NOT ALL OF THE PHYSICAL DESCENDANTS
of Abraham belong to spiritual Israel. As the apostle Paul put it "not
all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel." Only those who have
the same faith as Abraham are his spiritual heirs - those who are
"children of the promise."
A PERSON'S PHYSICAL BIRTH
does not make one a true Israelite, only the NEW BIRTH, spiritual
circumcision, can do that. The real Israelite is one inwardly. This is a
matter of the heart. At the new birth, Christ performs "a circumcision made
without hands" when we are buried with Christ in baptism and are raised with
Him through faith. "And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's
offspring, heirs according to promise." Peace and mercy be upon all who
walk by this rule, upon the ISRAEL OF GOD.
Romans 2:28,29; 9:6-8; Galatians 3:7-9,26-29; 4:22-28; 6:16; Philippians 3:3;