You stupid Galatians! Who has put you under a spell? - Galatians 3 v1

You stupid Galatians!

Replacement Theologians use parts of Paul's letter to support their contention that God has finished with the Jews and therefore the state of Israel is nothing more than a historical accident and an obstacle to world peace. They criticise Christian Zionists for ignoring these verses.

Two of their objections are examined on Two Jerusalems and Abraham's seed.

There is neither Jew nor Greek

ch3 v28 - There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

This is supposed to prove that the distinction between Jew and Greek (also male and female, slave and free) no longer exists. The inference appearing to be that Jews no longer exist as far as Christ Jesus is concerned and Christian Zionists are in error for making a fuss about them.

As one commentator observed, my wife and I are both in Christ Jesus but last time I looked we were still distinctly male and female.

In saying there is There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female Paul is commenting on our (vertical) relationship with God. When we are "all one in Christ Jesus" our Heavenly Father has no favourites.

This does not change our (horizontal) relationship with each other, otherwise Paul would not have written guidance on how men and women, slaves and free are to relate to each other within the family of believers. Within the family Gentile Christians and Messianic Jews still have a separate identity and flavour and our roles in the future may follow a slightly different path. Likewise, in God's purposes for finalising world redemption, the Jews who have not believed in Yeshua still have a future path and role as Paul and others prophesied. (Romans 11)

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To follow after checking out David Pawson's supplement.



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