Salvation Is From The Jews

On Saturday afternoon, September 2nd, I brought a teaching titled “Salvation Is From The Jews” in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This teaching addresses how the leaven of anti-Semitism is fed by misconceptions about salvation and the coming of the Messiah. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, reminds us to remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (Ephesians 2:12). Only through Christ are Gentiles reconciled into a relationship with God; this is the basis of Christian faith. For the Jews, salvation is included in God’s covenant with Abraham and Israel. The drive of Christianity to bring salvation to the Jews is misplaced and is based on a lack of revelation of God’s covenant with the Jews. That drive only serves to further the division between us.

Within the heart and history of Judaism, there is a deep longing and anticipation for the day of the Messiah. As in the days when Christ was on earth, neither Gentile nor Jew can claim to fully understand His manifestation or how He will establish His Kingdom. Nevertheless, the promise of His Kingdom and His presence on earth is found in both the Hebraic and Greek testaments. Together with the Jews, we as Gentiles should be crying for the days of the Messiah to come quickly.

Lord, forgive us for our lack of understanding and for the anti-Semitism that, motivated by jealousy, tries to replace the Jews. Bring oneness between the hearts of Christians and Jews. Let us strive to find a oneness of faith, a oneness of belief, and a common cry of heart to pray, “Father, release the day of the Messiah. Bring forth Your Kingdom on this earth today, as it is in heaven.”

This teaching is part of a series, “Our Revelation And Relationship With The State Of Israel, Judaism, And The Jewish People.”