Christians today are believing contradictions about the promise to Abraham. Far too many of us don’t understand that the promise to Abraham was or how it has been fulfilled in Jesus.

Ephesians 3:1 Because of this, I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you, the nations, if, indeed, you heard of the stewardship of the grace of God given to me for you, (2)that by revelation He made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief, (3)by the reading of which you are able to realize my understanding in the mystery of Christ, (4)which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations, as now it was revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit, (5)for the nations to be joint-heirs, and a joint-body and joint-sharers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

(6)of which I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me, according to the working of His power. (7)This grace was given to me, I being less than the least of all the saints, to preach the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ among the nations, (8)and to bring to light all, what is the fellowship of the mystery having been hidden from eternity in God, the One creating all things through Jesus Christ,

(9)so that now to the rulers and to the authorities in the heavenlies might be made known through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God, (10)according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, (11)in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through His faith. (12)Therefore, I ask you not to faint at my troubles on your behalf, which is your glory. (13) JP Green’s

What is the promise?

Is this blessing then on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also? For we say, “FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

(Romans 4:9)How then was it credited? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised; (10)and he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while uncircumcised, so that he might be the father of all who believe without being circumcised, that righteousness might be credited to them, (11)and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised.

(12)For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. (13)For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; (14) for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. (15)For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, (16)NASB
Consider this: (Galatians 3:26) For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)

It is not physical, ethnic, Israel who inherits the promise made to Abraham.

God has one people, not two. Not Israel and the church. The middle wall of partition, that separated Jew from Gentile, was removed by Jesus’ death and resurrection. The veil in the temple was symbolically torn in two so that all could approach God through Jesus. The veil only remains over the understanding of those who read and cling to the law of Moses.

Why do believers continue to elevate natural Israel as though they were special and separate? And in doing so, trample on the work of Jesus?

The words of Jesus:

Matthew 21:43 Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. (New International Version ©1984)

What part of that do we not see?

Or, the following:

“…ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people… Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God.” (I Peter 2:9-10)

Read the context.  The scripture is not a weapon but a message!  The law is done away, and so is the physical kingdom. Now, it becomes physical and/or visible only by virtue of the people who populate it.

The kingdom of God is not an earthly administration, but heavenly.

It is spiritually discerned, for it comes without observation. And it is diametrically opposed to the kingdoms of the world, which operate by exerting power of others. God’s kingdom operates by serving others through the power from on high – the Holy Spirit.

So then, what did Paul mean when he said “all Israel shall be saved”?

Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

  • (The Complete Jewish Bible) 11:26 – and that it is in this way that all Isra’el will be saved. As the Tanakh says, “Out of Tziyon will come the Redeemer; he will turn away ungodliness from Ya’akov
  • (God’s Word translation) 11:26 – In this way Israel as a whole will be saved, as Scripture says, “The Savior will come from Zion. He will remove godlessness from Jacob.]

From Strong’s:  Houto hoo’-to this manner, thus, so

(KJV (213) – after this manner, 3; even so, 9; likewise, 4; misc, 10; on this wise, 6; so, 164; thus, 17;)

The phrase, “and so” does not mean that “therefore” all Israel shall be saved, but rather “in like manner” to us shall they be saved.

By grace through faith. There is on other way to be saved. That is the basis of the gospel! How dare we change it?!

And now we have some saying that the temple has to be rebuilt, and Jesus will return to become the shekinah glory and there will be renewed rituals of animal sacrifices – as a reminder of his perfect sacrifice.

That is not only silly,  it denies the finished work of Christ.

This is where the doctrine of dispensationalism will take us if we follow it through in all its implications. We who are His have the witness of the spirit. We don’t need, nor could we stomach, animal sacrifices to remind us. And God takes no pleasure in them, nor has He required them (Psalm 40:6).

We need to wake up.

Neither Israel nor Jerusalem are any more special than any other nation or city. They are kingdoms of this world and will always be opposed to the kingdom of God.

Praying for the peace of Jerusalem is old covenant thinking. We are to be peacemakers to the world, carrying the peace of Christ. The church is the new Jeruslem. There is no longer Jew nor Greek.

Further, chastising Israel for wrong actions is not cursing Israel. Israel is judged and the kingdom is heavenly.