This is absolutely spot on…
In Galatians 6:16, the apostle Paul concluded his letter to the Galatians with an expression that he never used anywhere else:
“And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.”
Who belongs to this group that Paul refers to as “the Israel of God”? Who is excluded?
Argument #1: Only Jewish Believers Are the Israel of God
Some insist that Paul could only have been speaking of Jews, believers in particular. The following quotes are representative of this view:
“The Israel of God refers to Jewish believers in Jesus Christ, to those who are spiritual as well as physical descendants of Abraham (Galatians 3:7) and are heirs of promise rather than of law (Ga 3:18). They are the real Jews, the true Israel of faith, like those referred to in Romans 2:28, Ro 2:29 and Ro…
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