Passages Like Jeremiah 3:14-18 Are Already Fulfilled in Christ

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    (Jeremiah 3:14-18) – 14 Return, O faithless children, says the Lord, for I am your master; I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and Read More …

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Who Is the “Israel of God” in Galatians 6:16?

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  Scripture quoted by permission. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2018 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved.”   (Galatians 6:15-16) – 15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters is a new creation! 16 And all who will behave Read More …

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Does God Bless America Because It Blesses Israel?

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  Whenever Israel comes under attack from one of their enemies (as is happening as I write this), you will see Christians on social media encouraging others to pray for Israel, or to pray for the peace of Israel. Why? Not that this isn’t a good thing. Of course it is. But why do they Read More …

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How to Interpret the OT in Light of the NT — [Isaiah Chapter 2]

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  A reader wrote to me wanting to know the “true events of the last days,” and asked for my interpretation of Isaiah 2. What follows is the substance of my reply. I’ll sum it up this way: To start with, I don’t agree with the idea that the return of Christ is “imminent.” I Read More …

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Comparison of Theologies

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  Comparison of Theologies Below you will find a few links that compare the differences between Dispensationalism (DT), Covenant Theology (CT) and New Covenant Theology (NCT). In brief, the major difference between Dispensationalism and the other two, is that DT views Israel and the Church as completely separate from each other. DT teaches that God Read More …

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Fulfilled Israel & Spiritual Israel

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Introduction A common belief among Christians is that God still has a plan for the nation of Israel, a plan that is distinct from the Church. In particular, that there will be a millennial kingdom upon the return of Christ, where God once again turns His attention to Israel (Dispensational Premillennialism – DP). But is Read More …

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What if Israel Had Recognized Jesus as their Messiah?

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    It’s tragic that Israel didn’t see the fulfillment of their own religion when Jesus revealed Himself to them. That is why God destroyed them in AD 70 via the Roman armies. If they had (as one people) recognized Jesus as their Messiah, today they would be viewed in the context of Christianity, not Read More …

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Commentary on Revelation – [Chapter 21]

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  Commentary on Revelation (covers all chapters from 1 thru 22, including Introduction) Copyright © 2019 by Steve Sewell, Theology First. All Rights Reserved   All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction The “holy city,” the “New Jerusalem,” is both the Church and the actual eternal city, or Read More …

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Commentary on Revelation — (2:8-11) – [Smyrna]

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  Commentary on Revelation (covers all chapters from 1 thru 22, including Introduction) Copyright © 2019 by Steve Sewell, Theology First. All Rights Reserved   Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise indicated.   About Smyrna City of Smyrna: Modern day Izmir, Turkey It’s interesting that only in the book of Revelation Read More …

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The Significance of “To the Jew First” — [2 of 2]

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    All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   This is a continuation from Part 1 of 2. This is a highly significant passage, one of the most important passages in the New Testament as it relates to Israel and the Church and the Kingdom of Christ of Read More …

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The Significance of “To the Jew First” — [1 of 2]

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    To the Jew first: (Acts 13:46) – 46 Both Paul and Barnabas replied courageously, “It was necessary to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we are turning to the Gentiles. NET (Romans 1:16) – 16 For I am Read More …

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Israel in Hebrews — [Priesthood of Christ]

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    All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction As we’ve seen, the book of Hebrews reveals that the Kingship of Christ is both now and continues into the everlasting kingdom of the new heaven and new earth (Rev 21:1-2). We’ve also seen that this book doesn’t Read More …

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Israel in Hebrews — [The Church is New Israel]

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    Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction As with Paul and Peter, the writer of Hebrews reveals that the nation of Israel has its fulfillment in Christ and His Church. The nation of Israel has its fulfillment as a spiritual nation, a spiritual Israel. In other Read More …

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Israel in Hebrews — [Overview]

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    All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version.   Introduction We continue our study of Israel and the Church from the perspective of the writer of the book of Hebrews. He’s a Jewish Christian addressing a Jewish Christian audience about Old and New Covenant issues. Before I began my study of Read More …

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Israel and the Church — [Exodus 19:1-6]

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    All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction Having already dealt with numerous New Testament passages regarding Israel and the Church, I think it’s good that we consider an Old Testament passage. All along I’ve been saying that we can’t understand the OT apart from the Read More …

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