How’s this for replacement theology?
God gave the 10 Commandments to His people about 3500 years ago. These commands were given specifically to Israel….and not to the other nations in the Old Testament. When we move into New Testament times, “Israel” takes on a new flavor. All of a sudden we are told that “not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.” (Romans 9:6) What? Really?
That’s right. God makes all things new. There is a new covenant for the people of God beginning with Jesus Christ. God redefines what it means to be a “Jew.” Starting in New Testament times 2000 years ago, “A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly.” (Romans 2:28) Just let that sink in for a moment. It’s no small transition from the way it had been for the first 4000 years of human history. Beginning in the New Testament era, there has to be an “internal adoption,” and not just a biological pedigree. There has to be “new birth.” (1 Peter 1:3) And there has to be sanctification. A person literally becomes a new creation the moment the living God comes to dwell inside his body when he is converted through faith in Christ. (see 2 Cor. 5:17 & 1 Cor. 6:19)
You’ve heard of “Judaizers”? This guy is a “de-Judaizer.” Or maybe a “re-Judaizer.”
My question would be whether all of the curses also accrue to these new Jews. He doesn’t say. But he does say this:
In the New Testament, you can’t just embrace the commands of God as your own until you first enter a relationship with God. You have to become a “New Testament Jew” so to speak.
A “New Testament Jew.” First I’ve heard of one of those. So to speak.