Clifton J Tracy Jr
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Holman Bible Dictionary
GENTILES (ghehn' tiles) People who are not part of God’s chosen family at birth and thus can be considered “pagans.” Though not synonymous in English “Gentiles,” “nations,” “pagans,” “heathens” are variants chosen by translators to render goyim in Hebrew and ethnoi in Greek. “Gentile” and “nation” suggest race or territory, while “pagans” and “heathen” suggest religion. “Heathen” is used in the KJV for the idolatrous people of Israel (Jer. 49:15; Ps. 135:15), but is in the NIV only at 1 Thessalonians 4:5. “Pagan” is not in the KJV but is in the RSV at 1 Corinthians 5:1; 10:20 for ethnoi, and is used numerous times in the NIV for both goy and ethnos. An invariable distinction between am (“people”) and goy (“nation”) is impossible. Both apply to Israel in the same context (Ex. 33:13; Deut. 4:6).
The doctrine of election in which Israel became a holy nation (Ex. 19:16; Lev. 19:2) among the nations by the covenant at Sinai draws attention to the fact that no other nation has such a God or such laws. The writer of Deuteronomy forbade communion with the nations (Deut. 7:3, 6, 16). The Old Testament noted the filthy ways (Ezra 6:21) and worship abominations (2 Kings 16:3) of the nations.
Affliction by other nations increased tension between Israel and the nations which gave rise to invoking curses on the nations in the Psalms (Pss. 9; 59; 137). The ultimate punishment of Israel for disobedience was being scattered among the nations..
According to the prophets, the nations were under God’s control and were unconsciously being used (Isa. 10:5-7); but in turn would be punished (Isa. 10:12-16). Joel depicted the judgment of the nations who had abused Israel in the valley of Jehoshaphat (Joel 3:12-16).
Solomon’s prayer of dedication made clear that the door was never closed to the foreigner who wished to serve the Lord (1 Kings 8:41-43), and prophetic words and some Psalms depict the nations gathering to worship the God of Jacob (Pss. 86:9; 102:15-17; Isa. 2:2-4; Zeph. 3:9-10). The Lord is the sole God of all peoples (Isa. 45:22-24). Israel’s mission was to bring justice (Isa. 42:1) and light to the nations (Isa. 49:6).
Jesus’ ministry is interpreted in the Gospels in terms of Old Testament expectations for the Gentiles. He was a light to the Gentiles (Matt. 4:16-17; Luke 2:32). Though Jesus directed His work to Jews (Matt. 15:24) and at first limited His disciples to them (Matt. 10:5), He threatened that the kingdom would be taken from the Jews and given to a nation bringing its fruits (Matt. 21:43). Though Jesus was crucified by Gentiles (Matt. 20:19), equal blame is placed on both Gentiles and Jews (Acts 4:27).
Following the resurrection of Jesus, the commission included “all nations” (Matt. 28:19). The judgment scene in Jesus’ parable envisioned “all nations” gathered before the glorious throne (Matt. 25:31, 32). The promises included all those afar off (Acts 2:39). At the house of Cornelius, the Spirit was poured out on the Gentiles (Acts 10:45; 11:1, 18; 15:7). The apostolic gathering in Jerusalem, by the apostolic letter, freed Gentiles from obedience to the law (Acts 15:19; compare 21:19, 21, 25).
In the apostolic preaching the promise to Abraham (Gen. 12:3; 18:18) found fulfillment (Gal. 3:8). Though in times past the Gentiles had been without God (Eph. 2:12-22), God in Christ broke through all boundaries. Paul, sent to preach among the Gentiles (Acts 9:15; 22:21; 26:17; Gal. 1:16; 2:9) was in perils (2 Cor. 11:26). When rejected in the synagogues, he turned to the Gentiles (Acts 13:46; 18:6; 28:28), understanding his work in the light of Old Testament predictions (Acts 13:47, 48; Rom. 15:9-12). As the apostle to the Gentiles (Gal. 2:8, 9), claiming that in Christ racial distinctions were obliterated (Gal. 3:28), Paul proclaimed an equal opportunity of salvation (Rom. 1:16; 9:24; Col. 3:11; compare Acts 26:20, 23). Gentiles were the wild branches in the allegory grafted into the olive tree (Rom. 11:16-25).
The New Testament records the repetitions in prayer by the Gentiles (Matt. 6:7), their occupation with material concerns (Matt. 6:32), their raging against the Lord (Acts 4:25), and their domineering rulers (Matt. 20:25). The recalcitrant Christian brother is to be considered as the heathen (Matt. 18:17).
Unbelieving Gentile standards fell short of Christian ones (Rom. 1:18-32; Gal. 2:14; 1 Pet. 4:3). The cross was folly to them (1 Cor. 1:23); they were sexually immoral (1 Cor. 6:9-11), and sacrificed to demons (1 Cor. 10:20). Nevertheless, those who believe are justified by faith (Gal. 3:8). By the cross the hostility is ended (Eph. 2:11-17). Abraham has become the spiritual father of all nations (Rom. 4:17).
Paul experienced great resentment among the Jews because of the opportunity he was offering the Gentiles (Gal. 2:15-16). Nevertheless, in New Testament thought, the church made up of Jew and Gentile was the holy nation, God’s own people (1 Pet. 2:9).
The apocalypse with its shifting views, depicts a redeemed multitude of all nations (Rev. 5:9; 7:9), and the One who overcomes has power over the nations (Rev. 2:26), Babylon (Rev. 14:8; 18:2, 23), the beast (Rev. 13:4), and the harlot (Rev. 17:15) are the deceivers of the nations. The devil is bound to deceive them no more (Rev. 20:3). All nations come to worship (Rev. 15:4) One born to rule with a rod of iron (Rev. 12:5). In the closing scenes of the book the nations walk in the light of the lamp of the Lamb; the glory of the nations is brought into the city (Rev. 21:23-24, 26); the leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations (Rev. 22:2).
Jack P. Lewis
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
(Heb., usually in plural, goyim), meaning in general all nations except the Jews. In course of time, as the Jews began more and more to pride themselves on their peculiar privileges, it acquired unpleasant associations, and was used as a term of contempt.
In the New Testament the Greek word Hellenes, meaning literally Greek (as in Acts 16:1, 3; 18:17; Rom. 1:14), generally denotes any non-Jewish nation.
Webster’s New Universal
Gentile n. [from Fr. And L.; Fr. Gentil; L. gentilis, of the same gens; also, foreigner (in opposition to Roman) pagan, heathen (in opposition to Jew and Christian)
1. [also G--] any person not a Jew,
2. formerly, among Christians, a heathen; pagan.
3. [also G---] among Mormons, any person not a Mormon.
Gentile A. 1. [also G---] not Jewish
2. heathen; pagan
3. [also G---] not Mormon
4. [usually jen’til]. Of a clan, tribe, people, or nation.
5. [usually jen’til, in grammar, designating a nationality or country; French is a gentile word.
I am not a Gentile
Though I was not born a Jew
To My Jewish colleges and Messianic Community, please do not take this article as an offence to you or any one that believe as you do. If you and the Church desire to call me a Gentile so be it. I would prefer that in our discussions and contact with each other you would refrain from calling me personally Gentile. I do not like the term and this Article is why. I will not discuss this article among the membership without your permission, or I am asked to give an account of what I believe. I have been asked to give Scriptures from the Bible stating I am no longer a Gentile. This I will endeavor to do.
As you can see from the articles written by Holman, Easton and Webster’s Dictionary, there is a stigma and stereotyping attached to the word “Gentile” in the literary field so that when the Jew use the word It seem to imply that the Jew is God’s Chosen and I am not. It makes me feel like a second class citizen of the kingdom of God.
To set the stage note in Gal 3: 14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. . . . The gentile was to receive the blessing of Abraham though faith. Therefore, the Law was given to Israel to be our (Jew and Gentile) schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. When Christ came and the Gentile was introduced to Him by Peter and Paul and they accepted, notice what happened; Christ transcended (Goyim, ethnoi, Gentile) national boundaries, and took out of both Jew and Gentile a people for His name.
Acts 15: 14Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, . . . 17That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Note that physical people are not identified by their physical nationality, but by their birth into God’s nation “The Israel of God”. (Gal 6:16)
John 3: 3Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. 1 Peter 1,
1 Peter 1: 22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
I am not identified by my physical birth, but by my Spiritual birth. . . . This is who I am to-day right now. Brothers I could go on 1 Corinthians 6:19 I don’t belong to myself because I was bought with a price, you see God Is your Father but He is my Dad. We are all made one Christ.
28There 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. 29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Roman 6: 3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old . . . (Gentile) . . . man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin. Notice my Gentile ness was destroyed, along with my sinful nature. In Ephesians 2: He quickened me who was a Gentile walking according to the prince of the power of the air working in the children of disobedience.
Ephesians 2: 1And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3Among whom also we (Jew and Gentile) all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
God, who is rich in mercy quickened me and raised me up and made me to sit together with Yeshua in heavenly places.
4But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (Jew and Gentile) together with Christ, (by grace we are saved;) 6And hath raised us up (Jew and Gentile) together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us (Jew and Gentile) through Christ Jesus. 8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we (Jew and Gentile) are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision (Jews) in the flesh made by hands; 12That at that time ye (Gentiles) were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus ye (Gentiles) who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14For he (Christ) is our (Jew and Gentile’s) peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; (The wall that separated Jew from Goyim, Gentile in the Temple) 15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16And that he might reconcile both (Jew and Gentile) unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17And came and preached peace to you (Gentiles) which were afar off, and to them that were nigh(Jews). 18For through him we both (Jew and Gentile) have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19Now therefore ye (Gentiles) are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20And are built upon the foundation of the (Messianic) apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22In whom ye (Gentiles) also are builded together (with the Jews) for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
I have lived all of my life as a second class citizen coming from the south, Lake Providence Louisiana. I lived through the height of what is known as Jim Crow Laws. These laws were enacted to especially separate African Americans from the white population. The South was never satisfied with the freeing of the Slaves. They fought to keep the Slaves subjugated so they wouldn’t become independent and thereby loosing their work force. This was the reason for the “Jim Crow Laws”.
Most of my young life I wasn’t accepted by my African Americans, I was known as a mulatto, a man without a country, I was neither white nor black. I was disliked by both the White and Black community, I was raised in a foster home without mother or Father. It was some where in this time frame that I came across this verse in Psalm 68:
Psalm 68: 4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. . . . At this point I adopted God as my Dad and it has been Him and I ever since. God Took over my life and brought me to this point in time. There is no way I could have planned my life to be at this point in time as I am. I would appreciate it if you would read and give feed back. I am not writing this for sympathy or for favor, I know where off I speak and my relationship with God. I know who I am.
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