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Jeremiah 9:23-26

A sermon I recently preached on Jeremiah 9:23-26 is posted at our church site.  I tied this passage to the New Covenant and 1 Corinthians 1:26-31.  Listen to it here.

  1. Anne Galloway
    November 12, 2008 at 5:46 am

    Really great message. Found you on web in doing a search on the feast. Just met a lady from Nebraska whose husband was a minister of the Evangelical Free (?) church. Do you think that Matt 23 and Rev 12 refer to the church as the new Israel? Puts a different perspective for me, for I believe God is not through with Israel and that these scriptures refer to the fulfillment of God’s dealing with Israel, the nation or at least the remnant. What do you believe about the rapture of the church? Also what is meant by reformed theology? By the way I belong to the Southern Baptist and have taught Precept just to give you some insight on where biblical teaching has come for me. Love how you tie the Old Testament with the New Testament. Thank God for His new covenant in Christ Jesus. Love to see your passion for Him.

  2. November 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for the kind words.

    The church is the embodiment of what national Israel was to be under the old covenant; a people who love and know their God. In other words, the church is the true Israel. Jesus is the true Israelite (cf., Matt 2:15). Therefore, all those in Christ who possess the same faith as Abraham are true Israel (Gal 3:16ff; 6:16). Matthew 23 does point to the nature of Israel under the old covenant: unbelieving and unrepentant people. It is by enacting a new covenant that God will restore his people and give them believing hearts. You notice that the promise of the new covenant is given to Israel and Judah; however, the promise is applied to the church. Therefore, these Old Testament promises take on a spiritual and global aspect in Christ. Revelation 12 speaks about the woman who gives birth to the male-child (Christ). However, the backdrop of the passage helps us understand that the woman is really the believing people of God (from the Old and New Testament). The dragon has, is, and always will seek to destroy the true people of God. The true people of God are those who have faith in the promises of God (Christ). Therefore, the woman is representative of God’s believing people, which now is understood as the church—the true Israel.

    I do believe God has a purpose for ethnic Israel, but that purpose is never divorced from Christ and his church (see Rom 9-11). There are Jewish people being saved today just as in the past and will be in the future, but I do not think that Jewish people hold some place special in God’s plan simply because they are Jewish. Unbelieving Jews are not pleasing to God because they hate and reject Jesus (1 Thess 2:13-16). The true Jew is not one of the flesh, but one of spiritual birth (Rom 2:28-29).

    I do believe in the “catching up” of the saints, but not in the way dispensationalism has taught it. Paul makes clear that the saints will meet Christ in the air (1 Thess 4:17), but to import into that text a seven-year tribulation and rapture of the church is to read into this passage more than what is there. None of those things are mentioned. Paul is simply referring to the coming of the Lord. I do not believe in multiple returns of Christ separated by a seven-year tribulation, but one return of Christ at the end of the age. If we deal with the Israel-Church question then all the other end-times sensationalism crumbles. Christ is the true Israel and has fulfilled all that the Old Testament pointed forward to; therefore, for example, there is no need for a rebuilt temple because Christ is the true temple (John 2:13ff).

    Reformed Theology, broadly speaking, refers to the absolute sovereignty of God in all things. Thus, with regard to salvation God completely saves sinners. This teaching is also known as the Doctrines of Grace or the Five Points of Calvinism. Reformed Theology also speaks to Five Solas that were recaptured during the Reformation (Christ alone, faith alone, grace alone, Scripture alone, to the glory of God alone).

  3. Anne Galloway
    November 12, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Thanks for your reply. Will have to think about this view. We are on the same page concerning salvation that is for sure.

    Well, if we are not going to be raptured out before, excuse me, all hell breaks out, then hopefully we will have strength to endure. Guess our new president-elect will begin to test us very soon.
    I will look for more of your messages. In Christ

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