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Are Jews who believe in Jesus still Jews?
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times, from both Jews and Christians: “If you believe in Jesus, you’re no longer Jewish. You were Jewish. You’re not Jewish anymore.”
Actually, I am Jewish and I do believe in Jesus.
You can call me a Messianic Jew.
You can call me a Jewish Christian.
I am, most certainly, both.
Christians - Paul - Words - Galatians - Point
Christians will often quote Paul’s famous words from Galatians 3:28 to buttress their point. There Paul wrote, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (KJV).
Using this same logic, a man who believes in Jesus is no longer a man and a woman who believes in Jesus is no longer a woman. Or a slave who believes in Jesus is no longer a slave and a free person who believes in Jesus is no longer a free person.
Days - Paul - Moment - Slave - Master
It would also mean, going back to the days of Paul, that the moment a slave became a Christian, he could inform his master that he was no longer a slave and would be leaving post haste.
This wrong reading of Galatians 3:28 would also bring into question why Paul actually gave specific directives to men and to women, to husbands and to wives, to slaves and to masters. Why do this if these distinctions no longer existed?
Course - Jews - Gentiles - Men - Women
Of course there are still Jews and Gentiles, men and women, slaves and free.
Paul’s point was that, in Jesus, there is no caste system and no class system, no one higher and no lower. Every believer is equally a child of God, equally forgiven and loved by the Father, equally a member of Christ’s body, equally a priest to God, equally a branch of the Vine.
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