If the church has not replaced Israel, then what? Some say the Church is the church and Israel is Israel; they are totally different. Others say the church is Israel. Which is it?
Intrater provides us with one way to resolve this. You can look at physical Israel and compare it with the physical or cultural church. Clearly these are different. But if you look at the believing remnant, the spiritual side, then they are the same.
We can say that the Church is the continuation of ancient Israel but not to the exclusion of modern or ethnic Israel. But we're talking about the believing remnant of the church as a continuation of the believing remnant of ancient Israel. This should be clear enough since we mean those who are standing on faith in the promises, and Habakkuk 2: says this.
Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
And Hebrews 10 quotes this verse.
Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
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