Ask The Pastor
July 10, 2001
> 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
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
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has served its purpose, it is no longer in force.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:
Hope this helps.
Shalom in Christ,
Bro. Buddy Martin - Ask
Lawrence "Buddy" Martin
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