Apr 01, 2020


Who is a Jew? Who Is Israel? Who is a Gentile?

Here are some Bible passages that provide an answer for this question:

Acts 2:39

39 "For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself."

Ephesians 2:11-13

11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision " by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands-- 12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Titus 3:9

9 . avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

Romans 2:28-29

28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Romans 9:3-8

3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, 5 whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen. 6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham's descendants, but: "THROUGH ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS WILL BE NAMED." 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants.

Romans 15:8

8 For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers

Galatians 6:15-16

15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Galatians 3:28-29

28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Ephesians 3:14-15

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole/every family/people/nation in heaven and earth is named... [the name in Hebrew culture is linked to identity]

Our Conclusion In light of the evidence that Jewish identity is not independent from Israel's historical dealings with the Lord, we must restate strongly that Jewish identity and Israel's national preservation, calling and inheritance in the Land originate in God and God alone.

The acceptance of messianic Gentiles as joint covenant members with equal status within the Body of Messiah accentuates the respective calling of messianic Jews and Gentiles to:

  • advance the Gospel by provoking Israel and all nations to godly zeal,
  • manifest godly zeal with their example of unity and mutual blessing within the body.

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Author — 08 September 2016, 02:41

A couple of 74 yr old Nebraska, USA 'Believers' thank you for your site. We are definitely 'restorationists'!! Love Jer 31 and 33. The sun has not quit shining, the moon and stars are still visible and the tides still roll. In Christ, Kent Stadler

Gerry — 20 March 2010, 20:23

We are 2 house believers in Messiah we are in the North Bay ON. Thank you so much for this site that you have designed.