In Proposition 24, George Peters states:
“The Kingdom is offered to an elect nation, viz.: The Jewish nation.”
There can be no argument against this Proposition; however, its application regarding the doctrine of the kingdom is quite profound. If we are to lay claim to being part of the kingdom, we have to recognize to whom the kingdom was offered and what it means to be part of the people to whom that kingdom was offered. Grasping this truth goes a long way to helping us understanding what it means to be grafted in and to be the elect. The term elect is often used, especially in the Calvinist and Reformed theological traditions. I am not so sure that at times its connection to the doctrine of the kingdom is fully understood. We are the elect as has been established. What we are elected to and what we participate in as the elect is very important. We are elected to be part of the kingdom, a kingdom offered to an elect nation. This means we have to be careful to avoid the error of replacement theology.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 24 is the following:
“The attention is now directed to the fact that the Jewish nation is an elect nation to whom a Kingdom is offered – which election, although occupying an important place in the consideration of the Kingdom, is passed over or ignored in many theologies, even in recent biblical theologies, just as if it were not reconfirmed by the apostles. Explain it as we may, this election is a fundamental fact, which (as will be proven hereafter) has a deep and permanent significancy in relation to the Kingdom.”
It is quite interesting that any biblical theology would pass over or ignore the reality of to whom the kingdom was offered. It is as if the entire front of Scripture is relegated to the dustbin of theology. Furthermore, as Peters notes in this observation, it is quite apparent that the apostles reconfirm what the Old Testament declares, namely the nation to whom the kingdom was offered and to whom those who are grafted in belong to include what that means regarding those who are grafted in being heirs to the promises made to that elect nation. It simply cannot be explained away or ignored if one’s theological approach is to be considered valid.