The church is not a pause in God’s program for Israel. The church is God’s program for Israel. The church is God dealing with the nation of Israel. The church is God working through the nation of Israel.
At Pentecost the church was birthed out of the nation of Israel. Believing Israelites were baptized (overwhelmed) with the Holy Spirit. Believing Gentiles were later baptized with this same Holy Spirit making them a part of the church. God is leading His church forward for the sake of the nation of Israel.
God is dealing with the nation of Israel through the church. Blindness is temporarily upon the nation of Israel. Believing Israelites are not blinded, though. They are part of the church, the true Israel. Believing Gentiles have been brought in to participate in the true Israel. If there were no remnant of believing Israelites, the church would never have been born. If there were no more believing Israelites, there would be nothing for believing Gentiles to be grafted in to.
God is dealing with the church as a peculiar people in order to provoke the nation of Israel to jealousy. Gentiles are brought into the true Israel in order that all the nation of Israel might become the true Israel. The blindness of Israel has an end. When Israel’s blindness is lifted, it will mean Israel’s national salvation. This will not mean the end of Gentile salvation, but the beginning. Gentiles are being saved now to show that any nation will be able to be saved in the same way that God will save Israel.
Once the nation of Israel has been provoked to jealousy, the entire nation of Israel will become part of the church. The church is God’s one people, both Israelite and Gentile. The society of Israel will be a model for the entire earth. The relationships within the nation of Israel will be the ideal community. It will be like Solomon’s kingdom only with every citizen with wisdom like Solomon’s and Jesus Christ as the King.
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