We are living in a day where there is much confusion regarding the issue of salvation, and who is going to Heaven and who is going to Hell. Not only that, but when it comes to the topic of Israel, we have the modern day Christian Zionists, who will lead many to believe that the people of Israel still continue to be the chosen people of God, in spite of their rejection of Jesus the Christ (Messiah). If a person would simply study the Gospel accounts, and listen to the words of Jesus himself, then their spiritual eyes would be opened up. That is of course if they truly believe the words of Christ himself. When we study the scriptures, we will find that it is a spiritual IMPOSSIBILITY for a person to reject Jesus and still be saved. It could not be any clearer than how the scriptures present it to us. Let us take a look at some of the statements from Jesus Christ himself.
Then said JESUS again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in YOUR SINS: whither I go, ye cannot come. Then said the JEWS, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in YOUR SINS: for IF YE BELIEVE NOT that I am he, ye shall die in YOUR SINS. (John 8:21-24)
In this passage Jesus was talking with the religious Jewish people of his day, and he told them that if they did not believe in him, then they would die in their sins. That statement by Jesus is still in effect today, and it has not changed one bit. The majority of Jewish people throughout the world, including those residing in the modern day State of Israel, refuse to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, and according to Jesus, they will die in their sins without him.
Here is another statement from Jesus Christ to the religious Jewish people of his day:
Search the scriptures; for in them YE THINK ye have ETERNAL LIFE: and they are they which TESTIFY OF ME. And ye WILL NOT come to ME, that ye might have life. (John 5:39-40)
In this powerful portion of scripture, the Lord is basically telling them that their own scriptures (including Moses and the prophets) testified about himself, and yet they would not come to him, that they might have life (eternal). Once again, it is made so very clear by Jesus, that the Jewish people who rejected him, were VOID of the eternal life that he offered to them. In plain English, a person who rejects Jesus Christ, and dies in their sins, will end up in Hell, and it does not matter if they are Jewish or Gentile. Once again I tell you that it is IMPOSSIBLE for a people to be the CHOSEN of God, and yet reject Jesus, the Son, whom God has sent. After Jesus Christ rose from the dead, he told his followers in no uncertain terms, that his death and resurrection were a FULFILLMENT of what Moses and the prophets had already foretold!
They answered and said unto him, Abraham is OUR FATHER. JESUS saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to KILL ME, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have ONE FATHER, even GOD. 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. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of YOUR FATHER the DEVIL, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a LIAR, and the father of it. (John 8:39-44)
The Jews felt very comfortable with their lineage, and their relation to Abraham, one of the “fathers of the faith”. They completely MISSED the truth that Jesus Christ was the promised “seed” (descendant of Abraham). Jesus told the Jews that they would have LOVED him when he came, IF God were truly their father! Not only that but Jesus told them that the Devil was their father. That was some pretty heavy language that Jesus used with his own Jewish people during his time here on earth!
And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be FULFILLED, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning ME. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached IN HIS NAME among all nations, beginning at JERUSALEM. (Luke 24:36-47)
The apostle John put it this way:
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)
That passage shows us that it is IMPOSSIBLE to be in a right relationship with God, and yet reject the record (testimony) that God gave of his own Son. It tells us that those who do NOT believe the record, that God gave of his Son Jesus, make him out to be a LIAR. John told us that ETERNAL LIFE was found in the Son of God, whom the Jewish people reject (for the most part). The Jewish people DO NOT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE, according to the scriptures, because they do NOT believe in the Son of God. Jesus Christ said this:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24)
Jesus the Messiah also said this:
He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. (Luke 10:16)
Jesus made it clear that those who despise any preacher of the Gospel, are actually despising him, and his Father, at the same time!
He that BELIEVETH on the Son hath EVERLASTING LIFE: and he that BELIEVETH NOT the Son shall not see life; but the WRATH OF GOD abideth on him. (John 3:36)
The Jewish person who REJECTS the Lord Jesus Christ, has the WRATH of God abiding upon them, in the exact same way, that any UNBELIEVING Gentile (non-Jewish) person has the WRATH of God abiding on them. Do not be deceived by the smooth talking preachers of our day. They will vacuum the money right out of your wallets and pocketbooks, while they are telling you lies with a smile on their face. Take the time to study the scriptures for yourself, and do not support those who are preaching a message that is contrary to the message of Jesus Christ. The words which the Jewish apostle Peter spoke to the people of ISRAEL in his time, still stand true today, and the preacher dare not water down, sugarcoat or diminish these words to please man!
Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of ISRAEL, that by the name of JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, WHOM YE CRUCIFIED, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there SALVATION in any other: for there is NONE OTHER NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be SAVED. (Acts 4:10-12)