Bible Christianity and the Outward Jew
It is nearly impossible to discuss the 2nd coming the Lord Jesus Christ without the subject of the modern day outward Jew entering into the conversation. So how should a believer view the interrelated subjects of Judaism, Israel, and the Jewish people of today? The word of God has the answers.
This subject is tied heavily to many false teachings on the end-times, so it is important to prayerfully examine this matter with the bible so we “may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” Titus 1:9
In this message, we’re going look at scriptures which are among the most challenging for a believer to accept at face value. Why? Because the father of lies has been successful in promoting views that oppose the bible which have caused Christians to ignore a major theme in the New Testament. And so out of ignorance, many false teachings are embraced and defended by the very people that should be on solid doctrinal ground. Furthermore, when these shallow teachings challenged with scripture, the conversation is frequently brought to a halt.
The deceptions that we’re going to look at are multifaceted, but we’re going to examine them with scripture in simplicity, one layer at a time. So if you’re God’s man, responsible for teaching sound doctrine to the believers under your leadership, take the time necessary to examine this matter to see if your views are in alignment with the plain teaching of the word of God.
Since words Jew, Judaism, and Israel are so intertwined, scripture is often misapplied and used out of context when these subjects are taught. We see this very thing happen when it’s taught that God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis chapter 12, applies to the Jews of our day. Let’s read:
Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Here we see that God gave Abraham this famous promise to his seed. This promise has been fulfilled in the physical sense (by Christ) and in the spiritual sense (by faith in Christ). Galatians chapter 3 describes the fulfillment of that promise in great detail. Don’t miss it. A significant amount of deception can be overcome by prayerfully reading Galatians chapter 3 and 4.
Question: Who are the children of Abraham?
Answer: “They which are of faith”
Galatians 3:6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Here the children of Abraham are identified as “they which are of faith.” Also when Jesus spoke to Jews who proclaimed their physical lineage to Abraham, he likewise explained that they were not Abraham’s children even though they were physically of Abraham’s seed.
John 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
Clearly these men were not born of the Spirit and thus were not heirs to the promise of Abraham even though they were his descendants by blood.
Question: Who are the heirs of the promise made to Abraham?
Answer: Those born of the Spirit, through faith in Jesus Christ.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Galatians 3:14 identifies the spiritual fulfillment of the promise.
Question: Who fulfilled the physical aspect of the promise?
Answer: Jesus Christ
Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Jesus Christ is the “seed” and Jesus Christ is the literal, physical, fulfillment of the promise to Abraham. The physical Jews which are “many,” have not, are not, and will not fulfill this promise because the Lord Jesus Christ has fulfilled this promise. Let’s continue.
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Again we see that the seed of Abraham does not apply to a race (or a gender) but to everyone (or whosoever) that believes on the Lord Jesus Christ.
So why does the common narrative apply the promise of Abraham to modern day outward Jews? This blanket assumption has been accepted as a bible truth but in reality, it’s been a pillar for much deception to be built on. We’ve all heard it said over and over that the Jews are still God’s chosen people, and that God’s hand is still upon them, and that God blesses those who bless Israel, and so on. Pastors reinforce these views from the pulpit without even considering the possibility that deception has become intertwined with their doctrine.
Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Now let’s examine the title “Jew.”
Question: Who is a Jew?
Answer: The biblical Jew is born of the Spirit.
Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Here we see that God considers the Jew which is outward in the flesh, not to be a Jew at all.
So, are you circumcised? Well, getting circumcised doesn’t make you a Jew. Do you attend a synagogue? According to Romans 2:28, that doesn’t make you a Jew either . Do you dress a certain way? Do you cut your hair a certain way? Do you eat kosher foods? Do you speak Modern Hebrew? Do you live in Israel? These are all examples of the outward deeds that can be done in the flesh, none of which make you a Jew in the sight of God.
Are you circumcised of the heart and in the spirit, which is by your inward faith in Christ, then you’re a Jew according to the word of God. It is common for believers to overlook and even misapply passages like Romans 2:28 as not pertaining to the Jews of today. By understanding God’s definition of a Jew, you’ll peel of a layer of deception on this matter. This truth applies to the Jews in Paul’s day and to anyone claiming to be a Jew today.
Let’s examine another often misunderstood word “chosen.”
Question: Who are God’s Chosen people?
Answer: God’s chosen people are justified by faith and have always been.
Of course we’re seeing a pattern here and faith is the key word. We’ve learned that the heirs of Abraham’s promise have faith in God, the true Jew has faith in God, and likewise God’s chosen people are only called chosen, because of their faith in God, not because they belonged to the Hebrew race of people. The Old Testament covenant was a covenant of faith.
Consider Aaron who was obviously a a descendant of Abraham, he was a Levite, and he was called the chosen of God.
Psalms 105:26 He sent Moses his servant; and Aaron whom he had chosen.
Aaron was also called “the saint of the LORD.”
Psalms 106: 16 They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
All saints in the bible are justified by faith in God. Revelation 15:3 says that Jesus is the King of saints in the song of the Lamb. Aaron was God’s chosen because he had faith in God like all the saints throughout history have that had faith in God.
Now let’s look at Eli the high priest. Eli was a descendant from Aaron but his sons were wicked.
1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.
Eli’s two sons (Hophni and Phinehas) were not saints of God, so they were not God’s chosen, and they were not heirs according to the promise. Even though they were Semitic by lineage they were lost souls and called the sons of Belial. This clearly demonstrates that an ethnic group being “God’s chosen people,” is an unscriptural idea. Yet the pulpits continue to parrot that Jews are God’s chosen people. And as a result, Christians are having a difficult time accepting what the bible actually says about the matter.
Now we’ll tie this lesson in to the popular false teachings on the end-times.
Question: Who are God’s elect?
Answer: Those that have faith in God.
This question is equal to the question, “Who are God’s chosen?” and again the answer is exactly the same. The words “elect” and “chosen” are used interchangeably in scripture. Let’s look at a quote from Jesus in his Olivet Discourse.
Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect’s sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
We see the words chosen and elect used together here. Titus is one place that tells us that the elect also have faith in God.
Titus 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;
Now let’s go back to the Olivet Discourse. Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21 are all parallel passages as they record the Lord’s detailed teachings about his 2nd coming. It is important for believers to know what these chapters teach but they’ve been under fierce attack by Satan’s so-called scholars. It is truly sad that my brethren are guilty of repeating Satan’s lies against the very words of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One example of this happens when pastors apply the word elect found in Mark 13:27 to the unsaved outward Jew.
Mark 13:27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.
This verse is referring to Christians and not to Jews that say they are Jews who don’t have faith in Jesus Christ. The following verse make this point abundantly clear.
Mark 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Pastors that spend more time in commentaries or reading books other than the bible will be inclined to believe the word “elect” is referring to end-time Jews because that’s what is being taught by 95% of the material that’s out there. This is one of many false teachings that can be overcome by prayerfully reading the bible while claiming the following verses:
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
This segment has only dealt with a portion of the misconceptions concerning broad topic of Jewry in the end times. In the lessons to follow, we’ll examine more false teachings that inevitably surface when these matters are discussed.