Jews on the Inside

The first five books of the Bible contain God’s laws for how his people should live. There is reference to the animals that were used for sacrifice in Jewish worship. God expected them to do everything exactly as he said. However, it is most interesting that God also said that what he established was for the members of the congregation and also the stranger (non-Jew) that sojourned with them. That means, other than Jews were part of the corporate worship within the congregation. (Numbers 15: 15-16) God was so strict about how the sacrifices were to be made that as punishment he killed the two sons of Eli the priest when they did it wickedly.

There is an interesting contrast to God’s expectations. In 1 Samuel 15: 22 he said, “to obey is better than sacrifice.” In Proverbs 21: 3 God said, “To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” In Hosea 6: 6, it says, “I desired mercy, not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” God’s expectation of us then and now is that whatever we perform as part of worship it must be with a dedicated contrite heart.

No one could speak with more authority about faith than the Apostle Paul who was a Pharisee, was a Jew by heritage, and called himself a Pharisee of the Pharisees. He wrote to a church in Galatia which was located in what we now call Asia Minor. He wrote to these believers about the purity of doctrine and the purity of conduct. He furthered the argument of the faith by telling them that Abraham, the father of the Hebrew nation, was considered a man that had justification that came by faith. In the same way, believers then and now are justified before God because of faith in Christ. (Galatians 2: 16)

He makes a bold statement that whether a person is Jewish by birth or a Gentile by birth, they both and equally belong to the family of God. Some people have Jewish blood running in their veins and some people do not. No longer does that make a difference to God! Paul said, “know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. (Galatians 3: 7) Furthermore, we who know Jesus Christ as personal Savior, whether Jew or Gentile, are justified through faith. God said to Abraham, “In thee shall all nations be blessed.” (Galatians 3: 8)

Paul declared that our justification before God is because of faith in Christ.  Galatians 3: 14, 22)

Allow me to conclude by quoting Galatians 3: 26-29 that confirms we are Jews on the inside not because of keeping the law but because of our faith in Christ as our Savior. These verses are very plain and without dispute.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek (non-Jew), 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, then are ye are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

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