Supersedure Did The Christian Church Replace Israel?
upersedure is a
twenty dollar word, found in most dictionaries, that is related to the word
Supercede -- a much more commonly used term. Webster's famous dictionary
rather succinctly tells us these words mean
"...to make obsolete, inferior,
or outmoded; to make void, override" (Webster's 3rd New International)
In a religious context, most
people will tell you the idea of the Christian church, seen in the New
Testament, inheriting the primary birthright and blessing promised to Israel
in the Old Testament, is something called Replacement Theology --
i.e. the "church" theoretically replaced Israel in God's plan of calling
out a chosen people.
Simultaneously, those same
people will tell you it is impossible for this to occur, because God made
unconditional promises to redeem Israel, promises which were not dependent
upon the ancient family's fidelity to the LORD. Thus, a huge number of people
believe that God will still redeem Israel, because He always keeps His promises.
To approach this rather tricky
issue, we might start with a couple of basic questions. When Jesus Christ,
in the New Testament, told Israel's people "you must be born
again," was He telling the absolute truth?
We may further ask if, when
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father but by me," was this an incontrovertible truth?
The answer to both questions is
an emphatic YES! Thus, the requirements of Jesus Christ
Supercede the requirements for salvation under the Old Covenant.
It is at this point the issue
becomes subtle, and very easily misunderstood. One group, what could be called
the "Replacement" camp, teaches the "Church" replaced Israel, but this is a
distinctive, and deadly error. The other group teaches the "Church" cannot
replace Israel, for God's promises will eventually be fulfilled, and all Israel
will be saved. They are in another distinctive, but also deadly, error.
In other words, the diabolical
system of the Dialectic, in which the Devil sets up two opposing
perspectives, is being applied to Christianity and religion, just as it is in
every other conceivable construct. Without belabouring the issue of the broader
subject of the Dialectic (at GEO we call the system DragonSpeak),
thinking people everywhere have begun to recognize the tactic has been used for
ages in multiple arenas. Its most obvious application is the present American
political quagmire wherein the Democrats war with the Republicans every 4 years,
in a contrived shell game in which both factions are actually united with an
Back on the Christian
battlefield, a key error was made a very long ago when both Replacement systems,
and Israel-First factions agreed that an entity they both dubbed the
"Church," exists at all. This is where the term Supersedure
enters into the equation, because it is a third option -- and it
is the truth which is obscured through the Dialectical dance the Devil has been
orchestrating for such a long time.
Although most of the Israel-Firsters
continue to misidentify the concept of Supersedure as
"Replacement," there is a critical, and substantive difference, so those who
intentionally misidentify this phenomena are what Webster's calls liars.
The so called "Church" does not exist as an entity apart from Israel, for the
translated word is not a proper noun, and is simply a generic term for
those assembled around a belief system -- and the underlying Scriptural
word used for that "assembly" has historically been used to describe Christian
groups, as well as those who are decidedly non-Christian.
In the Greek original, for
instance, the same word has been used to describe those who are assembled
as fans at a sporting event! Although some sports fans are downright
religious in their fervor for a particular team, the elevation of the word
"church" (meaning assembly) is a gross distortion which occurred as a way to
twist the facts. We might ask the reader, who has been known to historically
twist the facts, Jesus or Satan?
To put this issue in
perspective, it is possible for something, or someone, to Supercede
another without actually "replacing" them. This is known as Supersedure.
In short, the Christians, in following Jesus Christ, have become
Israel, even as God redefined the very concept of Israel under the
In order to illustrate this
profound truth, I'll offer a story from my own personal history. Years ago, as a
young bachelor, I had a couple of roommates. One of them had a telephone
installed in the apartment where we lived, and we split the bill. One day, we
got a notice from the phone company about a new calling plan where we were going
to get unlimited long distance for a flat monthly fee, and it was a great
program that would save us money.
At the same time, the roommate
suddenly decided to leave the area and, although he left the telephone service
connected, he stuck me with the bill. As I needed the telephone, I paid the
entire bill, and I took over the monthly payments for the existing connection to
the existing telephone number. I also got the new flat rate long distance
After some months, I noticed
that, even though the phone bill was reduced under the new calling plant, it
still had the name of my old roommate, so I called the phone company and asked
them to change the name. They said they could do that, if I
complied with the appropriate rules (a deposit was involved), and they said the
process was called Supersedure -- the identical term addressed in
the present work. The good news was, I didn't have to start from scratch as the
phone was already installed, so a Supersedure was certainly better
than disconnecting the phone and starting over.
After some paperwork, the bills
started arriving with my name, and I simply continued as I always had. A key
distinction is in recognizing that I never lost my connection to the
switchboard that kept my telephone going. Furthermore, I had the same phone
number. I didn't even have to replace the telephone itself -- everything
continued without interruption.
From the phone company's
perspective, the connection between my house and their central system never
changed. The account was actually the same account. The only thing that changed
was the person who was given the benefits of the connection. I'm still in
their database under customer, just as the former roommate was in their database
under customer. Indeed, it could not be said the former roommate was
under "customer," but I'm under "beneficiary," or some other term denoting a
change in status -- so from the phone company's point of view, the choice was
made by the former customer to relinquish his rights under the connection
agreement, while I preferred to continue the newer, revised rights, under the
procedure known as Supersedure.
Thus, although I'm a different
customer than the former, I Superseded his position as the
recipient of the service because the circumstances changed. I did not actually
replace the connection between the house and the phone company, I
Superceded the former roommates position by complying with the
requirements to maintain the connection.
This is, by the way, why
salvation had to be offered to Israel before the Gentiles, because
they had the existing connection, so God gave the physical Israelites the option
of continuing their connection with Him under the terms of the New Covenant of
Jesus Christ. Many Israelites (and Jews) chose to do exactly that, but
many others refused to continue with the LORD's new plan. At the same
time, as part of the new revised plan, God opened the door to the Gentiles to be
grafted into the connection previously enjoyed by the house of Israel.
Incidentally, if the original
roommate came back years later, and went to the phone company and demanded he
receive the original telephone service, with the original phone number because
he's now changed his mind and wants it back, it's not too difficult to predict
what the phone company would say! Further, if he abruptly came to me and said "I
still have my original rights, and you should give me the phone, the number, and
even my old room back," I suppose I'm free to do that, but there's one big
I've really come to depend on that telephone
For more on the concept of the identity of the body of
Christ as the true Remnant of Israel, see the online video
RECOGNIZING CHRISTIAN IDENTITY.