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26/10/2007 / Test All Things

Were The Israelites The Chosen People?

Question: Were the Israelites the chosen people?

Answer: The Israelites were chosen in the sense that for 2100 years, God worked through Israel to bring us the Bible. The Bible was written principally by Jews.

We read in 2 Peter 1:21:
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Christ our Savior came out of national Israel, that is, He was given His human nature from the nation of Israel. When the Lord Jesus came as the Savior, it was a tremendous event. He was a blood descendant of Abraham and King David, of the tribe of Judah.

In that sense, the Israelites were the chosen people.

Eternally, the Israelites, the physical Jews, are not chosen.

The chosen people are the spiritual Jews, those who trust in the Lord Jesus.

Eternally, those who trust Jesus are the elect or the chosen of God, and they come from every nation of the world. The nation of Israel now stands on the same ground as any Gentile nation. No one has a superior position or advantage over anyone else. The physical Jews are in unbelief and might become saved, if that is the will of God, just as those in Gentile nations are in unbelief and might become saved, if that is the will of God. In Romans 11, God is talking to the Gentiles about the nation of Israel, and

He says in Romans 11:30-32:
For as ye [you Gentiles] in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: Even so have these [the nation of Israel] also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. For God hath concluded them all [Jew and Gentile] in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

“Through their unbelief” indicates that the nation of Israel rejected Christ, and that is why they wanted Him crucified, but His crucifixion was required by God in order for Christ to be our Savior. In this passage, God underscores the fact that no nation has any superiority or advantage over any other nation. We all stand on the same ground; we are sinners, deserving the wrath of God. The only way we can become right with God is through the atoning blood and imputed righteousness of Christ Jesus the savior.
Christ redeemed all of his sheep at the cross and His perfect righteousness was charged to their accounts. God’s elect at some point in their lives come to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior when they are brought to see that they are only deserving of the wrath of God and are given faith to believe that Christ met all of the conditions for their salvation.
Those who die in unbelief will perish for an eternity.

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  1. Christie / Feb 19 2008 7:16 pm

    this helps me so much becuse its for my s.s packet!

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