When we started to believe about 24 years ago, one of the amazing things that happened to us was that God has given us love to the non-Jewish and we understood that the non-Jewish believers are our brothers to faith.
Today we hear that there are non-Jewish brothers who claim that they feel inferior in front of the Jewish believers. Part of them even want to be seen like Jews by using outside characteristics like yarmulkes, prayer shawls and fringes (tzitzit). We are sure that this is not the way and we understand that it is not accepted by God who looks on the heart and not on the outward appearance.
In the New Testament there is a detailed description how we, Jews and Gentiles, should behave in faith. In 1 Cor. 7:17-19 it is written: “But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches. Was anyone called while circumcised? Let him not become uncircumcised. Was anyone called while uncircumcised? Let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing, but keeping the commandments of God is what matters”.
In the Torah (the Law) God reminds us about the circumcision of the foreskin of the heart. In Deuteronomy the Lord is speaking to the people of Israel and says: “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart…” Those of the non-Jewish who are coming into the people of Israel through faith in Yeshua, are commended the same thing, because “The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jer. 17:9)
These scriptures in the Torah, the Prophets and the New Testament show us that what is really important in God’s eyes is, the circumcision of the heart, because from the heart are coming out thoughts and from thoughts works (Mat. 16:19).
The New Testament goes into details on this issue in six places:
– In Gal. 5:6 Paul speaks in the Holy Spirit: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.”
– In Gal. 6:15 Paul repeats again and says: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.”
– In Rom. 2:28-29 it’s written: “For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.“
– In Col. 2:11 it’s written: “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh (of the sins), by the circumcision of Christ.”.
– In Col. 3:10-11 it’s written: “and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.“
– And in Eph. 2:11-13 it’s written: “Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (A spiritual covenant).
We always have to remember that the New Covenant is a spiritual covenant in the Heart: “…I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts…” (Jer. 31:33), and therefore the Gentiles don’t have to behave, to dress and to live like the Jews. They don’t have to imitate them and to be like them, because through the blood of Yeshua God already has accepted them. They have been grafted into the olive tree as to Rom. 11:17: “… and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree.”
Yeshua is the root of the tree and also the root of our faith. Jesus says about himself in Rev. 22:16: “…I am the Root and the Offspring of David…” When we, the Jews, and/or the Gentiles are coming to faith, we don’t have to look for the roots of our faith because Yeshua is the root of the Christian faith.
Yeshua is also the cornerstone of our building of faith: “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit..” (Eph. 2:19-22).
Therefore, if you, the non-Jewish, have been grafted to the root of olive tree and have been joined to the building’s cornerstone, you are part of the building. We, altogether, Jews and non-Jewish, constitute the building and build up and work together until it will be built up into a holy temple in the Lord. And we, the believing Jews, don’t have to boast and to beautify ourselves in being Jewish by using outside characteristics, to the point that believing non-Jewish want to imitate us in order to be seen as Jews.
We are all sons of God as it’s written in Gal. 3: 26-29: “For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
So, all of us, the believers, Jews and non-Jewish, are sons of Abraham who is “a father of many nations” as to the Old Testament and “the father of faith” as to the New Testament. Also, the non-Jewish can be called Jews in the heart.
We altogether are heirs of the promise and are waiting in faith for the “city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb. 11:10).