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Are We All Jewish?

The question was asked on CLM a while ago about were Christians Jewish, a part of God's chosen race? In Gal. 3:27-29 we are told that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, but these verses contain another statement:

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For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

If we are in Christ we are of Abraham's offspring and heirs according to God's promise. That's the promise that was given to Abraham by God. The Abrahamic Covenant, [Genesis 12:1–3] applies to all nations, not just the Jews, because Abreham existed before the Jewish nation existed. This is indeed confirmed in Genesis 18:18, which states:

seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

This is also confirmed in Genesis 17:5 that uses the words 'multitude of nations':

I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.

So we can indeed be Abraham's offspring, but that does not make us Jewish, nor does it make the Jews into Gentiles.

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Gal. 3:27-29 does not change nationalities, any more than it makes a man into a woman or a woman into a man, what is does do is take away any discrimination between men and women, Greek and Jew. It says that we are all equal in God's sight, because we have a common ancestor Abraham, as one of the multitude of nations that can trace their physical and spiritual roots back to that one man. I believe that God chose Abraham as the common ancestor because he was not of any race, not Jewish, nor Egyptian, or any of the nations that followed him as his offspring.

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So no we are not Jewish, we are God's people, equal in status with all who profess Christ as Lord, Jew, American, British, French, German, Canadian or any other nation. One body, one God with one King, a part of one kingdom.

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  • It depends on how to define them term.

    If a Jew is a descendant of Abraham, then Christians are Jews.  Doctrinally speaking, Christians are descendants of Abraham.

    If a Jew is an adherent to the Old Covenant, then there hasn't been any Jews since 70 AD.

    If a Jew is someone who believes the Talmud is the basis of all religious law and also denies the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh, then that person is a Jew according the law of the country of Israel.

    If a Jew is someone who believes that Mohammad is God's prophet and that the Koran is the basis of all religious law, then Muslims are Jews.

    If someone believes a Jew is a citizen of Israel of God, then indeed we do change nationalities when we are saved.  Ezekiel 47:22, Ephesians 2:12-13, etc.  

    • In many you are right James, as you say, as Christians we become heirs to the Father and are converted to be Abraham's seed.  We are citizens of the Kingdom, which is the common denominator between all believers in Christ as Lord.  Jews were originally the descendants of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or Judea, who were mostly God's favored people.  My wife and I are Judaic Christians, my wife is of Jewish linage so is a Messianic Jew, we observe, as best we can the God-ordained feasts and holy days, like the Seventh Day Sabbath, etc.  My wife is a true seed of Abraham, but I have been adopted into the family, I am English but I am a member of the Kingdom of God, who is my king and ruler.

  • I would say that Ephesians chapter 2 alone makes it clear us that believe are part of God's genuine people..

  • Amen!

  • Amen!

  • :)

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