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Children of the Kingdom


The Israelites considered themselves as the children of God (Deut 14:1). They distinguished themselves from the Gentiles who did not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Israelites believed that they had exclusive rights of inheritance to the Kingdom of God. Saint Paul wrote, “Now, in Christ Jesus, all of you are children of God through faith. All of you, through baptism in Christ, have put on Christ. There is no longer any distinction between Jew and Greek, or between slave and freeman, or between man and woman; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Christ, you are Abraham’s descendants, and you are heirs according to God’s promise” (Gal 3:26-29). Those Israelites who rejected Jesus were losing their divine inheritance, and the Gentiles who accepted Jesus were becoming the children of God.


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