annatar1914 wrote:Besides, God didn't ''replace'' Israel, but replaced who generally constitutes Israel, the Church of God. The Church has always existed, and has always been Israel, the Church of the Old Covenant and the New.
Church in New Testament Greek is ekklesia and means a called out assembly (Ek = out of, Kaleo= to call).
One of the proofs that the church was not in the Old Testament is that it began on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) with the disciples and the Jews that believed their message. They did not join Israel or become part of the temple, they were "called out" from that. And we become part of this same Church today the same way they did, by spirit baptism, by being born again of the Spirit.
A transition from the law to the operation of faith came by the New Covenant.
“But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”
After the Spirit was poured on the Jews; Paul is saved, specifically sent to a group of people God had not focused on, But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15).
“Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.”
The New Testament Church is never confused with Israel, this is why it is not spoken of as continuation from the Old Testament into the New Testament. Believers do not become Jews; both gentiles and Jews participate together in the New Covenant Church.
- Albert Einstein