Q. I am a rightly divided believer. I see the bible in a whole new way. Is the body of Christ in the Old Testament? How do we compare the Body of Christ with Israels Prophecy? Are we one in the same? How can someone trust Christ as their savior and ask for forgiveness if he already forgave us Eph 4:32? If true prophecy is being fulfilled then we are NOT in the Age of Grace anymore? Thank you for your time.
A. While not mentioned specifically in the Old Testament, the Church is referenced in places like Isaiah 49:6 where God promised that the Messiah would also be a light to the Gentiles and would bring His salvation to the ends of the Earth.
Prophecies for Israel can not be appropriated by the Church since their destinies are totally different. For example, God comes to Earth to dwell with the Jews, but the Church goes to Heaven to be with Jesus.
When Jesus died on the cross He died for all mankind, but we can only benefit from this by personally asking God to save us. John 3:16 says that God so loved the world (everyone) that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes (only some) would not perish. When you ask God to save you, you’re confirming that you believe He can. Ephesians 4:32 was written to people who were already saved. Paul was reminding us to forgive others when they ask since God forgave us when we asked.
The fact that end times prophecy is being fulfilled tells us that the Age of Grace is drawing to a close, but it won’t be over until the Church disappears in the Rapture.