THE PRIVILEGES OF GENTILES

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Leslie M John

Apostle Paul writes if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature.  Old things in him are passed away and everything in him turns out to be new. If he is truly born again child of God, he will not seek to commit sin again.

Peter, one of the disciples of Jesus Christ, says we are all sojourners on this earth. Our true inheritance, which is incorruptible, and that does not fade away, is in heaven. As aliens on this earth we enjoy all the privileges of citizens, yet our true treasure, that does not perish, is in heaven. Therefore, we should greatly rejoice.

The price paid for us to have this great inheritance is the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. No amount of good works can save a person, and the only way to receive salvation is by the grace of God, through faith in him.

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ bearing our sin upon the cross enabled us to approach the Father in heaven, through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, who is our mediator. The blood of Jesus cleansed us from our sin. Although our temptations are manifold, yet the trial of our faith is much more precious than that of gold, which perishes. (1 Peter 1:1-25)

If we call on the Father, He will help us that we pass our pilgrimage on this earth in fear of Him, rendering to Him His due worship.  We are not redeemed by silver or gold, but by the blood of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, whom John identified as the Lamb of God.  Peter confirms that this Lamb of God was Lord Jesus.  John said this is the Lamb of God came to this world to take away the sin of the world.

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”: (1 Peter 1:18-19)

The Father in heaven judges every man according to his/her works while sojourning on this earth. He keeps record of our vain conversations that we may have received from our earthly fathers following traditions.

Therefore, let us keep in mind that as the Scripture says, Lord Jesus Christ was ‘foreordained before the foundation of the world’ and he was revealed unto us in the form of man. He died on the cross, bearing our sins, so that we may have redemption from sin.

God raised Him from the dead on the third day after crucifixion. Jesus is not dead lying in the grave just as any other man; but he was raised from the dead on the third day as prophesied.  Later, after forty days on this earth he ascended into heaven. He is now seated on the right hand of the Majesty, pleading on our behalf with the Father. Our faith in God increases as our days pass on this earth because of this infallible truth.

Our souls are purified by believing on this truth and hope increases as our sojourning on this earth tapers to start afresh eternal life with the only one, who paid the price for our salvation. Likewise, our love for one another should be fervent and pure.

Just as grass withers, and flower fades, our life on this earth is also temporal and temporary, but the life with Jesus is eternal as the Word of God endures forever. (I Peter 1:1-25)

Peter goes on to reveal another great truth that we love our Lord, not because of we are able to see him physically, but because of our belief in him. 1 John 4:19 we read that ‘we love him, because he first loved us’.

Our savior, as described in Song of Solomon 5th Chapter, is ‘altogether lovely’ and ‘ white and ruddy, the chief among ten thousand’. Yet, it is not the beauty or the physical appearance of our Lord that makes us to love him but because he has shown his love toward us by shedding his precious blood for our sake in order that we may not be condemned but be saved.

This was the way for our redemption from our sin. He is the way, the truth and the life. There is no one, except Jesus, who can save us from the eternal damnation. That is the reason, why after having been saved, we ‘rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory’.

We have received salvation of our souls by faith in him and the efficacy of his blood shed for us, rather than any works associated with law. Our salvation is not by any good works that we do or have done, but it is by believing in him through faith. The Old Testament prophets have enquired about this salvation. They prophesied about the grace and about the salvation that will be available through the only begotten Son of God. They prophesied about the sufferings of Jesus and the glory that he would have thereafter.

Although they prophesied about these things, yet these were reserved for us to hear about and believe. The angels desired to look into these things, but it was for us to have that privilege to hear and believe. The gospel of Jesus Christ is preached unto us, and it is great privilege for those who hear the good news about Jesus Christ to accept his sacrifice on the cross for our sake.

Peter, therefore, instructs us to gird up the loins of our minds, be sober and hope for the grace that is to be brought unto us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. He writes to us that we be as obedient children and follow Jesus, who was holy. We should neither lust nor live in fashion with an idea of attracting the other gender into lustful thoughts. Our conversation should bring glory and honor unto our Lord Jesus. (1 Peter 1:8-17)


Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)THE ONE NEW MAN

The Book of Acts contains historical facts of Apostles, primarily that Apostle Peter and Apostle Paul. The Book of Acts contains the historical transition of the “Kingdom” message to the message of ‘One New Man” the “CHURCH”, whose head is Lord Jesus Christ with members from Jews and Gentiles.

“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

The phrase “one new man” referred to in Ephesians 2:15 is the one body of Christ that has members from Jews and Gentiles. They are made one in Christ and there is no difference between them.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (Romans 10:12)

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: (Ephesians 3:3-6)