Replacement Theology

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Hi K____,

Thanks for thinking of me. I will point out but a very few of the dozens of scriptures in both the Old and the New Testament that conflict with the teachings and doctrines of this web page.

The most popular thing in all of orthodox Christianity is to side with the apostate nation of physical Israel and condemn all who refuse to do so as ‘replacement theologians.’ According to the scriptures, the flesh and the physical and the letter have indeed all been “replaced” by “the things of the spirit.” Here are but a few of the dozens of scriptures that conflict with this carnal, fleshly approach to the Word of God:

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the praise is not of men, but of God.

The authors of the web page you presented do not believe this pre-135 AD verse of scripture. So let us consider another one:

Gal 4:28 Now we [ Gentile Galatians], brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Gal 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh [ physically descended from Abraham] persecuted him that was born after the Spirit [ Isaac was born supernaturally after Abraham was incapable of having children], even so it is now [ Those who see Israel as a physical nation, to this day, hate those spiritual Israelites (Eph 2:11-19), who are “inward Jews,” “born after the spirit.”
Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son [Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.]: for the son of the bondwoman [ Jerusalem that now is] shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we [ Gentile Galatians] are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

How about these verses:

Rom 9:3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:
Rom 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises;
Rom 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Rom 9:8 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.

Paul was a replacement theologian! Let’s look at just one more of the dozens of scriptures which tell us that all the physical types of the old covenant were but mere shadows of the new covenant spiritual realities.

Who, then is the new covenant ‘circumcision?’

Phi 3:3 For we [ Gentile Philippians] are the circumcision, which worship God in the spiri t, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

If only today’s orthodox Christians would “put no confidence in the flesh.” If only this were the attitude of orthodox Christianity, we would not be misconstruing the spiritual meaning of the old covenant statement God made to Abraham:

Gen 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee [“Those in Christ”] shall all families of the earth be blessed.

This is a promise made applicable only to “Abraham and his seed.”

Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made…

And who is “Abraham and His seed?” Only those “given eyes to see” will be able to accept this truth:

Gal 3:16 He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Gal 3:29 And if ye [ Gentile Galatians] be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Paul taught that converted Gentiles were the true Jews, the true circumcision, the true son of the free woman and the true seed of Abraham. I submit to you that Paul taught replacement theology long before 135 AD. Replacement theology is a term used to denote how Paul and Christ taught physical Israel was ‘replaced’ by spiritual Israel.

One final scripture which gives the lie to the doctrine promulgated on that carnal- minded web site:

Eze 16:53 When I shall bring again their captivity, the captivity of Sodom and her daughters, and the captivity of Samaria and her daughters, then [ and not until then] will I bring again the captivity of thy captives in the midst of them:
Eze 16:54 That thou mayest bear thine own shame, and mayest be confounded in all that thou hast done, in that thou art a comfort unto them.
Eze 16:55 When thy sisters, Sodom and her daughters, shall return to their former estate, and Samaria and her daughters shall return to their former estate, then [ and only then] thou and thy daughters shall return to your former estate.

Paul is naturally in complete accord with Ezekiel:

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles [ Sodom and Samaria] be come in.

This time line of events is reiterated twice in these verses. Yet the carnal minded Christians of orthodoxy insist that the ‘valley of dry bones’ of Eze 37, refers to what God will do with Israel at the beginning of the millennium. For these carnal minds, I have but one question: Will Sodom be restored to God at the beginning of the millennium?

I submit to you that both Paul and Ezekiel taught ‘replacement theology.’

Just some food for thought.


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