Politically Incorrect Statement #12
“...Salvation is of the jews”
Comment: This verse on the surface seems politically correct - but its interpretation is less about “the Jews” and speaks more about the Person who spoke this verse. Jesus of Nazareth traced His lineage through the tribes of Judah and Levi (Mary's tribes), and yes, Jews were still in possession of the scriptures, had knowledge of YHVH and were allowed usage of Jerusalem's temple (somewhat), but the Lord was speaking of Himself as the Savior who came out of that people as “the branch” (the meaning of Nazareth)*** and not as a reference to the Jews as a people, as in the phrase, “the chosen people.”
The kingdom of Judah no longer existed, i.e. a beacon of light for the Gentile world. They were vassals of the (unholy) Roman empire. Many have not read, that with the new covenant, it would be Christians who would be chosen - not those who remained behind rejecting the new covenant. Yes, Deut 14:2, Exod 19:5, Gen 17:7 speak of the Hebrews having been chosen but that presumed acceptance of Christ Jesus and His new covenant. Those who did choose Christ were indeed chosen - lineage no longer was a valid qualification.
The transfer of God's kingdom was made clear:
Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?"
(Ps 118) v.43 "Therefore say I to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. v.44 And whoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. v.45 And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard His parables, they perceived that He spoke of them."
Paul deals with this subject in Romans at length especially in chapter 9, but also in chapters 10 and 11 regarding righteousness attained by grace toward the Gentiles. The Jews hit a stumbling-block since they sought righteousness under the law. They should have followed Abraham's example: his faith was counted as righteousness - even prior to the covenant of circumcision. In truth, the lineage that most matters is that of the Messiah. He was born of Adam, 100% human, having no angelic taint. As Paul noted, He took on the nature of Abraham's children, not that of angels (Heb 2:16). People who label the present-day Jews as “the chosen people” because Christ Jesus is quoted as having said “Salvation is of the Jews” have taken John's verse out of context for years. The test? What will Jews tell me of Christ? Nothing, because having rejected Him, they can tell me nothing of the Father, and those who reject the Son “have not the Father” (1 John 2:23).
For those of you who love to point to Zech chapter 8 as proof in the end-times that salvation is still of the Jews via the verse: “...ten men shall cling to the skirt of a Jew”, download the study at the end of this essay for an eye-opener.