In its beginning, church was first composed of Jews only. Not many years later, the Lord revealed that Gentiles could enter into the covenant of being God’s people. The blessing was for all nations. Thus the ancient prophecies of “light to the Gentiles” were fulfilled.
Some Gentiles have tried to incorporate the Law of Moses into the covenant of Jesus Christ; a kind of customized picking and choosing. And there are some Jews who think Jesus’ Way was incorporated into the Law; an outgrowth to be sustained by what God supplied from Sinai. The Spirit bears record neither was so;
“We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” (Gal. 2:15-16)
Our Jewish brethren of old were smart enough to see the fading of such things as the external ceremonies of the temple and the Aaronic priesthood. However, just as there were Gentiles who taught the infusion of idolatry in the name of the Lord, so also there were Jews who taught the keeping of the Law in the name of the Messiah. Jews and Gentiles alike who desire to follow Jesus of Nazareth must abandon such notions (if they are held) and stand in the intelligence of faith. . .
Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
- 15 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;
- 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
- 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.