How can you believe in Jesus and still call yourself Jews?

Firstly, let’s define who a Jew is. Are you a Jew based on religion, culture or parentage? Biblically a Jew is a person who belongs to the people who are descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the people with whom God made the covenants through Abraham, Moses and David. It is God himself who has made us Jewish.

The term ‘Christian’ comes from the Greek ‘Christos’, which translates the Hebrew, ‘Meshiach’, meaning ‘Messiah’. A Christian is defined as someone who has made a decision to follow Y’shua as the Messiah, be they Jewish or Gentile. Becoming a Christian is a personal matter between an individual and God; nobody can be ‘born’ a Christian. You have to have a second birth or be ‘born again’.

The first Christians were Jews who came to believe that Y’shua was the Messiah. None of them renounced their Jewishness. Their faith was based on God’s age-old promises found in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the very beginning, Christianity was considered to be just another sect within the Jewish faith. For the most part, it wasn’t until some years later that Gentiles were even offered an opportunity of becoming believers in Y’shua without first converting to Judaism.

It follows that if Y’shua is the Messiah, then nothing could be more Jewish than believing in him.

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How can you believe in Jesus and still call yourself Jews?