Pt Five Refutations from Scripture What Does the Bible

Here are the most common proof texts for Replacement Theology. Romans 4:13

13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

This is used to shore up the claim that the Church inherits the world, and not Israel. What it is actually saying is the heir of the world will inherit by faith, not by the law. This does not automatically exclude the Jews at all. It just brings out the importance of faith.

Matthew 21:43

43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

This is given to support the idea that Jesus taught that the Jews would lose their spiritual privileges, and be replaced by another people. Here is the passage in context.

Matthew 21:42-45

42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.

44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.

Here in verse 25, you can see that Jesus is speaking of the Chief Priests and leaders of the people, not to the nation as a whole.

Even if it is talking about a nation it can't possibly mean that the church has replaced Israel. Why? Because the church has not brought forth the fruits of the kingdom either. Jesus can say the exact same thing to today's church: The kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a new generation of end time overcomers who will in fact produce the fruit God is looking for. Do you see the typology of Israel and the Church here? The church has failed to produce, just like ancient Israel failed. Here ancient Israel is not an example for the church, her fate is a prophecy for the church.

Next case:

Romans 2:28-29

28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Galatians 3:6-9

6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.

7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

Galatians 3:29

29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

These verses show the importance of faith being needed to inherit the promise. But they do not say anything about Israel being replaced by the church or cut off in any way. So go figure!

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