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Summary: LET US CONSIDER, PRAYERFULLY, GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED.

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THE JEW IN BIBLE PROPHECY

GALATIANS 3:26-29

A. THE MODERN JEW IN THE LIGHT OF BIBLE PROPHECY

1. The modern state of Israel:

a. A problem child for the United Nations.

b. The Arab League seeks to destroy the state of Israel.

2. Some Theologians claim:

a. That the state of Israel is the answer to Bible prophecy.

b. That the prophets foretold the reconstituting of Israel as a state shortly before the second coming of Christ.

B. LET US TAKE A BRIEF LOOK AT THE MODERN JEW IN THE LIGHT OF BIBLE PROPHECY

1. Israel:

a. Origin and meaning of the name: It was given by the angel of the Lord to Jacob at the ford of

Jabbok - Gen. 32:22-28

b. It signifies: a prince having power with God and men prevailing - Gen. 32:28

c. An Israelite is one in whom there is no guile -John 1:47; Zeph. 3:13

d. A person circumcised in the heart is a true Israelite - Rom. 2:28, 29

e. All who are Christ’s are Israelites indeed - Gal. 3:26-29

2. This shows that the name - Israel - is of spiritual origin and is a misnomer when applied to the flesh: Rom. 9:6-8

3. There are two kinds of Israel:

a. Israel after flesh - 1 Cor. 10:18; symbolized by Ishmael, son of the bond woman - Gal. 4:21-28; a false seed - Isa. 57:4, 11

b. Israel of God - Gal. 6:16; symbolized by Isaac, son of the free woman - Gal. 4:31. This is the seed according to the promise made to Abraham -

Rom. 9:6-9

C. LET US CONSIDER, PRAYERFULLY, GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED

1. The seed of Abraham, to whom God made the promise, is:

a. None other but Jesus Christ our Lord - Gal. 3:16

b. Christ and Christ alone is the true heir to God’s eternal promise - Heb. 1:1-3

c. The Jews knew that - Matt. 21:37, 38

2. All who accept Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour become fellow heirs with Christ to all God’s promises: Gal. 3:26-29; 4:7; Rom. 8:17

3. It must be remembered:

a. That God is no respecter of persons - Acts 10:34, 35; Job 34:19; Rom. 2:11

b. The new birth is the key to sonship in Christ -John 3:3-9; Rom. 8:14-17

c. Flesh and blood are excluded - John 1:12, 13; 1Cor. 15:50

d. Character, and not blood relation, is what qualifies one to be an heir to God’s promises.

e. Character comes to us when we become partakers of the divine nature - Eph. 3:6; 2 Pet. 1:2-9

4. One of the missions of our Lord was:

a. To remove the wall of partition, set up by the selfishness of sinful human beings - Eph. 2:11-16; to bring into union all men into one faith and one hope through the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ - Compare Eph. 2:11-16 with chapter 1:10-12 Our Lord considered this objective a Must - John 10:15, 16; the modern Jew occupies the same place in the scheme of God as does any other sinner for whom Christ died - Gal. 3:26-29

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