In our mission at Zion’s Hope to graciously share the truth of Jesus Christ with the Jewish people, we recognize the importance of instructing non-Jewish believers in the background, history, and thinking of the Jewish people. What do the Jewish people believe? What does the Bible say about them? How should Christians engage Jewish people, and how should we pray for them?
It is our hope that this brief article will help motivate and encourage you to be a light in the darkness for your Jewish friends, neighbors, and associates.
Do All Jewish People Go to Heaven?
Matthew Chapter 3 opens with John the Baptist preaching in the wilderness of Judea (Matthew 3:1) where his battle cry was, “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). His mission was to encourage the Israelites to repent of their sin and cleanse their hearts in preparation for the coming of their long-awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ. The people left the comforts of Jerusalem and flocked to the harsh, desolate wilderness to learn of this “brand” of Judaism he was offering them (Matthew 3:5-6).
Among those flocking were Pharisees and Sadducees. These pious, hypocritical religious leaders were unhappy that the people were bypassing the magnificent Temple in Jerusalem to make the difficult journey into the wilderness to hear the words of this “strange” ascetic preacher. John tore into them with righteous indignation:
O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham (Matthew 3.7-9).
The message was clear. If all God desired was mere bodies, He could simply turn rocks into people and call them “Hebrews.” John told the Pharisees and Sadducees that right-standing with God began with repentance; merely being born Jewish was no gateway to salvation. Jewish people are not saved simply because they are born Jewish.
Yet, there are some Christians who believe that Jews can go to Heaven without believing in Jesus. Are they correct?
During a conversation with a Pharisee named Nicodemus, Jesus made it clear that salvation can come but one way: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).