Where in scripture does the Apostle Paul make a distinction between the Greeks and the rest of the Gentiles? He doesn’t. Period.
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All Greeks are gentiles but not all gentiles are Greeks. That statement is absolute no matter what definition you are applying to the word “Greek”.
(Author of this blog : And I can add to that all Japanese are gentiles, but not all gentiles are Japanese, the same can be said for Americans, Australians, the British, the Swedes, et al – take your pick).
Delta Charis continues :
No matter what interpretation you may apply to the word “Greek”; it is still a word that “qualifies” the condition of particular gentiles. It still is a word that does not mean ALL gentiles without distinction.
I repeat for emphasis: The word GREEK is a word that DOES NOT mean ALL gentiles without distinction no matter what application is attached to it.
Whatever the qualifier that you apply to the word must be consistent with the scripture. Wherever you find the word, in the context, what is the condition of the gentiles to whom the word applies?
Let’s say your interpretation for the word Greek applies to gentiles who are from Greece.
Now let’s apply that to Romans 1:16 and see if it applies.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to GENTILES WHO ARE FROM GREECE.
Does that in any way match scripture? I think not.
In every instance a Greek in the King James Bible is a gentile who in some way is blessing the children of promise (Jews) under the Abrahamic Covenant of Genesis 12.
(Author of this blog : I guess there were Greeks around in Abram’s time then who were the only ones who blessed Israel the Jews? One can only shake one’s head at the pure idiocy of it all…..)
Delta Charis continues :
Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:
Genesis 12:2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Galatians 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
(Author of this blog : I guess that would include the Gentiles who were distinctly called the Ephesians then : Acts 19 states the following – so figure it out for yourself – if the Greeks blessed Israel/the Jews, then so did the Ephesians because,,,,,,,,,, there were Jews to be found amongst the Ephesians who were disciples according to JOHN’S BAPTISM……… go figure…….. ) :
I guess when you’re a follower (sheep) of Curt Crist, you don’t go and test his teachings, you just hang on to his every word like a………….. sheep…………. would. Herd mentality. Sheep mode.
The bottom-line is that these folk are subtle Acts 28ers trying very hard to make a distinction between the Gentiles……………. tsk. Terrible theology, once you start splitting the Gentiles in two according to the Apostle Paul’s pre-prison and prison epistles – you’re an Acts 28er – hence the reason they throw away the Gospel – it’s written to the Corinthians who were GREEKS, and they come up with a white-washed version of the Gospel – “by grace ye are saved, not of works”. WHOSE GRACE? WHOSE REDEMPTIVE WORK? WHERE? HOW? 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, the gospel is complete, it has power, it says :
15 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
1 Corinthians 15:1-4 tells us that CHRIST died for our sins (according to the scriptures)
That He was buried and rose again on the third day,
And if we believe it – we are saved. In other words, if we have faith in Christ’s redemptive work on Calvary’s cross, we are saved. Simple faith is all it takes, not brain surgery. It says what it says. Believe that and you are saved. Go on to study and you’ll discover how one’s innerman is saved and transformed.
- Salvation comes first through simple faith in the Gospel of Christ.
- Then the building of the innerman by the renewing of the………. MIND.
- How? By studying the scriptures rightly divided.