That would be me.
Yes. I am a Gentile.
But, I always wanted to be Jewish. However, God didn’t see it that way.
And since He is the one who determines who will be…and where…and when…
I’ll leave that alone.
Why, you ask, would I want to be Jewish?
Who in their right mind would want to be Jewish with all the persecution they have endured throughout the ages?
Yes, me. You see, I understand God chose to reveal Himself to a people He set apart for His purpose. He chose to work through the Jewish nation. And to have that rich heritage, to be a part of a chosen people…not through conversion, but through birth…wow. It’s always been a longing of my heart.
I believe the difference between Christian and Jew is the point of Christ. Jews do not believe Jesus is the Messiah. Christians do. It is that simple. And so, if I were Jewish I would have a better understanding of my Christian faith, by virtue of having learned the Law and the Prophets. The Exodus…the Tabernacle…the Feasts…so many beautiful types (pictures) of Christ are found in Jewish history and heritage. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. Jesus was Jewish.
At this time in History (His story), we are living under Grace, not Law. It is “the time of the Gentiles” as the New Testament describes the Church Age: the time between Jesus’ life, death and resurrection all the way to “the Day of the Lord” — whenever that may be.
To understand life through the writers of the New Testament, it’s necessary to see that the Gentiles did not believe in One God. They believed in a plethora of gods. At that time in history only the Jewish people were monotheistic.
Paul describes the Gentiles this way:
So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardness of their hearts. Because they are callous, they have given themselves over to indecency for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. ~Ephesians 4:17-19
Wow. Let me make this clear, in case it didn’t quite sink in:
Their thinking is futile.
Their understanding is darkness.
They are alienated from the life of God.
They are ignorant.
They have hard hearts.
They are callous.
They have given themselves over to indecency.
They want more and more and more of every kind of impurity.
If that is not the definition of “lost” then I’m not sure what is!
He’s talking about my ancestors and yours (unless, of course, you’re privileged to be Jewish).
But, Paul is also talking about anyone who does not, still, know God.
On this side of the cross, we ALL have a chance to know Him.
He made a way, through His Son, for those of us who were far off from the promises of God to come near.
We can partake of the goodness of God.
We can know Him intimately.
We can walk out of darkness and into light.
And the other point: Christians can live like that description, if we’re not careful.
Paul said, “So I say this, and insist in the Lord, that you no longer live as the Gentiles do.”
That may have been where we came from, but it’s not where we are anymore.
Now, we have taken on the name of Christ.
Now, we have obtained the life of God.
Now, we are to be walking in the light as He is in the light.
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.