Many Christians have a vague idea that it is only in the Old Testament that we read of a Chosen Race and Nation; that the New Testament speaks only of the Church. Is this true? Has God substituted the Christian Church for His servant people and nation Israel?
Apparently St. Paul found this idea prevalent in his day among the Christians at Rome, for he writes at some length to warn them against such an assumption. (Romans 11) Note his question and his emphatic statement: "I say then, Hath God cast away His people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away His people."