A Jewish person can be absolutely sure they are going to heaven. God’s view of salvation for the Jewish people in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) is national and individual. This page will deal with individual salvation and how a Jewish person can be sure of heaven, from the Old Testament scriptures.
1. All individuals whether Jewish or non Jewish are not righteous and have sinned against God. A person’s righteousness is tested by comparing their goodness or righteousness against Gods righteousness.
Isaiah 64:6 “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.”
All individuals have sinned. In Gods sight no one is without sin. In comparison to God, who is perfect, the very best we can do comes nowhere close. Adam was created innocent (sinless but capable of being tempted)
2. Because God is holy and righteous and we are sinful and wicked, we are separated from a relationship with God. Adam and Eve were removed (separated) from the presence of God after their sin of disobedience in eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Sin separates us from God now and will for eternity. As sons of Adam we have all inherited a fallen sin nature.
Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”
3. The question every person, Jew or other, must answer is how can this separation be bridged so we can be forgiven of our sin and renew a right relationship with God. How will our sins be paid for?
Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.”
Atonement means to cover. Sin can only be covered by a blood sacrifice. All of the Old Testament animal blood sacrifices show us that God would only allow for sins to be paid for by the death of an innocent sacrifice in the place of the guilty sinner. Good works can never wash away our sin. No matter how hard you work you can never take away all your sin. Good works do not pay for sin, only a blood sacrifice does.
Jeremiah 2:22 “Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, the stain of your iniquity is before Me, declares the Lord GOD.”
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.”
God says it is possible for your sins to be washed away and be made pure as wool.
4. Who can provide a blood sacrifice for my sin so I can go to heaven?
Isaiah 43:11 “I, even I, am the LORD, and there is no savior besides Me.” Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation."
There is only one Savior. That savior is God himself. He is the only one you can trust in.
5. How will God be our savior and provide the blood payment for our sins?
Isaiah 53:5-8 “But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?”
In the Old Testament God foretells the way He would come to be the one to make the blood sacrifice for all human beings sin in their place whether they are Jew or Gentile. He Himself would take on flesh (Is. 9:6) and become a human being. As a human being and God in the same person, He could make a perfect sacrifice to pay for the sin of the whole world at one point in time. Jesus fulfilled these verses and became the sacrificial payment for our sin.
Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.”
The Messiah who was predicted 44 times (chart below) that would come one day in visible, personal form will be the one with the pierced hands and side. He will be recognized at that moment in time as Jesus the one who was God who took on flesh and died on the cross.
6. What must a Gentile or a Jew do to go to heaven?
Genesis 15:6 “Then he (Abraham) believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” Habakkuk 2:4 “Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.”
Romans 4:3-5 For what does the Scripture say? And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Now to the one who works, his wage is not reckoned as a favor, but as what is due. But to the one who does not work, but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.
How was Abraham saved? By faith, even before the law was ever given because he believed in the promise of God.
In the Old Testament God had the same requirements for salvation as in the New Testament. Salvation was by personal, individual faith in the Messiah as their personal, individual savior who would come and make the complete sacrifice. This resulted in the individual knowing God and being saved.
No person whoever they may be can be saved by trusting in his own work for salvation. When a Jewish per- son believes that Jesus was the Messiah who paid for their own personal sin they begin a relationship with God and are given the gift of eternal life just like a Gentile.
Romans 10:8-13 But what does it say? "THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART"--that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, "WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. (Quoted from Isa. 28:16) For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."
A Jew who believes in Jesus remains a Jew because he is a Jew by physical birth. That can never change. What changes is his spiritual life. Instead of being spiritually dead, he is now spiritually alive and has eternal life, the Holy Spirit and a right relationship with God.
QUESTION – Right now, whether you are a Jew or a Gentile, will you put 100% of your trust in (believe in) Jesus Christ as your Savior? Yes ___ No ___
John 3:17-18 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
QUESTION – If you have believed in and trusted in Him, do you have eternal life? Yes ___ No ___
"I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels." Jesus Revelation 3:5
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