Are you still a Gentile once you become a Believer in Christ?Most of you might prefer to answer this question with a very strong – “Yes”
But let me ask you:
Is your answer correct according to the Holy Scriptures? What does the Scriptures say about your status in Christ? Let us examine.
According to the Bible there are only two groups of people;
one is- the people of Israel who worship the true God of this universe and the other is – Gentiles who worship idols.
Of course, the above explanation makes perfect sense in the context of Old Testament.
But in the context of New Testament we need to exclude Believers in Christ from this category of Gentiles. You might wonder why I say this.
Saints, there are enough scriptures in the New Testament and the Old Testament to support the above point I mentioned, and we will be examining some of those scriptures in this article.
Nowadays, it is very common to hear Christians, even after they have come to faith in Christ, still claiming to be Gentiles. And this claim is often made with the intention of evading the responsibility of keeping God’s Commandments.
If you ask a Christian to keep the Commandments; the immediate response would be:
“Oh! We are Gentiles, we are New Testament Believers, those old laws are only for the Jews.”
So, for the sake of evading the responsibility of keeping God’s Laws; most of the believers from a Gentile background love to keep claiming that – “They are Gentiles”
Well, let me ask you; Why did God Almighty give the Laws to Israelites?
Because, they are His People. Similarly, God’s Laws applies to anyone who claim to be His people.
There are no separate laws for Jews and Gentiles.
Once you become a disciple of Christ, you are bound to obey God’s Laws. This is what the Bible says. What you hear otherwise is just the willful obfuscation of the “Truth” by a group of preachers and Teachers.
Anyway, before we go into more details, let us examine what the word “Gentile” means.
Gentile – refers to a person who doesn’t acknowledge a particular god or belief – A heathen or Pagan.
In Hebrew the word Goyim (Goyim – People without a covenant with the God Almighty) is used to refer to the Gentiles
this title Goyim or Gentiles makes perfect sense because, they are a people who do not have a covenant with the God Almighty.
In Old Testament period, only the Israelites had a covenant with the God Almighty. The nations around them were excluded from this covenant and they were called “Gentiles” or “Goyim” in Hebrew.
Therefore, when a Christian claim that he is a “Gentile” – It means – He is someone without a covenant with the God Almighty, the God of Israel.
In fact, When you profess your faith in Christ, you become part of the New Covenant which God Almighty established by the precious blood of Jesus Christ that was poured out on Calvary 2000 years ago.
So, how can you, as a believer in Christ, still claim that you are a Gentile?
Next, let us examine some of the scriptures, so that we will get a better understanding of the issue we are discussing here.
11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)—
12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
In verse 11 Apostle Paul is reminding the believers in Ephesus that:
They were formerly Gentiles – not that they are Gentiles now.
Also, they were separated from Christ and excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise.
Those days, when Ephesian Christians were Gentiles they were without hope and without God in the world. But now they are:
- Under the covenant of God through the blood of Christ
- And also, they are called the “Citizens of Israel”
- And they are also one with God’s People.
They are not “Gentiles” anymore.
Similarly, like Ephesians, we too were Gentiles; separated from Christ and excluded from the citizenship in Israel and Foreigners to the Covenants of the Promise.
But now, through our faith in Christ, by His blood shed on the cross of Calvary, we too have become the Citizens of Israel and one with the people of God.
19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,
Again, in verse 19 Apostle Paul reminds Ephesians that “they are no longer foreigners and strangers but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of HIS household, which is built on the foundation of Apostles and Prophets with Christ himself as the cornerstone.
Now, In Christ, both Jews and Gentile believers have become one nation and one household and there is no division or separate identity. In HIS eyes, all belong to HIM and no one is outside the household for any reason.
This is the truth that the Holy Scriptures proclaim and we need to accept them and live accordingly. Remember, when we still identify ourselves as Gentiles, actually, we are dividing the household of Christ.
Similarly, another scripture that talks about the oneness of Jew and Gentile in Christ is in John 10, 6. The scripture is given below.
In the above verse Jesus very categorically declares that “He has sheep that are not of this sheep pen” i.e. believers in Christ who are outside of Israel.
They are actually people from the Gentile nations around Israel.
And also, HE says that – “they should be brought in and they shall be one with Israel.”
From the above verses too, it is clear that Jesus never had a plan that divides His sheep into two – as Jews and Gentiles. Always, His plan was to have one nation under HIM which includes people from Israel and the nations around.
Saints, I hope now you have a better picture of who you are in Christ Jesus. So, my humble reminder is – Don’t use the word “Gentile” to identify yourself in Christ.
Please Remember, each time when you identify yourself as “Gentile” in order to separate yourself from Israel, you are declaring that:
“I am someone without a Covenant”.
If you have been saved by Grace through faith, by the blood of Christ that shed on the Calvary, then you are a citizen of Israel and you are part of God’s Household.
Surely, you don’t have any other identity in the Spiritual Realm.
Therefore, please don’t strip yourself of your citizenship in the Kingdom of God by identifying yourself as a “GENTILE”. There is no such thing as a “Gentile Believer”. Amen.