When speaking to Jewish people today, many of them ask the question stated above. They wonder if it is possible to believe in Yeshua and remain Jewish, because they think they may no longer be Jewish.
When we study the Bible we find this question is answered. The Bible as a whole testifies that Yeshua has come to the Jews first and there is no doubt that Jews can believe in Yeshua and remain Jewish.
Yeshua Himself was a Jew and remained a Jew. He said to the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well: “Salvation is of the Jews” (John 4:22). If the Messiah says that salvation is of the Jews why should anyone doubt being Jewish and believing in Yeshua as Messiah? Let us not forget that the first believers were all Jewish.
Yet down the centuries these words have been usually glossed over and ignored by the Church. That is why it needs to be remembered again and again that the LORD God declares :
1. Israel is ‘the apple of His eye’ (Zechariah 2:8);
2. He chose Israel to be a special and holy people, and to be a peculiar treasure unto Him (Deut. 7:6-7; 14:2; Exod. 19:5);
3. He loves Israel with an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3);
4. He promised to make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah (Jer. 31:31-37). Beside there are other promises and covenants which have never been rescinded or abrogated. Remember what Paul says: “Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen” (Rom. 9:4).
5. Yeshua Ha-Mashiach was and is Jewish (Isa. 11:10; Matt. 1:1; Hebr. 13:8; Rev. 5:5)
6. The Holy Scriptures were written by Jewish prophets and apostles under the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, as Paul says in Rom. 3:1,2: “What advantage then hath the Jew? Or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.”
7. The Gospel of Christ is to the Jew first, as the apostle Paul states in Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believed; to the Jew first and also to the Gentile.”
This Biblical evidence has been a great comfort to many Jewish people who came to know Yeshua as Messiah. Among them are Simon and Eveline Anvoner, Jewish believers in Yeshua. They believe the Biblical message and have seen the LORD working among their own people. When they came to know Yeshuah as Messiah there were fewer Jewish believers but as time went on they saw the number of Jewish believers growing.
They wrote us:
“Eveline and I have been Jewish believers for 72 years, and we have been married for 63 years. For a good proportion of the 72-year period there was an extreme dearth of fellow Jewish believers. Our faith in the LORD has been Biblically based and we have always loved the LORD with all our heart, soul and might, since our youth. For so many years we faced ostracism, criticism, ridicule, etc. Sometimes we felt as though we were swimming against the tide; but praise the LORD, for it was His enabling power that maintained us in our God given faith.
We thank the LORD that the tide is turning, for we have witnessed that especially during the past three decades the Lord raises up myriads of Jewish believers worldwide. Today there are at least 200 American Messianic Jewish Congregations. Furthermore, congregations with Jewish believers are beginning to spring up in a number of countries in different parts of the world. There is no doubt that today the growth of the number of Jewish believers is spreading like fire. We would not be the least surprised if there were at least one million Jewish believers in the early part of the 21st century. Quite possibly we are now witnessing the emergence of a great Jewish revival, but only time will tell.”