Christians, The Forgotten Israelites
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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 name.

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).

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