Are Present Day Jews Automatically Saved?
"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of
Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and
riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an
John 12:15 "Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, thy
King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt."
To answer that question we can look at the scriptures.
There is a teaching in some Christian churches that today's Jews as
God's chosen people are automatically saved. This is not the case
according to scripture. If a Jew believes in God, but not the Son of
God, he is not saved. Even going back to the very first chapter of
the book of Genesis, we see that God refers to Himself as "us". He
is a Triune Being--the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit--yet He
is One God.
And God said, Let us make
man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion
over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the
cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that
creepeth upon the earth.
Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear, O Israel:
The LORD our God is one LORD"
Here we see exemplified, all three members of the
Godhead cited in Matthew 3:16-17:
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up
straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto
him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and
lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from
heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
was sent to the Gentiles, and Peter to the Jews to preach the
gospel. Even before this, we see Jesus while ministering here on the
earth proclaim the necessity of the Jew believing on
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of
the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will
have the light of life."
13 The Pharisees
challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your
testimony is not valid."
14 Jesus answered,
"Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I
know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea
where I come from or where I am going.
You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no
16 But if I do judge, my decisions are
right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent
17 In your own Law it is written that
the testimony of two men is valid.
18 I am
one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who
19 Then they asked him, "Where is
your father?" "You do not know me or my Father," Jesus replied. "If
you knew me, you would know my Father
20 He spoke these words while
teaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were
put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet
21 Once more Jesus said to them, "I am
going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin.
Where I go, you cannot come."
22 This made
the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, 'Where I
go, you cannot come'?"
23 But he continued,
"You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am
not of this world.
24 I told you that
you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one
I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."
In Romans 10, we see Paul describing his
anguish over the lost state of the Jewish unbeliever.
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that
they might be saved.
For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not
according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of
God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own
righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness
4 For Christ is the end of the law for
righteousness to every one that believeth.
Going back to Romans 9, the scriptures
What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue
righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;
31 but the people of Israel, who pursued
the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal.
32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by
faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling
it is written: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to
stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in
him will never be put to shame."
Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them
that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy
children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings,
and ye would not!
your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye
shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is
he that cometh in the name of the
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