• John Hicks

Replacement theology... people keep using those words...

...but maybe they don't really know what they mean. Some, if not many today, who do not accept replacement theology actually embrace a supplemental theology and they haven't a clue that they are doing so. Are you one of those who does this? The argument against what is generally known as 'replacement theology' is that God's promises to Israel are specific to the physical Israel and the genetic seed of Abraham. Keep in mind that the Pharisees insisted on this as well. A lot of folks today grasp on to this idea as did the Pharisees despite God's word saying to not get caught up with endless genealogies (1 Timothy 1:4). What percentage of one's genetic makeup does it take to qualify one as a descendant of Abraham today? Do you know if you have any jewish genetic markers in your genes and if so what does God consider to be the "line in the sand" when it comes to who is considered a descendant of Abraham? Paul answered this quite clearly when he told the Christians at Galatia "And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." Galatians 3:29 God also explained how this worked when He said through John (1:12-13): But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Is all about spiritual rebirth and a grafting in, if you will, into the God's family. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [5] Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. [6] That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. [7] Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. [8] The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:3,5-8 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. [5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. [6] If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:4-6 There are many other proofs in the Bible that show clearly that the promises made through the seed of Abraham were made specifically through Jesus. Paul wrote "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." Galatians 3:16 But replacement theology in the sense that people argue over it today is not really the main concern as there are too many out there who actually embrace a 'supplemental theology' and haven't a clue that they are doing this. The real issue is that too many people today are supplementing God into their lives instead of replacing their lives with God. That's the kind of replacement theology people should really embrace. It's about not thinking that the end of all being is their own happiness and that God is there to help supplement that but instead they should believe and live out the fact that the end of ALL being should only be the glory of God and nothing less! I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 One last comment on replacement theology as it is argued over today, even John the Baptist got it as evidenced when he said to the Pharisees, "O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham." Matthew 3:7-9

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