I find it very disheartening that literally millions of Christians have embraced a narrative about Israel that is contrary to the Gospel. Israel was chosen by God to be the nation through whom the Messiah, the Savior of the world, would come, and they will be held accountable to the Gospel.
Israel has been a rebellious nation against God throughout her history, yet any nation whom God would have chosen would have done the same because of sin. Through Israel, God exposed the sins of humanity, for in Adam “all humanity” – including Israel – is dead in sin and in need of redemption.
Paul tells us in Romans that whatsoever things the Law says it says to them that are under the Law (a reference to Israel under Moses) so that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God ~ Romans 3:19
Israel under the Law was representative of humanity under sin. Israel’s story was a microcosm of the whole world and in the same way that only a remnant of Israel will ever be saved, so it is with the rest of humanity throughout history. The path to destruction is wide but the gate that leads to life is narrow and this applies to everyone, not the Jews only.
Through Jesus Christ, the Kingdom of God has broken in on humanity, and all who repent and trust in Him will be saved! The Gospel is not simply “justification by faith,” though it includes justification by faith. The Gospel is more, for it is the announcement and demonstration of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ, and it was this gospel which was preached to Israel first. The Gospel of according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, along with Acts bring this to full light.
In His wisdom, God brought about the salvation of the world through Israel’s rejection of the Messiah, but in His faithfulness God saw to it that the Gospel was first preached to the people of Israel and then to the Gentiles.
Paul tells us in Romans that the Gospel is “their sound” for the Gospel was testified of by Moses in their Law, and by their prophets. Throughout the Old Testament, the Spirit of the Lord was giving witness to Christ and the Kingdom through Christ, who was yet to come.
God gave to the people of Israel Moses, the prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus in the flesh, the Apostles, and now the salvation of the Gentiles.
The Gospel is their testimony, their witness, their message, and if they reject the Gospel there is no other alternative. God does not have another narrative for Israel outside of or beyond the Gospel.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? As it is written (in their scriptures), How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But I say, have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. But I say, did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you. But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me. But to Israel he saith, all day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people. ~ Romans 10:11-21