This is a sermon titled The Remnant of Her Seed by Stephen Bohr on the Three Angels Broadcasting Network television.
Transcript of The Remnant sermon:
Let’s bow our heads. Thank You, Father, for this wonderful day. Thank You for the privilege of coming once again here to this place in full freedom to open Your Holy Word, and hear Your voice speaking to us.
We ask that You will be present here through the ministration of Your Holy Spirit. Give us clarity of thought, and give us willing hearts to receive Your Word.
And we thank You for hearing our prayer, for we ask it in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
The lecture today, and the next lecture are very closely linked. In fact the lecture today, The Remnant of Her Seed, is absolutely indispensable to understand the next lecture, which is on the 144,000.
So what we’re going to study today is basic to understand our next lecture.
And I’d like to begin by going to Genesis 3:15. At this point Adam and Eve had sinned, and they were shaking in the garden because they felt that God was going to implement His Word, and they were going to be destroyed. Because God had said, The day that you eat from the tree, that very day you will surely die.
But when they were filled with fear, thinking that the sentence was going to fall on them, God came down to the garden and He spoke to the serpent.
And I want you to notice four key elements in this verse. Genesis 3:15. God is speaking to the serpent, to the Devil. That’s the first element. That is between the serpent. That’s the second element. There’s the third element.
So you’ll notice that there’s four elements here. We have, first of all, enmity. Then we have a serpent. Then we have a woman. And then the serpent has seed, and the woman has Seed.
And you’ll notice that the enmity runs between the serpent and the woman, and the serpent’s seed, and the woman’s Seed. But the real enmity is not serpent versus woman, or seed versus seed.
The true enmity is reflected in the last part of the verse. Once again it says, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He, that is the Seed of the woman, shall bruise your head,..That is the serpent’s head “….and you shall bruise his heel”.
So the great enmity that we find in Genesis 3:15, is between the woman’s Seed, and the serpent. And the prophecy says that the Seed of the woman would crush the serpent’s head, and the serpent would be successful in wounding his heel.
Now Revelation 12:17 picks up on this verse, on Genesis 3:15. Go with me to Revelation 12:17, which we’ve read before.
It says there: Let’s see if we have the same four elements. By the way, the dragon in verse 9 of Revelation 12, is called the ancient serpent. So the dragon is the serpent.
So it says: Or the serpent. See, there you have the enmity. There’s the third element. So you have a dragon, or a serpent. You have enmity, or rage, and you have a woman.
And then it says: That is the serpent. There you have the enmity again. I prefer the King James, with the remnant of her Seed. So do we have seed in this verse also? Absolutely.
We find the same elements in this verse as we found in Genesis 3:15. We find a woman, we find a serpent, we find enmity, and we find the Seed of the woman.
But you’ll notice here in Revelation 12:17 that it’s not the Seed that is being spoken of, the Seed of the woman, but the Seed’s seed.
Notice the last part of the verse. It says once again, He went to make war with the remnant of her Seed.
Now the question is, Who is the Seed of the woman? Because this is the remnant of the Seed of the woman, the remnant of her seed.
Now the Seed of the woman, we’re going to notice, is Jesus. But this is the remnant’s seed. So, in other words, this is the Seed’s seed.
Now let’s notice John 12:23, 24, John 12:23, 24. Here Jesus is speaking about His death and notice what He says: By the way, that’s Him. It represents Jesus.
What happens? it sprouts again; and it produces what? So you have one Seed, which is a grain of wheat; falls into the ground, dies, and as a result of its death it sprouts forth, and it brings forth many seeds.
Are you understanding? In other words, these are the seeds of the Seed, of the original seed that died and sprouted up.
Now the question is, who is this solitary Seed who brings many seeds into the world?
Let’s go to Galatians 3:16. Galatians 3:16 identifies this solitary Seed, this grain of wheat that Jesus spoke about. So the question is, Who is that solitary Seed, that grain of wheat that Jesus spoke about?
He’s talking about Himself. But let me ask you, When Jesus died, and sprouted forth to new life, or resurrected, Did He provide the means where He could have many other seeds? Absolutely.
Notice Galatians 3:29. In other words, we become the Seed’s seed. Are you following me or are you not following me?
So in other words, Revelation 12:17 is saying that the serpent, or the dragon, was going to be enraged with the remnant of her Seed. Her Seed is Jesus, so the remnant of her seed would be those who were born from Jesus, the Seed’s seed, if you please.
Now you say, Why do you bring this to view? There’s a very important reason.
You see, in the book of Revelation, Babylon is not a literal city geographically defined. Babylon, according to what we’ve studied, is a worldwide system that is at enmity with the people of God.
The woman, who is called Babylon the harlot, is symbolic. The wine that she gets is symbolic. Her fornication is symbolic. The river that she sits on is symbolic. It represents multitudes, nations, tongues, and peoples.
In other words, Babylon is not literal Babylon over in the middle east. Babylon is a worldwide, global, spiritual system.
Now who is the great enemy of Babylon in Scripture? Folks, the great enemy of Babylon in Scripture is Israel.
Now let me ask you, If Babylon is global, or worldwide, and spiritual, that must mean that Israel must also be global and spiritual.
Are you understanding what I am saying?
The citizens of Babylon in Revelation are not citizens of the old city in the middle east. They’re citizens of a worldwide apostate system. And so Israel, the enemy of Babylon, must also be a worldwide spiritual system.
And you say, Why do you bring this to view?
You see, most churches today, most Protestant churches, at least of the conservative brand have a very interesting idea about Bible prophecy.
They teach that God has two mutually exclusive peoples. The first people of God are the literal Jews, in other words literal Israel. The second group that belongs to God, or the second people that God has, is the Christian church.
And they believe that God has two totally different plans for literal Israel and for the church. They actually believe that the church is going to be raptured to heaven seven years before the glorious coming of Jesus.
And then after the spiritual people of God are Raptured to heaven, then God will begin His plan again for the literal Jews.
And some even teach that throughout eternity God is going to have a heavenly people, and He’s going to have an earthly people.
He’s going to have two peoples: literal Israel and the Christian church.
Now this has very strong implications for what we’re going to study in our next lecture. Because we’re going to notice that, according to Scripture, there is only one Seed, who is Jesus Christ.
And there is only one Seed’s seed, which are His people from all ages. And I want you to notice, in ten specific points, how the Bible teaches that God has only one Israel, one true people, that are not geographically defined, but they’re defined by their relationship to Jesus Christ.
So we’re going to study ten points.
The first point is that God has only one fold.
Jesus has only one fold. Notice John 10:16, John 10:16. Who are those other sheep that are not of His fold? This fold is Israel.
Jesus says, I was not sent but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, He says several times in the gospels.
So it says, He says,…two flocks and one shepherd. That’s not what it says.
He’s going to bring the Gentiles and there will be what? one flock, and one shepherd. One people of God represented by sheep.
Let’s go to John 11:51, 52. We’re still showing that Jesus has only one fold not two. He doesn’t have literal Israel and the Christian church.
He has one people, one fold, and there’s one shepherd.
John 11:51, 52. You remember that Caiaphas says it’s necessary for one man to die, and not that the nation disappear? Well notice: Caiaphas did not say…Which nation is that? for literal Israel.
But now notice: How many folds, and how many shepherds? one fold, and one shepherd. And the fold is composed of Jews and Gentiles, literal Israelites who accepted Jesus, and spiritual Israelites.
Now the second point that I would like us to notice is that:
God has only one Israel
God has only one Israel, and that Israel is not defined geographically. It’s not defined ethnically. It’s not defined genetically. It’s defined relationally.
In other words, for you to be Israel, you have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. You must become the Seed’s seed in order to be true Israel.
Let’s go once again to Galatians 3:16. “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, and to seeds, as of many, but as of one; and to your Seed, who is Christ.”
Who is the only true Seed, according to the apostle Paul? Jesus Christ. Now do we become seed also? Yes. We become the Seed’s seed.
How is it that we become the Seed’s seed? Notice what we find in verse 26. For you are all sons of God through how?
faith in Christ Jesus. “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.”
How do we become the Seed’s seed? By being what? By being baptized into His church. Verse 28:
And now notice: What makes us children of Abraham, or seed of Abraham? The fact that we are related to whom? to Jesus Christ.
In other words, those who have not received Jesus Christ are not really children of Abraham. They are not really Israel.
Are you understanding what I’m saying?
Notice Romans 2:28, 29, Romans 2:28, 29. Do you know that there are Jews that aren’t really Jews? Do you know what a real Jew is?
According to the New Testament definition, it is one who has accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, be he Jew, literally speaking, or be he Gentile. Romans 2:28, 29.
Let me ask you, Must you have a circumcised and converted heart to Jesus Christ? Must you have received the Holy Spirit in order to be a true Jew according to the New Testament definition? Absolutely!
Notice Romans 9:6-8, Romans 9:6-8. Here the apostle Paul says….That’s interesting. Paul is saying that not all Israelites are Israelites.
Now who is an Israelite then? Notice what he continues saying, verse 7. Let me ask you, Is it possible to be the seed of Abraham literally, and not be a child, or a son or a daughter of God? Absolutely.
So he says: Let me ask you, Who was it that came from Isaac? Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Verse 8.That means literal Jews. That is of the promise of the Messiah.
Do you remember the encounter that Jesus had with Nathaniel, who became one of His disciples; one of the twelve apostles?
I want you to notice how the story is told in John 1:47-49. Question: If there are Israelites indeed, must there be Israelites not indeed? Absolutely!
Now what made Nathaniel an Israelite indeed? Was it because he had blood of Abraham flowing through his veins?
Was it because he lived in the land of Israel? Was that defined genetically, or geographically? Absolutely not.
Let’s continue reading. By the way, the word indeed there is a Greek word that means genuine. In other words this is a genuine Israelite in whom is no deceit.
The same word that’s used about the 144,000: In their mouth was found no deceit. And then verse 48. What made him a Jew indeed?
Interesting that he was under the fig tree, because the fig tree represented Israel. So you have an Israelite indeed under the symbol that represents Israel.
And then verse 49 shows what made him a true Jew. What made Nathaniel a Jew indeed, or an Israelite indeed? The fact that he confessed that Jesus was the Son of God; that Jesus was the King of Israel.
The next point that I want us to notice is that God has only one body. There’s only one body of Christ, composed of Jews and Gentiles.
You see, God doesn’t have two bodies. God only has one body. Christ only has one body.
Notice Ephesians 2:13-18, Ephesians 2:13-18. Here the apostle Paul says: Who were those who were far off? the Gentiles. You’re going to notice it in a minute. That is Jesus is our peace.
In other words, Jew and Gentile He has made one. How many new men? That’s the Gentiles, by the way. That’s the Jews.
How many bodies does Jesus have? One body is a Jewish body, and the other body is a Gentile body? No, Jesus has one body composed of Jews and Gentiles: one people, one Israel, one fold.
Notice 1 Corinthians 12:13, 1 Corinthians 12:13, on this same point that Jesus Christ has only one body. It says there:
See, Jews and Gentiles. By the way, what is the body of Christ? The body of Christ is the church. I want you to notice that.
It says there in Ephesians 3:6. Listen to this. How many heirs does God have? He has Gentile heirs and He has Jewish heirs, separated one from the other. No, it says here: a different body? No.
How do they obtain the promises? How do they become members of one body? It says: partakers of His promises, in Christ, through the gospel.
By the way, you say, Well, does the New Testament say that the body is the church? Are you saying then that God only has one body? Literal Jews and Gentiles in one church? Absolutely.
Ephesians 1:18 and then we’ll read verse 24. It says in verse 18, “And he…” That is Jesus.”…is the head of the body…”
And what is the body? the church.
“…who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he may have the pre-eminence.”
Verse 24: “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ for the sake of His body, which is what? which is the church.
How many bodies does Jesus have? He has two bodies? If He had two bodies He would be a monster. One head with two bodies? No.
He’s one head, with one body, composed of all of the people of God: Jews and Gentiles.
The next point that I want to make is that God has only one chosen city. He doesn’t have the earthly Jerusalem for the Old Testament Jewish saints, and the New Jerusalem for the New Testament spiritual Israel saints. Absolutely not!
There’s only one city for both Old and New Testament people of God.
Notice Revelation 21:2, Revelation 21:2. Which city is this? It’s the New Jerusalem. One city, right? Now is that city composed of all of God’s people from the Old and New Testament? Absolutely.
Notice Revelation 21:12, Revelation 21:12. It’s speaking here about the twelve gates of the city.
It says: What is it that is written over the gates? the names of the what? of the sons of Jacob, of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Which testament would that be? That would be the Old Testament, right? But I want you to notice that that same city
has something else.
Notice Revelation 21:14, Revelation 21:14. Speaking about the same city, it says: The gates have the names of the tribes, and the foundations have the names of the apostles.
In other words, the city is composed of Old Testament Christians and New Testament Christians, Old Testament Israel and New Testament Israel in one city.
By the way, go with me to Hebrews 11, and let’s pursue this a little bit further. Hebrews 11:9, 10 and then we’ll jump down to verses 13 to 16.
Let me ask you, which city did the Old Testament heroes look forward to?
Did Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob look forward to that little city over there in the Middle East, where there’s so much conflict today?
None of the great heroes of the Old Testament looked forward to the earthly Jerusalem. They looked forward to the heavenly Jerusalem, just like we look forward to the heavenly Jerusalem.
Notice Hebrews 11:9. Speaking about Abraham. Notice, he was in the promised land, but it was a foreign country. This is Abraham.
Which city did Abraham look forward to? to that little city? Is that what God promised Abraham? that little city over in the middle east? Of course not!
He looked forward to the heavenly Jerusalem, just like we do today.
Notice verses 13 through 16. Once again this idea is amplified. It says, These… speaking about all these heroes of the Old Testament.
See, they knew that this earth wasn’t their home. They knew that that little strip of land over in the middle east wasn’t their real home. Notice verse 14: Were these people seeking a homeland, yes or no? Absolutely.
Verse 15. Which was that homeland? Interesting! So how many cities does God have? One city composed only of Gentiles, if it’s the New Jerusalem in heaven. Is that what the Bible teaches?
The Bible teaches that there’s one city composed of the apostles, and the twelve tribes; all of God’s people in one city.
Now there’s another point that I want to make, and this will be point number 5.
God’s people in the Bible are represented by only one woman. Listen, if God has two separable peoples, then He has two wives. He has two women, and God would be a spiritual bigamist. Excuse me for saying that, but it’s true.
Now notice Revelation 12:1, 2. This is speaking about the church of the Old Testament; the woman of the Old Testament. Notice verse 1: This woman represents the Old Testament church.
And you say, How do we know that? It’s very simple, because she’s pregnant with a child. Who is the child? The child is Jesus.
It has to be the Old Testament church because the child hasn’t been born yet in verses 1 and 2. So this woman represents the Old Testament church.
And, by the way, did Jesus come from the Old Testament church? Was Jesus a descendant of Abraham? Was Jesus a descendant of David? He most certainly was.
Jesus was born from the Old Testament church. But now I want you to notice that after the child is caught up to God into His throne, notice verse 5: In other words, after Jesus ascends to heaven, then the dragon goes after whom?
He goes after the woman. Is it a different woman, or is it the same woman? It’s the same woman.
Notice verse 6. Does the same woman flee into the wilderness as the one who brought forth the male child? Yes.
The woman that brought forth the male child represents the Old Testament church from where Jesus was born. But then afterwards that same woman now flees into the wilderness.
So much for the idea that God had an Old Testament woman, which would be literal Israel, and then He has a separable people which are the Gentiles in the New Testament period.
The Bible says that God only has one woman. Jesus Christ has only one wife. He does not have two wives: literal Israel and spiritual Israel.
And, by the way, by choosing twelve apostles, Jesus Christ was trying to teach that He was continuing Israel. Don’t you think that Jesus chose twelve apostles just because He liked the number.
He says, Oh, twelve, that’s a nice number, isn’t it? There were twelve tribes, so let’s just choose twelve apostles, No. Jesus chose twelve apostles intentionally.
How do we know that? We know that because before the day of Pentecost, in Acts 1, before God could pour out His Holy Spirit, it was necessary to elect apostle number twelve in place of Judas, because Judas had apostatized.
There needed to be how many? twelve. And let me explain very briefly why there had to be twelve.
You see, the high priest, in the sanctuary, had twelve stones on his breastplate, which represented God’s people, the twelve tribes of Israel.
Now Jesus was going to begin His high priestly ministry in the heavenly sanctuary. He couldn’t begin it with only eleven stones on His breastplate.
He had to have all twelve representing all of God’s people; the nucleus of His New Testament church.
In other words, the number twelve represents God’s people from all ages, Old Testament and New Testament.
The next point that I would like to make, and I believe it’s number six, is that Christ’s kingdom is illustrated by only one olive tree.
Now I’m going to tell you a few things about that olive tree. It’s found in Romans 11, and in a moment we’re going to go to the verses, but I want you to have something clear before we read the verses.
This olive tree has natural branches, and those natural branches are retained in the tree. In other words, those natural branches are never cut off. They are retained in the olive tree.
These represent the Jews who believed in, and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
The literal Jews are the natural branches that were never cut off, because they received the Messiah.
Then you have natural branches who were cut off. They represent the literal Jews who rejected Jesus Christ, because the tree trunk represents Jesus.
Then there were natural branches who were cut off, but then they were grafted into the tree again. That represents the Jews that initially rejected Jesus, but then they accepted Him afterwards.
You see, what is it that determines whether you belong to the tree or not? What determines it is your relationship to whom? To Jesus Christ.
But then the olive tree also has some wild olive branches grafted into it. Now who would the wild olive branches grafted into the tree represent? They represent the Gentiles.
But notice that they belong to the same tree. It’s not a different tree. It’s the same tree.
And, by the way, the apostle Paul says, If you don’t believe in Jesus, then you’ll be cut off, too.
And so you have this idea of one tree with natural branches, wild olive branches, and what determines whether you belong to the tree or not is your attitude, and your relationship to Jesus Christ.
Let’s read Romans 11 beginning with verse 17. And it’s a rather long passage, but let’s go through it.
The apostle Paul says, and if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree,…This is now speaking about the Gentiles….He says to the Gentiles. Don’t think that you’re so great because you were grafted in.
Of course the root represents whom? Jesus….says the apostle Paul. Unbelief in whom? The natural branches were broken off because of unbelief in Jesus.
How? You say the reason you’re grafted in is because you have what? faith. Faith in whom? in Jesus.
See, they’ll be grafted into their own tree. He’s speaking about literal Israel. And so some say, See, it says there that all Israel someday is going to be saved. But they don’t take into account what comes immediately before.
You see, what is all Israel, according to the preceding context? According to the preceding context, all Israel will be
saved, means all faithful Israel that has been grafted into the tree.
Natural branches that have remained, natural branches that were cut off and grafted in again, and wild olive branches that were taken off of a wild olive tree and grafted into the natural olive tree.
In other words, the context indicates that when the apostle Paul says, All Israel will be saved, he means all faithful
Israel, who have been grafted into the tree, into the root, Jesus Christ.
And so it says, And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written.
So how many trees illustrate the people of God? Does God have two separable trees? Does He have two separable wives? Does He have two separable bodies? Does He have two separable folds? Does He have two separable Israel’s?
Not according to Scripture.
He has one people; one faithful people who are determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ.
Now our next point is that there is only going to be one banquet table in the kingdom for Jews and Gentiles.
You know, Jesus had just healed the servant of a Centurion. You know what a Centurion was, right? He was the head of a 100 soldiers in the Roman army, in the Roman legions, is the way that they were called. And Jesus had just healed his servant.
And I want you to notice what Jesus said to those who were watching there and listening to what He had done for this Centurion.
Notice Matthew 8:11, 12. Jesus says: And I say to you, that many will come from east and west,…
Do you know who those are? the Gentiles.
…many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
Were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob faithful? Were they faithful Israelites? Did they look forward to the Messiah?
Jesus said, Abraham saw My day and what? rejoiced. John 8:56. These all saw the Messiah coming in the future. They accepted Jesus Christ in promise.
So it says once again, And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: But the sons of the kingdom…Who are those? the sons of the kingdom? the literal Jews.
…the sons of the kingdom…That reject Jesus, incidentally….will be cast out into outer darkness: where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
How many tables are there going to be in the kingdom? How many banquet tables? One for the Jews, and the other one on the other side of town for the Gentiles? Absolutely not!
One table, composed of Jews and Gentiles.
Next point: Jesus Christ has only one spiritual temple. Notice what we find in Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 2:19-22.
Here the apostle Paul says, Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners,…Speaking about the Gentiles, very clearly.
Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God.
Does that sound like they’re a separable people? Absolutely not!
So he says, “Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God; having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,…
Is that Old and New Testament? apostles and prophets? Yes.
“…upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone;…”
What determines whether you belong to the temple? to the one temple or not? Whether you’re built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets; Old/New Testament.
But the chief cornerstone that you build on is whom? Jesus Christ.
Now notice what it continues saying. “In whom the whole building…” That is the temple. “…being joined together grows into a holy temple in the Lord: in whom you also…” He’s speaking to the Gentiles.
“In whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit”.
How many temples does Jesus have? He has one temple with foundations from Old and the New Testament, apostles and prophets.
Jesus Christ is the chief corner stone of the one temple, and the temple is composed of Jews and Gentiles.
So, by the way, when prophecy says that the antichrist is going to sit in the temple of God, showing himself to be God, what temple is that talking about?
Is that talking about the literal Jewish temple over in the Middle East where a nasty individual is going to sit after the rapture of the church?
Never does the apostle Paul use the word temple in that sense. You see, this is a spiritual temple, with spiritual foundations, a spiritual chief cornerstone, and spiritual stones built up upon the foundation, as 1 Peter 2 says.
The next point that I would like to make is that the redeemed from every nation, kindred, tongue, and people will sing only one song.
You say, What’s that? You mean to say that the Jews aren’t going to sing the song of Moses? and the redeemed at the end are going to sing the song of the Lamb?
Go with me to Revelation 15: 3, 4, Revelation 15:3, 4. It’s speaking about the redeemed. Is that Old and New Testament, by the way? Was Moses in the Old Testament? Yes. The Lamb? the New Testament.
And so it says: “They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God and the song of the Lamb saying, Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints”.
So the redeemed will sing only one song, and it is the song of Moses and the Lamb. One song that includes Old Testament and New Testament Christians.
Another point that I would like to make, and I believe that this is number 10, is that the redeemed will have only one father. And that one father is defined by your relationship to Jesus Christ.
Only those who have received Jesus are technically sons and daughters of God. It doesn’t matter if you’re a literal Jew or if you’re a Gentile.
If you receive Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you are a brother or sister of Jesus, and therefore a son or a daughter of God.
Notice Galatians 3:26, Galatians 3:26. How is it that we become sons and daughters of God? Through faith in Christ Jesus.
So let me ask you, What if we don’t have faith in Christ Jesus, like most of those who are over there in Jerusalem. They don’t have faith in Jesus Christ. Are they sons and daughters of God in the spiritual sense of the word?
By creation, yes, but not by redemption.
Notice John 1:12, 13, John 1: 12, 13. Notice this, very clear. “But as many as received Him”,…That is received Jesus.
“…to them He gave the right to become children of God.”
How do we become children of God? those who what? “received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.”
To those who believe in His what? name. “Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
So let me explain how this works. It’s very interesting. See, the only individual who really deserves to be called the Son of God is Jesus Christ. We are all, all the rest of us juvenile delinquents.
In other words, we are alienated. We are by nature children of wrath, according to the Bible. In sin our mother conceived us, the Scripture says.
So we’re alienated from the covenants of the promise. We belong to the family of the first Adam; the family of the lost.
So the question is, How do we join the family of the saved? Well, Jesus is the only one who deserves to be called the Son of God; the only faithful Son of God.
So do you know what happens? When I receive Jesus Christ as my Savior and as my Lord, and I believe and have faith in His name? I become His brother, or I become His sister.
And so now, because I’m a brother of Jesus, because I receive Him as my Savior, now Jesus comes before the Father and He says, Father, I have a new brother.
Oh really, what’s his name? Well, his name is Pastor Stephen Bohr. The Father says, No kidding! Stephen Bohr is your brother? Well, if he’s your brother, He’s My Son, too.
In other words, the only way in which we can be sons and daughters of God, is become brothers or sisters of Jesus Christ.
That’s why we’re told in Hebrews 2 that He is not ashamed to call us brethren.
And that’s what Jesus meant when He said in John 14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes onto the Father except by me.
Only through Him do we become Sons and Daughters of God. So if we have not accepted Jesus Christ, we do not belong to the family of God.
And I know that that’s not a popular thing to say, because everybody’s, Oh, we’re all God’s children.
We are God’s children by creation but we have to become His children by redemption, or else we will be eternally lost children.
Now I want you to notice John 8: 32-44. Here Jesus is speaking to a group of literal Jews. He says to them, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ”
They answered Him, We are Abraham’s descendents. Actually in the Greek it says, We are Abraham’s seed. It’s the same word that’s used elsewhere.
“We are Abraham’s seed, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, You will be made free? Jesus answered them, Most assuredly I say to you, Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin”.
See, He’s speaking spiritually. He’s not speaking literally. “And a slave does not abide in the house forever”: but a what? “a son abides forever.”
He’s saying, If you haven’t received Me, you are slaves of sin. And if you’re slaves of sin, then you’re not a son. He says, “but a son abides forever. Therefore if the son makes you free,…” That is if I make you free, you shall be free what? free indeed.
And then He says, I know that you are Abraham’s seed. I know that you’re literally Abraham’s seed, is what Jesus is saying, but you seek to kill Me, because My Word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Father. You do what you have seen with your Father.
“They answered and said to Him, Abraham is our father. Jesus said to them, If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham.”
Now He’s going to say, You’re not Abraham’s children at all. I know that you literally are, physically are, but you really are not Abraham’s children. You’re not Abraham’s seed.
Verse 40. But now you seek to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.
“Then they said to Him, We were not born of fornication. We have one Father, God. Jesus said to them, If God were your Father, you would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me.”
In other words, Jesus is saying, Abraham loved Me. My Father loves Me. You hate Me, so how can you say that My Father is Your Father, and that Abraham is your father, because your spirit is totally opposite?
Verse 43. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My Word. Jesus did say some politically incorrect things.
In fact, the apostle Paul in Galatians 4 speaks about Hagar and Sarah, and Ishmael and Isaac. You know, the Jews claimed to be descendents of whom? Of Sarah and Isaac.
But do you know what the apostle Paul says in Galatians 4? He says, you folks, the Jerusalem that is now, and the Jews that were at mount Sinai, He says, you are sons and daughters of Hagar and Ishmael.
In other words, He’s saying to them, You are not children of Isaac. You are children of the slave woman.
In other words, what determines whether you belong to the people of God is your relationship to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
Now I want to go through this very quickly, because we have a very short period of time left. And so I’m just going to synthesize the last part of what you have on your sheets.
In Deuteronomy 28:63, 64 God promised Israel that if they were unfaithful to Him, He would scatter them among the nations.
But then He promised in Deuteronomy 30:3-5 that if they repented, and they returned to the Lord, the Lord would gather them from where He had scattered them.
So these are the scattering and gathering prophecies. Now it’s important to realize that in the gathering, and the scattering, the important aspect was not the land.
In other words, what I’m saying is God had chosen the land as His dwelling place. And so if they had a bad relationship with Him in the land, they would be scattered. If they had a good relationship with Him in the land, they would be gathered.
In other words, the key was not to be gathered to the land, the key was to be gathered to the Lord, who was in the land.
Now Jesus gave a profound interpretation to the gathering and the scattering prophecies.
In fact Jesus is going to say, Do you know that it’s possible for you to live in Jerusalem and still be scattered? And it’s possible for you to live out there among the Gentiles and to be gathered.
You say, Now how is that? Go with me to Luke 11, Luke 11: 23. Jesus says here: He who is not with me… He who is not what? Who is not with Me, he is against Me. And He who does not gather with Me scatters.
What was the key? being gathered to the land, or being gathered to the Lord? It was being gathered to the Lord.
And Jesus says, If you don’t gather to Me, you what? you scatter.
Let’s go once again to the experience of Caiaphas when he said, It’s necessary for one man to die, and not that the whole nation perish.
John 11:51, 52 explains what this means. He prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation; and not for that nation only, but also that he would what? that he would gather in one the children of God who were what? scattered.
But they were going to be gathered to where? Was the key being gathered to Jerusalem the place? Or was the key being gathered to the Lord?
It was to be gathered to the Lord, even though they lived all over the Roman empire.
By the way, when Jesus left the Jewish temple, notice what He said: Matthew 23: 37, 38. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to…
What’s the key word there? …I wanted to gather you as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…
Who were they going to be gathered to? the city, the land, or the Lord? the Lord. And then He says, but you were not willing. See your house is left to you desolate. And, by the way, in another gospel He speaks about them being scattered among the nations, because they refused to be gathered to the Lord.
Jesus explains what it means to be gathered in Matthew 18:20. He says: For where two or three are what? gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.
Let me ask you then, Where is the holy land? The holy land is where Jesus is. And where is Jesus? He’s in heaven, but spiritually He’s where? all over the world, through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
So where is Jesus? Jesus is worldwide through the ministration of the Holy Spirit. And where there are two or three gathered in His name, there is the holy land, because present there is the Holy Lord.
In other words, it wasn’t the land that was important, it was the Lord in the land. If they had a bad relationship with the Lord in the land, they were scattered.
If they repented they were once again gathered. But the key was the Lord not the land.
Now let me ask you, when were these prophecies of the gathering finally fulfilled? those who were scattered? When were these prophecies fulfilled that they were gathered into one?
Acts 2 has the answer, verse 1. When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Had these people accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord? They were all gathered, right? Were they gathered from many different nations? Was the place the key part here?
It wasn’t the place. They were gathered there. They were gathered to the Lord.
Notice verse 7. They were people from all nations. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear each in our own language in which we were born?
Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, in Egypt, in the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans, and Arabs, who hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.
Who were they gathered to? They were gathered to Jesus Christ from all parts of the empire. So let me synthesize it.
What makes you a true Israelite is not that you are gathered to the holy land, but that you are gathered to the Holy Lord. If you are in the holy land, and have rejected the Holy Lord, you are scattered.
So where is prophecy going to be fulfilled? In the literal land of the Middle East, with people who do not receive Jesus Christ? No! It will be worldwide Babylon against worldwide Jerusalem.
I hope you enjoyed this sermon on the remnant.