There is a truth that has been hidden for centuries now, so much so it has become a mystery. This mystery, this hidden truth, has been so buried beneath the false doctrine and teachings of the church, that one has to really become a scripture detective to find, and fully understand this mystery of today; but in the early congregation of the Lord Jesus, it was not a mystery at all, every early believer understood it.
Why do we have to become a scripture detective? Well, the most simple answer to that question is this…we have been brainwashed so to speak. Over the centuries we have been taught by the churches their version of scriptural doctrine. This can be done by various different means, for example preachers, teachers, television evangelicals, radio evangelicals, study bibles, bible study books where a particular author tells his/her version of what scripture says, and the list goes on and on.
What this does over time will muddy the waters and eventually the water gets so cloudy with the mud of false doctrines and teachings, we can no longer see the truth in scripture; we read into scripture what we have been taught. This is scriptural brainwashing. So we must as detectives search out the facts; not read the Bible in the light we have been taught and think we understand, but really dive in and seek and search for the truth, as the Bible states it, and not mans version of the truth.
There is a truth one must always understand with fallen mankind, and it is this. There is God’s Truth, and what follows is man’s version of it.
The purpose of this article is to bring back to light, the full truth of scripture in relation to this mystery of today.
Christians today, whether Catholic or Protestant, have three major theologies they adhere to. They are, Replacement, Separation and Remnant theologies. However we know that God only has one true theology…or I should say only one true doctrine, that is clearly taught in scripture. God is not a God of confusion, nor is He a God that changes His mind from day to day, and likewise changes His theologies, therefore only one can be correct.
So we as believers we must seek out the truth through scripture, what the real theology is. When we finally see and understand the truth, it will be so uplifting and beautiful; to see and understand Jesus’s true bride, His true church if one prefers that term. What we will find is Jesus’s Ekklesia, His called out ones.
To search out this truth we must first define these theologies, and what they really mean. Let’s start with Replacement Theology.
Replacement Theology – Supersessionism, also called replacement theology or fulfillment theology, is a Christian theological view on the current status of the church in relation to the Jewish people and Judaism. It holds that the Christian Church has succeeded the Israelites as the definitive people of God or that the New Covenant has replaced or superseded the Mosaic covenant.
Separation Theology- This theology teaches that the New Testament church is separate from the old covenant Israel. It comes under the guise of Dispensationalism.
Dispensationalism- A doctrine prevalent in some forms of Protestant Christianity that divides history into distinct periods, each marked by a different dispensation or relationship between God and humanity. Dispensationalism further holds that Christian believers will be transported to heaven without warning and that soon thereafter there will be a period of tribulation, followed by the Second Coming.
Remnant Theology- Gentile believers are grafted into remnant Israel, whose holy root is the Messiah. Gentile believers have taken the place of Jews who have not believed, but Gentiles as a whole have not replaced Jews as a whole. Only part of Israel has been hardened. God is able to graft Jews back into remnant Israel/the Church when they believe.
As we can see in light of the above three definitions, there is one thing that is very clear, and that is, they all center around Israel and Israel’s placement under the New Covenant.
In short, replacement says Israel is replaced by the church, separation says Israel and the church are separated, and remnant says Israel and the church stand together as a distinct group of believers in Jesus, and they form a remnant. A remnant of Jews and Gentiles, who have chosen to believe in the Messiah Jesus, and together they form the bride of Christ.
Well only one can be right. But which one? This is where we really need to dig in deep to find the truth. We will start with picking apart each theology and by using scripture, we will see if there is any merit to any of them. Let’s start with replacement theology.
Before we begin however, I want everyone who may read this to fully understand that it doesn’t matter what you may have believed or have been taught. There is no judgment being brought down on anyone by me. This article is written out of love for believers. My intentions are not to cast shame on anyone, or expose the wiles of the devil. I just want to show through a loving heart… the truth.
To Be Continued….