The Kingdom Covenants Part 3: Gentiles in the New Covenant

Finally, we will look at how we, gentile believers, fit into the kingdom program of God. The Author of Hebrews has a lengthy discussion on how Christ came to mediate the New Covenant. Jesus died in order to forgive our sins. By his gracious forgiveness, we are made righteous enough so that we may enter the New Covenant. But the Author of Hebrews says nothing about the Gentiles. For that answer, we turn to Paul. Paul plainly declares in his letter to the Galatians that Jews and Gentiles are made the sons of Abraham by faith in the death of Christ. And being united to Christ by faith, gentiles are made heirs of the promise to Abraham with the Jews. Does this mean then that the Jews as an ethnicity are no longer special before God? Absolutely not, as Paul says. In Romans 9-11, Paul clearly states again that Abraham’s children of faith receive the promise, but God still has a plan for the Jews. If the sons of Abraham receive the Abrahamic inheritance—which is the land of Israel, does this mean that the Jews and Gentiles together inherit the land of Israel? Paul hints at the answer earlier in chapter four of Romans. Here, he confirms a third time that Abraham’s children are those who believe. And then he states that they receive the promise given to Abraham—that they should inherit the world—and in this way Abraham will be the father of many nations. The word nations is plural, so there will be multiple nations in the end times. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that as Israel is assured that they will inherit their land, so gentile believers will inherit other parts of the globe. There, they will rule with Christ for 1000 years before being received into the new heaven and new earth, where we will receive the blessing which God intended to give us in the Garden of Eden.

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