Replacement Theology

 

 

You believe in Replacement theology if…   My answers to Replacement Theology  
Most churches teach replacement theology so this should be quite easy for you to see…

Answer… I believe this writer has the wrong definition for Replacement Theology. Here, I Believe, is a clearer one. The belief is that the church replaces Israel. I do not believe this to be true.

 
…you believe the Bible when it says Christians are the true Jews today: Romans 2:28-29: “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. “, “for we [Christians] are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, ” (Philippians 3:3)

Answer..2:29 A real Jew is the one who is not only a descendant of Abraham but who also manifests a godly life. This passage does not teach that all believers are Jews, or that the church is the Israel of God. Paul is talking about those who are born of Jewish parentage and is insisting that the mere fact of birth and the ordinance of circumcision are not enough. There must also be inward reality.
True circumcision is a matter of the heart—not just a literal cutting of the body but the spiritual reality of surgery on the old, unregenerate nature.Those who thus combine the outward sign and the inward grace receive God’s praise, if not man’s. There is a play on words in this last verse that is not apparent in the English. The word “Jew” comes from “Judah,” meaning praise.  A real Jew is one whose character is such as to receive praise from God.

…you believe that Israel is the church: “For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel [church] of God.” (Galatians 6:15-16) The peace in this passage is for those who walk according to Christ so CANNOT refer to fleshly/physical Israel that utterly rejects Christ.

Answer 6:15 Although at first sight it might not seem so, this verse is one of the most important statements of Christian truth in the entire Epistle. Circumcision was an external observance, a ritual. The Jewish teachers made everything depend on the observance of this ceremony. Circumcision was the foundation of Judaism. Paul sweeps it aside with a flourish—“circumcision is nothing.” Neither ritual nor Judaism nor legalism counts. Then Paul adds—nor uncircumcision. There are those who pride themselves on their absence of ritual. Their whole church service is a revolt against ceremony. This is of no value either.
What really counts with God is a new creation. He wants to see the transformed life. Findlay writes: “The true Christianity is that which turns bad men into good, which transforms the slaves of sin into sons of God.” All men are in one of two creations. As born into the world, they are sinful, helpless, and condemned. All their efforts to save themselves, or to assist God in their salvation by good character or good works, are futile, and leave them unchanged. The new creation is headed by the risen Christ, and includes all who have been redeemed from sin and given new life in Him. Because the new creation is all of Christ from start to finish, it excludes any thought of gaining God’s favor through character or works. A life of holiness is produced, not by the observance of ritual, but by yielding to Christ and permitting Him to live His life in the believer. The new creation is not an improvement of or addition to the old, but something entirely different.
6:16 Of what rule is Paul speaking here? It is the rule of the new creation. He pronounces the double blessing of peace and mercy on all those who judge teaching by the question—“Is it of the new creation?”—and who reject all that is not.
And upon the Israel of God. Many have taken this to mean the church. However, the Israel of God refers to those Jews by natural birth who accept the Lord Jesus as Messiah. There was neither peace nor mercy for those who walked under the law, but both are the portion of those in the new creation

…you believe Jews must believe in Jesus to be saved and are as lost as Muslims and atheists until they do. (Jn 3:16; Jn 14:6)

Answer… In the church age the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ. This truth has nothing to do with Replacement Theology. All Christians believe this.

…you believe the New Testament (second covenant) of Jesus Christ replaced the Old Testament (first covenant) Jer 31:31 + Heb 8:6-13
…you believe that keeping both the First and Second covenants at the same time is like a woman married to two men at the same time (Romans 6:1-7)

Answer… The New Testament did not all of a sudden become different. It is slowly transforming from Law to Grace. The heirs of promise are all those who by faith are children of faithful Abraham. The promise referred to is the promise of eternal salvation to all who believe on Him. When God made a promise of a seed to Abraham, the promise found its full and ultimate fulfillment in Christ, and all the blessings that flow from union with Christ were therefore included in the promise. 2Co 5:17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. In Christ, old things have passed away and all things have become new. 2Co 5:17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. We are neither Jews nor Gentiles in the Church Age. We are new creations in Christ.

…you believe the body of the Christian is the temple that God dwells in today not some building made of stone, wood or curtains. (1 Cor 3:16; 6:19-20)

Answer… 1 Cor 3:16 Paul reminds the believers that they are the temple (Gk., the inner shrine or sanctuary) of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in them. It is true that every individual believer is also a temple of God indwelt by the Holy Spirit, but that is not the thought here. The apostle is looking at the church as a collective company, and wishes them to realize the holy dignity of such a calling.
3:17 A third class of work in the local church is that which may be spoken of as destructive. Apparently there were false teachers who had come into the church at Corinth and whose instruction tended more to sin than to holiness. They did not think it a serious matter to thus cause havoc in a temple of God, so Paul thunders out this solemn declaration: “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him.” Viewed in its local setting, this means that if any man enters a local church and wrecks its testimony, God will destroy him. The passage is speaking of false teachers who are not true believers in the Lord Jesus. The seriousness of such an offense is indicated by the closing words of verse 17: “For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
3:18 In Christian service, as in all of Christian life, there is always the danger of self-deception. Perhaps some of those who came to Corinth as teachers posed as men of extreme wisdom. Any who have an exalted view of their own worldly wisdom must learn that they must become fools in the eyes of the world in order to become wise in God’s estimation. Godet helpfully paraphrases at this point:
If any individual whatever, Corinthian or other, while preaching the gospel in your assemblies assumes the part of a wise man and reputation of a profound thinker, let him assure himself that he will not attain true wisdom until he has passed through a crisis in which that wisdom of his with which he is puffed up will perish and after which only he will receive the wisdom which is from above.
…you believe the Saturday Sabbath was abolished and Christians worship on the first day of the week (Sunday).

…you believe the calendar of 7 Jewish feasts are not to be kept by Christians: Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Chag Hamotzi), First Fruits (Yom habikkurim), Pentecost (Shavu’ot), Trumpets (Yom Teru’ah), Atonement (Yom Kippur), Tabernacles (Sukkot).

Answer…Col 2:16 So let no one make rules about what you eat or drink or about holy days or the New Moon Festival or the Sabbath.
Col 2:17 All such things are only a shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ.
Col 2:18 Do not allow yourselves to be condemned by anyone who claims to be superior because of special visions and who insists on false humility and the worship of angels. For no reason at all, such people are all puffed up by their human way of thinking
Col 2:19 and have stopped holding on to Christ, who is the head of the body. Under Christ’s control the whole body is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God wants it to grow.
Col 2:20 You have died with Christ and are set free from the ruling spirits of the universe. Why, then, do you live as though you belonged to this world? Why do you obey such rules as
Col 2:21 “Don’t handle this,” “Don’t taste that,” “Don’t touch the other”?
Col 2:22 All these refer to things which become useless once they are used; they are only human rules and teachings. 

…you believe that the entire law of Moses has been abrogated and replaced by the law of Christ and that if you want to keep just one part of the law of Moses, YOU MUST KEEP IT ALL!

Answer… Gal 6:2  Help carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ. Burdens refers to failures, temptations, testings, and trials. Instead of standing off at a distance and criticizing, we should fly to the side of a brother in trouble or distress and help him in every possible way.
The law of Christ includes all the commandments of the Lord Jesus for His people found in the NT. It may be summarized by the commandment, “that you love one another” (Joh_13:34; Joh_15:12). We fulfill this when we bear one another’s burdens. The law of Christ is far different from that of Moses. Moses’ Law promised life for obedience, but gave no power to obey, and could only encourage obedience by the fear of punishment. The law of Christ, on the other hand, is loving instruction for those who already have life. Believers are enabled to keep its precepts by the power of the Holy Spirit, and their motivation is love to Christ.
6:3 We are all made out of the same dust. When we see a brother sin, we should remember that it might have been ourselves. For a Christian to have a superiority complex is a form of self-deception. Certainly we should never think that bearing others’ burdens is beneath our dignity.
6:4 This seems to be a warning against the habit of comparing ourselves with others, and finding cause for satisfaction. The apostle points out that we will be examined individually and not in comparison with others at the Judgment Seat of Christ. Therefore, we should take heed to ourselves, so that we might be able to rejoice in our work rather than in others’ failures.
6:5 In verse 2, Paul teaches that we should share one another’s sorrows, sufferings, and problems in this present life. In verse 5, the thought is that every one of us will have to bear his own load of responsibility at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
6:6 Believers are responsible to support their Christian teachers. To share in all good things means to share with them the material things of life, and also to sustain them with prayer and godly interest.
6:7 Although others may not notice our neglect of God’s servants, He sees it, and gives a harvest accordingly. We reap what we sow, and we reap in greater quantities than we sow. When the farmer sows wheat, he reaps wheat, sometimes thirtyfold, sixtyfold, or a hundredfold. Scofield remarks that “the Spirit is not speaking here to sinners about their sins, but to saints about their meanness.”
to them in a special way.

…if you believe that you do not need to be circumcised to be saved. Acts 15:1-3

Answer…  We are saved not by the law but by grace. Eph 2:8 For it is by God’s grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God’s gift, so that no one can boast about it. (  (1) Grace is “the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man. . . Not by works of righteousness which we have done” (Tit_3:4); (Tit_3:5).  It is, therefore, constantly set in contrast to law, under which God demands righteousness from man, as, under grace, he gives righteousness to man (Rom_3:21); (Rom_3:22); (Rom_8:4); (Phm_3:9). Law is connected with Moses and works; grace with Christ and faith; (Joh_1:17); (Rom_10:4-10). Law blesses the good; grace saves the bad; (Exo_19:5); (Eph_2:1-9). Law demands that blessings be earned; grace is a free gift; (Deu_28:1-6); (Eph_2:8); (Rom_4:4); (Rom_4:5).

(2) As a dispensation, grace begins with the death and resurrection of Christ (Rom_3:24-26); (Rom_3:4); (Rom_3:24); (Rom_3:25). The point of testing is no longer legal obedience as the condition of salvation, but acceptance or rejection of Christ, with good works as a fruit of salvation, (Joh_1:12); (Joh_1:13); (Joh_3:36); (Mat_21:37); (Mat_22:24); (Joh_15:22); (Joh_15:25); (Heb_1:2); (1Jo_5:10-12). The immediate result of this testing was the rejection of Christ by the Jews, and His crucifixion by Jew and Gentile (Act_4:27). The predicted end of the testing of man under grace is the apostasy of the professing church: )

…if you believe there is no distinction in the mind of God towards all men: Jew or gentile, rich or poor, male or female (Gal 3:28-29)

Answer…3:28 The law made distinctions between these classes. For instance, the distinction between Jew and Gentile is insisted on in Deu_7:6; Deu_14:1-2. In his morning prayer, a Jewish man thanked God that He had not made him a Gentile, a slave, or a woman. In Christ Jesus these differences disappear, that is, as far as acceptance with God is concerned. A Jew is not preferred over a Gentile, a free man is not more favored than a slave, nor is a man more privileged than a woman. All are on the same level because they are in Christ Jesus.
This verse must not be pressed into meaning something it does not say. As far as everyday life is concerned (not to mention public ministry in the church), God does recognize the distinction between male and female. The NT contains instructions addressed to each; it also speaks separately to slaves and masters. But in obtaining blessing from God, these things do not matter. The great thing is to be in Christ Jesus. (This refers to our heavenly position, not to our earthly condition.) Before God the believing Jew is not a bit superior to the converted pagan! Govett says: “All the distinctions which the law made are swallowed up in the common grave which God has provided.” Therefore, how foolish it is for Christians to seek further holiness by setting up differences which Christ has abolished.
3:29 The Galatians were deluded into thinking that they could become Abraham’s seed by keeping the law. Paul shows otherwise. Christ is the seed of Abraham; the inheritance promised to Abraham was fulfilled in Christ. When sinners believe on Him, they become one with Him. Thus they become Abraham’s seed and, in Christ, they inherit all of God’s blessings.

Some notes are from the King James Bible and Bible Believers Commentary.

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