Those two words are mentioned many times in the Bible, and they come FROM WORDS that mean «villagers,» «families,» or «nations.» So we are all Gentiles, because we all belong to a nation.
However, the people of Israel considered that all those who didn’t believe in God and worshiped idols were the other «nations» or «peoples.» That’s why they called them «pagans» or «Gentiles.»
That way the Israelites and Jews made a distinction between those who were Abraham’s descendants and those who weren’t. They treated people who didn’t belong to their race or religion differently. They thought that the other nations were inferior and many times they looked down on them.
Do you think that’s right* Of course not, because God loves all people in all nations.
Jesus came to this world to bring down that wall dividing Jews from those who are not Jews. Jesus showed that He loves us all and both Jews and non-Jews can receive God’s blessings. Jesus came to save all those who believe in Him, whether Jewish or not, Adventist or not, Christian or not.
Do you feel privileged to know Jesus? Then share that privilege with others. That’s what Jesus wants: for everyone to know Him and be happier!
What friend are you going to invite to church this Sabbath so he or she will be as privileged as you2 Write your invitation in your Prayer journal and invite him or her today.