Friday, July 2, 2010

Is The Church The "Real" Israel?

The excerpts below are from an article from

The post-Apostolic Church Fathers believed that the Jews ceased to be God's 'chosen people' when they rejected Jesus Christ. Instead they understood the church to be the new Israel.

Until the close of the New Testament period, the church claimed to be Israel and wrote to the synagogues of the Dispersion accordingly... After circa A. D. 100 there was less of a tendency for Christians to claim to be Israel and more of a tendency to contrast Christianity and Judaism as separate religions.13

...the Church is regarded as the new, authentic Israel which has inherited the promises which God made to the old.14

This commonplace in Christian literature, aimed at demonstrating that the church had now become the new and the true Israel, may well have antedated the Gospels themselves.15

This view finds is basis within the New Testament. Speaking to the Jews shortly before his crucifixion, Jesus pronounced,

"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." (Matthew 21:43).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Innnnteresante? It makes you question a lot and then you realize "why am I believing what people shove in my head at church?" I myself believe that Jesus was what I call an "international citizen" A friend of mine once told me he had an "international citizenship in heaven" he was a strange fellow.