The provocative title is true and intended to get your attention. Simply, the New Covenant is NOT with the Gentiles. That is not to say Gentiles can’t enter in, because Ephesians 2 and Romans 9-11 teach that they can, however, they immediately stop being Gentiles and become a part of Israel.
Until one understands this and the attendant implications (Torah to be written on their heart), they simply do not understand Scripture nor can they correctly assemble prophecy. Hard to swallow, I know.
Study it out. How many eternal promises are there to Israel? To the ‘house of Israel?’ To the ‘house of Judah?’ To ‘Ephraim?’
Christian doctrine ignores these glaring pieces precisely because they do no understand them. I was a pastor. Seminary trained. I nor my professors understood these things, yet in His mercy, Abba is restoring the ancient paths (Jer. 6:16-19) and recovering His flock.
Dare to ask God to open your eyes to ALL of His Word.
I was raised as a Calvinist leaning believer who later attended seminary and became convinced of TULIP, the five points of Calvinism. Central to all of that is the supremacy of God and His Work while man only responds to His Spirit. Now, this is over generalized, but it is the central element of good Reformed Presbyterian Calvinism.
A statement like “If you do your part, God does His part” would make my skin crawl!! Seriously, the ‘Arminian‘ idea that man can initiate action with God was anathema! (I attended a seminary that was not denominationally affiliated and was about 40/60 Calvinists to Arminians, and countless lively lunchroom and classroom discussion erupted over the differences in the two schools of thought. Sometimes, VERY lively.)
The pursuit of Truth that led me out of the pulpit and into a more Hebraic understanding of God’s Word brought me to a place where I see the responsibility of man in a whole new light. So, yesterday, when Tzefanyah’s opening comment at National Shabbat in North Georgia was, “If you do your part, God does His part,” I understood what he was saying.
As I began studying the Scriptures with newfound clarity, I began to notice ‘if-then’ statements all over the place. Because logic and/or basic computer programming are no longer taught in schools, I offer a quick explanation Continue reading ““If you do your part, God does His part…””