Grafted Into God's Chosen People
January 30, 2023
I shared how Jesus said he only came for the lost sheep of Israel and not the Gentiles. God sent his Son to preach to the Jews because his covenant was made with only the children of Abraham.
But this all changed when Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and not just for the Jews which made it possible for God to make a new covenant with everyone and receive eternal life.
Hebrews teaches that God’s 1st covenant was with the Jews when they obeyed his laws, but now we have a new priest in Jesus from the tribe of Judah and not Levi so there has be a change to the old law and a new covenant with God that gives eternal life for both Jews and Gentiles that believes in Jesus. They are now God’s chosen people, not by genealogy but by faith in Jesus.
In Acts, it teaches that after Jesus went home to be with his Father there were only 120 Jewish disciples of Jesus that remained together. The remaining Jews still did not believe in Jesus where not God’s chosen people unless they accepted Jesus as their God, Savior, and Lord.
Paul said God still did not reject the Jews if they repented.
Romans 11: 1 I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don't you know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah--how he appealed to God against Israel: "Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me"? 4 And what was God's answer to him? "I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal."5 So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 7 What then? What Israel sought so earnestly it did not obtain, but the elect did. The others were hardened, 8 as it is written: "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes so that they could not see and ears so that they could not hear, to this very day." 9 And David says: "May their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them. 10 May their eyes be darkened so they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever." 11 Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. 12 But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring!
Paul teaches that God did not reject all the Jews when they rejected his Son because by his grace there will be a remanent of Jews that he has chosen who will repent and follow Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They are his elect, his chosen and will be saved.
But there still will be Jews who God has put in a stupor having eyes that do not see or ears that do not hear Jesus’ message and receive him as their Messiah, King and God.
Peter sent to be the apostle to preach to the Jews to change their heart and repent and believe in Jesus and be saved,
Acts 3: 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. 17 "Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you--even Jesus. 21 He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.' 24 "Indeed, all the prophets from Samuel on, as many as have spoken, have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, 'Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.' 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways."
As believers of Jesus as our God, Lord and Savior we cannot not agree with those who follow Judaism or Islam as having the same belief in the same God. I have heard pastors say these religions believe in the same God which cannot be true if they reject Jesus who said his name is “I Am”, God All Mighty.
Only Jews and Gentiles who accept Jesus as the Son of God, one with to the Father as their Savior and Lord are joined together and become the one body of Christ. The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament and his name is Jesus, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Moses said if the Jews did not listen to Jesus, they would be cutoff from God. So, never condone or compromise other beliefs that reject Jesus as their God, Savior, and Lord because they would not compromise theirs for Jesus for who he really is.
Romans 11: 13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I make much of my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.
Paul wanted to save his fellow Jews by making them feel envious of the freedom that the Gentile believers had in Christ that they would repent and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior and be saved. That is what we should also want for the Jews to come to Jesus and not remain in the darkness.
Romans 11:15 For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 If the part of the dough offered as first fruits is holy, then the whole batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in." 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant but be afraid. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. 22 Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. 24 After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!
Paul wants Gentile believer to remember because the Jews rejected Jesus it opened the door for the whole world to be reconciled back to God. Paul said it would be sin to boast or be arrogant about our salvation over those who refuse Christ, but we must always be fearfully thankful to God because he can also remove us who are unnatural branch that has been grafted into Christ to be cut off for our disobedience and how easily it would be to regraft a Jew who is a natural branch if they should repent to Jesus.
So, like Peter and Paul who loved their fellow Jews and want them to repent to Jesus and not perish. Our future hope is not seeking prophetic signs of things happening in Israel, but to seek what Jesus wants for the Jews to repent and not perish when he does return.
Be safe in Jesus, Ps. Glenn.