GENTILES PARTAKERS OF HIS PROMISE

Gentiles are partakers of His promise

Leslie M. John

REPEATED FAILURES OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL

“That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6)

In the book of Hosea, the pathetic condition of Israel is described. In this book it is seen that Israel, who had been blessed, and to whom were the blessings and covenants given, repeatedly fell from the presence of the Lord.

In the sight of the Lord, who asked Hosea to marry a prostitute, Israel was similar to prostitute, dishonest with her infidelity. God, who was like husband to them saw their deviation from honesty and loyalty. God, therefore, chastised them time and again.

The Lord goes on to say that they are not His people, and he is not their God. He was like a frustrated husband trying to bring them to the path of salvation, yet they erred time and again.

They refused to accept Jesus as their Messiah, and therefore, God caused spiritual blindness to overaken them. In the meanwhile, God’s purpose of affording salvation to gentiles was fulfilled. Jews and Gentiles are now equal in the sight of the LORD and they are one “new man” in Christ.

It was not outside the purpose of God that the Gentiles should be saved, but this mystery was hidden in Old Testament period. The Church consists of Jews and Gentiles. This purpose was hidden in God until it was revealed to us in Ephesians 2nd, and 3rd Chapters.

The Church is the body of Christ. In this Church are no differences as to who is Jew and who is Gentile, but everyone has similar status. In this Church is seen no more distinction of earthly differences of race, ethnicity, clan, color, and nationality.

It is the blood of Jesus that saves a man from being condemned to death and eternal destruction. It is the water that Jesus gives that becomes living water for the sinner. It is the life that Jesus gives to sinner that becomes eternal life.

Having 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; (Ephesians 2:15)