Q. I read your answer to “Can Jews be saved without Jesus?” and am confused about something. I know a prominent Jewish man who is such a thoughtful, knowledgeable, clear thinking, logical man I am beside myself as to why he can’t see the obvious that is right in front of his nose. The only explanation I have is it is supernatural, as described in Romans 11:25 where Paul said that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. What do you think?
A. If every Jew was supernaturally blinded and couldn’t find Jesus you might have a point. But I don’t think Paul was referring to every single Jew in Romans 11:25 just like he wasn’t referring to every single Jew when he said all Israel will be saved in Romans 11:26. In both cases I think he was referring the nation as a whole. Remember, the Old Covenant was a national Covenant, whereas the New covenant is personal. It’s a fact that countless thousand of Jews have been saved during the Church Age by accepting Jesus as their Messiah.
Speaking to Jews in Israel Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, and knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, everyone who seeks finds, and to everyone who knocks the door will be opened” (Matt. 7:7-8). God doesn’t want that any should perish but that all should come to repentance (1 Tim. 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9) and will grant salvation to anyone who seeks it, without prejudice.