Are Gentiles included in the New Covenant?

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Seems like a stupid question to ask. However there are always those who would want to tell others their “revelations” are greater than others.

There is now a teaching that tells us that the New Covenant does not apply to Gentiles but just the Jews. Their premise is simple. The Gentiles were never under the Law.

Dear friends it is important to note that whilst Gentiles were not under the Law of Moses, they were under the Law of Conscience.

Romans 2

14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law, 15 since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)

I want us now to consider this.

Galatians 3:21-22
21 Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. 22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

Notice it says that the “whole world” is a prisoner of sin? The “whole world” here would include the Gentiles. The context is also important, the world became imprisoned by the Law.

Paul goes on to talk about the relationship between the Law, Abraham and the Gentiles.

Galatians 3:24-29
24 So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. 25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Note the word “you” is referring to “neither Jew or Gentile”.

Also consider the preamble to this chapter.

Galatians 3:14
14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

It is pertinent for us to note that Mount Sinai God had initially wanted them to receive the covenant of Abraham not Moses.

Exodus 2: 24
God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob.

Exodus 6:2-4
2 God also said to Moses, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they lived as aliens.

It must be noted that when God covenanted with Abraham he had the Gentiles in mind.

Galatians 3:8-9
8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Now it is important to note that the New Covenant is actually the restoration of the covenant of Abraham. The old covenant merely postponed it.

Galatians 3:17
17 What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.

Notice. The law merely postponed the covenant of Abraham until the coming of Jesus.

Galatians 3:19
19 What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator.

I want now to share with you what Bertie Brits said in relevance to this.

“The LAW is more than just commandments, it is a certain logic from where commandments can come forth as the commandments of the law. The law I refer to is the logic that states you can have life by the flesh or rather human ability. It is to believe that you can find life from your achievements and ability.

This can shock you but hear me out.

God incarnated the law with commandments that can save mankind. These commandments were not directed to us but the Man that He would bring forth to do them. God is so smart that he could write commandments under a law of sin to bring the law to an end, which He then also did.

The life we receive when we believe this truth is higher than a law, it is a life where we function from I AM and not trying to have.

There is much to say about this….”

Let’s move on.

“Galatians 3:19
19 What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator.”

So are Gentiles under the new covenant? There were never part of the covenant of Abraham when the Jews warranted the covenant of Moses on themselves.

When Christ died those who are far are “brought near”.

Ephesians 2:13-15
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace,

Note 3 things.

The word “you” is referring to the uncircumcised.

The way the Gentiles are “brought near” is by the abolishing the Law of Moses.

Jesus did not just fulfilled the Law. He abolished it.

Read the following.

Ephesians 2:16-18
16 and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

This one spirit of SONSHIP is what Paul spoke about in Galatians.

Galatians 3:26-29
Sons of God

26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

As such the Gentiles who had been under the covenant of Noah has been ushered into this New Covenant and became sons of Abraham through the abolishing of the Law. The covenant of Moses.

As such the Gentile is in every way included in the New Covenant. The re-establishment of the Covenant of Righteousness by Faith made between Abraham and God.

May that add much to clarification.

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4 thoughts on “Are Gentiles included in the New Covenant?

  1. I’m in a learning and re-learning place in my life. Question: Many believe the Ten Commandments are still for us today. Is this true? Do we follow the Ten Commandments or is there no need for them? (I know Jesus, when questioned about the greatest commandment, spoke of two). Help. Thank you.

  2. Why do Christians never use what God said his new covenant would be? They call their scriptures the New Testament (covenant) never relate their teachings back to what God said. I believe the covenant is as God said it would be when he told Jeremiah “This is the covenant I will make…” and I can’t understand why my brother or my neighbour would teach me anything different.

  3. Pingback: APAKAH BANGSA LAIN TERMASUK DALAM PERJANJIAN YANG | dailygracia

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