Why Replacement Theology is Silly
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. – Ephesians 3:8-12
Replacement theology is silly because Scripture has made clear that the Church was always God’s only eternal purpose. One plan, not two. Read the passage above. It’s so clear. The mystic seed of Abraham, Jew and Gentile combined in one body, reconciled to God by Christ on the Cross, that is, the Church, is now made known to all through the Apostle Paul.
There it is.
Not only is the Church the manifold wisdom of God, the passage above declares that the same eternal purpose was carried out in Christ Jesus. We’re talking about redemption, folks.
The passage above makes this point clear, and the so-called replacement theology unnecessary:
1. The Church is the eternal, manifold purpose of God since the beginning of time. (v. 10)
2. The Church is the eternal purpose of God in Christ. (v. 11)
3. The purpose of this Gospel age is to see the fulfillment of redemption of the very last elect soul unto salvation. (v. 11)
Here’s the kicker, and for some of you, this may hurt your theological comfort zone:
If the Church is the eternal purpose of God, now made known to all, and concerns redemption of those elect unto salvation before the foundation of the world, then there cannot be another purpose of God other than the Church being completed.
There is not another purpose of God for geo-political Israel, at least, not in the Bible.
The eternal wisdom and purpose of God includes nothing but the Church – and nothing after the fulfillment of the Church brought to completion, by ushering into it, by effectual calling, the last chosen saint unto salvation.
It’s that simple.