What is a Jew and What is a Gentile?
Was going thru some recent posts on a Facebook group End Times Prophecy (facebook.com) and came across the following post which I could not resist replying to a comment made. It was this Friday afternoon after I finished plugging tomatoe seedlings into trays to be ready for sale in mid-April. After posting my reply, the spirit of truth said. “there’s your sabbath message this week”. So, I was moved to add some extra info and here it is!
Comment by a guy named Chuck: His commandments were to love, the old commandments were a covenant to the Jewish people not the gentiles, when Jesus died the gentiles were crafted we were made righteous under the blood of Jesus.
My Reply: So, the gentiles can steal, kill, commit adultery, bare false witness, covet and dishonor their parents and also break the other first four of the commandments because they were made righteous by the blood of the first-born Lamb of God and his commandments are null and void? Faith without works is a dead faith. (James 2, Galatians 3, Matt. 5:17-20, John 14:8-21, Rev. 12:17, 14:12, 22:14, Ex. 31:16-18, Rom. 8 thru 9, Gal. 4:1-5, Eph. 1:1-10)
Adoption – υἱοθεσία – the placing as a son, i.e. adoption (figuratively, Christian sonship in respect to God) Derivation: from a presumed compound of G5207 and a derivative of G5087; KJV Usage: adoption (of children, of sons). predesignated – προορίζω – to limit in advance, i.e. (figuratively) predetermine. Derivation: from G4253 and G3724; KJV Usage: determine before, ordain, predestinate.
It was predestined from the foundation of the world that the gentiles be adopted into the family of God as brothers of the children of Israel who believe and trust in the Lord. Gentiles are no more nor no less rebellious than they were.
What is a Gentile? > ἔθνος – a race (as of the same habit), i.e. a tribe; specially, a foreign (non-Jewish) one (usually, by implication, pagan) Derivation: probably from G1486; KJV Usage: Gentile, heathen, nation, people.
The term “Jew(s)” was first used in 2Kings 16:6 of the Bible after the United Kingdom of Israel was divided into the Northern Kingdom of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah. (1 Kings 11 & 12) > יהוּדי ye hûdı̂y – yeh-hoo-dee’ – Patronymic from H3063; a Jehudite (that is, Judaite or Jew), or descendant of Jehudah (that is, Judah) KJV Usage: Jew.
One will not find the term “Judaite” or “Judahtite” nor “Judian” anywhere in scripture, yet all the other tribes are called by (insert tribe of) and add ___ite. All Jews are Israelites but all Israelites are now Jews. All New Yorkers are Americans, but are all Americans New Yorkers? A Gentile is any tribe of people other than the Tribe of Judah. The lake of fire if for anyone (Jew or Gentile) not found written in the book of life.
First off, “the Law was not nailed to the cross”! What was blotted out was “the handwriting of ordnances”. (Col 2:14)
Handrighting – G5498 – χειρόγραφον – something hand-written (“chirograph”), i.e. a manuscript (specially, a legal document or bond (figuratively))
Derivation: neuter of a compound of G5495 and G1125; KJV Usage: handwriting.
Ordnances – G1378 – δόγμαa – law (civil, ceremonial or ecclesiastical)
Derivation: from the base of G1380; KJV Usage: decree, ordinance.
Jesus said: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law (G3551), or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matt. 5:17-18)
*G3551 – νόμος – law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), genitive case (regulation), specially, (of Moses (including the volume); also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle) Derivation: from a primary νέμω (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); KJV Usage: law.
Two totally different Greek terms with distinctively different definitions! I suppose that the philosophical doctrines and traditions of men are more preferred than the truth of scripture. (Col 2:8)
And the blood shed on the cross by Jesus Christ was for sin which is transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and a better mediator than the blood of animals. (Hebrews 8 thru 9) The only place a “New Covenant” is discussed in the New Testament is in the Letter to the Hebrews and it deals with the Blood of Christ replacing the blood of animals.
Covenant (as used throughout the New Testament) – G1242 -διαθήκη – properly, a disposition, i.e. (specially) a contract (especially a devisory will)
Derivation: from G1303; KJV Usage: covenant, testament.
Mediator (as used throughout the New Testament) – μεσίτης – a go-between, i.e. (simply) an internunciator, or (by implication) a reconciler (intercessor)
Derivation: from G3319; KJV Usage: mediator. [Gal. 3:19-20, 1Ti. 2:5, Heb. 8:6, 9:15, 12:24]
KJV(i) 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. 18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Have a restful and joyful sabbath.