The Truth of Israel: The People
This article is a minor continuation of, The Beginning in Abraham.
After establishing how Abraham’s experience is synonymous to our experience in the Cross, I wanted to dedicate this article to examining the specific scriptures which tell how Jesus is the fulfillment of Abraham, and how we are inheritors of that that fulfillment.
I think I can be both bold and honest by saying the Hebrew Roots Movement has little use for this aspect of the Bible. As I have said before, and will say again, Abraham and Moses are not contrary to each other. All that God has been doing since the fall of man, is to bring sons into glory and reveal Himself to mankind. The reason I say that is because we have to look at all God does as a progressive work and revelation instead of looking at it all through our personal dogma and doctrinal preferences. The HRM is no different than the Pharisees in how they are only concerned with the outward identification to Israel, not the inward. It’s at this point for the HRM, there is really no use for the aspect of faith in securing and apprehending the personal relationship and spiritual victories of Abraham.
What God wanted in Abraham, He wants with us, but this took time until Jesus would make His appearance and finish the work of the Father. Where the HRM differs is that they believe Jesus came to secure the physical works found in Moses, because the Law was the finished work of the Father. Not true. God has always wanted a holy people, but not of ourselves like Ishmael. He wants a holy people brought forth out of faith and promise, apart from ourselves like Isaac. This is the difference which the HRM mysteriously avoids. Even in Moses, man still had the sinful nature of Adam, and it was the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross that crucified the self where we may commune with God like Abraham. This is why we are grafted into Abraham through Christ. Not Moses.
The misperception of the Hebrew Roots Movement is centered on how Christians are grafted into Israel. Although the Bible says we are grafted into Israel, we are not grafted into the works of the law of Moses through the flesh. We are grafted into the covenant of Abraham by faith, which was originally given by faith. The works of the law come through Moses, but the law of the Spirit comes through the Seed of Abraham, which is Jesus Christ. Jesus said that before Abraham was, “I AM”. He preceded the law of Moses, and He has said He is the true vine. We do not have access to the Father through the circumcision of the flesh and the law of Moses, but through the Spirit and promise of Abraham by faith. The only people who are God’s, are those who are of the Spirit(Abraham), not the flesh(Moses). The only sign of circumcision now given to those who are Israel, are those whose flesh is crucified with Christ on the Cross.
Let’s just simply go through the NT scriptures about what the purpose of Jesus was in fulfilling the promise of Abraham, and how we are grafted in and considered people of Israel.
“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 of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter…”(Romans 2:28-29)
“Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness. How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that the righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.”
“For the promise that he would be heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect,…Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all.”(Romans 4:13-16)
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”(Romans 8:14)
“…For they are not all Israel who are of Israel,…That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise these are counted as the seed.”(Romans 9:6-8)
“For there is no distinction between Jew or Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.”
” Therefore know that only those who are of faith are the sons of Abraham.”(Galatians 3:7)
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us,…that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
“For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus…There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and broken down the wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh, the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.” (Ephesians 2:14-15)
“For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)
“That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.” (Ephesians 3:6)