REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY…WHAT IS THAT?
Around 400 AD, Augustine of Hippo (among others) propagated the belief that the Gentile church replaced Israel in the plan of God. Thus, REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY. After the Reformation other churches were established and many continued this belief. Today, in most Christian churches, a portion of the attendees still believe that the church has replaced Israel. That the Bride of Christ, the gentile church, comes first and Israel has been deserted, thrown away.
I thought back to years before, when I was a new Christian. I remembered hearing that the Jews were responsible for Jesus’ death and it seemed to me that there was a feeling of hate attached to this. At first I felt that hate but, because of Jesus’ grace, I didn’t dwell on it. I simply read my Bible and in the living scriptures found faith and hope, two things that brought me peace and understanding.
Because this subject has come up again, especially of late, I decided to take a look at what I had learned from the Bible, to see if there was any support for this claim. This is my personal observation on the subject, using scripture as my guide.
No, the Gentile Church has not replaced Israel in God’s plan. Abraham was a righteous man and God blessed him, his son and his grandson. The Lord our God gave a perpetual land covenant to the Israeli people, beginning with Abraham through to his grandson Jacob, or Israel, and his twelve sons and their descendants who are the nation of Israel. The Bible clearly states that salvation comes “to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (or Gentile), Romans 1:16. This scripture provides insight into the love God has for the Jew. Consider John 4:22 “for salvation is of the Jews.”
What other things show us that God hasn’t forgotten the Hebrews? Well, He promised to bring his chosen people back into the Promised Land (land He promised, starting with Abram, later to be changed to Abraham). On May 15th, 1948 Israel was reborn and the twelve tribes have been finding their way back home ever since. God made them a promise that they would never be taken off that land again. Does this sound like we have replaced Israel in God’s plan? No.
Go and read Isaiah 54:5-17 before considering REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY. Consider Isaiah 54 verse 17. “No weapon that is formed against you shall be blessed; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the inheritance of the servants of Jehovah, and their righteousness is from Me, says Jehovah.” This scripture is for the Israelites. Christ had not yet died for our sins. It could not be the church.
I personally believe that, as a born again Christian, I am a sister to the Israelis. My Lord is Jewish as they are. I am grafted in on the Olive Tree, with the same adopted rights as them, but I don’t replace them.
How can I face God Almighty on that great and final judgment day—brothers and sisters let me tell you one is coming—after mistreating His Israelite sons and daughters. I believe Replacement Theology is a lie and is perpetrated by a dark deceptive spirit. There’s just too much hate attached to it toward God’s Children.
I didn’t come to this conclusion without knowledge of what I write. I have thirty-eight years of scriptural references behind me. (I consider this my credentials.)
Consider the last eight years. I have read the King James Bible 4 times. All reading is from Genesis through Revelation. The Living Bible Paraphrased three times. The King James Chronological Bible two times. I am currently working on the next read through of all three Bibles.
If you find yourself on my page, it’s my belief it’s not by accident. I pray you will consider what I’ve written and if you have difficulty believing it, go to the Bible and see what it says for yourself.
All comments are welcome, unless you want an argument, which I don’t. If that’s the case please take it to the Lord our God and debate it with Him. He’s the One who says it.
Father, I pray a blessing for each and every person who comes to this site and reads what I have written. I pray You guide them in their search. I ask You hear this in Jesus’ name.