“My only wish is that this book may fall into the hands of every serious Bible student and pastor.” Dr. Walter C. Kaiser, Jr
I wrote the book One King: A Jesus-Centered Answer to the Question of Zion and the People of God to deal with one of the major tensions of the New Testament: the New Testament redefines the people of God, but at the same time does not replace promises made to Israel. The people of God in the New Testament are clearly people from every nation who follow Jesus, so how does that relate to Israel’s election and her promises?
We are living in an unprecedented moment in human history. We may be the first generation to see the gospel reach every tribe and tongue. We are also in the first generation where the issue of Israel has become a global controversy. This controversy is not going to go away and the global church must have a Jesus-centered answer for it. One King is an in-depth look at how the New Testament views the future of Israel.
As we seek to understand how Israel relates to God’s purposes for the nations, there are serious questions that must be answered:
- How do we reconcile the promises made to the Jewish people with the expansion of the gospel to the Gentiles in the New Testament?
- How does a modern, secular Israel—frequently referred by the term “Zionism”—relate to the saved Israel the Bible speaks about? Is there any connection at all?
- How do Old Testament promises relate to the New Testament church?
Who are the people of God?
- How are the biblical promises about Zion fulfilled?
- What does it ultimately mean that Jesus is King both of Israel and the nations?
- How do we understand Jesus’ kingdom and its relationship to Israel?
- What does it mean to have a Jesus-centered view of Israel and of Zion?
If we remove the artificial divide between the Old and New Testaments, we can be faithful and loyal to the gospel and the great transition the New Testament brings, while also being faithful to Paul’s exhortation that the gospel mission in the nations would ultimately end in the salvation of the Jewish people.
When we view the Old Testament and New Testament together, we can both recognize and celebrate the unique election of the Jewish people and the offer to the Gentiles to be full members of the people of God, because Jesus is both the King of Israel and the King of the Nations.
As the crisis of Israel increases and the mission to every people group nears completion, it is going to become even more critical that the global church clearly understands how the New Testament teaches that the promises given to Israel and the nations will be fulfilled by God’s King. That’s why I wrote the book and I’d encourage to pick up a copy.
“One King constitutes one of the best reads I have yet seen on this most critical issue. It has shown how the ancient promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, with its three key divine promises, dominates the redemptive plan of God all the way through Scripture showing at once the priority of sharing the Gospel with Israel and with Israel’s call and election to bless all the nations of the earth.. My only wish is that this book may fall into the hands of every serious Bible student and Pastor. I highly recommend this book to the blessing of all who want to get the Biblical story right.”
Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., President Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
“Samuel Whitefield has written a powerful book on Israel and its destiny. He handles the Scriptures with accuracy and provides a very compelling over all framework. Those who struggle with new presentations that deny ethnic Israel and important place in the plan of God and its inheritance in their ancient Land would do well to read this book.”
Dr. Dan Juster, Author and Founder of Tikkun International
Israel is mentioned over 2500 times in the Scripture. An improper understanding of this most-important theme will lead to an improper understanding of scripture. I highly recommend One King as it will challenge the reader to grapple with God’s heart and plan for Israel’s past, present, and future.
Scott Volk, founder of Together for Israel
We are living in a time when the controversy concerning Israel and the destiny of the Jewish people is increasing. This is a subject with many con icting sentiments and opinions. Yet Paul tells us that it is imperative for the church to grow in the knowledge of God by understanding God’s eternal plan (mystery) concerning Israel. Samuel White eld, with excellent skill and insight, makes the subject accessible and returns it to its proper context where it belongs — the gospel of the kingdom.
Stuart Greaves, Senior Leadership Team, IHOPKC
Without a doubt there there are historic and emerging controversies in the body of Christ surrounding the subject of Israel and the Church, and writings like this are so helpful to God’s people during this hour! Samuel Whitefield is unafraid to dive into the tensions regarding Israel and the nations, while at the same time bringing clarity and confidence to the reader about the vision that Scripture gives for the people and the land of Israel. Jesus: One King will inspire your heart and open your eyes to the invitation the Church has in this hour to enter into the storyline of Israel’s salvation and redemption in our generation…exciting!
Jim Stern, Lead Pastor, Destiny Church St. Louis
Christians are increasingly being forced to ask the question of how they should relate to modern Israel through a New Testament and gospel- centered lens. That question requires us to understand how the New Testament understood Old Testament promises and the nature of the Kingdom of God. This question is increasingly inescapable and has serious implications for how we understand the mission of the church in our generation, especially the mission to the Muslim world. It is important that we get this issue right and that we take a gospel-centered approach, and this is one of the best resources I can recommend on the subject.
Dr. Joshua Lingel, President, World Apologetics and Discipleship Institute Founder and President, i2 Ministries