Due to poor and erroneous Church teachings, many people are confused about who exactly are God’s people.
Are the Jews still God’s people today? Are there any prophecies or commands of God as to how Christians are to deal with them? Are the things happening in Palestine any indication of the coming of Jesus? What about the inheritance of Israel and who will receive it?
The Bible is clear on the subject and it is important to us. We must remember that the term “Jew” as used in the gospels is mostly used to denote the religious leaders of Jesus time. Other terms were used when speaking of the people, such as: the common people heard him gladly. Mark 12:37 We should also keep in mind that the early church was almost entirely Jewish. For over three years the gospel went throughout Jerusalem and Judea before it went to the Gentiles. The three thousand added to the church on the day of Pentecost were Jewish people.
Romans 11:2-22.. Paul says that Israel is not totally cast away and points to himself as evidence. He became a follower of Christ and he worked for the salvation of the Jews all through his ministry, even though he was the apostle to the Gentiles. In verse 7 he says “Israel has not obtained what it seeks.” Then in verses 19-22 where he is talking about Christians being grafted into their olive tree, he says: Branches were broken off that you might be grafted in. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
The words; did not spare is evidence that as a nation he considered the Jews no longer God’s people. As individuals they can still have salvation; as individuals they are no different from anyone else. As a nation, too, they are no different, just the normal, worldly state, trying to attain prosperity for their people.
Now consider Galatians 3:29. And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. All God’s promises in scripture are for faithful Christians, born again believers.
As individuals, Jews have the same chance for salvation as any Gentile.
The Jewish nation’s general rejection of Jesus caused them, to lose out on the final inheritance. That inheritance has passed on to all who accept their Messiah (Jesus) as their personal Savior and Redeemer. But as Christians we have been grafted into their olive tree, and we can be cut off as surely as their nation was. Romans 11:21-22.
Had the Jews, as a nation, accepted their Messiah, they would have been the people, [church] through whom God would work to bring the Gospel to all the world. It was their gospel, but they refused to accept it. Thus was born the Christian church and we have the responsibility to spread the Gospel. This task has been undertaken with reasonable success, but much remains to be done. It will be completed in the end times by the 144,000. Isaiah 66:19
Through Jesus we can obtain title to a kingdom that will never pass away.
Colossians 1:12 …thru Jesus, we are fit to share in the Kingdom of Light.
Daniel 7:27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven, shall be given to the holy people of the most High. Their kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them..
What a glorious promise we have in Jesus our Lord.
Matthew 1:1-17 goes to great lengths to show that Jesus was of the line of David, moving from Abraham to Joseph the earthly Father of Jesus. Luke 3:23-38 does the same thing backwards. He starts with Jesus and works back in time all the way back to Adam. Both genealogies agree and pass through David and Solomon. The throne was promised to David forever by God. And king Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the LORD forever. I Kings 2:45.
Then in 1 Chronicles 28:9, Solomon was warned the promise was conditional. Zedekiah was the last king of Judah. After the Babylonian captivity, the Jews never had a king, only governors, as they were under the rule of other nations. The Edomite Herod kings of Jesus’ time were not of the line of David and were appointed by the Roman Caesar. Judah lost their kingdom and have never regained it. Matthew 21:43
Daniel 7:27 makes it clear that the kingdom will be given to the people of the saints of the Most High.
The kingdom that God sets up is forever. Daniel 2:44
Paul, speaking of the Israelites of Moses day said: And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:4.
Jesus said: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they testify of me. John 5:39.
When one stops to realize that the Old Testament Scriptures were the only Scriptures available when Jesus said that, we can see that Jesus is all through the Old Testament. Proverbs 8:22-31
Paul, raised a Pharisee, said: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Colossians 3:11.
In Christ, Old and New Testaments are bound together and all the promises are now to be fulfilled for the Christian Israelites of God.