Greetings! When studying the scriptures it is very important to keep in mind that during the period of the apostles there were two evangels or gospels being taught at the same time. Both centered around Christ being crucified and risen, of course, but the 12 apostles were designated to teach the Jews or Israelites whereas Paul was chosen by God to evangelize ‘the nations’, as well as a select number of Jews …Ephesians 3:8 and Galatians 2:7-9.
This was a ‘sacred secret’ hidden before in times past and revealed solely to Paul as to how God was now going to call those of ‘the nations’ (Gentiles) to be joint heirs with the Jews….Ephesians 3:1-8. Israel will have their “physical” inheritance on the earth ( beginning with the Millennium reign) and the Nations ( Gentiles) will have our allotment in the heavens. More on this below.
Those Jews taught by the 12 apostles and other believing Jewish teachers were to keep the Jewish laws and traditions until Christ returned. However, it was decided when Paul went up to Jerusalem to meet with Peter that ‘the nations’ were not obligated to observe these, but only to (1) keep from things sacrificed to idols (2) from blood and from things strangled (3) from fornication, (4) and to remember the poor….Acts 15:28-29 and Galatians 2: 7-10. The Gentiles did not have to be circumcised, observe Holy Days or any of the traditions of Moses, and this obviously holds true for us today. Again, the Israeli believers were required to keep these laws of Moses and the Holy Days, etc….until Christ returned.
‘The nations’ have a different inheritance as well. The Jewish saints/believers (Abraham, David, Peter, James, Elijah, Moses, John the Baptist, etc.) are going to reign on earth after the Tribulation as well as when the New Jerusalem descends….this has always been their promised birthright.
We believing Gentiles, on the other hand, have our inheritance among the celestials, will be adorning a ‘heavenly’ body, like Christ, to move about in the heavens (1Corinthians 15:49) and judging heavenly messengers (1 Corinthians 6:3).
How great is God’s wisdom! Now through the calling of the Gentiles (with their inheritance among the celestials) and the promise to the Israelites to inherit and rule the earth, we have the following: “[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the CLIMAX OF THE AGES to unify ALL things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [BOTH] things in heaven and things on the earth.” (Ephesians 1:10…Amplified Bible…emphasis mine)
Israeli believers will deal with reconciling those on earth to God and Gentile believers will deal with reconciling those from among the celestials. (Ephesians 1:10)
Until later, take care.
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