The phrase "Jews for Jesus" has a nice ring to it, due to the alliteration and all. But the fact is that ALL JEWS are for Jesus! Only those who believe in Jesus can legitimately call themselves Jews, according to the Scripture. According to the Scripture, there is NO SUCH THING as a Jew who is NOT for Jesus! So, the phrase "Jews for Jesus" is kind of redundant.
Scripture makes it crystal clear to us who is a Jew, and who is not:
Romans 2: 28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
In the first century, there were those who claimed to be Jews, but were not. Jesus had these harsh words for them:
Revelation 2: 9... I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. ("Satan" simply means "adversary", and it was a term used in the New Testament to refer to enemies of the gospel and God's people.)
In fact, to be a Jew, or part of "Israel," is to be a new creation in Christ:
Galatians 6: 14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
Scripture also clearly identifies "the Seed of Abraham", to whom all God's promises belong:
Galatians 3: 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham...16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ... 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Isaiah prophesied that when the Messiah came to redeem His people by forgiving their sins, Jerusalem would be called "The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel" (Isaiah 60). Scripture tells us plainly and irrefutably that "the city of the Lord" and "Zion" is the church of Jesus Christ:
Hebrews 12: 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
So, regardless of your nationality, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you should feel free to call yourself a "Jew for Jesus". Or, to avoid superfluous redundancy, it would be entirely accurate to simply call yourself a "Jew"
Peace to you, the "Israel of God,"
Question: When Jesus spoke of "the light of the world" and a "city set on a hill," he was referring to:
A) His church
B) The United States of America
According to a spokesman for John Hagee's organization "Christians United for Israel," the answer is B) the United States of America:
"America is a shining city on the hill ordained by God. We have that tradition right here in America, and we do see Israel's promise in the Scripture"
Where did he even get the phrase "shining city on the hill?"
Jesus said to His disciples,
Matthew 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Compare it also, to this description of a "shining city," which is the church:
Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
So, this spokesman for John Hagee's influential organization "Christians United for Israel" is taking a description of the church, the body of Christ, from the Bible, and applying it to the United States of America! And how many thousands of Christians are following this?
I have been married to my loving husband Keith for 26 years. We have three beautiful and brilliant children, ages 24, 22 and 20. Nothing cheers my heart more than having them all at home, yet nothing is more satisfying to my mind than watching them grow from afar. My personal passion is theology: the knowledge and experience of the Truth and Mercy found only in the person and work of Jesus Christ, and displayed in the lives and communion of His people. My husband and I love to travel, and because our children are often out and about in the world, we get lots of opportunities to see it! And we also love to fill our home with friends who love us, and love our wine collection.