But theres more in these passages. As a matter-of fact, these are a few of the most meaningful Scriptures we have.
12That during those times ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no...
The following Scriptures describe the health of us Gentiles before we received Jesus as our Savior. They also identify what supernaturally happened to us immediately upon receiving Him as our Savior.
But theres more in these passages. As a matter-of fact, these are a few of the most substantial Scriptures we have.
12That during those times ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God within the world:
13But now in Christ Jesus ye who often were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. (KJV)
First, we begin to see the five things that describe our hopeless condition prior to our salvation through the body of Christ:
We were without Christ.
We had been alienated from the commonwealth of Israel.
We were strangers from the Abrahamic covenant promises.
Because of the above three, we'd no hope.
We were without God on earth.
Before we can show what happened to us Geniles upon receiving Christ, we must determine the 'two groups' in line thirteen above. Only then can we realize what happened to us and use what it indicates to us Gentiles to-day.
These 'two teams' are called the 'far off group' and the 'nigh group' respectively. You see, within the Old Testament, the Gentiles were identified by the term far off as the saved Jews were identified by the term nigh or near.
We Gentiles were the 'far off group' and the saved Jews were the 'nigh or near group.'
Listed here are three Scriptures in the Old Testament which identify these two groups for-you.
14He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the kids of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye god. (KJV)
This passage identifies the kids of Israel as the 'near group.'
3And he'll judge among many people, and rebuke sturdy nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not raise up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any longer. (KJV)
This verse identifies the countries (not Jews) while the 'remote group.' Clearly, the word nations or nationalities includes people apart from Jews. This disturbing aliens group use with has several interesting tips for how to ponder it.
The next verse shows both groups in one verse. You'll find this verse quoted by Paul in Ephesians chapter two.
19I develop the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that's far off, and to him that's near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. (KJV)
Now here's Pauls estimate in Ephesians 2:17 of Isaiahs statement above.
17And came and preached peace for you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Now the 'far off group,' even as we discovered above, had nothing of the five blessings from Abraham's covenant as the 'near group' had all of them. Identify extra info on find out more by browsing our tasteful article directory.
You remember that the saved Jews were born with the five things for their position, by birth, in the Abrahamic covenant.
In addition you keep in mind that whenever a Jew accepted Christ as Gods final sacrifice for sin under Moses law, they managed what they were born with-in Abrahams agreement. They managed their birthright of recovery, prosperity, family wellness and salvation.
Additionally you remember that a Gentile is grafted into these sam-e Abrahamic blessings of healing, prosperity, family wellbeing and salvation ab muscles time he/she receives as his/her savior Christ.
Quite simply, we Gentiles get these blessings by the new birth. Alternatively, a Jew was born together as a result of his/place devote the Abrahamic covenant. Put differently, he or she keeps them by the New Birth and got them by his actual birth.
Again, to say it another way, when he/she takes Christ as his/her final sacrifice for sin under Moses law, he/she maintains the recovery, prosperity, family wellness and salvation he/she came to be with in the Abrahamic covenant.
Today when Gentiles accept Christ as their personal Savior, they're immediately and supernaturally transferred, by the body of Christ, from the 'remote group' into the 'near group' on a complete equal footing with all the saved Jews. Who're the saved Jews?
In the Old Testament, the saved Jews were those of Israel who made the proper sacrifice because of their sins as given by Moses law. By doing this, they managed what they were born with in Abrahams covenant.
Inside the New Testament, the saved Jews are those that accept Jesus as Gods final sacrifice for sin, rather than the blood of bulls and goats required in Moses' law.
Wonder of wonders! We Gentiles are supernaturally moved from one party to yet another by the blood of Jesus. We're moved in the 'far 'off group' into the 'near group' by the supernatural power of God. That supernatural shift is caused while the final and full payment for our sins by our receiving the blood of Jesus.
Today we Gentiles are transferred in to the same band of saved Jews who held healing, family wellbeing, wealth and salvation starting in Genesis 12. This really is where God began creating the Abraham covenant that contained 60 promises.
Now that we Gentile Christians have Christ, we are maybe not aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and we are right at home in the covenant promises of Abraham.
Consequently, we've hope and we have God in this world, along with in-the world to come. Today we share the benefits of healing, success, family wellness and salvation equally using the saved Jews..