Rightly dividing the Word of truth
This is part 17 in a series of 53 articles about RIGHTLY DIVIDING GOD’S WORD OF TRUTH. All scripture quoted will be from the King James Bible.
In part 16, we found out that God has temporally set the nation of Israel aside because of their repeated failure to obey God, and of its refusal to keep His commandments and statutes which God commanded them to keep. The only way for a Jew to be saved during this time was to keep God’s law, the commandments and statutes, but as a nation they failed. However, we know there were some individuals Jews who were saved because they did all that God commanded of them.
Also,in part 16, we read in Romans 11:25 in the last part of the verse it said: that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
All who are reading
these articles need to understand that the whole Bible is about two groups of
people, Jews and Gentiles. So, now we’re going to go back to the beginning of
the Bible to find out more about the Gentiles.
In the beginning all people were Gentiles until God started the Jewish nation of Israel through Abraham and Joseph. God set all the Gentile’s aside after the time of the tower of Babel around 2300 BC. You can read about the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. It was at this time God set all the Gentiles aside without Christ and no hope as it says in Ephesians 2:11-12: 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye 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.
The ancient Gentile world was not under the law of Moses given to the nation of Israel because the start of the Jewish nation did take place until somewhere around 1920 BC. The Commandments given to Moses took place around 1445 BC. God did not give the ancient Gentile world any written Word to follow, so how could God judge these Gentile nations and set them aside as He did Israel around 1500 years later? Let’s look at Romans 2:12-15: 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another. God can judge on the basis of works because He is impartial and because the law is immaterial. The Gentiles will not be judged on the basis of the Jew’s law, and the Jew will not be excused by the Gentile’s lack of the law. Works demonstrate the heart’s true condition. Conscience is sufficient for condemnation because it establishes a framework of right and wrong and reflects the law written in their hearts. All mankind has been given this consciousness of God and the sense of what is right and wrong.
To be continued