Does the Church replace Israel? Look to Jesus

Jesus Christ is:

the truth (John 14:6)
the substance in whom all the promises and shadows have been realized (Col. 2:17)
the true prophet, priest, and king
the true servant of the Lord
the true expiation (Rom. 3:25)
the true sacrifice (Eph. 5:2)
the true circumcision (Col. 2:11)
the true Passover (1 Cor. 5:7)

Therefore his church is:

the true seed of Abraham (Gal. 3:29)
the true Israel (Heb. 8:8-10)
the true people of God (Matt. 1:21; Luke 1:17; Rom. 9:25-26; 2 Cor. 6:16-18; Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 21:3)
the true temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21; 2 Thess. 2:4; Heb. 8:2,5)
the true Zion and Jerusalem (Gal. 4:26; Heb. 12:22)
the true religion (John 4:24; Rom. 12:1; Phil. 3:3; 4:18)

Nothing of the Old Testament is lost in the New, but everything is fulfilled, matured, has reached its full growth, and now, out of the temporary husk, produces the eternal core. It is not the case that in Israel there was a true temple and sacrifice and priesthood and so on and that all these things have now vanished. The converse, rather, is true: of all this Israel only possessed a shadow, but now the substance itself has emerged. The things we see are temporal, but the invisible things are eternal. (Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics III, p. 224)

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2 thoughts on “Does the Church replace Israel? Look to Jesus

  1. If Abraham’s spiritual seed was to inherit the birthright ( Abrahamic covenant ) ( Gen. 15 ), then there should be a verse of Scripture that says this . The Scripture says exactly the opposite in 1 Chronicles 5:1-2, where the Bible clearly shows that the tribe of Judah, of which Jesus and the spiritual seed came through, did not inherit the birthright, and it in fact went through the physical seed tribe to the sons of Joseph. Replacement apologists need to show from Scripture where this birthright was later taken from the physical seed and given to the spiritual seed. The fact that saved people are ” spiritual seed ” does not void the physical seed birthright. This birthright (covenant ) is both unconditional and everlasting, and these two attributes alone denies anyone later usurping them from whom they rightly belong.

    • Larry,

      Is Galatians 3:16 clear enough for you?

      Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings,” referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ.

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