The Hebrews were not set apart as a distinct people until the giving of the law of Moses Exodus ; cf.
The Gentile Pentecost
Ephesians Acts ; Romans ff; Galatians ; Ephesians ff. There always has been a way for honest people to be right with their Creator—if they seek after him and choose to please him Acts ff. God so loved the entire world and gave his Son as a potential redeeming sacrifice for all who avail themselves of his gift John He is the loving benefactor to everyone who submits to his will in faithful obedience 1 Timothy ; Hebrews ; cf.
Jackson, Wayne. Access date: November 13, Topical Index. About Contact. By Wayne Jackson. Gentile Accountability That the ancient Gentile world was religiously and morally culpable before the Creator is most obvious from the testimony of both Old and New Testaments. The Inward Law The ancient Gentiles were not judged by the same rule as the Jews due to the fact that the Hebrews had a written revelation from God the law of Moses, and eventually the completed body of the Old Testament Scriptures , while the other nations did not; the Gentiles, therefore, were evaluated by a more general standard than the Jews.
Paul wrote: [F]or when Gentiles that have not the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are the law unto themselves; in that they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness therewith, and their thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing them in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ Romans From this text, as well as supplementary data, the following facts can be deduced: 1 While the Gentiles did not have a written law e.
Elsewhere the matterhas been described in this way: [T]he threefold workings of the law, in that the guidance of their heart predisposes them to know the right, the testimony of their conscience bears witness with their heart that the right is preferable, and lastly, after the deed is done, their thoughts or inward reasonings accuse or excuse them according as their act has been wrong or right.
Lewis, one-time professor at Cambridge, wrote: If anyone will take the trouble to compare the moral teaching of, say, the ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Hindus, Chinese, Greeks and Romans, what will really strike him will be how very like they are to each other and to our own , 19; emphasis added. In his volume, An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding published in , he stated: It is universally acknowledged that there is a great uniformity among the actions of men, in all nations and ages, and that human nature remains still the same, in its principles and operations.
Incidentally, Hume conceded that there is no rational excuse for the worship of many gods. This speaks to the issue of the Gentile idolatry described in the context of Romans ff. Conclusion There always has been a way for honest people to be right with their Creator—if they seek after him and choose to please him Acts ff.
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Can a Gentile be Saved?
I wrote an article which addresses this subject in much greater detail entitled, What is a Former Christian Minister to Do, Convert? Are the Jewish people proud? Yes, but we want all of humanity to be proud. Were we chosen? Yes, but for what purpose? For power, happiness, rest and security in our possessions? Rather to be a light to the nations—to show all nations an example of a people who are not afraid to stand upright on the earth. To regard no man as God, and to be the protectors and teachers of the divine oracles of the Torah. This is why we were chosen by God.
With respect to my comment regarding the anti-Dispensationalist author Arthur W. Pink, you are being overly charitable when you defend his supersessionist 1. I am going to assume that you defended this popular Calvinist writer because you are not familiar with his Christology. Other section names in his book are equally jarring, such as The Inferiority of Judaism and The Superiority of Christianity. To further illustrate this point, in his chapter, The Passing of Judaism, Pink applauds the Bible commentator and advocate of replacement theology, Matthew Henry th century , when he writes,.
The readers of this letter can rest assured that you did not derive this cynical teaching from the Jewish Scriptures, for such an idea is hostile to the timeless message of Tanach. Calev and Josiah were righteous throughout their faithful lives. Ironically, in an effort to cast the parents of John the Baptist as Mary-like, the Book of Luke insists that Zachariah and Elizabeth were sinless.
And they [Zachariah and Elizabeth] were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. The fundamentalist Church blindly characterizes the human condition as depraved, utterly incapable of meriting salvation by their own devotion to God. But, shall we call ourselves wretchedly sinful?
Were we not created in the image of God? Is it not an insult to God to call ourselves spiritually defective and utterly depraved? Self-criticism is good, but what is the purpose of humility and self-criticism?