Updated: May 3, 2019
John 4:22 LITV
(22) You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is of the Jews.
There are more doctrines about our salvation in the Bible but those of us who claimed to have been saved already or who have hope of salvation ignore the origins of the faith. The phrase 'salvation is of the Jews' does not mean that a Jew has to save you as even the Jew is not able to save himself. The phrase means that the requirements for salvation had been entrusted to them.
Jesus hints to the salvation role of the the Old Testament ( the Scriptures, or the Law (Torah)and the Prophets) and to her role as the source that speaks of Jesus in
John 5:39-40 LITV
(39) You search the Scriptures, for you think in them you have everlasting life. And they are the ones witnessing concerning Me.
(40) And you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
The Jews got the will of God from Moses in the Torah (the Law). There has not been anyone else to whom God appeared to promulgate His will. There will be no one else to whom God will appear to repeat His will or to give with a new set of it which will supersede Moses's. We are sure of that position because Jesus declared in Matthew 5:17-18 that nothing in Moses, except the portion He fulfilled, will change as long as these heavens and earth are still around (Luke 16:27-29).
Most Christians only use the Old Testament selectively and cherry-pick from her what fits the culture of the society where they live or whatever goes with their theology or philosophy. As
much as Jesus emphasizes that it is easier for our world to disappear than anything in the Old Testament to change in Luke 16:17 LITV
(17) But it is easier for the heaven and the earth to pass away than one point of the Law to fail.
the more we must follow the Torah in its entirety if we claim to follow after Jesus (the definition of a Christian per Mark 8:34). That means if you open the Torah and the Prophets (the Old Testament) and read something that goes against your behavior or morale or philosophy or what is being done around you, you must, as a Christian repent (change the mind) of it and comply with Moses. If you are confused and if you do not know what to do, always remember to follow Moses and not expect some divine intervention as we read in
Luke 16:29-31 LITV
(29) Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the Prophets, let them hear them.
(30) But he said, No, father Abraham, but if one should go from the dead to them, they will repent.
(31) And he said to him, If they will not hear Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if one from the dead should rise.
Choose whichever behavior or social issue in your culture and run it through the Bible. No matter how prevalent the behavior is, if you are a Christian, Moses provides the ultimate guidance. Our witnessing to others will be the verdict from Moses, which is either to keep the biblical behavior or stop the sinning behavior. Thus, salvation is of the Jews because of the guidance of Moses and the Prophets (Luke 16:31).
What doctrines did we acquaint ourselves with in the cited verses:
Salvation is of the Jews because they were entrusted with the eternal will of God (John 4:22 LITV).
The Old Testament gives everlasting life (John 5:39).
The Old Testament is about Jesus, not God the Father. Since the Old Testament speaks or witnesses of Jehovah God,we learn by inference that Jesus is Jehovah (John 5:39). Why that inference? When you look at the number of heavenly Beings who were ministering to the Israel, there is not a lot of them. There is YHWH, His Angel, Gabriel, and Archangel Michael. Those are a total of four, which may become three from the perspective of the New Testament. [The Old Testament does not speak of "an" Angel of Jehovah]. The only Being in the group who can claim that the Old Testament witnesses of Him is YHWH. The other Angels (or Messengers) are at the service of YHWH and are not as prominent as YHWH. That is the simplest inference there is that makes Jesus stand out as YHWH. Also, it is self-evident that Jesus cannot be found in Archaeology nor in any Science, but only in the Old Testament.
Jesus gives life or life is in Jesus (John 5:40).
The Old Testament is eternal in that it is easier for the heavens and the earth to disappear than anything in the Torah (which we call the Law) (Luke 16:17).
There is no special revelation nor any resurrected dead messenger that has the power to make anyone obey Moses. We must do the will of God found only in the Old Testament. We must use the Old Testament to know how to behave according to the will of God (Luke 16:31).
John 10:27-28 MKJV
(27) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
(28) And I give to them eternal life, and they shall never ever perish, and not anyone shall pluck them out of My hand.
to be continued