Are we a holy nation?

I could be wrong, but it seems many Christians in America find spiritual identity in America. Not that they would say “to be American is to be Christian,” but they say things like, “we need to repent of homosexuality/abortion/social injustices/etc.” If you are living in unrepentant sin, then yes, repent by God’s grace. But if you are not living in unrepentant sin, please do not confuse people about who the Church is.

I could also be wrong on this, but it also seems many Christians in America think there is something inherently holy about the nation of Israel. Not that they would say “Jews will be saved regardless of whether they have faith in Christ or not,” but they say things like, “we need to keep our eyes on Israel…we need to be sure to support Israel.” Three thoughts on these two issues:

  1. There is only one “holy nation.” It is the church of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2.9-10). Trust in Christ and God will consider you righteous and holy for all of eternity. That is the nation you want to be a part of, period.
  2. The nation of Israel is doomed. God entered into a real covenant in real history with them, called the Law of Moses. As long as a Jew chooses to remain a part of that covenant they are doomed, because the only way to be saved there is to be perfect. Jews need to get out of that covenant and enter into the New Covenant. They need to “get out” of earthly Israel and become a part of Spiritual Israel.
  3. Every other nation on earth is doomed. God earlier made a covenant with Adam (many would call the covenant of works, call it whatever you want). Ever since then, all of Adam’s descendants are “in Adam.” All human beings need to get out from under that covenant head and  get a new covenant Head. They need to “get out” of the old creation and enter a new creation.

The answer to all these issues is the Person and work of Jesus Christ. All you need to do is repent and believe in Him, and you will be saved! You will be holy! Are we a holy nation? Depends on what you mean by “we”.


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