The Apostle Paul emphatically reminds the Church that Israel remains “beloved” of God, and that “the gifts and the call” upon His elect are “irrevocable” (Romans 11:29). The core of that call is to be witnesses to the nations that there is one God – the Holy One of Israel, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Isaiah 43:10; 44:8).

The Church too has a call upon it: to witness to the nations that there is one Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, whom God raised from the dead. “You shall be my witnesses!” was the final injunction of Jesus to his disciples (Acts 1:8). So both Jews and Christians carry a mandate to bear witness. The challenge for Christians has always been how that witness is rendered, and to whom.

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