Isaiah 62:1-2-For Zion sake will I not hold My peace,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go
forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And
the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou
shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall
Here we have Divine revelation foretelling us the
new name God said Israel was to be called. This prophecy was not
fulfilled in the prophet Isaiah’s day, but looked forward to the
establishment of the New Testament Church on Pentecost day (Acts 1:4-15 &
Acts 2:1-4). These early members of the church were the first to
convert from Judaism to Christianity. The new name that they received
was not revealed until the church reassembled in Antioch and received the
name ‘Christian’, after ‘Christ’ our Savior.
Acts 11:25-26-Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to
seek Saul: And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.
And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the
church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called
Christians first in Antioch. And in these days came prophets from
Jerusalem unto Antioch.
The word ‘Saul’ in Greek is, "the Jewish
name of Paul." (Acts 13:9-10) & (Strong’s #4569)
Paul and the disciples were Hebrew Israelites under
the Old Covenant. They became Christian Israelites under the New Covenant.
Before we conclude this study lets go to the book of Philippians and take a
closer look at the apostle Paul’s Hebrew heritage.
Philippians 3:4-7-Though I might also have confidence
in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust
in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eight day, of the stock of
Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law,
a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the
righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to
me, those I counted loss for Christ.
The apostle Paul used himself as an example to
demonstrate to us that having faith in Christ is more important than
trusting in the flesh. He takes this opportunity to boast of his Hebrew
heritage, a Pharisee and a son of a Pharisee (Acts 23:6). Paul by all
accounts was a Hebrew Israelite of the natural seed of Abraham
(Romans 11:1). He became a Christian Israelite and spiritual seed of
Abraham when Christ struck him down on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:1-16).