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God Never Gives Up On His People

“For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off.” (Rom. 11:21-22)                                    (Emphasis added)

Brothers and Sisters,

       Israel is still God’s Chosen people. God never rejected Israel in favor of the church. That is a man- made doctrine that became official in the 4th century. However, this idea was around way before thanks to Claudius removing Jews from Rome within the 20 years after Jesus ascended.

Gentle reminder here: Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph who are both of Israeli descent. God brought Jesus into the world as the Incarnate Word whose mission was to correct the fallible man-made traditions of the Sanhedrin and bring people back to God so that they could share the Gospel with the world. It was the Jews (and some Gentiles) who received the Great Commission. Therefore, the original Christians are from the Tribes of Israel with a small batch of Gentile believers.

As the Word spread through the Great Commission so did the beginning of Anti-Semitism within certain Christian populations mostly due to political leaders who were hateful of them. When Claudius removed the Jews from Rome they took all their scrolls with them which left most of the teachings through tradition and word of mouth from what the Gentiles remembered from the teachings. Unfortunately this meant that the early Roman Christians were just as guilty as the Sanhedrin for replacing God’s Word with man’s invention and mixed paganist ideologies within.    

Knowing this, Paul wrote to the Christians and the Jews alike in Rome.

Moreover, if their stumbling is bringing riches to the world — that is, if Israel’s being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles is bringing riches to the latter — how much greater riches will Israel in its fullness bring them!

 However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead! (Romans 11:12-15)

Paul is reminding them that the Scriptures (Old Testament) are still manly meant for God’s People Israel, yet with the change in conditions brought forth through Christ. This is something we simply and truly cannot deny.

We did not replace the People Israel as God’s Chosen but added to the Elect by adoption through the Blood of Christ. Besides, there are many prophesies in Scripture that specifically state the forgiveness and restoration of Israel before the time of the end of which many have come to pass. We cannot deny that God is working on full restoration. He is working on us every day.  

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