receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, God promises them that Hewill
“establish thee (Israel) an
holy people unto Himself, as he hath sworn untothee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in
his ways.” (Deut 28:9)
Not just people, but holy people, and the rest of the terms come together
chosen generation, royal priesthood, an holy nation, peculiar people
.As for the Gentiles, when Jesus Christ came and what he had done on the
cross, “… he hath reconciled
unto God in one body by the cross…” (Eph
2:16). Both refer to the Circumcision and the Uncircumcision, Jews andGentiles alike, respectively (Eph 2:10-16).As such, both Jewish and Gentile believers are now one and the same Bodyof Christ, also called saints or the church. This is the true meaning of whatspiritual Israel is. [Pause]More appropriately, spiritual Israel is called Israel of God in the Scripture (Gal6:15,16).
To put it another way, the church is not made up of Gentile believers alone, assome quarters of the community would like us to believe, but also Jewishbelievers. Together, they constitute the members of the Body of Christ.
The above understanding is what Paul, in the book of Ephesians, called amystery, which was revealed to him, as well as the apostles and prophets atthat time, and the revelation of this mystery is now make clear here (See Eph3:3-6, whose background is given in Ephesians 2:10-22).
Extended Into the NT
“Extended into the NT” is construed to mean that the children of Israel or Jews
(i.e. natural Israel) were spiritual Israel from the beginning, and they continueto be so into the NT through believing in Jesus Christ.The Bible aptly puts it in John 8:31, 32 concerning believing Jews,
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed,
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.