Subjects of the Kingdom
1. UPON whom was the name Israel first bestowed?
"And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but
Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast
prevailed." Gen. 32:28.
NOTE.-Israel means a "prince," or
"one who prevails with God."
Afterward who came to be called by this title?
"Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which
came into Egypt; . . . Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,
and Benjamin, Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. . . . Joseph." Ex. 1:1-5.
NOTE.-In other words, the descendants of Jacob, the
Abraham, were known as the twelve tribes of Israel.
3. What special blessings were conferred on the Israelites?
Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the
covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the
promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh
Christ came, who is over all." Rom. 9:4,5.
4. Who constitute the true Israel, or seed of Abraham?
"They are not all Israel, which are of Israel: neither, because they
are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but,
In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children
of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the
promise are counted for the seed." Verses 6-8.
5. What did John the Baptist say to the
Pharisees and Sadducees who
came to his baptism?
"And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham
to our father; for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to
raise up children unto Abraham." Matt. 3:9.
6. What determines whether one is a child of Abraham?
"Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the
children of Abraham." Gal. 3:7.
NOTE.-Because of unbelief many of the Israelites fell in the wilderness, and were not permitted to enter the promised land. Num. 14:27-33; Deut. 1:34-36.
7. To whom must one belong in order to be Abraham's seed?
"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according
to the promise." Verse 29.
8. In what scripture are Christians recognized as Israel?
"And as many
as walk according to this rule, peace be on
them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God." Gal. 6:16.
9. To whom is the epistle of James addressed?
"James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ to the twelve
tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting." James 1:1.
10. To whom is the gospel the power of God unto salvation?
"For I am not
ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the
power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew
first, and also to the Greek." Rom. 1:16.
11. To whom did Jesus first send the twelve disciples?
"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them,
saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the
Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of
Israel." Matt. 10:5,6.
12. When the woman of Canaan came to Christ, beseeching Him to heal her
daughter, what did He say?
"But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the
house of Israel." Matt. 15:24.
13. When she persisted in her request, and fell down to worship Him,
what did He say?
"But He answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's
bread, and to cast it to dogs." Verse 26.
NOTE.-By her persistent faith, this woman, although a Canaanite, showed
that she was really a true child of Abraham.
14. While dining with Zaccheus, what did Christ say?
"This day is
salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he
also is a son of Abraham." Luke 19:9.
15. What did He say to the woman of Samaria as to the source of
"Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for
is of the Jews." John 4:22.
16. When the Jews rejected Paul's preaching of the gospel, what did he
and Barnabas say?
"Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was
necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but
seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of
everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles." Acts 13:46.
NOTE.- From all this it is plain that had not the Jews as a nation
rejected Christ, they would still have maintained the preeminence as the
children of God, and as God's light-bearers to the world. But on account
of this rejection, they were rejected as God's peculiar people, and
others took their place, and now bear the name of Israel in common with
those who were first called by that name.
17. Under what figure are the Gentile believers represented who have
become a part of the true Israel of God?
"And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou,
being a wild olive-tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive-tree; boast not against
the branches." Rom. 11:17,18.
18. Lest the Gentile grafts should boast,
saying that the Jews were broken off to let them come in, what warning
is given them?
"Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by
faith. Be not high-minded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural
branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee." Verses 20,21.
19. What encouragement is held out concerning the branches which have
been broken off?
"And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted
in: for God is able to graft them in again." Verse 23.
20. What will be the final result of the
"And so all Israel shall be saved." Verse 26.
21. Before Gentiles become Israelites, in what condition
"Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles, . . . at that
time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and
without God in the world." Eph. 2:11,12.
NOTE.-If, in order to be saved, Gentiles must become Israelites
as is everywhere asserted, then when converted from their Gentile ways
to the ways of Israel, they certainly must have faith in Christ, and
their lives must conform to the moral law which God gave to Israel,
otherwise it would not be the commonwealth of Israel, but of the
Gentiles. The writing of the law in the heart is one of the provisions
of the new covenant with true Israel. See Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:8-12.
22. How are God's remnant people described?
"Here is the patience of
the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the
faith of Jesus." Rev. 14:12.
23. Whose names are in the foundations of the holy city?
wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the
twelve apostles of the Lamb." Rev. 21:14.
24. Whose names are on the twelve gates of the city?
"And [the wall] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and
names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the
children of Israel." Verse 12.
25. Who will walk in the light of the city?
"And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the
light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor
into it." Verse 24.
NOTE.-This city, the New Jerusalem, will be for all the nations of the
saved; and yet all who enter therein will enter through gates on which
are written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, from which it is
evident that all who are saved will belong to Israel. The name Israel
will be perpetuated in the new earth state, and very appropriately so,
because of its meaning. All who share in that future home of the saved
will be overcomers- princes and prevailers with God. See Rev. 3:12.
21:7. Christ recognized this division of the saved into twelve nations,
in selecting His apostles. He chose twelve. He recognized it again when
to the twelve He said: "Ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration
when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall
sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel." Matt. 19:28. And the apostles, after Christ's resurrection and
themselves recognized it, when, to fill the place of Judas, who fell,
they appointed another, in order to preserve the proper number, twelve.
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