Christ, the Savior of Israel
Judaism is a mix of pagan religion with the Old Covenant law. Its a religion of man and of the flesh. It is in large part a continuation of the religion of the Pharisees of Christ’s time. Christianity is ethnic Israel reborn in Jesus Christ (John 3: 1-6). At the Cross and at the Day of Pentecost that which was formerly physical was transformed into the spiritual in Christ and in the Holy Spirit. Entry into Israel before was by the physical seed of Abraham, the temple was a physical building, and circumcision of Jewish men was in the flesh. Afterwards, entry into Israel is by faith, the temple is the believer and circumcision was done away with and Paul in Galatians argues against it.
Christ came as the savior of Israel. In Matthew 15: 24 Christ says “…I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But almost all in ethnic Israel rejected him. John 1: 11 tells us that “He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” Several Old Testament prophets, including Isaiah especially, had predicted that Israel, or ethnic Israel, would be the light of the Gentiles and the Gentiles would be brought into Israel. The Israel we were brought into is Israel reborn in Christ.
Many corporate church Christians now in the falling away of II Thessalonains 2: 3 fail to understand the importance of what Paul says in Romans 2: 28-29 and Romans 9: 6-8. Read these passages in the King James Version.
Romans 2: 28-29 says “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
29.But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
And Romans 9: 6-8 says “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
7. Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
8. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.”
Paul is subtle in places, especially in Galatians 6: 16 “…peace be to them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.” Now many or even most Christians read this as just saying “peace upon Israel”, and they interpret Israel as the Jews.
But Paul is saying “the Israel which is of God,” following what he said in Romans 2: 28-29 and Romans 9: 6-8. There are two Israels. One is ethnic Israel which mostly rejected Christ and is unsaved. The other Israel accepted Christ and is saved. The Israel that is saved is the Israel which is of God.
Christ did not come to be the savior of a construct now called “the church.” Church is just an English translation of the Greek word, ekklesia, meaning an assembly of believers. Ekklesia can mean a congregation, but “church” is not something that stands alongside of Israel, such that God has two different peoples, Israel and “the church.” Salvation is only in Israel, but entry into Israel reborn in Christ is now by faith and no longer by being a physical descendant of Abraham.