Jews by Nature

Galatians 2: 15-16. “We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

What does Paul mean when he says “We who are Jews by nature”?  He is talking about those who, like himself, were born  of Jewish parents and are descendants of the Jewish nation. They grew up hearing of God and His mighty works and power.  They learned the Law from childhood. They were not like the Gentiles, who did not grow up in the Jewish tradition.

Both are saved by grace through faith.  Jewish sinners, Gentile sinners?  It doesn’t matter. Jesus died for all sinners.  There is no difference to God between the Jew and the Gentile, the bond and the free,  male or female. The blood of Jesus Christ was shed for all. Period.  Salvation for all is by grace through faith, believing in Jesus Christ as the only Son of God Who came to die that we might live.

The only justification with God is through the blood of Jesus.

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5 thoughts on “Jews by Nature

  1. myrapawleys

    Reblogged this on mfdpens@pi and commented:
    In The Old Covenant God gave the Law and His Spirit to only a few, but Now-In The New Covenant He gave His Son-all for us and His Spirit to all who call on the name of Jesus. We are no longer under law, but grace. Whether Jew or Greek-Slave or Free-we are all saved by His amazing Grace!

  2. Anne

    His grace amazing through the ages. Available, not limited. Through faith not of works but to good works. Thinking of Ruth, Rahab, etc.

    And as the Jews were set apart in the way He had chosen, we through faith 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…which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy” being as “strangers and pilgrims.” (I Peter 2)

    It’s been a while since I’ve read through Galatians. Much to think on anew.

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