And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. (Galatians 6:16)
Christian’s Are The Israel Of God
What do you think of when you hear stories about Israel, the people of God? They were called the “apple of His eye” and were His chosen people, called by His name. He fed them in the wilderness and they did not lack for drink. Their clothes did not wear out for 40 years (I hoped they at least washed them). A land flowing with milk and honey was given to them. Jericho was conquered without firing a shot. The promise of God would be given in bountiful measures if they were faithful and punishment sure if they were not. They were a great nation among nations. Abraham was their father as they enjoyed the honor of a fleshly heritage. Israel. God’s people.
As Paul explained to the churches of Galatia, circumcision with the trappings of the Law of Moses were gone. The people of God are now the spiritual heritage of Abraham. As he concludes his letter he reminds the early Christians that Jesus Christ is everything and they bear the mark of the Israel of God through spiritual circumcision. As Israel of old God sees us as the apple of His eye, His chosen people as we are called by His name. He cares for us and protects us every day. All our blessings come from Him. The protection of His Commander still encircles His people. Promises of joy are given to those who keep His commandments and warnings of punishment to those who do not. We are the Israel of God.
For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God. (Romans 2:28-29)
A man becomes a Christian, he is not born one. (Tertullian, Testimony of the Soul, c. 210)