THE DOCTRINE OF SPIRITUAL
Deuteronomy 30:6 And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.
Colossians 2:9-11 All the fullness of God dwells in Christ bodily. And you are complete in him… In whom you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands.
Galatians 3:7 Realize therefore that those who trust in Christ are the children of Abraham.
Philippians 3:3 For we who worship God in the spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and do not trust in the flesh, are those who are truly circumcised.
Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew, who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, who 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.
Romans 9:7-8 And they are not all Abraham’s children, just because they are descended from him: on the contrary, Through Isaac shall your descendants come. That is, It is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted as the descendants.
Gal 3:28-29 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Gal 4:22-26 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a
slave woman, the other by a free woman. His son by the slave woman was born in
the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born in fulfillment of a
promise. Those events provide an allegory: for the women represent the two
covenants. The one from mount Sinai, whose children
are in bondage, is Hagar. For Hagar represents mount
Galatians 4:28-29 Now we, brethren, like Isaac, are the children of promise. But even as the son born after the flesh then persecuted the son who was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Romans For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Romans 4:16 It is of faith, that it might be by grace; in order that the promise might be sure to all of Abraham’s offspring; not only those who are of the law, but also those who are of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
Romans 4:17 (As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations,) he [Abraham] is our father in the sight of God in whom he believed, God who gives life to the dead, and calls things that are not as though they were.
[Comment: These verses tell us that God sees no difference between Jew and non-Jew, for all who trust in Christ are Abraham’s seed, and thus God’s chosen people. For the descendants promised to Abraham (whose number would be like the stars of heaven) are not those who are his descendants through the flesh, but those who are spiritually his descendants through faith in Christ.]
Matthew Seek first the
Matthew 10:7 And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven advances with power, and those endued with power take hold of it.
Luke 17:20-21 Now having
been asked by the Pharisees, when the
Ezekiel 47:22-23 And it will come to pass, that… the foreigners living among you, who have borne children among you: should be treated as the children of Israel born in the country; they should receive an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel… that in whatever tribe the foreigner lives, there you will give him his inheritance, says the Lord GOD.
2Thessalonians God chose you from the beginning unto salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through faith in the truth.
[Comment: Since no sinner can be a citizen of God’s heavenly kingdom, we become citizens of God’s heavenly kingdom through faith in Christ alone. For that reason, God sees no difference between physical descendants of Abraham who trust in Christ, and those from other nations who trust in Christ. If God has chosen to bring them to faith in Christ then they are His chosen people.]
God expects His church to teach what the Bible says, not human opinion and conjecture. Therefore, when the Bible tells us that, “those who trust in Christ are the children of Abraham” (Galatians 3:7), or, “he is not a Jew, who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart” (Romans 2:28-29), then that is what God wants us to believe and teach.
Gary Ray Branscome