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blue bullet  Is the Doctrine of Replacement Theology Biblically correct?

blue bullet  No. 

The Doctrine of "Replacement Theology" in its simplest form declares the Gentiles as a permanent replacement for the Jews and as God's chosen people.  This teaching could not be any farther from the truth.  Moreover, anyone who has ever taken the time to read the Word of God can easily discern the utter foolishness of such a teaching.

In order to get a complete understanding of the intended message that Apostle Paul was writing to the Romans we must, as always, turn to God's Word.  "Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; [5] Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.  [6] Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: [7] Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. [8] That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. [9] For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.  (Romans 9:4-9)."

Apostle Paul makes it perfectly clear that the Jews are God's seed of promise.  Also, he continued by stating, "What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. [31] But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. [32] Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone" (Romans 9:30-32).

It is this stumbling that Apostle Paul wanted the Jews to understand was the immediate cause for their "breaking off" from the natural olive tree. "Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. [20] Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear" (Romans 11:19-20).

Israel is here pictured as branches of an olive tree and the Gentiles as a wild olive tree, or the oleaster which bears no fruit.  Some are broken off because of unbelief and Gentiles temporally take their place to partake of Israel's blessings.  Although, Paul makes it clear that the Jews were not broken off singularly for the purpose of the grafting in of the Gentiles, but due to their lack of faith.

In addition, Paul cautions the Gentiles not to become arrogant or boastful  because they had been accepted by God, less they also be cut off.  Why?  "For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee" (Romans 11:21).

Herein lies the grace, mercy, and promises of God.  "And they (Jews) also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. [24] For if thou (Gentiles) wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree" (Romans 11:23-24)?

In Romans 11:26 we see the statement that "all Israel shall be saved".  This refers to the whole nation that will be alive in Palestine when Christ comes (Zech. 12:10-13:1; Zech. 14:1-15; Matthew 24:39; Isaiah 66:7-8).  It is at that time that all the rest of Israel will be gathered to their Messiah (Isaiah 11:1-12; Isaiah 66:19-21; Matthew 24:31). 

"For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. [26] And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: [27] For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins" (Romans 11:25-27).

Romans 11:28 declares, "As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes."  They are enemies of the gospel, but beloved for the fathers' sake.  They have been chosen of God to fulfill His plan and they will yet do so.  Why?  The gifts and callings of God to the Israelites still remains true, but they must first come to repentance and fulfill righteousness before being eternally blessed.  "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance" (Romans 11:29).

In Romans 3:1, we (Jews and Gentiles) see that it is through the Jews that we come to the understanding of a Monotheistic God.  "What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? [2] Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. [3] For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect" (Romans 3:1-3)?

However, it is important for the Jew to remember that the atonement blood of Yeshua has broken down the wall of partition between the Jew and the Gentile.  "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. [29] Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: [30] Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith" (Romans 3:28-30).

A true Jew is not the one who is circumcised in the flesh, neither is true circumcision in the flesh. A true Jew is one that has inward circumcision of the heart and in the spirit and has more than an outward cutting in the flesh and a profession of truth. This does not teach that every Christian is a Jew, but to be a true Jew one must be of the seed of Abraham, and have circumcision of the heart, and be a child of the promise (Romans 2:28-29; Romans 9:6-7). The Bible teaches, "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh" (Romans 2:28).