Tuesday, August 5, 2014

God’s Chosen People?

I received a thoughtful response to last week’s article which dealt with the persecuted Church. My friend is mostly in agreement regarding the plight of beleaguered believers, but she is very much disagreed concerning my position that Israelis are not God’s chosen people. 

Below is an excerpted version of our cordial conversation. Her words are bold and italicized. May God add His blessing to your reading. 

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I arrived at my understanding [that contemporary Jews are God’s chosen people] by doings of the Holy Spirit and Bible study . . . 

I think most Christians believe this to be true of themselves. (I don’t know a Christian who would claim otherwise!) And so, when Christians disagree over something, each one of them may honestly believe: I arrived at my understanding by doings of the Holy Spirit and Bible study. Thus, this conviction cannot serve to settle debates or determine truth. 

“I am persuaded that Israel is not targeting Christians in Gaza with their military operations.” 

Perhaps not. But Israelis (not necessarily the government) persecute Christians in Israel. (This is certainly true of a minority, not the majority of Israelis. However, the same could be said of Muslims: the majority of Muslims are not actively persecuting Christians. Nevertheless, Israeli and Muslim minorities do indeed persecute Christians.)  

Unfortunately, the vast majority of American Christians are unaware of the Jewish persecution of Christians (especially those believers who try to share their faith) in Israel. 

As for Jews being God’s chosen people: This is a matter of biblical and/or theological understanding. I consider being chosen (in this context) to mean elected unto salvation; and I believe salvation is to be found only in Christ. 

God’s people are saved (in both Testaments) by grace through faith. Biology saves no one and never did. That is to say, no one has ever been or ever will be saved simply because he or she is Jewish. 

The Old Testament saints, by faith, looked forward to Christ; and New Testament saints, by faith, look back to Him. There is—and always has been—only one way of salvation and Christ is that One way.
 
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Next week: The conversation continues.

3 comments:

  1. Matthew 3:9 "And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."

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    1. Amen.

      Thanks for reading and thinking.

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    2. one way; Jesus. one chosen one; the true Israel.(saved all along only by grace)

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