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To the Jew First

To the Jew First

As a Christian and one who has studied the word for forty seven years I have always thought that God had two levels.
The Jew first and then the Gentiles.
I felt like I was destined to be 2nd place because I was not a Jew, or at least I believed I wasn’t.
Look at these verses:
Rom_2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom_2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
In both cases the word Jew indicates a geographical Jew. One who was born in Israel. Not a religious Jew.
As for the Gentile, it meant, anyone who was not a Jew. It does not indicate which kind of Jew but if they were not a Jew it was obvious that they would not be either kind of Jew.
What are these words saying? Well, it is a known fact that God target the Geographical and the religious Jew to deal with them as an example to the world. Of course, He started with the Syrians as Abraham was a Syrian to begin with.
Issac was a Syrian and Jacob became Israel a specific group of the descendants of Abraham.
The word Jew first appears in the book of Esther and continues through the New Testament. The word Jew is only translated in both testaments as descendants of Jehuda.
Never does it indicate a spiritual relationship for that term.

Being that God focused on the Descendants of Judah, He looked at them as the ones who should follow Him first and so he said:
Rom_2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom_2:10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
So it would mean punishment for the Geographical Jew as well as all who were not Jews, will come to those who does evil and the reverse to those who do good.

Okay, so what is my point in all of this? Well, for one, the spiritual Jew is anyone who is saved.
These verses speak of the unsaved:
Rom_3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Rom_10:12 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.
So here is the shocker:
Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Whoever looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. Whoever looked back on His sacrifice. They were all Jews.

Some people will get very insulted by this because they always thought they were first. I pray that they would feel happy for all instead of sad for themselves. I accepted the will of God when I thought the Jew was only those from the geographical area who loved God. However that was never God’s intent to separate us.

What does the Bible say?

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Who is? All of us. You can call me a Jew. You can call me a Christian. As long as both meanings, mean, a person belonging to God.

By the way, none of us who are saved are Gentiles because Gentiles are those who do not know God. Paul preached to the Gentiles. Peter preached to the geographical Jews.
Once save they were all one in Christ.

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