I’m always surprised at how many Christian people think that Jewish people are the true people of God and going to heaven, just because they’re Jewish. Many Christians also support political Israel because they see Israel as “brothers and sisters”. According to them Jesus said, “No-one comes to the Father except through me or if you’re Jewish”.
On the contrary, the Bible repeatedly tells that the true people of God are those who believe God’s promise. (cf. Romans 9:6, 8, 16, 32; Galatians 3:29) The Jewish people have by and large rejected God’s promised Messiah and have thereby have ceased to be the people of God. Being Jewish, or being religious, does not earn righteousness. A righteous standing before God is only available through faith in Jesus, God’s promised Messiah (Romans 1:16-17).
Please feel free to support Israel, but don’t do it because of theological reasons. Biblically, they are not God’s special people as chapters 9-11 of Romans tells us. Jewish people need Jesus just as much as your unbelieving friends or Muslim colleagues.
Romans 2:28-29 says:
For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter.
True Jewishness and true circumcision were always matters of the heart. No-one was saved just because they were Jewish. True faith was always and is always the inward work of the Holy Spirit. True faith belongs to those, who by the convicting work of the Holy Spirit, have repented of their hard hearts and put their trust in God. This kind of person seeks to win the approval of God, rather than human beings. Being Jewish or religious doesn’t help if your heart is not right with God, i.e. if you have not put your faith in God’s promised Messiah.
So, feel free to support Israel and share Facebook updates about Israel for historical reasons, political reasons, or sentimental reasons; but don’t give your support because you think Jewish people are the people of God1. Rather give your money, support and activism to God’s true people who are in need: the persecuted church and Christian refugees.
- I see all the Old Testament prophecies about Israel fulfilled by Jesus himself (the true Israelite) or by his church (the church now and the church glorified in heaven).