37 thoughts on “Replacement Theology

  1. I had to check Wikipedia, but a few sentences into the article I knew exactly what it was referring to. Replacement theology or supersessionism was the historical view of the Catholic church which held that the New Covenant through Jesus Christ supercedes the Old Covenant between God and the Israelites/Jews. I don’t have any arguments with that (except for that Catholicism is tragically mistaken on how to appropriate the free gift of salvation), but the Catholic replacement view also holds that the Catholic church and its membership completely replaced the Jews as God’s chosen people. I think most evangelicals hold to a more “dualistic” view, where we unequivocally believe in the New Covenant in Christ, yet also believe God is not done with His chosen people, the Jews. Now we’re getting into dispensationalism and there’s different viewpoints on that, but I think it’s evident from what we’ve seen happen in the last 100 years that God is not done with Israel and the Jews. By the way, the Catholic church has definitely softened its attitude towards the Jews since Vatican II.

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  2. Good mornin Elizabeth, I have a perspective on this, but I don’t claim to have any monopoly on all of the facts.

    (These are my beliefs only)

    Bear in mind, that much of the old testament was shadows of the true, which would be revealed in greater clarity in the new testament.

    Based on what I read in Paul’s epistles, I believe that in the first century when he wrote his letters, there was a verifiable remnant of Jacob. (Although with the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, a professing Jew wanting to prove his lineage to Jacob today would seem impossible). But really it’s irrelevant, because being in Christ is what makes someone the seed of Abraham. Being in Christ, is the only way to heaven.

    God made both Jew and Greek into one new man.

    Israel is still alive and well, because the Israel of God, are Christians. (Read Ephesians chapter 2, and Galatians chapter 6).
    So Israel hasn’t been replaced, its been clarified by the writing in the new testament.

    I don’t believe that the physical country in the middle east today is the Israel of God. Although Christians certainly are among them, and Christians will continue to emerge from them.

    And I believe that that physical nation in the middle east that calls itself Israel, will play a huge part in ushering in the anti Christ after their 3rd temple is built. Because that is where I believe that the anti Christ will sit in the temple, declaring himself to be God. (I believe) that that person will be the false Christ, that preceeds the return of the genuine Christ.

    Once again, I don’t have all of the answers, and maybe I’m wrong about this, so you have to read scripture for yourself to see what is truth. But that’s how I understand this matter.

    And I am not going to debate anybody on this.
    If you differ with me, that’s fine with me. I don’t doubt your salvation or anything like that.
    This is a rather complex subject, and I don’t believe that any of us have all of the conclusive answers to this subject.
    I’m just giving you my best understanding of this subject.

    God bless you.

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    1. When I said “the old testament was shadows of the “true.”

      What I meant was,
      “the old testament was shadows of what would be revealed in greater clarity.”

      (I didn’t mean to imply that subjects in the old testament weren’t “true.” Please forgive my poor wording).

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      1. Here is some of the scripture where my understanding is based in. (Although I have more).

        Romans 2.28,29

        “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

        29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.“

        Romans 9.6-8

        “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

        7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

        8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.“

        Romans chapter 11, (verses 5, 14, & 23)

        5 “Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.“

        14 “If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.“

        23 “And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.“

        Galatians 3.28,29

        “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.“

        Galatians 6.15,16

        “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

        16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.“

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  3. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. If He made a promise to the Jewish people, He will keep it. The Gentile believers do not replace Israel. Read Isaiah 59 & Isaiah 60 and Romans 11.

    If God does not keep His covenant with them, what makes our salvation secure?

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    1. Hi Caeli,

      Perhaps this will be of blessing to you:

      Acts 13.32,33
      “And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
      33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.”

      (See also Galatians chapters 3 & 4, and Hebrews chapter 8).

      I don’t know it all, and I don’t claim that I do.
      I just thought that would be helpful to you.

      God bless you.

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      1. Hi Caeli,

        I believe you misunderstood the purpose of those verses.
        I wasn’t referencing anything about eternal security.

        Those verses are in regard to God having already kept His covenant with the nation of Israel.

        God indeed keeps His promises. 🙂

        Lord bless you.

        And all glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ.

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      2. Hello Caeli,
        I don’t know anything about a replacement theory.

        I am simple, I reject dispensationalism, just as I reject calvinism.
        I defend no one’s systematic theology.

        I believe God has fulfilled all promises completely in the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Regardless of someone’s earthly identity.

        Galatians 3.28,29

        “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.“

        Galatians 6.15,16

        “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
        16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.“

        And I’m thankful to be a component of the Israel of God. Just as I’m thankful that just by my being in Christ…
        God has made me a fully forgiven, sanctified saint, who’s the righteousness of God! (Just as every Christian is).

        Now that’s the good news to focus on. 🙂

        That’s the miracle from God that’s offered to everyone.

        Have a great day.

        All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ. 🤠

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      3. There is no point of contention on Acts 13:33-34, the fulfillment of the promised messiah. However, my question is plainly this, do you think that the Church today replaces the Jewish people? I know you don’t like to debate as you have mentioned in your blog before. It’s a simple yes or no question.

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      4. I’ve already spoken to that in my comments on this thread.
        Go back and read my comments on this thread please. Especially the first three original comments that I made on this comment thread.

        Have a blessed day. 🙂

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      5. “I don’t believe that the physical country in the middle east today is the Israel of God. Although Christians certainly are among them, and Christians will continue to emerge from them.”

        – This one addresses my yes or no question Lee. Thanks for referring me to this.

        Like you, I also believe that the nation of Israel that we know today will “play a huge part in ushering in the anti Christ.”

        When Jesus comes down at His Second Coming, He will fulfill the prophecy that He will sit in David’s throne. If the Israel now is not Israel of God, where is Jesus going to rule? Why do you think there is an extreme move to do away with the literal nation of Israel? Reread Romans 11.

        Take care.

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      6. Yes I am and I’m also a believer who will not pick and choose what to believe. I believe the totality of what the Scripture revealed. To say that the nation of Israel now is not the Israel of God is to disregard the regathering of the nation of Israel as prophesied in Ezekiel 36:23-24,

        “And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes. 24 For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.”

        Also, Jeremiah 31:33-36,

        “33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

        35 Thus says the Lord,
        Who gives the sun for a light by day,
        The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night,
        Who disturbs the sea,
        And its waves roar
        (The Lord of hosts is His name):

        36 “If those ordinances depart
        From before Me, says the Lord,
        Then the seed of Israel shall also cease
        From being a nation before Me forever.”

        Lee, Let’s agree to disagree. We both already know where we stand. Thanks for taking the time to answer and have a pleasant day!

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  4. Some are saying that the Church has replaced the Jews as His People. I beg to differ. The word says we were spliced into the Vine of His People, the Jews. God made a covenent with Abraham and He cannot, in His Nature, break a covenent. We have a covenent thru Jesus Christ that cannot be broken by anything or anyone. Jesus was a Jew in nature until the Cross. This I believe. :))

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  5. Elizabeth good comments here so I will only agree totally with Caeli and say God made promises to Israel which are not yet fulfilled. If he fails that promise then His promise of our salvation means nothing. Attempts to redefine who Israel is is nothing more than old fashioned antisemitism which is one of the great tragedies of the past.

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    1. Hello Wally,
      If the last part of your comment regarding anti semitism is directed at my contribution to this thread, you are mistaken sir.
      I love people regardless of their earthly identity. Be it Jewish, or non Jewish.
      Have a great day. 🙂

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      1. Lee, it wasnt necessarily directed at you, but the teaching that the Jews have been replaced and have no special place in God’s future has, in fact, been the root of much anti semitism and persecution of the Jews. Because this is usually couple with two other thoughts that have led to this persecution. Thought one is the systemic teaching that the Jews alone killed Jesus. Thought two is tha Judaism is a special sort of evil teaching, above and beyond what we might call just plain old regular evil. I don’t mean to be harsh, Lee, but what you teach is wrong, and does lead to anti semitism. And, you have written things that seem to clearly indicate you consider certain apects of Judaism to be of a special sort of evil. I have no desire to fight over this, but true is true. I am going to add something else here, and then we can agree to part ways. When you make comments to bloggers, that”I don’t doubt your salvation or anything like that” that it comes across as exactly that.

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  6. I believe what Lee said is the most biblically accurate.

    The serious error of dispensational theology is a very popular teaching in our day and many (most?) churches teach dispensationalism. When attempts are made to refute this error, the word antisemitism arises. I will not debate. I just want to share what I believe is truth.

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  7. No replacement theory. Ephesians 4:5,6KJV
    “One Lord, one faith, one baptism
    One God and Father of all Who is above all and through all and in you all.”

    A forshadow in the OT Naomi and Ruth.
    Boaz the next of kin to Naomi, buys the land and marries Ruth.
    Boaz a representation of Jesus Christ.
    A son is born, Ruth hands the child over to Naomi.

    And Romans 9 and 11 tells us that a remnant of Israel will be saved..
    The story of Elijah on mount Carmel comes to mind where God tells Elijah that there were
    7000 men that did not bow for baal.

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  8. I agree with Caeli and Wally.

    Jeremiah 31:35-37 Thus says the LORD, who gives the sun for light by day and orders the moon and stars for light by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD of Hosts is His name: “Only if this fixed order (in v.35) departed from My presence, declares the LORD, would Israel’s descendants ever cease to be a nation before Me.” This is what the LORD says: “Only if the heavens above could be measured and the foundations of the earth below searched out, would I reject all of Israel’s descendants because of all they have done,” declares the LORD.…

    Berean Study Bible
    Look it up in the KJV! It says the same thing! Don’t use “its not the KJV” as an excuse to ignore this Word from God concerning His people, Israel. When there is no sun, no moon, no stars then God has utterly forsaken His covenant to them. The sun, moon and stars are still doing their appointed things. Covenant is not broken…until THEN. Not before.

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