Salvation Is Of The Jews


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Salvation Is Of The Jews

  1. 1. “ Salvation is of the Jews” Rugby – 14 th June 2009
  2. 2. What did Jesus say? <ul><li>Jesus said to a Samaritan woman: “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.” John 4:22 </li></ul><ul><li>The context of this statement: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Jews did not mix with the Samaritans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Samaritans did not worship the one true God as revealed in the Bible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In false gods there is no hope </li></ul></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  3. 3. The futility of contemporary religions in the time of Jesus <ul><li>Isaiah 44:13-15 </li></ul><ul><li>“ The carpenter stretcheth out his rule;... He heweth him down cedars...Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.” </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  4. 4. ...and also in our own day <ul><li>The worship of material wealth and possessions </li></ul><ul><li>The worship of fame and the cult of celebrity </li></ul><ul><li>The desire for power and status </li></ul><ul><li>All just as futile... </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  5. 5. So what did Jesus mean? <ul><li>Jesus brought the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and salvation (Matthew 9:35) </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus’ coming was the fulfilment of the promise (covenant) made to Abraham (Luke 1:67-73) </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation is by association with those promises (Galatians 4:27-29) </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  6. 6. What were the promises? <ul><li>First made when Abram called out from Ur of the Chaldees (Genesis 12:1-3,7) </li></ul><ul><li>Repeated when he arrived in Canaan (Genesis 13:14-17) </li></ul><ul><li>Abraham received no inheritance (Acts 7:2-5) </li></ul><ul><li>But Abraham trusted in those promises (Romans 4:20-22) </li></ul><ul><li>Christ is the promised seed (Galatians 3:16) </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  7. 7. So salvation is of the Jews <ul><li>Abraham was the father of the Jews, through Isaac his son </li></ul><ul><li>The promises of salvation were made to Abraham and his descendants </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus was born a Jew, the promised seed </li></ul><ul><li>Through Jesus the promises to Abraham will be fulfilled </li></ul><ul><li>So through Jesus, God’s purpose will be fulfilled and all the nations of the earth will be blessed </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  8. 8. But where does this leave us? <ul><li>We are not Jews but Gentiles </li></ul><ul><li>So if we are not Jews how can we inherit the promises? </li></ul><ul><li>Are not Gentiles aliens to the Commonwealth of Israel? </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, we were but things have changed (Ephesians 2:11-13) </li></ul><ul><li>In Christ, a Jew is someone who is faithful and obedient (Romans 2:28-29) </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  9. 9. Salvation open to all in Christ <ul><li>“ For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek [Gentile] . </li></ul><ul><li>For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17 </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  10. 10. But salvation is conditional <ul><li>Only available through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:10-12) </li></ul><ul><li>Action is required if we are to have the hope of salvation (Acts 2:36-41) </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation is personal (Philippians 2:12) </li></ul><ul><li>Being in Christ is a life long commitment (1 Corinthians 15:57-58) </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  11. 11. Paul’s commitment <ul><li>“ Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11 </li></ul>Salvation is of the Jews
  12. 12. Salvation is of the Jews