Who are Gentiles and are they always Gentiles
Bible Version - KJV
Are You A Gentile?
Many of you, if not all, have heard the word Gentile. Many Christians would consider themselves Gentiles. Especially if asked, “Would you call yourself an Israelite or a Gentile?” In the majority of cases they would respond with, “I’m a Gentile” or “We are Gentiles”. Unless of course they knew for sure that they were physically a born Israelite. We know from the scriptures that God first called Abram, later as we know his name was changed to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 17:1-5). From then on the descendants of Abraham were a people set aside by God, set apart from all others and they were His people (Deuteronomy 14:2). From scripture we see that later on these same descendants of Abraham during Jesus’ time that some, especially the religious leaders would let that get to their heads and blind them from seeing the errors of their ways (John 8:31-40). Even before that right from the beginning of John’s ministry that just being a descendant did not truly make you one of God’s people (Matthew 3:7-9).
Let us see who and what Gentiles are first, by looking in the Old Testament. Most scriptures in the Old Testament that mention or speak of Gentiles are prophetic half of those are in the book of Isaiah which will be where some of the scriptures I will be reading are located (Isaiah 11:10; 49:6; 54:3). Other translations will use the word “nations” instead of “Gentiles”. In Malachi 1:11 you see something even more interesting. A connection between Gentiles and Heathens, here in other translations the word “nations” is used for both not just Gentiles. From these few scriptures we see that Gentiles are separate from Gods people and from other translations it is referring to the other nations of the world.
Now I will read a few from the New Testament scriptures that speak of Gentiles. You’ll find most of them in the books of Acts and Romans. Let us read several of these scriptures to see what is said of and about Gentiles (Matthew 20:19; Acts 4:27; 11:17,18,19; 1 Corinthians 12:2; Ephesians 2:11-12; 1 Thessalonians 4:5). Both in the Old and New Testaments Gentiles were referring to those that were not of God’s people and did not follow His commandments.
(Isaiah 56:1-8; Numbers 15:15-16; Romans 11:18-23; Ezekiel 47:22-23) A Gentile is someone that is not of God’s people and does not follow His commandments. Those that were Gentiles and became believers and followed the commandments of God were no longer called nor considered to be Gentiles, but were now part of His people, a peculiar people, and a holy people unto Him.
*Also bring up a parable of a child being adopted into a family
When a child is adopted into a Family the child at that point becomes a member of the Family and is no longer a stranger but are now considered children just as those that were already born into the Family. They take on the name and responsibility that goes along with being part of his or her new family. The Family doesn’t change for the child but the child for the Family.
So when we enter into God’s Family we receive the His name and the blessings and inheritance that goes along with it. But we have to keep His commandments and be obedient unto Him to continue in the Family and to receive those blessings, promises, inheritance and to remain in the covenant.
*Could also bring up about becoming an American citizen
In a perfect system, those that desire to come to America and become an American must do certain thing to obtain that right. Once it’s obtained they then become an American. They receive the blessings and inheritance that come along with receiving of the new name American. As long as we walk according to the Laws of America we remain Americans and loose none of the blessings or inheritance thereof.
It is the same case when we desire to become a Holy people, a Peculiar people unto the LORD. Once we obtain that privilege we receive the blessings and inheritance that go along with it. As long as we continue to walk according to His Laws, for His chosen people, then we will always be partakers of them.
In Closing – Now you must ask yourself, if you had considered yourself a Gentile, do you still consider yourself a Gentile?