This article is written to show you what the scriptures teach regarding those who would be called the “BLESSED” in the sight of Almighty God. We are living in a day where people still insist that the Jewish people are BLESSED, while they continue to REJECT Jesus Christ as their Messiah, Lord and Saviour. People have been bamboozled by the famous television pastors, preachers and book authors of our day who throw out the following verse as their proof text, as if that was the FINAL word regarding the Jewish people.
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:3)
When you hear that verse (as I often have), please remember that all things have been FULFILLED in Jesus Christ. The New Covenant (Testament) must be our guide. Do not let them fool you with their twisting of the scriptures. Remember that the Lord spoke to us before by the prophets, but now by His Son!
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Not only that but the Bible declares that those who do NOT believe in the Son, have made God a LIAR! The best way for any Christian to truly BLESS Israel, would be for them to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them, lest they perish in their sins. That is the true LOVE of God toward the people of Israel. To hold joint Zionism meetings with UNSAVED Jewish people who preach their political Zionistic message to true Christians is spiritual INSANITY! The true Christians in the audience should rise up, and start preaching the Gospel to the unsaved Jewish man (or woman), as well as the bogus”minister” who brought them in!
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:9-12)
I have some good news for my fellow believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus is on your side and he has your back. That is all you need to know. God is on your side.
1] God The Father Loves Those Who Believe In His Son!
There is great comfort in knowing that you have been accepted and received by the Father, because you have accepted and received the Son, whom He sent. Your blessing from God, is not determined by your blessing the nation of Israel. In fact the ultimate promise to Abraham, that he would be a “father of many nations,” had everything to do with that very promise being fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He (Jesus) was the “promised seed” (descendant) and everything must be tied in with Jesus Christ. After Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he told his followers that the Gospel would be preached at Jerusalem, and among all nations. (Luke 24:44-48) That was (and is) the fulfillment of the promise given to Abraham, that he would be the “father of many nations” (Genesis 17:4-5) True believers know without a doubt that they have NOT replaced Israel, but they have become part of the only true Israel of God! (Galatians 6:14-16) They have joined hands with the true Jewish believers in Jesus Christ.
For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father. (John 16:27-28)
2] Those With Faith In Jesus Christ Are Blessed In God’s Sight!
Do you really want to KNOW who are the BLESSED in the sight of Almighty God? Then read the following passage of scripture:
“Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples, And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And BLESSED IS HE, whosoever shall NOT be OFFENDED in ME.“ Matthew 11:2-6
The passage above records a situation, where John the Baptist, the forerunner to Jesus Christ wanted to make sure that Jesus was in fact the promised Messiah. This is a beautiful passage of scripture and it lends great validity to the truth of the scriptures. Jesus immediately told the disciples of John to inform him about the miracles that were being done by him, and that the gospel was being preached to the poor. Why did Jesus do that? Because he knew that John the Baptist was well acquainted with the scriptures, and that the coming Messiah was prophesied to do the very things which Christ was doing. (Isaiah 29:18, 35:4-6, 42:6-7, 61;1-3, 66:2)
The majority of Jewish people, and the majority of Gentiles also, are absolutely OFFENDED by Jesus Christ. The majority of people in the world refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way of salvation. (John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12) So according to the scriptures, ALL of those people who are OFFENDED by Jesus Christ CANNOT be BLESSED in the sight of Almighty God! How could it be possible for a person to be BLESSED, while continuing to reject, the one whom the FATHER sent into this world. Not only that, but the majority of those people who are OFFENDED by Jesus Christ still claim God as their father! Jesus Christ had an answer to those people though:
“Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.” John 8:42
Jesus Christ made it abundantly clear that IF God were truly their Father, then they would LOVE HIM! Why? Because God is the one who sent him in the first place!
If you want to know who is blessed in the sight of Almighty God, then you need only read the scriptures.
Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (Galatians 3:6-9)
There is only one group throughout the entire world that would be called righteous in the sight of Almighty God. Did you know that? Do you realize that if you have never recognized your own need for salvation in Jesus Christ, that you have zero righteousness in his sight? Do you realize that the wrath of God is upon you at this very moment? (Read John 3:36) That would apply to any person, Jewish or Gentile throughout the world. Those who are trusting in their own righteous “keeping of the Law” will be found guilty in the sight of God.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
The following passage of scripture should be a real eye opener for you, because the Jewish apostle Paul tells us who the real children of God are.
For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:26-29)
The Jewish apostle Paul could not have made it any clearer than he did right here. A child of God is a person who has placed their faith in Jesus Christ period! Jesus is the Son of God, who was sent from the Father above to save our souls. It is spiritually IMPOSSIBLE for a person to get saved in any other way. Then Paul explained that there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek (Gentile). If there is NO DIFFERENCE between the Jew and the Gentile in the sight of God, then trust me, this argument about replacing Israel is utter nonsense in God’s sight also! It is only those who belong to Jesus Christ, that can be called the seed (descendant) of Abraham. That includes ALL Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus Christ. That group, and that group alone are considered “children of God”in his sight! The true Christians in this group know full well that the Jewish people need to be SAVED, and their focus is not on returning them to a piece of property over in the Middle East, but on giving them the Gospel, with the opportunity for salvation, no matter where they live in the world!.
Almighty God sees the present nation of Israel, as a nation made up of people who need to repent and believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ! (Mark 1:15) That was true almost two thousand years ago, and that is still true today. Nothing has changed as far as that is concerned. The true Gospel has been preached all over the world, and people have been getting saved all over the world. Some of those people are Jewish by nature, and some of those people are Gentiles. They simply put their faith in Jesus Christ, after they recognized their spiritual LOST condition.
The blessing of Abraham is available for all people throughout the world. They have a choice to make, but nobody else can make that choice for them! Many refuse to “convert” to Jesus Christ because their parents, relatives or “friends” would object. Please remember that we are talking about Heaven and Hell here. You are either redeemed by the perfect atoning blood that Jesus shed on the cross, or you are still in an unrepentant sinful state, dead in your own sins. (John 8:24) The only people in Heaven are those who realize that they were redeemed by the BLOOD of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. (John 1:29)
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast REDEEMED us to God by thy BLOOD out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (Revelation 5:9)
3] The Majority Of Jewish People Reject Jesus Christ
The Lord Jesus Christ was not received by the majority of Jewish people in his time, and that still holds true for today. That can also be said, in all fairness of the Gentile people. The majority of Gentiles do not accept Jesus Christ either. In fact churches are filled with people who name the name of Jesus Christ, but those same people would never agree with the scriptures which declare that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. (John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12)
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:11-12)
4] True Believers Have Been Grafted Into The Good Olive Tree
The Gentile believers in Jesus Christ have been grafted into the good olive tree, which would be the believing Jewish believers. There is only one good olive tree, and any person, whether they be Jewish or Gentile has the same opportunity to be grafted into that tree. Keep in mind though that Jesus Christ proclaimed himself to be the true vine (John 15:1), and ultimately the Spirit flows outward from the Lord. If a person rejects the true vine, who is Christ then there is absolutely no hope for them. The “church” has therefore not “replaced” Israel as some “Christian Zionists” love to argue, but they have simply been grafted into that one good olive tree of faithful believers. The Gospel train (with Jesus as the Captain) of true and faithful believers has been traveling since the beginning of time, and we (Gentile believers) just got on board that “True Vine Railroad Train”.
For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree? (Romans 11:24)
There is only ONE good olive tree, and that is the very tree that the believing Gentiles have been grafted into. There are not two separate “peoples of God” as some people like to teach.
5] True Believers Make Up The Only True Israel Of God
True believing Gentiles and Jews, have been circumcised in the spirit, and they are all part of the only true Israel, that Almighty God recognizes today. That is a theme that you will find preached in the New Testament (Covenant) which most definitely supersedes the Old Covenant. If you miss this, then you miss the whole meaning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The true Israel of God is made up of both Jewish and Gentile believers in Jesus Christ. Nobody has replaced anybody else. The Gentile believer has responded to the Gospel call, and the Jewish believer has responded to that very same call! The modern day church is not an afterthought, nor was it God’s second choice, nor is it a mere “parenthesis” as some falsely teach!
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-13)
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (Romans 2:28-29)
The Jewish apostle Paul wrote those words above, and he gave us the definition of a Jew. He made it ever so clear that the physical circumcision meant nothing, but the spiritual circumcision meant everything. That same apostle Paul, boasted in the Lord, and the cross, and not Israel.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. (Galatians 6:14-16)
The apostle Paul knew that his fellow country men in the flesh (the Jewish people) who received not the Lord Jesus Christ would be lost for eternity. (Romans 9:1-6) Paul knew that they had the law, but he also knew that they missed the whole thing, when they rejected Jesus Christ. The Christian Zionist who declares that the “Replacement Theologians” do not love the Jewish people, and therefore cannot be true Christians are so far off, that it is ridiculous. The “Christian Zionism” movement is a political movement, and a very cultish movement in my opinion, and it has ensnared millions in our time. A person who has never been born again of the Spirit, has NEVER had that “spiritual circumcision” of the heart done in them, and they remain in a spiritually LOST condition! There are even millions in Christian churches, who have never been born again of the Spirit of the living God! That is why Jesus told the Jewish ruler about his own need for that NEW BIRTH! It is not too late to get saved.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. (John 3:6-7)
The spiritual NEW BIRTH is every bit as real as our physical birth into this world. The Lord was not impressed with the man Nicodemus, and he is not impressed with anybody else either. (Jewish or Gentile) The word still stands today, that YOU must be born again. Here is a very good scripture for the TRUE believers in Jesus Christ to take hold of:
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (Isaiah 26:3-4)