Spiritual Israel

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Jews and Gentiles together in God's household:

The following scripture talks about how Gentiles who are "in Christ Jesus" are now made to be one group with the commonwealth of Israel:

New American Standard Version of the BibleTherefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands-- 12remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, 15by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. 17And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; 18for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, 20having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.  Ephesians 2:11-22 (NAS)

The following scripture also talks about how the Gentiles were like wild olive branches being grafted into a cultivated olive tree (and the sons of Israel are the branches of the cultivated olive tree).  Note:  The names in parentheses below have been added for ease of reading.

New American Standard Version of the BibleBut I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen (the sons of Israel) and save some of them. 15For if their (the sons of Israel's) rejection be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16And if the first piece of dough be holy, the lump is also; and if the root be holy, the branches are too. 17But if some of the branches (the sons of Israel) were broken off, and you (Gentiles), being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. 19You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." 20Quite right, they (certain sons of Israel) were broken off for their unbelief, but you (Gentiles) stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; 21for if God did not spare the natural branches (the sons of Israel), neither will He spare you (Gentiles). 22Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. 23And they also, if they (the sons of Israel) do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in again. 24For if you (Gentiles) were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more shall these who are the natural branches (the sons of Israel) be grafted into their own olive tree? 25For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fulness of the Gentiles has come in; 26and thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob." 27"And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins." 28From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God's choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; 29for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience,  so these also now have been disobedient, in order that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. 32For God has shut up all in disobedience that He might show mercy to all. 33Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! 34 For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Romans 11:13-34 (NAS)

Salvation is available to Jew (the sons of Israel) and non-Jew:

New American Standard Version of the BibleFor I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (NAS)

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; Romans 10:12 (NAS)

...and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him 11a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all. Colossians 3:10-11 (NAS)

Through being clothed with Christ, we are all Abraham's offspring:

New American Standard Version of the BibleFor you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:26-29 (NAS)

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