A True Jew

Twice in the book of Revelation (2:9; 3:9), Jesus complains about those “who say they are Jews but are not.”  He took this matter very seriously.  While the term “Jew” may be an epithet to some, it is a badge of honor to Him.

In the consummate example of this dichotomy, Jesus was derided at His crucifixion as “The King of the Jews.”  He wears this badge proudly.  He rejoiced that He was able to suffer shame for the name of His Father, just as the apostles rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’ name (Acts 5:41).

Since He is King of the Jews, then don’t we all want to be Jews?  Of course!

Know then that through the resurrection of Christ and the opening of the heavens that occurred as a result, he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.  He is a Jew who is one inwardly and whose circumcision is of the heart (Romans 2:28-29).  That is, it is not the physical descendants of Abraham who are his seed but those who walk in the faith that he had (Romans 4).  Therefore, whether you are a Jew or Gentile in the flesh is irrelevant.  What counts with God is what you are in the spirit. 

If when you die, someone at your grave says, “Here lies a true Jew,” then nothing finer could be said about your life.  It is approaching what Jesus heard when He died (“King of the Jews”).

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, look to the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom .

3 Replies to “A True Jew”

  1. Is there a distinction between the true Judeans or Jews (the name Jews was first used in the 18th century) and the believing Gentiles? Jesus said in Matt. 8:5-13 that the sons of the Kingdom (meaning Jews) shall be cast forth in to the outer darkness and there shall be the weeping an the gnashing of teeth. Who are the true Jews who will inherit the new earth as spoken of in Revelations? I had understood that the “Jews” would reign on earth and the Christians would inherit the Kingdom of Heaven and could go back and forth to earth. What is your opinion?

    1. When in Romans 2:28-29, Paul says that “He is not a Jew who is one outwardly…but he is a Jew who is one inwardly…” we could just as easily substitute the word “Christian” for the word “Jew.” God doesn’t care about our labels; rather, He cares about whether we are living righteously.

      It doesn’t matter whether one identifies himself as Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist, or agnostic.  What matters is how moral one is in the sight of God.

      Jesus’ point in the passage you cited was that anyone who expects to receive the kingdom based on anything other than being proven worthy of it is going to be disappointed.  Everyone is going to heaven, but those who enter the kingdom of God in this life are most blessed of all.

      Religious Labels Don’t Mean Anything to God

      To My Jewish Friends

      To My Christian Friends

       

  2. THANK YOU….
    I MAY NOT BE JEWISH BY BLOOD; BUT I AM A JEW- THAT IS A MEMBER OF G-DS FAMILY ,THROUGH FAITH IN MESSIAH YESUA.

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