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Is a Christian a Jew?

Greetings in His Name:

It’s been a while since I did any regular posting here but I’ll try (once again) to make regular posts for consideration of friends and family.  The question today is, “Is a Christian a Jew?”  This will be remarkably short (by my standards) since the answer is very simple:  Yes.  How do I know that?  From Paul’s (former Saul of Tarsus) writings in the letter to the Romans, Chapter 11: (Yes, it’s rather long but necessary to the whole argument.  So read carefully and understand that I have taken the liberty of using Goyim rather than Gentile, Avraham rather than Abraham, etc.)

  1. I say then, Hath G-d cast away his people? [I Sam 12:22, Jer 31:37]  G-d forbid!  For I also am Yisraelim, of the seed of Avraham, of the tribe of Benyamin.
  2. G-d hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.  Do ye not know what the scripture saith of Eliyah?  How he maketh intercession to G-d against Yisrael, saying
  3. [I Kings 19:10] “Lord, they have killed thy prophets, digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.”
  4. But what saith the answer of G-d unto him?  “I have reserved to myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.”
  5. Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
  6. And if by grace, then it is no more of works; otherwise grace is no more grace.  But if it be of works, then it is no more grace; otherwise work is no more work.
  7. What then?  Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the the election had obtained it, and the rest were blinded. [Is 29:10]
  8. According as it is written, [Deut 29:4, Is 6:9] “G-d hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear.” unto this day.
  9. And David saith, [Ps 69:22] “Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumbling block, and a recompense unto them:
  10. Let their eyes be darkened that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.”
  11. I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall?  G-d forbid!  but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Goyim, for to provoke them to jealousy.
  12. Now, if the fall of them be riches of the world, and the diminishimg of them the richs of the Goyim, how much more their fullness?   [Jer 30:4, Zech :11]
  13. For I speak unto you Goyim inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Goyim, I magnify my office.
  14. If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh and might save some of them.
  15. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
  16. For if the first-fruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
  17. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatnes of the olive tree;
  18. Boast not against the branches.  But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
  19. Thou wilt say then, “The branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.”
  20. Well, because of unbelief they were broken off and thou standest by faith.  Be not high-minded but fear!
  21. For if G-d spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
  22. Behold, therefore, the goodness and severity of G-d; on them which it fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness if thou continue in His goodness; otherwise thou also shall be cut off.
  23. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in; for G-d is able to graft them in again.
  24. For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature and wert grafted contrary to nature into the good olive tree, how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
  25. As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes but as touching the election they are beloved for the fathers sakes.
  26. For the gifts and calling of G-d are without repentence.

OK, that’s enough scripture for now.  I will deal with works and grace, predestination, foreknowledge and election, etc. in another blog at a later date.  Note that the “wild olive tree branches”, meaning the Goyim or the Gentiles, were grafted INTO the true olive tree that is Judaism.  NOWHERE does Paul (nor any other apostle) say that there is to be a new religion to be called Christianity, nor Messianic Judaism nor anything like that.  No, rather he says that those who were NOT Jews shall be grafted into Judaism BECAUSE of their belief.  After all, the New Testament [Acts 11:26b] does say that it was in Antioch that the Schismatics were first called Christian, a Greek word for Messiah, or Messiahim or followers of the Messiah.  And history books seem to record that until that time the Jewish leaders referred to them as Schismatics, not as Messiahim of Messiah Jews – just a splinter of Judaism, like Reformed , Conservative, Hassadim or Lubavitch.

The MAIN point here is the so-called Christians today are actually nothing more than Jews who believe that Y’Shua was (and is) THE Messiah, the deliverer of Israel, not a whole new religion that would in later days persecute the very Jews that He came to save.    Y’Shua Himself said, [Matt 5:17] Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy but to fulfill.  [18] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled.  [19] Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Not one jot (a punctuation mark) nor one tittle (a flourish made on the first letter of each book or chapter that was decorative in nature only) would pass away until all be fulfilled.  Now most Christians say that the Law (Torah) was all fulfilled in Y’Shua.  I shan’t argue with that for I also believe it to be true.  But I will say that even though the Torah was fulfilled in Y’Shua that it can not be thrown out.  Did not G-d say through Malachi (Ch 3, v.6), “For I AM the LORD, I change not.”  I G-d does not change, then it would follow that what he said through Moshe, through Isaiah, through any of his prophets, that they are a covenant forever, not just for that time and period?  Y’Shua only repeated that when he said that the Torah would not change.

And again, in David’s Psalms 19:7, The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the souls; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making the wise the simple. [8] The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandments of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. [9] The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgements of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  [110] More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold.  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Remember, that Y’Shua kept all of the commandments; that all of the first century New Covenant apostles and disciples kept the commandments as best they could; not that they could obtain salvation through keeping the law, no one can, but that they might please G-d by being obedient.  As I told my son the other day, we don’t keep the law and the commandments because we HAVE to do so, we do this to please G-d.  G-d himself said that obedience is better than sacrifice and that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.

And, again, Y’Shua said to the 12 apostles, [Matt 10:5] These twelve Yshua sent forth, and commanded them saying, “Go not into the way of the Goyim, and into any city of  Samaria, enter ye not. [6] But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Yisrael.

And again, Y’shua talks with woman who wanted healing [Matt 15:22] And behold a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. [23] But He answered her not a word.  And his diciples came and besought saying, “Send her away; for she crieth after us.”  But he answered and said, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the House of Yisrael.”

And the passage continues where she rationalizes that even dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of the Master and Y’Shua marveled at her faith and her daughter was healed.  There are several lessons here but the one that I am pointing out is the Y’Shua was sent to the Jew first  and then to the Goyim.  All of that to say this:

The so-called Christian is a Jew who believes that Y’Shua is the Messiah who came and is to come again.  Acts 11:26 says, … “And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”  Not that they themselves called themselves Christians, but they were called Christians by others.  By others!  They themselves attended services on Friday night or Saturday morning in the temple or place of worship at home.  In Rome they met on the “Lord’s Day” – meaning Ascension Sunday – each week before work and had a very brief service and sang some hymns and then went to work.  This because the Jews who were in charge (the priests and others) of the Temple (Synagogue) of that day would not permit talking about Y’Shua in the temple itself.

There.  That should be enough to chat about for a while.  BTW, as to the question, “Can a Jew be a Christian?” that has been answered here as well.  A Christian IS A Jew and a Jew who accepts Y’Shua as the Messiah is a Christian.  Plain and simple.  Not a Christian-Jew nor a Jewish-Christian nor a Completed-Jew nor a Converted-Jew nor a Converted-Christian.  They are one and the same.  Salvation came to the Jew first and then to the Goyim.

SDG

Yaakov

November 21, 2009 - Posted by | Religion

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