The Old Testament has not been done away with and it is vitally important that all Christians see the Old Testament as a critical part of our Christian doctrine. God is the Author of the entire Bible, both the Old and New testaments. The Old Testament is the promises/prophecies and the New Testament is the fulfillment of those promises and prophecies. Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Jesus himself instructs us that He did not come to destroy the law and the prophets (their prophecies) but to fulfill them.
Replacement Theology is a myth and it is false teaching. God has never, nor we He ever replace Israel with the Church. Jesus founded Christianity (the Church) in Israel, so Israel has played a crucial role in God’s plan of Salvation. The Church is the Body of Christ and we must remember that the early Church was Jewish and all the Gospels and Epistles in the New Testament were written by the Apostles who were Jewish. In fact the entire Bible was written by Jewish men and women of God who were led by the Holy Spirit.. The foundation Christianity is rooted in Israel and the Jewish faith.
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|Ephesians 2:||19||Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;|
|20||And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;|
|21||In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:|
|22||In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.|
John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews
Jesus clearly said that “Salvation is of the Jews”. When speaking to the Sarmartin women at the Well in the Bible, Jesus had to remind her that Salvation was from the Jews. Christians must love the people from whom God used to bring Salvation, Jesus Christ, to the World. It honors God when we show love to Israel. Israel is God’s vessel by which He brought Jesus into the World. The Nation has endured much hardship throughout history because of their great role in bringing Salvation to the entire World, yet they have endured with great resilience and this is one of the many reasons that God has such a great love for the Nation of Israel.
The Centurion Soldier loved the Nation of Israel and the Jewish people. Jesus marveled at his great faith and He healed his sick servant. He was willing to go into the Centurions house to heal His servant but the Centurion possessed such great faith and so understood the almighty power of God; that he knew that all Jesus had to do was to speak the Word and his servant would be healed. The Centurion also had enough wisdom to know that when you love and bless Israel, God will bless you in return.
|Matthew 8:||2||And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.|
|3||And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant.|
|4||And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:|
|5||For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.|
|6||Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof:|
|7||Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed.|
|8||For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.|
|9||When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.|
|10||And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.|