Adopted by God

Most Christians are Gentiles. The Gospel has come a long way in achieving its purpose of touching the ends of the earth. If there was anything second rate about Gentile conversion we would have reason for concern. It might even prompt some Gentiles to adopt a Jewish lifestyle, call themselves Messianic Jews, and adopt a Kosher diet. Paul was battling something similar (but infinitely more serious) with the Jews in Philippi. Heretics wanted the Gentiles to be circumcised, but failed to realize those Gentiles already had equal standing through Adoption. In reality, a Christian Gentile is more a child of God then a non-Christian Jew. They possess all the rights and priviledges (1 Peter 2:9). The only thing most Gentiles will miss out on is living in the Millennial Kingdom as the Lord fulfills prophesy related to the nation of Israel. Then again, Gentiles return with Christ in glorified bodies to rule with him, so it’s not a bad deal. At this time in redemptive history, Jewish Christians are incorporated into the church. Ethnic distinction is irrelevant. Customs are meaningless. Galatians 3:28 says we are all one in Christ Jesus, and the Father gives his Jewish and Gentile children equal attention (Romans 11:17-24).