Heirs According to the Promise
In the Old Testament book of Hosea we find a very interesting prophesy. People who were not considered the people of God would one day be called the sons of the living God.
Based on that scripture and the fact that most of the Jewish people in Jesus’ day rejected Him as Messiah, there are those who would attempt to persuade us that “The Church” has replaced “the Jews” as God’s chosen people.
That idea is most commonly referred to as “Replacement Theology,” a confusing ideology that separates believers from Israel.
It is a theology that creates two distinct groups of people, the children of Israel to whom the law was given and “the Church” to whom grace was given.
A careful examination of scripture reveals however that there was both law and grace in both the Old Testament and New Testaments. Without law there would be no need for grace.
The first believers-the first church members, if you will, were Jewish people. The Book of Acts informs us that thousands of Jews became believers and that they were all zealous of the law. They believed in Jesus and never once had the idea that their belief would in any way oppose the commandments of God.
It was only later that the Gentiles, or nations, were incorporated into the assembly of believers – a part of The Israel of God – neither Jew nor Greek, bond nor free, male nor female – all one in Christ Jesus – Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
At that time, just as Hosea had prophesied, people who were not considered to be the people of God began to be called the sons of the living God.
According to historians and as defined by Revelation 14:12 they believed in the saving grace of Jesus while at the same time they kept the commandments of God. Law and Grace. Let us consider the words of the apostle Paul. “Do we make void the law that grace may abound. God forbid!”
Earnestly contending for the faith once delivered to the saints; I’m Richard Rives with Just the Facts.