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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen

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irretrievably?  By no means!  But through their false step and transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles [ALL the non-Jewish nations] so as to arouse Israel to see and feel what they forfeited and so to make them jealous…”  Friends, believe me, in the context of all Scripture and the New Testament Covenant in Christ especially, dogmas like the ‘automatic salvation of the Jewish nation’ is an immense and dangerous lie! 

The prophet Ezekiel referred to this restoration of Jews THROUGH INDIVIDUAL FAITH IN, AND ACCEPTANCE OF JESUS AS THEIR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR in chapters 36:24-28 and 37:4, “…O you dry bones…  Behold, I  cause breath and spirit to enter you and you shall live…  For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all countries and bring you into your own land…  and you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”

By 1960, one-sixth of the remaining Jewish population was in Palestine – just as God had promised!  As foretold, Israel became a recognized nation “in one day,” on 14th May 1948 – between sunrise of one day and sunset of the next, (Isa. 66:8.)  However, this is NOT the ‘automatic salvation’ of the entire Jewish nation.  There is ONLY ONE WAY to Biblical salvation: personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord, God, Savior, and Redeemer. 

Nevertheless, someone had this to say about land of Israel, “Never in the history of the world had such a thing happened before,” because what many of us have witnessed in our generation was the physical restoration of the Jewish nation.

Moreover, what we are experiencing in our day is the spiritual restoration of God’s ‘remnant’ of believing Jews, (Rom. 11:5; 9:27; Mt. 7:14.)  Jews are coming to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ by the thousands, just as God had promised in Ezk.  37:5-6, “I will… put breath into you [dry bones] and you shall live; and you shall realize that I am the Lord.”

 

Whenever we discuss God’s dealings with His physical nation, the Jews, we must remember Paul’s warning in Rom. 11:17-21, “If some of the branches were broken off, while you, a wild olive shoot [ALL those sincere believers from the Gentile nations] were grafted in among them to share the richness of the olive tree, do not boast over the branches and pride yourself at their expense.  If you do boast and feel superior, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root that supports you…  For if God did not spare the natural branches [because of idolatry and unbelief,] neither will He spare you, [the believing Gentiles from all other nations, if you are guilty of the same offenses.]”

God commanded His Old Testament nation, the Israelites, as today, He still commands His spiritual, New Testament nation of believers: “Be holy, for I am holy.”  - Lev. 11:44; 1 Pet. 1:16.

We can only “be holy” by sincerely believing in, and diligently following the Lord Jesus Christ.  By accepting His blood-sacrifice in our place; His complete fulfillment of the Law in our stead, He indwells us with His Spirit, and we can stand before the Throne of God as if we have never sinned, (Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6; Rom. 3.)

Be encouraged, sincere believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, God knows the heart, therefore He promised in 2 Chron. 16:8-9, “…Because you relied on the Lord… the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to Him…”

God will always be faithful to His New Testament nation of believers, those who truly belong to Him.  Whatever we may experience in this physical realm, He has promised, “I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.  I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake, nor let you down, nor relax My hand on you.  Assuredly not!]”  – Heb. 13:5; Josh. 1:5-7 – (Amplified Bible.) 

 

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