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The Doctrine of the client nation. Part 1.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
June 10, 2009

One of the responsibilities of Israel in the past as a priest and client nation was to function as a missionary nation to the Gentiles.

Paul as an apostle to the Gentiles continues this function in the dispensation of the Church, indicating once again that this is for the Jew and for the Gentile.

The first Gentile client nation will be the Roman Empire. Paul himself, therefore, is the transitional person.

In the times of the Gentiles (the Church-age) only Gentile nations can qualify as a client nation to God. No Jewish nation will serve as such until the second advent of Christ.

Paul is the last and greatest of all the Jewish missionaries. He became a missionary to the Gentiles as preparation for the times of the Gentiles.

HOS 2:23 (a) "And I will sow her for Myself in the land. = the restoration of Israel as a client nation at the Second Advent. [left out of Paul quote in Rom 9]

No Jewish nation at the present time can be a client nation to God. There will be a Jewish client nation to God in the future, for out of the Tribulation will come believing Jews who will form a nation.

They will look on Him whom they have pierced (Zech 12:10). Who are they? These are Jews who believe during the Tribulation and they are going into the Millennium as the client nation to God.

ROM 9:25
As He says also in Hosea,
"I will call [elect] those who were not My people, ‘My people,’
And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’"

The completed action of HOS 2:23 is the administration of the fifth cycle of discipline to Israel in 70 AD because of an accumulation of the great blot-out and forty years to change their mind.

Translation: “As he has also communicated in Hosea [HOS 2:23], I will call those who are not my people [Gentiles], my people [Gentiles become the client nations]; and those who have not been loved [Jewish nations in the times of the Gentiles] as those who have been loved [they will be restored at the second advent].”

The Doctrine of the Client Nation.

Point 1: Definition

1. A client nation is a national entity under the patronage of God, assigned the responsibility for the formation, preservation, communication, and fulfillment of the canon of Scripture.

a. Before Israel became a nation, custodianship of the word of God involved divine revelation apart from Scripture. But since Israel has become a nation, it is involved in the authorship, custodianship and dissemination of the written Word.

b. Additional custodianship was assigned to Israel in the formation of the New Testament, since all except two writers were Jews.

c. During the time of the formation of the New Testament, the client nation changed from Judea to the Roman Empire, in 70 A.D.

2. In Ex 19:4-6, Deut 7:6; 26:18-19, we have references to the client nation concept.

3. There are two categories of client nations to God in human history: the five Jewish client nations of the Old Testament with a specialized priesthood and the Gentile client nations during the dispensation of the Church with a universal priesthood.

The Gentile client nation category follows exactly the same pattern as Israel with some dramatic differences related to the uniqueness of the Church Age.

4. A client nation is a synonym for a priest nation. The name “priest nation” is used for Israel because it had a specialized priesthood. The term “client nation” is used for any Gentile nation because there is a universal priesthood.

In Roman history, a client was someone dependent on another family. In the Church-age believers depend completely on God directly and do not need a specialized priest.

So instead of calling a Gentile nation a priest nation as such, the believers in the Church Age are a holy priesthood and a royal family of God, 1 Pet 2:4-5.

ROM 9:25
As He says also in Hosea,
"I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’
And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’"

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