Heavenly or earthly identity?
And he (Jesus) said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world (John 8:23) 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. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise (Gal 3:28-29). Abraham was not under the law of Moses which came four hundred and thirty years after him (Gal 3:17). but was saved and called out by faith of the promise For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. (Gal 3:18). But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace (Eph 2:13-15).
The word ‘neither’ in Galatians 3:28 means no longer. The new man that paul speaks of in Ephesians chapter 2 is no longer Gentile but a new creature in Christ. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (2Co 5:17). This isn’t an inforcment but a nesesity. Like we do not force ourselves to eat and drink but we naturally go looking for food and water when we are hungry and thirsty. Only the person who is truly seeking truth will hunger and thirst for rightouseness and truth.
Not all but a majority of Messianic Jews (Jews who accept Jesus as their
Messiah and of course all Jews who reject Jesus as their messiah and Gentiles
who try to be Jews and refuse to let go of their Jewish or Gentile religion
which was corrupted during the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities by the
worship of Baal which they still do today are no different to the Gentile
nations/religions. I for example can no longer call myself a Gentile. I have to
come away from my western carnal thinking and be born again from above into
Christ Jesus having my mind/thinking renewed by the leading and guiding of the
Holy Spirit by allowing the Holy Spirit to baptise me/immerse me in the word of
God and becoming conformed into the very
image of Christ daily, a new creature in him no longer having the Jewish or
Greek mind set, rich or poor slave or free or even male or female (Gal 3:28). .
I recently have returned from a trip to Jerusalem and in a “Messianic” meeting
the teacher upfront said to me that I couldn't go to church wearing a skirt
when I asked the question concerning the new man. The teacher replied a carnal
answer to a spiritual question and missed the point of the scripture thinking
not spiritually but carnally i.e.Jewish and Greek thought,. The only reason I
mentioned the verse was because the interpreter behind me overheard what I said
to my brother in Christ who was sitting
next to me concerning the new creature in Christ. The apostle Paul says we are to put on the new man
in Christ Eph 4:24 Col 3:10. John
1:12 says: But as many as received him (Jesus), to them gave he power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. A son is
neither male nor female but a new creature in Christ Jesus. Am I being a male
chauvinist here? Absolutely not because a ‘son’ means a ‘child’ of God. Flesh
and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God 1Cor 15:50 The new heaven and earth of Revelation 21:1 is exactly what it says