Is God a Jew? Maybe you are thinking “what a statement to make, why waste time even discussing it” Well you are probably right, however, and unfortunately, these things do creep into churches which makes one wonder what is behind such a statement. The statement itself is contentious and divisive which shows it up for what it is, an unscriptural opinion, a work of the flesh, and anyone who does such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5 v 19-21). Paul said, “Avoid foolish questions and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain” (Titus 3 v 9)
Why does God allow such heresies into the church? These heresies rob the church of its love for the Saviour, either by side tracking the church from its path or by causing time to be spent dealing with it (Revelation 2 v 1-7). I believe God allows it in order to magnify the Truth.
We can only magnify the Truth when we bring to bear what the scripture says on the subject. The mother of Jesus, Mary, was a Jew, the Father of Jesus wasn’t a Jew, the Father of Jesus, of course, is God. The actual statement that God is a Jew is carnal and will quench the Spirit. However if this statement comes into the church and is not challenged it will prepare the ground for future similar statements to take root. One such statement is that we are under the law and are still obligated to keep the law. These are all statements after the flesh.
So, let us look at the subject “is God a Jew”. Of course the statement is backed up by saying Jesus is God and Jesus is a Jew. It is similar logic to saying that Mary is the mother of God.
Does it really matter after all? If we look at it from one angle then it appears to be true so why bother correcting it? The Pharisees accused Jesus of being a Samaritan because they didn’t think His Father was a Jew, if their logic was right would that make God a Samaritan? What a foolish statement. How did Jesus answer the Pharisees? He didn’t get bogged down in some very earthly carnal debate but got straight to the point. He said, “I am not of this world, I am from above” (John 8 v 23). In fact John the Baptist had already said that the messiah was not of this world but was from above, from heaven (John 3 v 31).
Jesus also said, “You say that messiah is David’s son, how come then that David calls Him Lord”? (Luke 20 v 41-44). In another place He said, “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8 v 58).
Was Abraham a Jew? Well no, but he was the great-grandfather of the Jews. Jesus is saying He existed before Abraham.
Jesus didn’t get bogged down with their ideas He got straight to the point, He existed before Abraham and He belonged to another world.
His mother Mary was a Jew and He came to the Jewish people, He was their longed for Messiah. He was of Jewish lineage according to the flesh however He actually came from the Father (John 13 v 3).
So we see that His blood line isn’t via Mary but via God the Father so to argue about whether Jesus, and therefore God, is a Jew or Samaritan is absolutely ridiculous. He is from above.Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (1 John 4 v 2-3), however He didn’t put on sinful flesh as someone said, but He came in the likeness of sinful flesh. “He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Romans 8 v 3, Philippians 2 v 7). Christ had a body of flesh similar to everyone else’s but it was not the same as flesh of sin which everyone else had (John 6 v 53-54). It was free from sin. The Bible says that He was without sin (2 Corinthians 5 v 21, 1 John 3 v 5, Hebrews 4 v 15), this included not being tainted with original sin like everyone else, including His mother. His DNA, His genes, did not carry sin in them. He was fully human and at the same time fully divine. His sinless body was prepared for Him by the Father (Hebrews 10 v 5).
So His blood was different from Mary’s and His body was different from Mary’s. two covenants, one according to the flesh and one according to promise (Spirit). The one according to flesh is by works of law and the other according to promise is by faith (Galatians 4 v 21-31).
The covenant that was according to the flesh was given on Mount Sinai, this was the law and brought everyone into bondage.
The covenant that was through the promise was given to Abraham concerning Isaac who is a type of Christ and who was born after the Spirit (Galatians 4 v 29). This covenant has its fulfilment in Christ who is the promised seed, therefore all who are in Christ inherit the spiritual blessings promised to Abraham’s seed.
We also are the children of promise, born of the Spirit. As Ishmael persecuted Isaac so also will those who follow the flesh persecute those who are born of the Spirit.
Jesus was born of the Spirit and it is the same with Christians, they must be born of the Spirit as well.
The Apostle Paul says that he knows no man after the flesh, he did know Christ after the flesh (before he met him), yet now henceforth, he says, we know him after the flesh no more (2 Corinthians 5 v 16).
To get bogged down in whether God is a Jew or not is knowing Christ after the flesh and promoting fleshly attitudes. We need to know Him as the promised seed who came from heaven.
If we are born of the Spirit we live in the Spirit, if we live in the Spirit let us also walk in the Spirit. http://www.christian-truth-ministry.com/Is%20God%20a%20Jew.html