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HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE JEWS? By: Pastor A. Bascon
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE JEWS? By: Pastor A. Bascon
HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE JEWS?
GAL.3:26-29 - We, Believers in The Lord Jesus Christ, are all ONE in Christ Jesus! We are a brand new man, a new creation! In Christ Jesus, we are all ONE! According to the Word of God, we are Abraham’s Seed. The Israelites can claim they are, because they are all descendants of Abraham by race. And, they may say we have nothing to do with his Seed and Promises. However in ROMANS 9:1-7 - We read here, that Paul had great heaviness and continual sorrow in his heart for his brethren, his kinsman (according to the flesh), the Israelites; for Paul himself, was a Jewish Christian.
Praise God, that Paul saw The Light! Paul “sold out” to Christ!
He suffered tribulations after tribulations for Christ; for, Apostle Paul lived and breathed for The Lord Jesus Christ!
In GALATIANS 2:20 - Paul makes this very clear. Although Paul was completely “sold out,” he had a great burden upon his heart.
He was a Jew who had become a believing Jew, and his assignment was that he was to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, rather than to the Jews! And many Gentiles are saved, even today, because of Paul’s obedience to preach the Gospel! How very important it is for Jews to get saved as well as Gentiles! Both Jew and Gentile must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord in order to get saved! Apostle Paul, had to explain to the Gentiles, just how important it was for the Jews to get saved. Even in Paul’s day, there was a remnant of Jews that would get saved. Even today, there is still a remnant. But, according to God’s Word, it is when the fullness of the Gentiles comes into the Kingdom of God, then, all of (believing) Israel will be saved. God’s Plan for Israel is still in play.
It is when, once the fullness of the Gentiles comes in, then, the door shuts, and all of (believing) Israel shall be saved! Those who proclaim Jesus as Lord, shall be saved. Those who call upon The Name of The Lord, shall be saved! God does have a Plan of Salvation, Deliverance for the Jews. We can’t be ignorant of this fact.
Just for some of the following reasons alone:
1. ROMANS 9:4- The Israelites were called to be God’s People! They were called to be His Chosen People by election. We must also remember, that ROMANS 11:29 tells us: God’s gifts and callings are irrevocable! And, remember:
2. The Glory of God didn’t come upon the Gentiles; but, upon the Israelites! It was the Israelites, that saw The Glory in the meeting tent on the mount. And, when they came out of bondage, it was the Israelites that saw the Pillar of Fire and the Glory Cloud! We may ask:
Just how important are the Jews? They were so important, that God made visitation to them!
3. God gave the Abrahamic and the Mosaic
Covenants to the Jews, not the Gentiles!
4. The giving of The Law, was given to the Jews! God gave it to Moses, not to the Italians, the Irish or to the Hawaiians etc.., but, Moses received the Law from God! Abraham also, received God’s Promises; and both were Jews!
5. Concerning The Service of God: The things the Jews did in the temple, primarily the worship of God. The Gentiles were worshipping Baal!
6. As for The Promises: They were given to the Jews! Abraham received The Promises of God. God called Abraham to leave all and follow God! And as we read The Word, we see that Abraham obeyed God. He left all to follow Him, and it was counted unto Abraham for righteousness!
Abraham’s faith in God gave him “right-standing” with God!
(Remember: ROMANS 11:29-IRREVOCABLE!)
So, when God made promises to Abraham, they stood!
In GENESIS 12:1-
We read that God didn’t give specifics; but, He just told Abraham to come follow Me;and, I will show you the land.
And Abraham’s reply was: Just point Lord, and I will go!
He was obedient to God!
God continues on in GENESIS 12:2-
1. And I will make of thee a GREAT nation,
2. I will BLESS thee,
3. I will make your name GREAT,
4. and YOU shall be a BLESSING. In verse 3- God says: And I will BLESS them that BLESS YOU, and CURSE them that curseth YOU: and
5. IN YOU shall ALL families of the earth be BLESSED!
Start blessing he Jews, fall on your knees and pray for their Salvation! Even today, there are people named Ezekiel and Jeremiah etc., Just maybe it will be your prayers that will get them today, to see the light! Our prayers, are very important!
God answers our prayers! Perhaps, God is waiting for our prayers
to unlock Salvation for the Jews today! We may ask: How long will it take? Answer: Not as long as it would take, if we
didn’t pray for the Salvation of the Jews! Just within the next 7 minutes or so....there could be 5, 10, 12 or more Jews that get saved this morning. Pray even right now, a short prayer for the Jews, for their Salvation. Remember: Apostle Paul showed us the importance of the Jews. He himself, was a Jew, who became a Jewish Christian. Apostle Paul showed us the importance of the Jews according to the history of the Jewish race and according to the history of The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ, that without “the remnant,” you would not have The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ! Gentiles alone, cannot become The Body of Christ. But it takes the Jewish Believers, (the main ingredient), to have the Body of Christ!
Remember: The TWO become ONE NEW MAN! (Both Believing Jew and Believing Gentiles = ONE NEW MAN!) God tells us in His Word:
There is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, bondsman nor master etc.. we are ALL ONE! God made Promises to the Jews, and He will keep His Promises! (ROMANS 11:29-IRREVOCABLE!) ROMANS 9:5- NO Jews, NO Jesus!! Because Jesus came through the Jewish race!
He is The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! (of the Jewish race!) Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was a Jew! In verse 5, says: Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever! Jesus is God! Jesus is God over ALL, and is blessed FOR EVER!! Amen and amen!!
Jesus came through the Jews; and, JESUS IS GOD! Here’s where there is a change that Apostle Paul wants us to see --- you will need "spiritual" eyes to see this:
In ROMANS 9:6 - “Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: BUT, In ISAAC shall thy seed be called. That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: BUT the children of the promise are counted for the seed.” ROMANS 2:28-29- Now, we get to the “nitty-gritty!”
Here, Apostle Paul tells us: The real Jew, is the one that has the circumcision of the HEART. Abraham is the Father of the Natural Jewish race; BUT, he is also the Father of The Spiritual
Israel! This is where WE come in!! Spiritually, WE are Jews!!
In verses 28 and 29 Paul says: “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 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.” Paul explains that you don’t have to be physically circumcised in your flesh; BUT in your heart! That is where we all come in as Gentiles, we are God’s Chosen People! Now, when a Jewish person receives Christ, he is a completed Jew! He/she is not any better than us though. Paul says: There is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, bondsman nor master etc... we are ALL EQUAL! We are ONE brand NEW MAN! We cannot dispel the heritage of the Jews because Paul tells us: Salvation comes through the Jews! Praise God, that His Glory was experienced by the Jews!
BUT, NOW as in The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ, the Glory of God is WITHIN US! INDIVIUALLY, we have the Glory of God!
So, this is the test that we must pass to be a Child of God, with being a member of the Jewish race! When things go wrong daily, ROMANS 8:15-18 DON’T WORRY! BE HAPPY! --- that voice of The Spirit of God within you, says: YOU are a Child of God!!
( ROMANS 8:14-17) And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; for so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Believing Jew and Believing Gentile, including Apostle Paul ---together.)
ROMANS 8:28 - “And we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” AWESOME! Thank You Lord!!!
The proof that the Holy Spirit of God dwells WITHIN us, that the Spirit of Christ dwells in us and that we are Children, sons and daughters of The Living God, we now can cry out:
“Abba Father!” It is in US, that ALL nations shall be blessed! The Power of God dwells within US, enabling US, to preach The Good News as Jesus was doing! He was preaching The Gospel, and setting the captives free!
We can tell a Child of God, by the Spirit of Christ that is within them. They are doing what Jesus would be doing, if He were still here physically. Jesus said: “By their fruit, shall ye know them!”
Not all men are born with faith; but, ROMANS 10:17 says: “So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing the word of God.”o