Isaiah 46:3-5, Ephesians 3:6-13:
Have you ever noticed that the New Testament points back to the Old Testament? Ephesians chapter 3, I found something that proves this. When I talk to people about the inheritance the have as Christians, what is promised to the Jew is promised to us.
Frequently people will ask how can that be?
The conversation is such:
Then: I am not a descendant of Israel so the Old Testament doesn’t apply to me.
Me: It doesn’t matter, you are a Child of God and the Old Testament applies to you. The warnings and the promises.
Them: But some of the Old Testament foretells Jesus.
Me: It also foretells the end of Time. I am not sure why but this seems to bring up Nostradamus.
Them: What about Nostradamus?
Me: What about him?
Them: His predictions came true.
Me: That does not make him holy.
Me: What makes a person Holy is they have chosen to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. They admit He is the Messiah, Jesus died for our sins. Nostradamus made some predictions-maybe he was a time traveler. Who knows.
Them: is time travel possible?
Me: Theoretically yes, we just don’t have the capability. And maybe people read into Nostradamus’ writing and say this sounds like… so he predicted this.
Me: But let me tell you about how we can claim the promises of the Old Testament- What God told the Jews- See once you became a Christian- a believer in Jesus- born again through the Holy Spirit, you became an inheritor of all of God’s promises and warnings.
Once disciples, Apostles, missionaries were sent by God, to spread the good news to the Gentiles, God was saying that the Gentiles are no longer accursed. Happy Snoopy Dance.
And through that logic Paul said, I am sent to the Gentiles because the door has been opened. If Salvation is available to the Gentile, then the Gentile becomes an inheritor as well. Hallelujah!
3 “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
and have carried since you were born.
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.13 I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.