What Does the Bible Say About Israel and The Church? - Radical

What Does the Bible Say About Israel and The Church?

Does the Church still have a relationship with Israel? How is it supposed to look today? In this message, Pastor David Platt analyzes the continuous relationship between the Church and Israel today.

  1. What About the Church and its Relationship to Israel?
  2. The Church Begins With Israel

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What about the church and its relationship to Israel? And this could be a whole nother secret church right here, maybe one day. But think about the church and the Israel of God. Galatians 6, Paul uses this phrase, upon the Israel of God. And in Romans 2, he talks about how the Jewish people were, we’re not Jewish by outward circumstances as much by inward faith. And so I want you to think about how the church is referred to in relationship to Israel.

The church has talked about we are descendants of Israel’s father, Abraham, Romans 4, Romans 9. So we’re descendants of Israel’s father, Abraham. We are heirs of Israel’s promise. You are Christ and you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs, according to his promise, the promise that was given him, passed on to us, Romans chapter 4, an incredible passage right there. We are recipients of Israel’s blessings.

The Church Begins With Israel

This passage, and we’ve already referred to it a couple times in 1 Peter 2, he uses so much imagery that it was for Israel in the Old Testament priesthood, sacrifices, living stones, chief cornerstone, royal priesthood, holy nation, people for the possession of God, talking about the New Testament. So the reality is the story of the church ultimately begins with Israel, with the Old Testament people of God. So there’s not necessarily this perfect exact identity between the church and Israel, but there is clearly continuity between what we see in Israel and then what we see happening in the church. More that we could talk about there maybe one day.

David Platt

David Platt serves as a pastor in metro Washington, D.C. He is the founder of Radical.

David received his Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of Don’t Hold Back, Radical, Follow MeCounter CultureSomething Needs to ChangeBefore You Vote, as well as the multiple volumes of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series.

Along with his wife and children, he lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area.


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