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Replacement Theology: Is It Scriptural?

Updated on August 17, 2018
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Given the historical and spiritual significance of the Bible, Kevin has devoted himself to studies through prayer and discernment.

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Disclaimer

This article is in no way affiliated with racial groups who have claimed the identity of Israel, such as Black Hebrew Israelites, British/White Israelis, etc. There will be links on them towards the end. This is also not to imply that bloodline is the only thing that saves you, and it is not to say that anyone of any skin color, race, etc are cut off from scriptural truth and salvation (which I cover here). This is also not an article for or against Zionism, nor am I supporting the religion of Judaism. This is just to give a better examination on the relationship with the Almighty and his chosen people.

  1. Did the Jews Reject the Messiah?
  2. John 1 11
  3. Scriptures on the Chosen People
  4. The New Covenant
  5. Where Did Replacement Theology Come From?
  6. Conclusion

"Replacement theology (also known as supersessionism) essentially teaches that the church has replaced Israel in God’s plan. Adherents of replacement theology believe the Jews are no longer God’s chosen people, and God does not have specific future plans for the nation of Israel."

A further examination of scripture will expound on the idea of his chosen people being important, and how replacement theology it is a false doctrine.

Did the Jews Reject the Messiah?

The general idea and popular belief is that they did reject him. But the actual answer to that question is more complex then that, It is a yes and no answer. When someone claims the Jews rejected him, it is a very broad and ambiguous statement with no specifics given. How many Jews rejected him? Did all of the Jews reject him? Was there a few that rejected him? It leaves an assumption for people to believe that all of the Jews rejected him. Based on scripture alone these questions will be answered; which sect of Jews rejected him, and why they rejected him.


John 1 11

A majority of Christians will say that this verse proves replacement theology right. This is also taught in Islam and the doctrine of Tahrif. But if the reader will go to verse 12, it is made clear that some of his people did receive him and were given power to become the sons of the Most High and given power.

In John 8 31 we see the Savior speaking directly to the Jews that believe in him, telling them, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." His disciples were from his own people. His primary goal was for his own people to step out of the traditions of the Pharisees who taught against the law with their hypocritical ways and to set up the coming restoration of his people.

John 11 43-35 shows a group of Jews that believed in Christ after they saw him raising Lazarus from the dead. Throughout the book of John there are many instances of the Jews professing to believe in him. With that being said, what Jews rejected him?


In Luke 9 20-22, the Savior asks Peter who he thinks he is. When he answers and calls him the Savior, Peter is told not to tell anyone and that he must suffer and be REJECTED by the elders, chief priests, and scribes. The Jews who rejected him are these sect of Jews. It was not every Jew, but some of them.

John 11 47-48 tells us that the chief priests and Pharisees were conspiring against him because he brought miracles that are against their agenda. If they did not stop him then the Romans would take their place and nation. The Romans already had them set up. If the people start believing in the Savior, the Romans would not need them as leaders and would think that the Pharisees are not doing their job as they appointed them.

Matthew 27 11-26. Even the governor knew that the Savior was innocent and did not teach anything against the Law. But the chief priests and elders accused him because of envy and asked for Barabbas to be released instead. Pilate knew that he was innocent, but he obeyed the constant cries of the elders and crucified him.

Scriptures on the Chosen People

In John 8 31 we see the Savior speaking directly to the Jews that believe in him, telling them, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed." His disciples were from his own people. His primary goal was for his own people to step out of the traditions of the Pharisees who taught against the law with their hypocritical ways and to set up the coming restoration of his people.

John 11 43-35 shows a group of Jews that believed in him after they saw him raising Lazarus from the dead. Throughout the book of John there are many instances of the Jews professing to believe in him.

The New Covenant

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The word "gentile" is not a word in the Hebrew or Greek languages. It is in place of the Hebrew word "goy" (singular) and goyim (plural). The word means "goy or goyim (singular or plural)", a foreign nation hence gentile ; heathen, nation, and people, or another.

The English word gentile stems from the Greek word "ethnos," or on a very few occasions "Hellen." Ethnos, which is the most frequent word used means: "race, i.e., tribe, specifically a non-Judean (notice not non-Jew, but non-Judean) tribe, by implication a heathen. Also translated gentile, heathen, nation, or people. It was never used to specify someone who did not come from the 12 Tribes.

Greek 1675. Hellénistés
Strong's Concordance
Hellénistés: a Hellenist (Greek-speaking Jew)Original Word: Ἑλληνιστής, ου, ὁ
Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine
Transliteration: Hellénistés
Phonetic Spelling: (hel-lay-nis-tace')
Short Definition: a Hellenist, Grecian Jew
Definition: a Hellenist, Grecian Jew, a Greek-speaking Jew, that is one who can speak Greek only and not Hebrew (or Aramaic).

The English word gentile stems from the Greek word "ethnos," or on a very few occasions "Hellen." Ethnos, which is the most frequent word used means: "race, i.e., tribe, specifically a non-Judean (notice not non-Jew, but non-Judean) tribe, by implication a heathen. Also translated gentile, heathen, nation, or people. It was never used to specify someone who did not come from the 12 Tribes.

Let's see how Hellen was translated to Gentile in John 7:35. ". ..will He (the Savior) go to the dispersed among the Gentiles (the word Hellen was used here), and teach the Gentiles (again Hellen?)

Since the word Hellen refers to Greeks, you see how translators by changing the original meaning of the word, bring confusion. Many of our fundamental preachers teach only three classes of people on this earth: (1) Jews, (2) Gentiles, (3) Believers. This understanding comes from their interpretation of 1 Cor. 10:32, which says: "Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, (here the word was Hellen). Who was Paul writing to? It was obviously the church at Corinth. Corinth was in Greece and three major classes of people lived there - Jews, Greeks, and believers.


So as we can see here, a whole new light is shed on the situation. Read here for more information on the split between the two kingdoms. (Ancient Jewish History: The Two Kingdoms).

In case you are still not convinced, here is a scriptural example. Go to John 4. This is one of the accounts of the Savior going to a "gentile" in the New Testament. She is indeed a Samaritan, but does she come from one of the 12 Tribes?


Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?

— John 4 12

The context in this passage is referring to how the Jews (the Southern Kingdom) did not want to deal with their brethren. That is what the Savior came to do. He came to fix this problem. The 12 Tribes were against one another, and he broke down the wall between them. Saying that he started going to other people and neglected his own for the most part is nothing short of anti-Semetism and a perversion of prophecy as Jeremiah 31 31-33 says this new covenant is for them. Now this does not mean that every instance of these words mean a Israelite of another nation. But when you see it you must rightly divide the word and get the proper context. So when applied in proper context, the New Testament is about the gathering of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms back together. Jeremiah 31 31-33, Hebrews 8 8, James 1 1, and Revelation 7 4-9 are in agreement with this


Many Early Christian commentators taught that the Old Covenant was fulfilled and replaced (superseded) by the New Covenant in the Messiah. For instance:

"For the true spiritual Israel ... are we who have been led to God through this crucified Christ."

— Justin Martyr (about 100 to 165):

Who else, therefore, are understood but we, who, fully taught by the new law, observe these practices,—the old law being obliterated, the coming of whose abolition the action itself demonstrates ... Therefore, as we have shown above that the coming cessation of the old law and of the carnal circumcision was declared, so, too, the observance of the new law and the spiritual circumcision has shone out into the voluntary observances of peace.

— Tertullian (c. 155 – c. 240 AD)


As we can see, the ones to blame for this erroneous doctrine is the Catholic Church.

The Most High did not forsake his people for the church. With that being said, there are some who are trying to deny the identity of his people. I will leave links at the end to expose them. I am not trying to say that there are not legitimate claims for some groups in this world and I am not affirming that there are descendants of Israel among us as both claims require more research.


Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.

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    • AF Mind profile imageAUTHOR

      AF Mind 

      19 months ago

      Why should I support Christianity? It doesn't support the Bible.

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      19 months ago from Australia

      It's exactly the same in principle.

      "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" etc. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

    • AF Mind profile imageAUTHOR

      AF Mind 

      19 months ago

      Me condemning something for being false is not persecution like others have done. All I am doing is denouncing Christianity for what it is: a pagan facade that covers up the real message of OT and NT.

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      19 months ago from Australia

      It's pointless to persecute either Jews or Christians. To do so is equally silly. Only tolerance wins the debate.

      Why make the same mistake you can see others making?

    • AF Mind profile imageAUTHOR

      AF Mind 

      19 months ago

      Christianity has disrespected Mosaic ethics and has twisted the words of both the OT and NT prophets.

    • Oztinato profile image

      Oztinato 

      19 months ago from Australia

      What happened 2,000 years ago has very little at all to do with now.

      Jews can't be persecuted just as a convenient excuse by politically corrupt persons. Racist fools have been using such idiotic persecution for two millenniums.

      Jesus was first and foremost a Jew himself.

      Historically Rome executed Jesus then blamed the Jews. A few corrupt or jealous ancient Jewish leaders do not represent all Jews.

      Christianity could be seen as a Jewish sect and should be respected.

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