Jews And Gentiles With God?

1 Corinthians 1:22-24 KJV  “For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
[23] But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
[24] But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

Christ is Greek for Messiah.
Messiah is Hebrew for Christ.

So the word Messiah  (Hebrew) or the word Christ (Greek) mean in English the Anointed;  the Saviour.

The Jews always want to see signs. For them – “Seeing IS Believing”. Jesus mentions this in John 4:48 KJV
“Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.”

This “seeing is believing” mentality has a problem. Remember doubting Thomas needed to see the nail scars? But not only Thomas and others but this “seeing is believing” goes back to Egypt and Pharaoh. When Moses stood before Pharaoh doing signs and wonders, so did Pharaoh’s soothsayers, astrologers. That proved evil people had a power too. God ultimately has greater power. But this seeing is believing is not of faith, but works.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 KJV  “Even him , whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
[10] And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

So Jews are like “pre-wired” seeing is believing. Jesus knew this and did many miracles to prove to them he is their Messiah, Saviour. Some believed and some did not. Ultimately, their religious leaders wanted Jesus crucified. Rome accommodated them. Jews are works based people. They have over 6000 years of doing deeds, works, and seeing signs and wonders. A seeing is believing mind set.

Gentiles on the other hand, seek wisdom. They have to figure things out in their mind. The Clue I mentioned in the last post Ephesians 4.

Ephesians 4:17-23 KJV  “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
[18] Having the understanding darkened,  being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
[19] Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
[20] But ye have not so learned Christ;
[21] If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
[22] That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
[23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

When you understand your mind is where your free will starts and your mind is the gateway to your spirit, you can not live by faith if you have to figure things out in your mind first.

So the Jews have a “seeing is believing” mentality and Gentiles try to understand things in their mind. And if Gentiles can not understand something  in their mind, they usually will not believe. That is except those who have chosen to believe God and Jesus and the word of God.

Gentiles are mind oriented. Thoughts, thinking, figuring things out. Gentiles try to figure everything out. If they can’t understand or figure something out, they decide if they will by blind faith believe. It takes blind faith to drive a car. Blind faith to go to the moon.

When Paul writes to Gentiles, Paul has a lot to say about renewing your mind. Where Jews have a “seeing is believing” preset disposition, Gentiles have a way they think about things and try to figure things out. Jesus showed the Jews many signs so they would believe. But Paul told Gentiles, you have to change the way you think about God, about spiritual matters. Renew your mind, change your thoughts and thinking to what saith the Lord, no matter what you might think.

God does show us signs and wonders sometimes and he also tries to reason with us sometimes.

Isaiah 1:18 KJV “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

Helping Jews see Jesus is their Messiah means emphasizing the signs, wonders, miracles and quoting scripture. Helping Gentiles you have to reason with them. For Gentiles it is about their mind, what they think and showing them God’s ways are not man’s ways and God’s thoughts are not man’s thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord .
[9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

So the Jew will say what do I have to do to get saved. They have thousands of years experience going through ceremonial laws, actions and deeds. What they don’t see is these all pointed to the Messiah, Jesus.

The Gentiles can see and understand the law,  ceremonies and deeds all point to the Messiah. What they don’t see is they can’t understand God or God’s ways so they struggle with their mind telling them one thing and God telling them something that does not make sense to their mind.

Until next time.

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