A question submitted:

Question regarding the fate of the Jewish people. They are God’s people but don’t believe in Christ.
This is a tough question to answer, let me explain. This is fairly simple in that all without Christ have to live a perfectly holy life to have eternal salvation. (Romans 3:9-24). This is mainly tough to answer pointedly because the answer sounds so very harsh. Please understand, my job, under God, is to declare the Truth.
The best passage to refer to regarding this is Romans 3:9-24 as listed. I would encourage all to read this passage. Put simply and truthfully, all need Jesus Christ as their Savior. I know that is redundant.
The ESV Study Bible has a very good article in the back on the world religions. I can loan this out to any who are interested. The first part is written regarding the Jewish people and their history and how they fit in today. It is worth the read. This is a good question as it is always critically important to know why we believe, what we believe. That is what this gets at.
The Jewish people were God’s chosen people in that the Messiah was to come through their lineage. In fact, all the nations of the earth were blessed through the Jews. This happened through Jesus. See Genesis 18:18; 22:18; 26:4, etc. In Galatians 3:8 this Old Testament passage is quoted as referring to the Gentiles. Actually, in Galatians Paul writes about the Gentiles grafted in. In Galatians 2:15 and the following five verses Paul writes about the Jews not being justified by the works of the law. Some of the background to Galatians is that people had come into that church and told them that they had to keep the whole law. But, just like in Romans 3:24, Paul declares that we are only justified freely through Christ Jesus. In Galatians 3:6 Paul specifically references faith and trust in God. Paul writes that Abraham believed God and that was credited to him as righteousness. In Galatians 3:1 Paul pointedly asks the Galatians who “bewitched” them. What he is referring to is who taught them this legalistic false doctrine of works. In Galatians 3:10 Paul specifically says:
For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them.”
Then if we look at verse 13:
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”—
Later on in verse 28 Paul writes that there is no longer Jew, nor Greek, slave, nor free… Basically, we are all grafted in through faith. I encourage you to read Galatians 3.
So, bottom line is that we all need Jesus Christ’s atonement.
I hope this helps please submit questions.
blessings in Christ, Steve

1 thought on “A question submitted:

  1. Nice article and good question. I am definitely curious to know more the about the subject. I was just reading Romans 11 and it discusses this a lot. There are particular verses that are very interesting. Romans 11:25-27:

    Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,

    “The Deliverer will come from Zion,
    he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
    “and this will be my covenant with them
    when I take away their sins.”

    The mystery I assume is Isreal’s rejection of Jesus based on the context. One interesting interpretation is that the Isrealites will come to Jesus after the full number of gentiles have come to Jesus, presumably in the future. That’s based on the “until the fullness of the Gentiles…”

    Thanks for the read!

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