Christians, The Forgotten Israelites
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Hosea 2:20-23-I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD. And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the LORD, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth; And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel. And I will sow her unto Me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not My people, thou art My People, and they shall say, Thou art my God.

The word ‘betroth’ in Greek means, "to engage for matrimony: espouse." (Strong’s #781)

The scripture above is quoted almost verbatim by the apostle Paul in the book of Romans.

Romans 9:24-26-Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He also in Osee, "I will call them My people, which were not My people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not My people; there shall they be called the children of the living God."

In the second blessing God said, "In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed." Jesus Christ is the promised Seed of God through which all blessing flow (Galatians 3:16-19). Whosoever receives Him in faith, He empowered to become sons in the family of God (John 1:6-17). An eternal family where there are no ethnic differences, social class, or gender distinction, because in faith we are all one in Jesus Christ.

Galatians 3:26-29-For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jews 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.

The word ‘Greek’ in the Greek language means, "a non-Jew: Gentile." (Strong’s #1672)

Ephesians 2:11-12-Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye 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.

The word ‘commonwealth’ in Greek means, "citizenship." (Strong’s #4174)

Prior to Jesus Christ blood sacrifice, we were all aliens from citizenship in the Nation of Israel. That changed when Christ broke down the middle wall that once separated the Jew and Gentile, having slain in His flesh the hostility, contained in the law of ordinances that was against us. (Colossians 2:14). In doing this, He reconciled to God the Gentiles who were once far off, and the Jews who were nign in one body the Christian church (Ephesians 1:20-23 & Colossians 1:16-20).

Ephesians 2:13-16-But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nign 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; And that He might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were far off (the Gentiles), and to them that were nign (the Jews).

The word ‘enmity’ in Greek means, "hostility; hatred." (Strong’s #2189)

Middle wall, defined by The Nelson Illustrated Bible Dictionary: "was a barrier or partition that divided the inner court of the Temple, open only to Jews, from the Court of the Gentiles. The Jewish historian Josephus described this partition as a stone wall, inscribed with warnings to Gentiles not to enter the holy place of the Temple, under threat of death."

The middle wall in the Jewish Temple of that day, was a stone barrier that was erected to deny the Gentiles access into the inner court. This Holy place within the Temple was where blood sacrifices and other earthly ordinances were practiced by the high priest for the forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 5:1-4 - Hebrews 9:1-28 - Hebrews 10:1-23). Jesus Christ, who is our High Priest, destroyed forever those ordinances that cause hostility between the Jew and Gentile peoples by blotting out the written commandment contained in blood ordinances and nailed it to the cross.
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