“For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore
You are not consumed, O sons of Jacob….”
Malachi 3:6

Replacement theology is a theological system based solely upon speculation that suggests that a Covenant that the God of the Bible made with Abraham some four thousand years ago no longer exists or has been adjusted. In other words; God has changed His mind concerning is undertakings to Abraham. There is not one passage in the Bible that supports this thesis even though, as a teaching, it has deep roots in the more historical and traditional churches but is being embraced by the “new churches” of our day in the form of Fulfillment Theology and the more popular Kingdom Now teaching. In particular it is to be noted that scripture everywhere affirms that the Abrahamic Covenant and its promises, including that of land to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is an everlasting covenant. (Genesis 17:7-8)(Psalm 105:7-12) Even the New Testament everywhere affirms the efficacy of the Abrahamic Covenant as it constitutes the reason why God sent John the Baptist as a herald for Christ (Luke 1:71-74) and it constitutes the grounds upon which God’s gift of Messiah is made to the world (Luke 1:54-56).

Paul affirms in Galatians three that it holds a promise to the descendants of Israel (Galatians 3:15), to the single seed of Israel being Jesus (Galatians 3:16-18) and that it is the reason why Jesus died so that its blessings can be unleashed upon the world (Galatians 3:13-14; 3:29). The writer of the book of Hebrews holds up to his readers God’s faithfulness to this Covenant as being proof that He will be faithful to them in terms of His New Covenant (Hebrews 6:13-20). If the Abrahamic Covenant has indeed been abolished or adjusted by the coming of Jesus then the letter written to the Hebrews some thirty years later is false!

The Abrahamic Covenant always made an eternal promise of land to Abraham’s descendants (Genesis 17:8) and a promise of Messiah to the same descendants (Genesis 22:16-18). God has fully honored His promises in this respect and has not changed His mind. Indeed He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19)! The evil of Replacement Theology and its “cousins” is that it disinvests the Jewish people of a destiny in the land of Israel. They falsely assert that the land part of this Covenant has been removed thus making Israel’s modern day restoration to it as a nation a mere coincidence. Consequently any promise referring to the land of Israel can now be transferred to the Church and thus allegorized thus making the Church the inheritor of all the promises made to the Jews. This is nonsense but historically, the Church has not only propagated this error but, coupled with it, has despised the Jews for not believing in Jesus which in turn has encouraged a hatred of the Jews that has birthed anti-Semitism culminating finally with the Holocaust and the anti-Israelism that we witness everywhere today. In short its fruit is evil and yet it continues to thrive in certain Christian traditions. We fully affirm that salvation for all peoples, be they Jew or Gentile, is only to be had by exercising faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross (Romans 1:16) but we also a affirm that Replacement Theology is a dark spiritual stronghold, that has birthed nothing but “bad fruit”, that will only come down by prayer, proper teaching and the written word.

This article is part of this battle to dislodge this false teaching from the minds of God’s people and thus enable them to see the incredible faithfulness of God in the return of the Jews in our time to Canaan. Jesus Himself spoke of this and I would imagine that it would be good to believe Him (Luke 21:24).

Malcolm Hedding

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