast in your flesh."This is speaking about Jews who are following the rules of the lawwanting to make Gentiles follow those rules.Then v.16 states, "and those who will walk by this rule, peace andmercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God."This is speaking of those following God\’s rules, namely Jews whostill observe the law. In the narrow sense they are the ones beingassociated with the Israel of God, or true Israel, the segment ofIsrael who have salvation by faith. I hope you will concede there\’sat least some ambiguity on "Israel of God" being the church,considering the context is addressing Jewish people who stillobserve the law. If it was addressing the church only you wouldhave a solid case.
     
    That\’s an interesting concept, that the covenant is made withIsrael, and we are allowed to participate in Israel\’s covenant.However, I believe the new covenant is equally offered to allsimultaneously. Through Jesus\’ blood God did make a new covenantwith Israel to replace the old one, but it\’s not exclusively linkedto Israel. I can see in a sense how we are linked with spiritualIsrael. The promise of salvation made to Abraham is offered toall. But Paul should have done more by saying something like "weare Israel." Your ponderance of circumstantial evidence needs adirect statement to solidify that evidence.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
     
    I\’m going to post a response to this person, but the whole idea stems from dispensationalism, i.e.  "God has two covenant people, Israel and the church".  This poster here is willing to concede some things, but people still see things from a paradigm and it\’s difficult to break through that.
     
    Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
     
    -The Orange Mailman
     
    P.S.  Do you think I should post this on PreWrath Only?

  4. Nanasammi says:

    The verses below cleared it all up for me
     
    Eze 47:21
    So shall ye divide this land unto you according to the tribes of Israel. Eze 47:22
    And it shall come to pass, that ye shall divide it by lot for an inheritance unto you,
     
    and to the strangers (gentiles) that sojourn among you, which shall beget children among you:
     
    and they shall be unto you as born in the country among the children of Israel;
     
    they shall have inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. Eze 47:23
    And it shall come to pass,
    that in what tribe the stranger sojourneth, there shall ye give him his inheritance,
    saith the Lord GOD.
     
    Cleared up all confusion. 🙂 
     
     

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