Spiritual Israel's Hopeful Future: Christ These articles on Jeremiah are not meant to be exhaustive (that would be exhausting to even attempt!), but just suggestive comments here and there. Jeremiah 31 is rich with spiritual fulfillments for Israel, though written in the lengthening shadow of one of their most dark periods. There is comfort here for both believing Jew and Gentile. The return of Israel here and God's gathering of all His people (31:10) is also a description of the building of the Church, made up of Jews and Gentiles. No Contest The Lord has ransomed us from the one stronger than us, Satan (compare 31:11 with Luke 11:22 and Hebrews 2:14-15). The strong man met the Stronger Man, Christ. The outcome was never in doubt: victory. Christ announced this very emancipation at the inauguration of His ministry, Luke 4:18, saying that he would "proclaim liberty to the captives..." and "set at liberty those who are oppressed..." These wonderful truths are boldly set forth in the Jeremiah chapters, if we only put away our dispensational glasses. (Do you know what kind of glasses Dispensationalists wear when reading their Bibles? The mis-perscribed kind that gives them an incorrect farsightedness. Many of these wonderful passages that speak of Christ's present work for all the Church they see as being yet unfulfilled - and only for the Jews! Moreover, they see several Messianic passages as merely Judaic) But Christ is reigning right now. Christ has freed us right now, having already imprisoned our imprisoner. This is the binding of Satan, Rev. 20:2. A misapplication of these truths dulls the edge of many powerful promises.