The Church hasn’t replaced Israel, but been grafted in to Israel. (Romans 11 a reflection and extension of Jesus calling himself the vine, and we being the branches)
We have been grafted in under the New Covenant. The Church is NOT the new Israel. There is now one new man in Christ Jesus.
I want to restate that. There is One New Man in the Anointed Jesus.
I have come to realise that since Christ means Anointed One, Messiah etc then let us examine the call to resist running when someone says “Here is the Christ” or “There He is!”.
When considering some of the rather boastful language coming into the mainstream from the extremities of the Pentecostal movement … I have to wonder at our understanding of scripture.
If I write it this way “Here is the one with the special(tm) anointing” or “There is the one with Healing Mantle of Branham” (sounds like D&D to me)
Isn’t this the kind of thing we have been explicitly warned about in scripture?
In other words, claiming a special anointing is the same thing as claiming a “Messiahship” or to be a “Christ” (an Anointed One).
I have only just realised that myself, in writing this post.
We’ve allowed some words to be transliterated in our Bibles instead of Translated.
So … people who claim a special anointing effectively means people claiming to be a “Christ”.
You may have heard it here first!
– Bull, from this comment.
So – is this the case or not? Are the claims people make to have a special anointing:
What kind of responses from us are helpful to the church around us when these claims affect our own church circles?