I’ve never doubted that a replacement theologian exists. I’m absolutely sure that there is more than one. I’m quite positive that they exist. However, the issue of replacement theology is actually foreign to the concepts that I hold, and it’s clear that anyone who holds to covenantalism will inevitably be labeled as a replacement theologian.
Basically, it’s very apparent that unless you hold to some form or semblance of a distinction between Israel and the Church then you’re a replacement theologian. In other words, it’s the disingenuous nature of opponents to anything other than a distinction between Israel and the Church. They cannot help but label anyone who disagrees with them as a replacement theologian.
Having said that, there is a passage of Scripture that seems like Dispensationalists, New Covenantalists, and Zionists should oppose; given the fact that the language used actually is more synonymous as replacement language than many Covenantalists uses. Notice,
“by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,” (Ephesians 2:15, ESV)
Obviously, Ephesians 2 holds many concepts that recognize the singular people group of God. Even going so far as referring to Gentiles as fellow citizens (Ephesians 2:19). Equally, it’s important to note the very fact that verse 15 has demonstrated the cessation of two distinct people groups, replaced, by one singular people group.
In coming posts, I will demonstrate the fact that there has always been a singular people group and that Paul is using language that notes the ethnic distinctions but argues against them. That in reality, the Bible does not teach replacement theology but Gospel unity.
The purpose of this post is to expose the inconsistency of those who argue so vehemently against Covenantalism that they constantly label their opponents has replacement theologians. And this is problematic for several reasons, one of them being that the Bible itself actually uses “replacement” language more than Covenantalists are actually using.