Colossians 2:13-15-And you, being dead in your sins and
the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him,
having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of
ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of
the way, nailing it to the cross; And having spoiled principalities and
powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Jesus Christ finished work on the cross, made it possible
for us to become citizens in the Nation of Israel. This is the reason why
Paul asked the question, "Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the
adoption?" The answer is, Christians are the New Testament Israelites to
whom pertains the adoption of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14-18 & Galatians
Romans 9:4-6-Who are Israelites; to whom
pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the
giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the
fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, Who is over all,
God blessed for ever. Amen. Not as through the word of God hath taken none
effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel.
The word adoption in Greek means,
"Christian sonship in respect to God." (Strong’s #5206)
The Spirit of adoption is what distinguish Israel,
the natural seed of Abraham according to the flesh, from Israel the
spiritual seed of Abraham in Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul simplified this
truth for us when he said, "For they are not all Israel, which are of
Israel." Which means, Israel according to the flesh are not; I
repeat, are not the adopted children of God. Christians who have
received the Spirit of adoption are counted as the spiritual seed of Israel
and children of God.
Romans 9:7-8 Neither, because they are the seed of
Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be
called. 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
"In Isaac shall thy seed be called." This prophecy
concerning Isaac is quoted in two places (Genesis 21:12 & Hebrews 11:18).
If Abraham’s natural seed according to the flesh are not the children of
God, then who are the children of this promise?
Romans 8:14-17-For as many as are led by the Spirit of
God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of
bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby
we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Itself beareth witness with our spirit
that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God,
and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we
may be also glorified together.
The word ‘witness’ in Greek means, "to testify
jointly." (Strong’s #4828)
Here the Holy Spirit testifies jointly with
our spirit that we are the children of God. If children, we carry the
kingdoms name Christian, of which the whole family in heaven and
earth is called.
Ephesians 3:14-15-For this cause I bow my knees unto the
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of Whom the whole family in heaven and
earth is named.
Here the scripture tell us that the whole family in
heaven and earth from faithful Abraham to the present day saint, are all
called by one name ‘Christian.’ This truth destroys the belief that
the Hebrew Israelite of the Old Testament is somehow of a different family
line than that of the New Testament Christian. Jesus Christ finished work on
the cross bridged that family divide and united the Hebrew and Gentile in
one family, a family which God Himself has given a new name to.