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Ask The Pastor

July 10, 2001

William,

Your questions:

> My question is from your response regarding Some Questions about Jews
> from December 16 1998. Particularly your response on whether Jews will
> go to heaven. Esentially your answer is no based on one's acceptance of
> Jesus as the Son of God. 
[EDITOR'S NOTE: That article is at 
http://www.ChristianChallenge.org/ask/002jordan.shtml ]

Did you mean to say that my answer was based on one's acceptance of Jesus as the Son of God?

> I have always been taught the following...in the old Testament God
> establishes a covenant with the Jews to the effect that they are His
> chosen people.

There are several covenants in the Old Testament. The covenant of Moses is simply one of them.

> It is further established that God never breaks a covenant.

It is true that God never breaks a covenant. When a covenant has served its purpose, it is no longer in force. This is the case with the covenant of Moses. A primary purpose of the covenant of Moses was to bring the people to the Messiah. Once Messiah had come, the covenant of Moses had served its purpose.

Jesus said, "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it." (Luke 16:16)

> If this is the case, how than are we to presume that the Jews are
> not to be admitted to God's Kingdom?

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me." He also said to the Jews, "Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." (Cf. John 14:6; John 8:24)

> Would this not result in the breaking of his covenant with them?
> Is there further scripture I am unaware of? Please expound...

When you go back to the Old Testament, you hear the prophet say that God is going to give a new covenant. And this new covenant would not be like the covenant of Moses. (Cf. Jeremiah 31:31)

Moses himself pointed to Jesus, and said that if the people did not believe in Him, they would be cut off. (Deut18:15)

One thing that may help you is to understand that the Covenant of Moses was made with a nation. It had to do with a land, and it contained literally hundreds of laws that could only be fulfilled as long as the nation existed, and the temple was in place. It was in 70 AD, that the temple was destroyed and the peoples scattered everywhere. This shows in itself that the former covenant is not long in force.

If there is a question in particular that I can help you with, feel free to ask it.

Our ministry also has an educational forum that you are welcome to join. (For Christians only.) It deals with the Hebraic roots of our faith. You can view it at:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hebraic-Foundations

Hope this helps.

Shalom in Christ,

Buddy

Bro. Buddy Martin - Ask the Pastor

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Lawrence "Buddy" Martin
email: Bro.Buddy@ChristianChallenge.org
Web: http://www.ChristianChallenge.org

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