MembersConversion of the Jews

Must Jews, like Gentiles, be “converted” to faith in Jesus? And what does that mean for Judaism and the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants?

By David Lazarus | | Topics: Jesus, Yeshua
Is "conversion" to Jesus only for Gentiles, or must Jews also undergo this process?
Is "conversion" to Jesus only for Gentiles, or must Jews also undergo this process? Photo: Maxim Dinshtein/Flash90

Some folks wonder if Jews need to convert to Christ at all since they already have an everlasting covenant with God. Others posit that Jews don’t need to convert to Christianity because their experience with Jesus is different than Gentile believers.

When we convert to faith in the Messiah Jesus, Jew or Gentile, a transformation occurs in us. The cross and the heart of Messiah who wept blood stir our deepest desires to know Him. An awareness of what life and love ought to be if we could only love one another arises within us. We become conscious of the potential we have to love and be loved, and we are glad, nay, we rejoice to give up everything and anything in order to have this sublime love for God and others.

Our eyes are opened, and we see the world differently. We recognize the pain in the eyes of a neighbor or the grief we have caused others, and we run to ask forgiveness from parents, family, friends...

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14 responses to “Conversion of the Jews”

  1. Disciple 1978 says:

    No, if the King of the Jews needs crucified then so do we. He died in our place, our fallen nature had no good in it (Matt 19:17; Jer 17:9), He became the Passover Lamb who atoned for our sin. Jews and Gentiles must be born again by receiving the Spirit of Life that lived in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and the only way given to do that is by dying to self, repenting of your sin and receiving Christ (Messiah).
    If a sinner’s nature, whether Jew or Gentile, is not repented of, no amount of transformation will save his soul. The apostle Paul sets this out in a way Jewish people can understand in his letters.

    • Disciple 1978 says:

      OK, I’ve read it again. You do advocate salvation through initially dying to self then letting the new seed of Messiah’s life germinate. The soul then enters the battle between heaven and the world. No longer under Egyptian (worldly) bondage it must drink the waters of salvation (Is 12:3) to overcome the world. The restored soul then comes into all the blessings you describe. It’s true that Christianity used original sin as a power play to rule people. The Roman church went so far as to create the fictional “purgatory” to claim it had power in the afterlife. The unredeemed soul is rotten and stained and its need of salvation is a vital message for it to understand. May your message reach the hearts of many souls that they would hear this vital news. I apologise for my misunderstanding.

  2. Gottfried Hummel says:

    Ob Jude oder Nichtjude:
    Die Wiedergeburt geschieht einmalig durch das Wirken des Heiligen Geistes.
    Bekehrung verstehe ich nicht statisch, also einmalig.Ich verstehe das als laufenden Prozess im Laufe des Glaubenslebens.
    Jesus selbst sagt einmal zu Petrus, als dieser schon länger ein Jünger Jesu war: „Wenn du dich dermaleinst bekehrst…“ (von gewissen Verhaltensarten)

  3. Franciscus says:

    Thank you David, I really enjoyed reading this !
    It’s a reminder that when we accept the Messiah, and welcome in the Holy Spirit we become more of what HaShem called us to be. Therefore if you are Jewish you become more Jewish not less !

  4. Charles Gardner says:

    Thank you David for this wonderful exposition of what it means for both Jew and Gentile to know Jesus.

  5. Mark Cooley says:

    Is Born again and conversion the same? There is great wisdom in GOD’S Word. Read Philippians 3:3-11 and20&21 Also all of Chapter 8 in Hebrews. Pray for wisdom before we start & I Pray GOD increase my Faith, WE Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and all Israel

  6. Lois Heal Bright says:

    Thank you, David, for your article. For me, God’s commandment in Leviticus 17:1-6, to bring the shed blood of an animal to the LORD, to the priest, who in turn would sprinkle the blood on the altar of the LORD is instructive. The verses give me understanding of Hebrews 9:11-12, “But Christ came as High Priest…not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” “Therefore, He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)

    I can only understand this tremendous work of God for us in light of Deut. 7:7-8, “…because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers…”

  7. David Lazarus says:

    Thanks Lois for sharing your insights. There is so much more we need to learn as we grow in our faith. Blessings.

  8. Clark Gear says:

    Every Jew or Human being for that matter just like Nicodemus must be born again, (John 3) of the water and the Spirit, Ezekiel 36. Converted is a terrible term, the biblical term is to be returned to God through Yeshua and to walk in the Torah from the Spirit through love.
    All we like sheep have gone astray…

  9. Clark Gear says:

    Israel is in the diaspora and hidden from Judah, Ezekiel 37 says they will become one tree again. Jewish believers in Yeshua really get torked that Israel is much larger than the southern kingdom. Today’s Israel is a fraction of the Romans 11 Israel being saved.
    If “Christians” knew their true identity and our Jewish brothers quit building the middle wall of separation we would have a Jn 17 unity. Instead we have what we have today, Israelites living as gentiles and Messianic Jews sort of living in no man’s land.
    One of the chief reasons religious Jews reject Yeshua is He didn’t gather the exiles, what do you think the Gospel going to every nation is doing? Look how James letter starts, to the 12 tribes in the exile!

  10. psalm100al says:

    The Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants were given unconditionally to Israel and are everlasting covenants. Genesis. 17/7-8 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
    8. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.

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