Have you ever had your credit card stolen? What do you do (after you panic, of course)? You immediately start searching. You go back through your purchase history and retrace your steps to see where those numbers could’ve been retrieved—all the while hoping to discover that you left it somewhere and someone was gracious enough to turn it in.
If you don’t find it, you cancel it. Then you contact all the places your old card was on file to try to replace it with a new one. A lot of time is spent trying to recapture what is rightfully yours!
It’s not that you are no longer yourself, but being who you are is all of a sudden very hard to prove. Claiming what is yours is questioned by multiple entities, and numerous passwords and picture identifications are required just to get back to where you were. It’s exhausting.
Think about something else that has been stolen from you. Is there a family heirloom that has been passed down from generation to generation that has gotten lost in a move or misplaced somehow?
Have you tried to replace it with a replica but it simply doesn’t hold the memory and feel that the original did?
Something similar has happened in the Church today. Very slowly and unconsciously, the center of the first-century Church, which was Jewish at its core and built upon the salvation of our Jewish Redeemer, began to shift its center from Jerusalem to Rome.
There does seem to be a moment when it all began to crumble—after the Second Temple was destroyed and the Jews were exiled from Jerusalem.
As a result, our blessings have gotten away from us—because we have gotten away from our life source. That beautiful branch that keeps us grounded to our roots.
Grafted in and intertwined
Peter and Paul, both Jews and essential pillars of the faith and writers in the New Testament, kept Christianity—then without organized leadership—intertwined with the Jewish faith. This grafted-in concept, mentioned in Paul’s writings, provided depth and an anchor for everything the Church was built upon.
But somewhere, the grafted-in and intertwined roots became disjointed and dismantled. And replacement theology began to creep in.
With this unbiblical theology came a replica, not the real deal, of pledges and prophecies God promised to Israel. It was taught those no longer mattered, were null and void, and instead were passed on and meant only for the Church.
Now, ask yourself, that replica of the family heirloom—it just isn’t quite the same, is it? If only you had the real deal. Oh, how you would treasure it!
When we fall into the trap of replacement theology, two catastrophes can occur:
- We are not believing the God of the Bible…
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”—Numbers 23:19
- We become disconnected from our inheritance…
Just like that lost credit card, it’s all still yours, but if you don’t have the right numbers in order, access is nearly impossible.
“And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them… do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.’ Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.”—Romans 11:17-21
In essence, the “wild olive” branches of the Church were broken off the “trunk” of Judaism when the Church embraced the pagan culture and dismissed its origin.
Both the Old and New Testaments warn against adopting the ways of the world and bringing them into the doctrine of the Church (Psalm 106:35-40, 2 Corinthians 6:14-16). Why? Because God knew that once this happened, it was an open door for the enemy to slither in and steal the peace, joy, power, and authority that was to belong to the One New Man Church (see Ephesians 2:15).
There are countless blessings and an indescribable closeness that occurs when you begin to get reacquainted and connected to the roots of your faith.
Have you ever discovered a letter or heard a story about one of your ancestors? There's something that happens that forms a connection and bond with the past when you hear and read about your family’s heritage.
The same applies to the inheritance we have in Christ. We have been grafted in to enjoy the fatness of the olive tree. And we can’t be ignorant of the mystery.
“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
‘The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.’
“Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”—Romans 11: 25-29
God’s gifts and promises cannot be broken. From the moment He spoke them into existence they become active, and they will accomplish what He has set them out to do…
- This includes all He promised and prophesied about Israel
- This includes the Church
- This includes YOU
You have an opportunity now to rediscover your inheritance. It’s easier than reclaiming your credit card and much more blessed.
You will be shocked and amazed at the discoveries you make in your spiritual family tree. Go ahead and get started right away!
This discovery is not intended to be done alone. God wants to direct your steps, and He rejoices to see the brethren come together to learn more about Him.
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