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A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES
Christianity Oasis Ministry has provided you with this a Light to the Gentiles study on a Light to the Gentiles verse. This a Light to the Gentiles Bible study on a Light to the Gentiles meaning looks at the a Light to the Gentiles message and asks what does a Light to the Gentiles mean, who was a Light to the Gentiles, who is now a Light to the Gentiles, why is a Light to the Gentiles message important, what is the a Light to the Gentiles message and how does the a Light to the Gentiles message affect your Christian walk. Let us seek and find the truth within the Bible of the a Light to the Gentiles verse with a Light to the Gentiles message together in this a Light to the Gentiles Bible study, shall we?

A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES

WHAT DOES A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES MEAN AND WHO IS A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES?
 

John 1:17
For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ …
 

The Law was given to the Jewish people from God thru Moses in the OLD Covenant.

But, in the NEW Covenant, which is revealed in the NEW Testament …

GRACE is what our Lord provides for those who believe in HIM.

Hebrews 8:6-8
But now hath He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also He is the mediator of a BETTER Covenant, which was established upon BETTER PROMISES. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, He saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah ...

The TRUTH is that man was unable to adhere to the Laws within the Old Covenant and all fell short. Our loving Father chose to create a NEW Covenant and to do so sanctified the New Covenant with the BLOOD of His own Son … Jesus.

This New Covenant allows both Jewish and Gentiles to take part in the PROMISE of this New Covenant. We read the word “GENTILE” in the Bible.

What is a GENTILE? 

A Gentile is a term used by Jewish people to refer to anyone who was from ANY other country who was not Jewish. The Jewish people believed that ONLY the Jewish people were God’s people. The Jewish people had customs where they could not even enter the home of a Gentile person.

Now, when the New Testament began, it became clear that God had allowed the Gentiles into Christianity:

Ephesians 3:6
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel ...

This was not a new thing but rather prophesied of many times in the Old Testament:

Galatians 3:8
And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.

This did not go over well at first with the JEWISH Christians. Peter even had to be told THREE times that God had accepted the Gentiles into the Christian flock.

Why did the Jewish Christians feel this way?

The Jewish people (Even those who became Christians) had become so accustomed to the Old Covenant customs that they had a hard time accepting this NEW Covenant.  So much so that Peter and Paul were at odds over the issue at one time.

Galatians 2:11-14
But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision. And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

What does Paul mean when he said … If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?  

A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES TRUTH WITH A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES PROMISE GIVING A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES HOPE

This means that the Jewish people were not able to handle the Old Covenant laws and customs and Paul is asking how they felt it righteous to demand of the new Gentile Christians to abide by that which they could not bear.

This statement was later confirmed by the Holy Spirit when the Jewish Christians wrote the Gentiles and told them that they were NOT under the laws and customs in the Old Covenant written by Moses for the JEWISH people:

Acts 15:28-29
For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

THIS is something not many seem to consider when they are out there quoting OLD COVENANT laws to potential Christians. The Jewish Christians admitted that they nor those before em were able to hold to the customs and laws of the Old Covenant and they as Christian leaders AND THE HOLY SPIRIT laid down more GENTLE gentile laws.

Whoooooooa, I am a bit confuzzled here. I mean … Jesus made it CLEAR !!!

Matthew 5:17-19
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, 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. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

How does one bring accord to these two statements which were both inspired by the Holy Spirit which APPEAR to be completely contrary one to the other?

One simple answer could be … Jesus was talking to the JEWISH people when He made His statement who were under the Law of Moses … NOT the Gentiles, who were not. Please allow me to share a lil something with ya.

Jesus made it clear that He was sent to the Lost sheep of ISRAEL and NOT the GENTILES at THAT TIME. He even had His Apostles avoid these gentiles.

Matthew 10:5-6
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, GO NOT INTO THE WAY OF THE GENTILES, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Now …

Check this out …

Isaiah 49:5-6
And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob (Israel) again to Him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength. And He said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

 Who is this LIGHT TO THE GENTILES?

A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES PROPHECY WITH A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES COMFORT GIVING A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES

It is OBVIOUSLY JESUS.

So, why would Jesus not preach to the gentiles WHILE HE WAS HERE and yet be considered a LIGHT to the gentiles?  

It is because the OLD Covenant was not yet completed.

The New Covenant (which would include the gentiles) could not begin until the Testator of it … Died:

Hebrews 9:15-17
And for this cause He (Jesus) is the mediator of the New testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

So, the New Testament and the Time of the Gentiles began after the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.

 

TIME OF THE GENTILES SIGN

There is a time period mentioned in the Bible known as the "Time of the Gentiles" ...

Luke 21:24
And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

 

Romans 11:25
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel,
until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.

It is the period of time which begins after Jesus' Resurrection but before the promised 1000 years of peace on Earth known as the Millennium. Just before the Millennium, there will be a 7 year time period known as the End Times.

So, from the Time of Jesus' Resurrection to these End Times is the period of time known as the Time of the Gentiles which is a time where Gentiles (Individuals from any nation other than Israel) have been given the opportunity to accept Jesus as their Savior.

How do we know that the TIME OF THE GENTILES didn’t begin until the death of Jesus?

Matthew 10:5-7
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

As you can see, the LORD has allotted a specified period of time for the Gentiles to accept Jesus as their Savior which began at His Resurrection and the start of the NEW COVENANT and continues until the End Times.

Galatians 4:4-5
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

This fulness of time refers to the Time of the Jewish people who were under law given by Moses.
 

John 1:17
For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.

Of course, if you read ROMANS, Chapter 11 ... You’ll find that one of God’s chosen people of Israel CAN be saved during the TIME OF THE GENTILES as well.

 Preachers like Paul, were chosen by God to bring the message of TRUTH to these Gentiles. Paul made it clear that he was called to reach and preach to the GENTILES:

2 Timothy 1:11
Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.

Paul also said these words.

Acts 13:46-47
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. For so hath the Lord commanded US, saying, I have set thee to be a LIGHT OF THE GENTILES, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

So, Paul and Barnabas are the Light of the Gentiles?

I thought it was JESUS ...

So, is it Paul and Barnabas or Jesus that are the LIGHT OF THE GENTILES?

Here is where most people get CON-fused.

You will REALLY need your Spiritual thinking caps on to grasp what the Holy Spirit is about to share.

We must remember that Jesus IS and ALWAYS WAS the Word of God:

John 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.

 

John 1:14
And the
Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and TRUTH.

In the Old Testament Jesus (Being the WORD of GOD) makes it so clear ... even saying, Come close and listen! It's never been a secret! I've existed all along!

Isaiah 48:16
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this;
I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord GOD, and His Spirit, hath sent ME.

Jesus IS the WORD of God. LISTEN to what HE is saying …

Isaiah 52:6 
Therefore
MY people shall know MY name: therefore they shall know in that day that I Am He that doth speak: BEHOLD IT IS I.
 

 Do you HEAR what Jesus is saying?

It is HE who is talking to us.

HE, being the WORD of God. He spoke thru Isaiah, Paul and many others.

So, the way we make sense of  Paul, Barnabas and Jesus all being the LIGHT OF THE GENTILES is really kinda simple. It is JESUS (The WORD OF GOD) within ALL those which He dwells within which will be the LIGHT to the gentiles.

As the gentiles are no longer those who are not Jewish … But, are now those who are not Christian.

Since the Holy Spirit lives within each of us …

That means YOU too are a LIGHT to the gentiles. HE, within YOU … IS their guiding LIGHT.

Keep that LIGHT burning as many may come to depend upon HIS LIGHT within YOU.

BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES !!!

 

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