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The Gentiles

Gentiles and Jews Are Fellow Heirs

When you read this you can perceive my insight into the mystery of (Jesus) Christ, which was
not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy
apostles and prophets by the (Holy) Spirit; that is, how the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of
the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I
was made a minister according to the gift of God‟s grace which was given me by the working of
his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to
the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the plan of the
mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that through the church the manifold
wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly
places. Ephesians 3:4-10

God shows no Partiality between Jews and Gentiles

And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in
every nation any one who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. Acts 10:34-35

Jews reject Jesus, thus rejecting their birthright as heirs to the kingdom of God and to all
the riches it contains. God instead will give His kingdom to all “saints,” Jew or Gentile:

“It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you (to the Jews). Since you
thrust it from you (because you reject your birthright), and judge yourself unworthy of eternal
life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, „I have set you
to be a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.‟”
And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of God; and as many as
were ordained to eternal life believed. And the word of the Lord spread throughout all the
region. Acts 13:46-49 (Jews rejecting their birthright has its Old Testament counterpart in the story of Jacob and Esau (See
Genesis 25:29-34))

The following parable prophesies the rejection of Jesus by the Jews and his subsequent
acceptance by the Gentiles. The householder represents God, the servants represent the prophets
and the son represents Jesus:

“Hear another parable. There was a householder (God) who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge
around it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants (the Jews), and went into another country.
When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants (the prophets) to his tenants (the Jews),
to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants (the prophets) and they beat one, killed another,
and stoned another. Again he sent other servants (prophets), more than the first; and they did the
same to them. Afterward he (God) sent his son (Jesus) to them, saying, „They will respect my
son.‟ But when the tenants (the Jews) saw the son (Jesus), they said to themselves, „This is the
heir (to God‟s Kingdom); come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.‟ And they took him and
cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him (Jesus). When therefore the owner of the vineyard
(God) comes, what will he do to those tenants (to the Jews)?” They said to him, “He (God) will
put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants (the Gentiles)
who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you ever read the
scriptures: „The very stone (Jesus) which the builders (the Jews) rejected has become the head of
the corner (the cornerstone of the (Christian) Church); this was the Lord‟s (God‟s) doing, and it
is marvelous in our eyes?‟ Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from
you (the Jews) and given to (the Gentiles) a nation producing the fruits of it.” Matthew 21:33-43

…the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel
beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” So then those who are
men of faith are blessed with Abraham who had faith. Galatians 3:8-9

For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has
faith, to the Jew first (Jesus came at first only to the people of Israel) and also to the Greek (a
reference to Gentiles). For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it
is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.” Romans 1:16-17

In the following scripture, Jesus was speaking of the Gentiles (other sheep) who would
also soon be reconciled to God by grace through Jesus‟ own death on the cross:

And I (Jesus) have other sheep (a reference to the Gentiles), that are not of this fold (who are not
Jewish); I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there will be one flock (one
church), one shepherd (Jesus). John 10:16

Worthy art thou (Jesus) to take the scroll and open its seals, for thou wast slain and by thy blood
didst ransom men for God from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and hast made
them a kingdom and priests to our God. Revelations 5:9,10

These Necessary Things

…the Gentiles…should repent and turn to God and perform deeds worthy of their repentance.
Acts 26:20

Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, but
should write to them to abstain from the pollutions of idols and from unchastity (from playing
the harlot, which is to say, to abstain from worshipping other gods) and from (eating) what is
strangled and from blood. For from early generations Moses has had in every city those who
preach him, for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues. Acts 15:19-21 (Many of the mystery religions
of the „Gentiles‟ of the time required the ritual eating of the flesh and the drinking of the blood of real live sacrificial victims
(such as the mysteries practiced by the Magi (Zoroastrianism) and the Druids), these religions being contemporaneous with early
Roman Catholic Christianity, and required the actual eating of the flesh and the drinking of the blood of a real human sacrifice as
Pliny so relates: “it was esteemed the highest act of religion to slaughter a man, and the most salutary of proceedings to eat the
flesh of the same.” The refined Romans themselves did away with this barbaric practice (human sacrifice was banned by the
Senate in Rome in 97 B.C.), in one instance replacing it with the symbolic Mithraic Sacrament which included the eating of the
Host (the word „Host‟ is derived from the word „hostia,‟ meaning „victim‟), a round cake emblematic of the god Mithra.
Compare this practice to the Roman Catholic concept of the eating of the Host, called the Eucharist, wherein the Roman Catholic
Church emphatically insists that the bread and the wine thereof was the real live actual body and blood of Christ, with the penalty
of death or excommunication (a situation often resulting in ones death) threatening those who did not profess it to be so. This is
one of the reasons Martin Luther broke with the Catholic faith. Most Christian faiths are merely exhorted to observe Communion
in simple „remembrance‟ of the supreme sacrifice made by Jesus: “For I (Paul) have received of the Lord that which also I
delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he
brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also
he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, “This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it (the
wine), in remembrance of me” (See Luke 22:19). For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's
death till he come (until his Second Coming). Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord (as if they had slain Jesus themselves!)…For he that eateth and
drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself…” 1Corinthians 11:23-27. The ceremony originally took
place before the death of Jesus, he giving the apostles wine and bread in „remembrance” of the sacrifice he was about to make. If
one is to believe scripture, many are making a dire mistake. And those who incorrectly partake of the bread and the wine are
guilty of Jesus‟ death as if they had slain Jesus themselves!)

For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you (the Gentiles) no greater
burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols and
from blood (“Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I (God) gave you the
green plants, I give you everything. Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.”
Genesis 9:3-4) and from what is strangled and from unchastity (read: playing the harlot after
other gods). If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Acts 15:28,29 (See also Acts 21:25)
(Food that is strangled retains its blood. Iron is harmful when digested in large quantities. Hence, a statute of abstinence against
consuming blood)

Hosea 2:2, Hosea 3:1 and Hosea 4:10 equate religious harlotry with adultery, an offense
punishable by death (capitol offense). Most of the gods who were worshipped represented the
rebellious fallen angels.

Shun the worship of idols (statues)…what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God.
I do not want to be partners with demons. You cannot partake of the table of the LORD (God)
and the table of demons (of the fallen angels). 1Corinthians 10:14,20-22

Gentiles Also Receive the Holy Spirit

“To him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in him (everyone who
believes in Jesus) receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” While Peter was saying this,
the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised
who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even
among the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter
declared, “Can any one forbid water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy
Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them (the Gentiles) to be baptized in the name of
Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. Now the apostles and the brethren
who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God (the Holy Spirit).
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “Why did you
go to uncircumcised men and eat with them (with the Gentiles)?” But Peter began and explained
to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying; and in a trance I saw a vision, something
descending, like a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came down to me.
Looking at it closely I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And
I heard a voice, saying to me, „Rise Peter, kill and eat.‟ But I said, „No Lord; for nothing
common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.‟ But the voice answered a second time from
heaven, „What God has cleansed you must not call common.‟ This happened three times, and all
was drawn up again into heaven. At that very moment three men arrived at the house in which
we were, sent to me from Caesarea. And the (Holy) Spirit told me to go with them, making no
distinction. These six brethren also accompanied me, and we entered the man‟s house. And he
told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, „Send to Joppa and bring
Simon called Peter; he will declare to you a message by which you (Gentiles) will be saved, you
and all your household.‟ As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the
beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, „John baptized with water, but
you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.‟ If then God gave the same gift to them (to the
Gentiles) as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could
withstand God? When they heard him they were silenced. And they glorified God saying,
“Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance unto life.” Acts 10:43-47,11:1-18

See also Acts 10:1-48.

Jesus Christ Advocate for Gentiles Also

My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we
(Jews) have an advocate with the Father (God), Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the expiation
for our sins, and not for ours (the sins of the Jews) only but also for the sins of the whole world
(for the Gentiles also). 1John 2:1-2

…the Gentiles were gathered together who were scattered abroad. And I (Jesus) was unpolluted
by my love for them, because they confessed me in high places: and the traces of the light were
set upon their heart: and they walked in my life and were saved and became my people for ever
and ever. Hallelujah. Odes of Solomon 10:6,7-8

The Roman Centurion

There is the example of the Roman centurion, by definition a Gentile, who “had a slave
who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death,” who loved Israel and helped build
the (Jewish) synagogue in Capernaum. When Jesus approached the centurion‟s house, he sent
word saying he was not worthy to have Jesus even to come into his house. The centurion said
that all that was needed was for Jesus to just say the word, and the slave would be healed. Jesus
marveled at his faith and said, “I tell you, not even in Israel (amongst the Jews) have I found
such faith.” And the slave was made well (See Luke 7:1-10).

Just say the word and he would be well. A fantastic admission of faith from a lowly Gentile, a
faith deemed greater than any Jesus had ever previously encountered amongst the Jews. This
was a foreshadowing of the extension of God‟s grace to all the peoples of the world.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Come Jesus Christ!