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WHO ARE THE BIBLE GENTILES
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JESUS IS A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES
BIBLE GENTILES PROMISE
After reading the scripture that speaks on this topic, two questions come to mind and heart ... What does a light to the Gentiles mean and who is this light to the Gentiles? Let us seek the truth together, shall we?
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
But, in the
NEW Covenant, which is revealed in the NEW Testament ...
GRACE is what
our Lord provides for those who believe in HIM.
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
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.
Covenant allows both Jewish and Gentiles to take part in
the PROMISE of this New Covenant. We read the word
ďGENTILEĒ in the Bible.
What is a
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
Godís people. The Jewish people had customs where they
could not even enter the home of a Gentile person.
A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES DISUSSION
BIBLE GENTILES BLESSING
the New Testament began, it became clear that God had
allowed the Gentiles into Christianity:
not a new thing but rather prophesied of many times in
the Old Testament:
That the Gentiles
should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers
of his promise in Christ by the Gospel ...
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.
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.
the Jewish Christians feel this way?
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.
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?
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 EXPLAINED
BIBLE GENTILES PROMISE
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.
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:
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.
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.
I am a bit confuzzled here. I mean ... Jesus made it CLEAR
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES BRINGS HOPE
BIBLE GENTILES DEBATE
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
is this LIGHT TO THE GENTILES?
would Jesus not preach to the gentiles WHILE HE WAS HERE
and yet be considered a LIGHT to the gentiles?
because the OLD Covenant was not yet completed.
Covenant (which would include the gentiles) could not
begin until the Testator of it ... Died:
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.
New Testament and the Time of the Gentiles began after
the Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
TIME OF THE
There is a time
in the Bible
known as the
"Time of the
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.
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
didnít begin until the death of Jesus?
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
and continues until the End Times.
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.
For the law was given by Moses, but GRACE and TRUTH came by Jesus Christ.
Of course, if you read
... Youíll find that one of Godís chosen people of Israel CAN be saved during the TIME OF THE GENTILES as well.
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
am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher
of the Gentiles.
said these words.
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.
and Barnabas are the Light of the Gentiles?
it was JESUS ...
So, is it
Paul and Barnabas or Jesus that are the LIGHT OF THE
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.
remember that Jesus IS and ALWAYS WAS the Word of God:
In the beginning
was the Word,
Word was with God,
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.
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
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!
Come ye near unto me, hear ye this;
not spoken in secret
from the beginning;
from the time that it was,
there am I:
the Lord GOD,
Jesus IS the WORD of God. LISTEN to what HE is saying ...
people shall know
name: therefore they shall know in that day that
that doth speak: BEHOLD IT IS
BE A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES
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
As the gentiles are no longer those who are not Jewish ...
But, are now those who are not Christian.
Holy Spirit lives within each of us ...
YOU too are a LIGHT to the gentiles. HE, within YOU ... IS
their guiding LIGHT.
LIGHT burning as many may come to depend upon HIS LIGHT
A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES !!!
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