In the passage below, we learn that the Jewish people persecuted the Lord Jesus Christ because He had performed a miracle on the Sabbath day. They were extremely upset and, as a result, they “sought to slay Him!” They were very religious people, but they missed and rejected the true Messiah Jesus when He came.
The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. And therefore did the JEWS PERSECUTE JESUS, and SOUGHT TO SLAY HIM, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. But JESUS answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the JEWS sought the more to KILL HIM, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that GOD WAS HIS FATHER, making himself EQUAL WITH GOD. (John 5:15-18)
Things got even worse at that point for Jesus because He claimed that God was His Father. The Jewish people “sought the more to kill Him” because they knew that He was making Himself EQUAL with God. The majority of religious Jewish people, in the world today, do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. [That is probably true of the Gentiles also.] The majority of secular non-religious Jewish people do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God either. If a Jewish person DOES in fact believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and they have been born again of the Spirit, then they are part of the same Kingdom as any other Christian. The scriptures tell us the following:
Let this mind be in you, which was also in CHRIST JESUS: Who, being in the form of GOD, thought it NOT robbery to be EQUAL with GOD: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore GOD also hath highly exalted him, and given him a NAME which is ABOVE EVERY NAME: That at the NAME of JESUS every KNEE should BOW, of things in HEAVEN, and things in EARTH, and things UNDER THE EARTH; And that EVERY TONGUE should CONFESS that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of GOD the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11)
Jesus did not think that it was robbery to be equal with God. In other words, Jesus thought Himself to be equal with God. If Jesus Christ was not equal with God, then it would have been robbery indeed! The scriptures tell us that Jesus humbled Himself, actually taking on the “fashion of a man” becoming like us, and then He went and died on the cross. Jesus, the Son of God, was then exalted by the Father and given a name ABOVE every other name. The passage then goes on to say that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. That last statement is actually a quote from the prophet Isaiah:
Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, ye that are escaped of the nations: they have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image, and pray unto a god that cannot save. Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the LORD? and there is no God else beside me; a just GOD and a SAVIOUR; there is NONE BESIDE ME. Look unto me, and be ye SAVED, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me EVERY KNEE SHLL BOW, EVERY TONGUE SHALL SWEAR. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the SEED of ISRAEL be JUSTIFIED, and shall glory. (Isaiah 45:20-25)
Folks, there is coming a day and that right quickly, when every person who has ever existed is going to come to the realization that Jesus Christ was and is in fact who He said He was. The passage above tells us that the Lord has sworn by Himself in righteousness and His word is absolutely infallible. It cannot return void. [Isaiah 55:11] Whenever you read a passage such as the one above, you need to take it seriously because it is sure to come to pass! The passage tells us that ” … In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified …”
And that means that every single person, whether Jewish or Gentile, who has put their faith in Jesus Christ will be justified and reconciled to God, because of what Christ has done on the cross for us.
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 [Gentile], 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)
There will be absolutely no hope for those who have rejected Jesus Christ during their lifetime. If a person dies without Christ they simply die in their sins [and end up in Hell] as Jesus told us. It does not matter whether they are Jewish or Gentile.
If a person has put their faith in Jesus Christ [for real] then they have been made right with God, and are justified by faith, and by His blood. [Romans 5:1-9] It does not matter whether they are Jewish or Gentile.
The “seed of Israel” is simply describing the true “Israel of God” [Galatians 6:14-16] which is made up of Jewish and Gentile believers in Christ since the beginning of time. There is only ONE righteousness that God acknowledges, and that is the righteousness which comes by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you miss that then you miss salvation.
Once again I warn you to FLEE from the FALSE TEACHERS who tell you that there are DIFFERENT and DISTINCT plans of SALVATION for the JEWISH and the GENTILE people. This is one of SATAN’S craftiest DELUSIONS, that has ever come down the pike, and an absolute insult to what CHRIST has done on the cross.