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Israel and the Church

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that
needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Original text: Norman Cady. "nojokd @ charter . net"    Edited by grace believers.

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ISRAEL                                                                         BODY OF CHRIST
Covenants (Abraham)......................................................Promises
Works.............................................................................Grace (not works)
Several Baptisms..............................................................ONE Baptism
Jesus' Earthly Ministry (Jews Only)...................................Revelations given to Paul
The Disciples (Apostles for the Jews)...............................Apostle for the Gentiles
The Great Commission.....................................................Great Commission Ended (Ambassadors)
Signs, Wonders and Miracles...........................................God's Grace
Sins Remitted...................................................................Sins Forgiven
The Little Flock (Peter, Jews and Proselytes)....................The Church, the body of Christ (Paul)
Fall of Israel.....................................................................The Fulness of the Gentiles
Israel Restored..................................................................Rapture
Tribulation (Endure to the end, Sins Blotted Out)................Jesus has Endured to the End for us
The Kingdom of Israel (David's Throne, Millennial Reign)...We are in Heaven
Eternity (Earthly Kingdom, New Jerusalem).......................Kingdom of Christ (Heaven)

Appendix A - Definitions

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee:
      and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Ezekiel 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel;
      and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations,
      neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.
Ezekiel 37:22 Is talking about the house of Judah and the house of Jacob or Israel.
      When the restoration of Israel is come, then the two houses of Israel
      will be brought together.

Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things,
      which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

MYSTERY - Body of Christ
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel,
      and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery,
      which was kept secret since the world began,
Ephesians 3:3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men,
      as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
      which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God
      which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant,
      then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.
      These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
Numbers 25:11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned
      my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them,
      that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.
Numbers 25:12 Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:
Numbers 25:13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood;
      because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people;
      that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
Israel's covenant from God was conditional. (IF-Then)(BECAUSE)(WHEN) etc.
Israel was required to do works of righteousness.

PROMISES & SEALED - Body of Christ
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
      how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
      it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:
      in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
We need to believe what our Bible says, where it says it and to whom it was said.
If we are indeed saved then the truth says we are: "Sealed unto the day of redemption."
The day of redemption is at the taking away of the Church the body of Christ. (Rapture)
We may lose rewards when we meet Jesus, but our salvation is secure.

WORKS - Israel
James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works?
      can faith save him?
James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
James 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
For Israel's people, they were required to do Works of Righteousness and Works of Faith.
After the dispensation of the Grace of God, that we are in NOW;
Israel will again be required to do works and endure to the end, for their salvation.
There is NO WAY that James 2:17 and Romans 4:5, Romans 11:6 and Ephesians 2:8-9
can be written TO and FOR the same group of people.
Let's face it friends there are 2 programs, 2 kingdoms that is (1) Israel and
(2) the body of Christ. Things that are different are NOT the same.
Israel/Earth/Peter-James-John and body of Christ/Heaven-Paul alone.
Trying to apply the book of James to the Church absolutely does NOT work.
That is to say if they were written to the same group of people
then either James or Paul is a liar. Paul is the Apostle for us in the body of Christ.
The book of James is future prophecy for Israel.

GRACE (not works) - Body of Christ
Romans 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly,
      his faith is counted for righteousness.
Romans 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man,
      unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Romans 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace.
      But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The Church, the body of Christ, obtains salvation without works.
We do Works because of salvation and out of thankfulness, NOT out of obligation.

TITHING - Israel
Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land,
      or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD's: it is holy unto the LORD.
Deuteronomy 14:22 Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field bringeth forth year by year.
Deuteronomy 26:13 Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the hallowed
      things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger,
      to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me:
      I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them.
2 Chronicles 31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought
      in abundance the firstfruits of corn, wine, and oil, and honey, and of all the increase of the field;
      and the tithe of all things brought they in abundantly.
Nehemiah 10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings,
      and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house
      of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes
      in all the cities of our tillage.
Nehemiah 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites,
      when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God,
      to the chambers, into the treasure house.
Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive
      the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law,
      that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
Tithing was a commandment from God to the house of Israel. Tithing of Israel
is the reason that the Levis were NOT given an inheritance as the rest of Israel.

GIVING - Body of Christ
Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity;
      he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;
      and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart,
      so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands
      the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Philippians 4:15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed
      from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
Philippians 4:16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
Paul never once in his epistles to the churches ever mentionned tithing, only giving.
Tithing is NOT a requirement for the body of Christ. BUT be a cheerful giver.

BAPTISMS - Several. Israel
Mark 1:4 John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water;
      but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose:
      he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
1. Luke is speaking to Jews, the Lost Sheep of the house of Israel,
      NOT the Church the body of Christ.
2. If people that claim "Baptism with FIRE" knew what that meant,
      they would want NO part of it.
3. In the "Rapture" the taking away of the body of Christ,
      the saved are taken and the evil people will be left behind.
4. In Revelation, a book of prophecy for Israel, it is the other way around,
      the saved will be left behind and evil people will be taken and
      will be "baptized with fire."

See: Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
      This is the second death. This is the "Baptism with FIRE."
      2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray,
      following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
      Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
      through Jesus Christ our Lord.
There is no such thing anywhere in scripture that mentions: "Baptism with Holy Ghost Fire."
John 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel,
      therefore am I come baptizing with water.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you
      in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Peter is an Apostle and a Disciple to the Lost Sheep of the house of Israel.
Peter was NOT sent but unto the Lost Sheep, with the exception of Cornelius.
Cornelius was the EXCEPTION, NOT the EXAMPLE of Peter teaching the Gentiles.
Israel had to: 1. Repent, 2. be Baptized, 3. receive the REMISSION of sins (NOT Forgiveness)
4. Then they would receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
The gift of the Holy Ghost was given to them to be a comforter, and to give them
strength to endure to the end through the Tribulation Period.
Israel sins then will be BLOTTED OUT at the second coming of Jesus.
Jesus is to sit on the Throne of David during the 1000 year reign of Christ.
The Millennium is for Israel and NOT for the Church the body of Christ.

ONE BAPTISM - Body of Christ
Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Romans 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles,
      whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Galatians 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
For the Church the body of Christ there is NO baptism with the Holy Ghost,
      we are NOT Isreal to perform signs and wonders.

We have the completed WORD of God.
The body of Christ lives under GRACE, Not in the covenants of Israel.
The body of Christ does NOT do Miracles, Signs and Wonders.
Here are instructions for our salvation and forgiveness of sin.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
      it is the gift of God:

Ephesians 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth,
      the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed,
      ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the
      purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Please Notice:
1. Eph. 2:8 God's Grace and Christ's Faith (through faith NOT by our faith.)

2. Eph. 1:13 "WORD OF TRUTH"; The Truth for Israels salvation is NOT the same
      Truth for us in the body of Christ

3. THE GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION", The gospel of YOUR salvation is NOT
      the same gospel that Peter preached to Israel for their salvation. See Acts 2:38

4. "SEALED" The Holy Spirit Seals us into the body of Christ.
5. Eph.1:14 "EARNEST OF OUR INHERITANCE" Our inheritance is to live within
      the kingdom of Christ, in heaven.
      at the "Rapture". We have been purchased. We are a possession of Christ.
      The Holy Spirit has sealed us into His body.

6b. Rapture. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven
      with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
      and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
  (17) Then we which are alive and remain
      shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
      and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits,
      to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Matthew 10:2 Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter,
      and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
Matthew 10:3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus,
      and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus;
Matthew 10:4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
Matthew 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles,
      and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
Matthew 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Many people think that the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of Christ
      are the same thing. They are NOT.

The kingdom of God is both heaven and earth.
      (Referring to both kingdoms of heaven and Christ.)

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Revelation 17:18 And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.
Ephesians 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater,
      hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
"OF GOD" neither place heaven or earth. The kingdom of God includes both
      the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of Christ.

The kingdom of heaven for Israel. The kingdom of Christ is in heaven for ALL that
      believe Christ during the dispensation of Grace.

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