The Only ‘Israel of God’
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light – I Peter 2:9
When God the Holy Spirit spoke through the Apostle Peter, calling Christians “a royal priesthood” the Greek words written by Peter are a direct quotation from the Septuagint version of Exodus 19:6. In that particular passage, our God spoke of the children of Israel as a “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
To apply the same words now to the Church, is clearly and unmistakably another way of making known to us the great and glorious truth that in these New Testament times, it is the Church of Jesus Christ, and the Church alone, who is the “Israel of God.”
Any other teaching regarding the Israel of God is a false doctrine, having its origin in Hell and coming from the father of lies, the Devil. Remember, beloved, Satan has always been set on leading men away from the written Word of God (“Has God truly said…?”) and the one who also rejects it outright (“You surely shall not die!”).
The only Christian position we may take then, given the clear teaching of God’s Word on this matter, is that those who teach that ‘natural’ Israel is the Israel of God are being deceived and deceiving, the blind leading the blind.