There is only one God, according to the Bible, He will make Jews right with Him by their faith,
and He will also make non-Jews right with him through their faith. So, do we destroy the law by following the way of faith?
Not at all! saith the Bible; faith causes us to be what the law actually wants.
How is one to understand, there being one God yet two ‘salvations’? Are there two ‘kinds of faiths’? In addition, one must consider Gal 3:5-, “Does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you because you do the actions of the Law or because you believe what you heard?
“In the same way, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. You see, then, that those who have faith are Abraham’s real descendants. Because the Scripture saw ahead of time that God would justify the gentiles by faith, it announced the gospel to Abraham beforehand when it said, ‘Through you all nations will be blessed.’
“Therefore, those who believe are blessed together with Abraham, the one who believed. Certainly all who depend on the actions of the Law are under a curse. For it is written, ‘A curse on everyone who does not obey everything that is written in the Book of the Law!’
“Now it is obvious that no one is justified in the sight of God by the Law, because ‘The righteous will live by faith.’ However, the Law has nothing to do with faith. Instead, the person who keeps the commandments will have life in them.” Death was the punishment for breaking the law. Not for them to reason why, it was do or die.
If the Law has nothing to do with faith and, rightly so, how then will God make ‘the Jews right with Him by their faith and make the non-Jews right with Him through their faith’. Moreover, how can this happen without ‘destroying the Law but rather that faith causes one to be just that which the Law demands.
One must not loose sight of Gal 3:17-, “The Law that came 430 years later (than the covenant with Abraham) did not cancel the covenant that God ratified previously. The promise was never nullified… Why, then, was the Law added? Because of transgressions, until the descendant came about whom the promise pertained. It was put into effect through angels by means of a mediator.
“Now a mediator involves more than one party, but God is one (one of the parties). So is the Law in conflict with the promises of God? Of course not! For if a law had been given that could give us life, then certainly, righteousness would come through the Law… Now before faith came about, we (the Jews) were held in custody and confined under the Law in preparation for the faith that was to be revealed.
“And so the Law was our (the Jew’s) guardian until the Messiah came, so that we might be justified by
faith. But now that faith has come about, we are no longer under a guardian.” This is a catch-22 situation if ever there was one; they crucified their Messiah.
Are the Jews not ‘the circumcised people’, the people who received the Law? If the Law has nothing to do concerning faith by what faith will the Jews be found righteous? Moreover, how then can faith cause both Jews and non-Jews to be just that which the Law demands?
The key, to the understanding, is ‘The Law that came 430 years later (than the covenant God made with Abraham) did not cancel the covenant that God ratified previously. The promise was never nullified…’ The Jews will be found righteous only if they put into effect their faith concerning that covenant. To gain righteousness from that covenant requires faith and that faith is demonstrated from generation to generation, by each father’s faith. This is what the covenant demands, Gen 17:1-, “When Abram was 99 years old, the LORD appeared to him. He said to Abram, ‘I am God Almighty. Live in my presence with integrity.
“I will give you my promise, and I will give you very many descendants.’ Immediately, Abram bowed with his face touching the ground, and again God spoke to him, ‘My promise is still with you. You will become the father of many nations. Therefore, your name will no longer be Abram [Exalted Father], but Abraham [Father of Many] because I have made you a father of many nations. I will give you many descendants. Many nations and kings will come from you. I will make my promise to you and your descendants for generations to come as an everlasting promise. I will be your God and the God of your descendants. I am also giving this land where you are living-all of Canaan-to you and your descendants as your permanent possession. And I will be your God.’
“God also said to Abraham, ‘You and your descendants in generations to come are to be faithful to my promise. This is how you are to be faithful to my promise: Every male among you is to be circumcised. All of you must be circumcised. That will be the sign of the promise from me to you. For generations to come every male child who is eight days old must be circumcised, whether he is born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner who’s not related to you. Every male born in your household or bought with your money is to be circumcised without exception. Therefore, my promise will be a sign on your flesh, an everlasting promise. Any uncircumcised male must be excluded from his people because he has rejected my promise.’
”God said to Abraham, ‘Don’t call your wife by the name Sarai anymore. Instead, her name is Sarah [Princess]. I will bless her, and I will also give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she will become a mother of nations, and kings will come from her.’
“Immediately, Abraham bowed with his face touching the ground. He laughed as he thought to himself, ‘Can a son be born to a hundred-year-old man? Can Sarah, a ninety-year-old woman, have a child?’ Then Abraham said to God, ‘Why not let Ishmael be my heir?’
“God replied, ‘No! Your wife Sarah will give you a son, and you will name him Isaac [He Laughs]. I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants. I have heard your request about Ishmael. Yes, I will bless him, make him fertile, and increase the number of his descendants. He will be the father of 12 princes, and I will make him a great nation. But I will make my promise to Isaac. Sarah will give birth to him at this time next year.’
“When God finished speaking with Abraham, he left him.
“So Abraham took his son Ishmael, everyone born in his household, and everyone bought with money-every male in his household-and circumcised them that day, as God had told him. Abraham was 99 years old when he was circumcised. His son Ishmael was 13 years old when he was circumcised. That same day Abraham and his son Ishmael were circumcised. All the men of his household, whether born in the household or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.”
The bottom line then, all Abraham’s household’s descendant’s, Ishmael’s descendant’s and the promised Isaac’s descendant’s would benefit were they to demonstrate their faith in the promise that in Isaac’s descendant that promise will take effect by circumcising their eight-days old sons. Paul explains, Gal 3:15-, “Brethren, I speak after the manner of men: Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet when it hath been confirmed, no one maketh it void, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham were the promises spoken, and to his seed. He saith not, ‘And to seeds’, as of many; but as of one, ‘And to thy seed’, which is Christ… But now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor-slave.
“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you, who have been baptized into Christ; have clothed yourselves with Christ. In Him, the distinctions between Jew and Gentile, slave and free man, male and female, disappear; you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are indeed true descendants of Abraham, and are heirs in fulfilment of the promise.”
The Law and, important to note, circumcision, has ‘kept alive’ this promise; the law commanded circumcision. At every act of circumcision, the father’s faith was demonstrated. The father who did not believe in the promise did not circumcise his sons and that generation ended.
Concerning this, Bible translators and commentators widely differ, Gen 17:14, “And the uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.” Who has broken the covenant? Not the child he is only eight days old what does he know concerning a promise. Who then, is the soul that must be cut off? Surly not the father; he is circumcised.
The question that needs answering is what does ‘cut off’ mean. Does it mean the son must be put to death, that the son is no longer seen as of God’s people? On the other hand, does it mean that God has rejected that son? If so, what must be done? Must the same happen to the son, as in the case of Hagar and Ishmael, and the father, the guilty one, remains? Is it not the father that should be ‘cut off’; it is he who no longer believes that that promised Seed would be born of someone of the seed of Abraham. Why must the mother suffer; she committed no offence.
The Bible supplies the answer, Exo 4:19-, “Now, the LORD had said to Moses in Midian, ‘Go back to Egypt, because all the men who wanted to kill you are dead.’ So Moses took his wife and sons, put them on a donkey, and started out for Egypt. He also brought with him the staff God had told him to take…
“Along the way they stopped for the night. The LORD met Moses and tried to kill him. Then Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin, and touched Moses’ feet with it. She said, ‘You are a bridegroom of blood to me!’ So the LORD let him alone. It was because of the circumcision that she said at that time, ‘You are a bridegroom of blood!’”
It is obvious, the one who hinders the circumcision of the son who is to be cut off, death the punishment for disobeying. Others will circumcise the son. It would appear that Moses did not learn from his experience, Jos 5:2-; “At that time the Lord said to Joshua: ‘Make thee knives of stone, and circumcise the second time the children of Israel.’ He did what the Lord had commanded, and he circumcised the children of Israel in the hill of the foreskins. Now this is the cause of the second circumcision.
“All the people that came out of Egypt that were males, all the men fit for war, died in the desert, during the time of the long going about in the way. Now these were all circumcised. But the people that were born in the desert, during the forty years of the journey in the wide wilderness, were uncircumcised. Till all they were consumed that had not heard the voice of the Lord, and to whom he had sworn before, that he would not shew them the land flowing with milk and honey. The children of these succeeded in the place of their fathers, and were circumcised by Joshua for they were uncircumcised even as they were born, and no one had circumcised them in the way.” Circumcision was a sign of identity. The promised Seed, Jesus, was to be born of the seed of Abraham.
We know that Joseph, Jesus’ so-called father, was not Jesus’ biological father. Jesus did not have a father; He, the Word, became flesh. Yet Jesus was of Abraham’s seed a descendant of Adam; his mother Mary, too, was a seed of David, of Abraham of Adam not of Solomon but of Nathan, David’s third son of Bathsabee; also the mother of Solomon.
The Jew’s faith in the promise had nothing to do pertaining to the Law; the Law made circumcision compulsory. Circumcision, under the Law became an act of obedience. If the Law has nothing to do concerning faith by what faith will the Jews be found righteous? Moreover, how then can faith cause both Jews and non-Jews to be just that, which the Law demands?
If Joseph and Mary, Jesus’ parents, understood that that promise was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus, the events that followed would have read differently. Why would Joseph have circumcised Jesus? In spite of Jesus telling the scribes that He was that one, none understood not even his disciples, Joh 8:28-, “So Jesus added, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He. Of myself, I do nothing; but as the Father has taught me, so I speak. And He who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone: for I do always what is pleasing to Him.’
“As He thus spoke, many became believers in Him…
“‘How is it you do not understand me when I speak? It is because you cannot bear to listen to my words… In most solemn truth, I tell you that if any one shall have obeyed my teaching he shall in no case ever see death.’ ‘Now,’ exclaimed the Jews, ‘we know that you are possessed by a demon. Abraham died, and so did the Prophets, and yet you say, “If any one shall have obeyed my teaching, he shall in no case ever taste death.” Are you really greater than our forefather Abraham? For he died. And the prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?’
“…Abraham your forefather exulted in the hope of seeing my day: and he saw it, and was glad. ‘You are not yet fifty years old,’ cried the Jews, ‘and have you seen Abraham?’ ‘In most solemn truth,’ answered Jesus, ‘I tell you that before Abraham came into existence, I am.’ Thereupon they took up stones with which to stone Him, but He hid Himself and went away out of the Temple.”
After the Ascension, many of the priests accepted the faith, Act 6:7, “The word of God continued to spread, and the number of disciples in Jerusalem grew very large. A large number of priests accepted the faith.”
Then it happened, that of which Jesus spoke, Luk 22:31-, “And the Lord said, Simon, Simon! Behold, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you; that your faith should not fail; and when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” The brethren, in Judea, heard about Cornelius’ conversion and the ‘brethren of the circumcision’ took Peter to task, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!”
Matters worsened until Jesus met Saul on the Damascus Road. When news reached Jerusalem that Saul, now Paul, was not circumcising Gentile converts, he and Barnabas were summoned to appear before the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. After much debate, Paul and Barnabas received the apostles and elders’ blessings. However, later, when Peter arrived in Antioch, Paul took Peter to task because he was completely wrong. He ate with people who were not Jewish until some men James had sent from Jerusalem arrived.
Cephas then drew back; he would not associate with people who were not Jewish. He was afraid of those who insisted that circumcision was necessary. The other Jewish Christians also joined him in this hypocrisy. Even Barnabas was swept along with them. But when Paul saw that they were not properly following the truth of the Good News he told Cephas in front of everyone, “You’re Jewish, but you live like a person who is not Jewish. So how can you insist that people who are not Jewish must live like Jews? We are Jewish by birth, not sinners from other nations. Yet, we know that people don’t receive God’s approval because of their own efforts to live according to a set of standards, but only by believing in Jesus Christ. So we also believed in Jesus Christ in order to receive God’s approval by faith in Christ and not because of our own efforts. People won’t receive God’s approval because of their own efforts to live according to a set of standards.
“If we, the same people who are searching for God’s approval in Christ, are still sinners, does that mean that Christ encourages us to sin? That’s unthinkable! If I rebuild something that I’ve torn down, I admit that I was wrong to tear it down. When I tried to obey the law’s standards, those laws killed me. As a result, I live in a relationship with God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. I do not reject God’s kindness. If we receive God’s approval by obeying laws, then Christ’s death was pointless.”
Sad to say, in spite of Peter’s ‘turning back’ the ‘brethren of the circumcision’ prevailed. It was now Peter who did the encouragement, 2Pe 3:14-, “My friends, while you are waiting, you should make certain that the Lord finds you pure, spotless, and living at peace. Don’t forget that the Lord is patient because he wants people to be saved. This is also what our dear friend Paul said when he wrote you with the wisdom that God had given him. Paul talks about these same things in all his letters, but part of what he says is hard to understand. Some ignorant and unsteady people even destroy themselves by twisting what he said. They do the same thing with other Scriptures too. My dear friends, you have been warned ahead of time! So don’t let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance. Let the wonderful kindness and the understanding that come from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ help you to keep on growing. Praise Jesus now and forever! Amen.”
Matters worsened still, even to this day. Paul writes Timothy, 2Ti 1:7-, “The Spirit God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control. So don’t be ashamed to tell people about our Lord Jesus. And don’t be ashamed of me–I am in prison for the Lord. But suffer with me for the Good News. God gives us the strength to do that. God saved us and chose us to be his holy people, but not because of anything we ourselves did. God saved us and made us his people because that was what he wanted and because of his grace. That grace was given to us through Christ Jesus before time began.
“And now it has been shown to us in the coming of our Saviour Christ Jesus. He destroyed death and showed us the way to have life. Yes, through the Good News Jesus showed us the way to have life that cannot be destroyed. I was chosen to tell people that message as an apostle and teacher. And I suffer now because of that work. But I am not ashamed. I know the one I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to protect what he has trusted me with until that Day. What you heard me teach is an example of what you should teach. Follow that model of right teaching with the faith and love we have in Christ Jesus. This teaching is a treasure with which you have been entrusted. Protect it with the help of that Holy Spirit, who lives inside us. You know that everyone in Asia has left me.”
History tells that ‘the brethren of the circumcision’ had one challenging hurdle to cross, the ‘circumcision’ of female believers. By 200 AD, ‘baptism’ of infants became the norm; baptism had replaced circumcision. Moreover, the reading of the Law became part of religious ceremony.
Concerning circumcision Paul had much to say, Gal 5:1-, “Christ has truly made us free: then keep your free condition and let no man put a yoke on you again. See, I Paul say to you, that if you undergo circumcision, Christ will be of no use to you.
“Yes, I give witness again to every man who undergoes circumcision that he will have to keep all the law. You are cut off from Christ, you who would have righteousness by the law; you are turned away from grace. For we through the Spirit by faith are waiting for the hope of righteousness. Because in Christ Jesus, having circumcision or not having circumcision are equally of no profit, but only faith working through love. You were going on well; who was the cause of your not giving ear to what is true?
“This persuasion is not from him that calleth you. A little leaven makes a change in all the mass. I am certain about you in the Lord that you will be of no other mind; but he who is troubling you will have his punishment, whoever he is. But I, brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still attacked? then has the shame of the cross been taken away.”
Yes, in a way baptism did replace circumcision. The difference, however, it is not because of someone else’s faith that ‘baptism is given’ as in the case of circumcision. Furthermore, circumcision was a covenant between God and the Jewish nation; they were children of a covenant. That covenant was fulfilled when ‘the virgin’ gave birth to Jesus, the promised Seed.
A ‘believer’, Jewish or Gentile, who insists on circumcision or infant baptism is denying that Jesus is that promised Seed; ‘is cut off from Christ’. Baptism did not ‘replace circumcision’ it is a circumcision, Col 2:8-, “Be careful not to let anyone rob you of this faith through a shallow and misleading philosophy. Such a person follows human traditions and the world’s way of doing things rather than following Christ. All of God lives in Christ’s body, and God has made you complete in Christ. Christ is in charge of
every ruler and authority.
“In him you were also circumcised. It was not a circumcision performed by human hands. But it was a removal of the corrupt nature in the circumcision performed by Christ. This happened when you were placed in the tomb with Christ through baptism. In baptism, you were also brought back to life with Christ through faith in the power of God, who brought him back to life. You were once dead because of your failures and your uncircumcised corrupt nature. But God made you alive with Christ when he forgave all our failures. He did this by erasing the charges that were brought against us by the written laws God had established. He took the charges away by nailing them to the cross.”
This ‘dying’ and ‘being brought back to life’ by baptism, Rom 6:4-, “Therefore, through baptism we were buried with him into his death so that, just as the Messiah was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too may live an entirely new life. For if we have become united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old natures were crucified with him so that our sin-laden bodies might be rendered powerless and we might no longer be slaves to sin. For the person who has died has been freed from sin,” is what Jesus spoke about when He told Nikodémus that one must be born again to enter the kingdom of God.
One receives rebirth by faith, Mar 16:14-, “Finally He appeared to his eleven disciples while they were eating. He rebuked them for their unbelief and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. Then he told them, “As you go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to everyone. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever doesn’t believe will be condemned.”
That Jesus was resurrected from the dead, is what one must believe. It is impossible for one to believe unless one is told concerning Jesus’ death and resurrection, Rom 10:9-, “If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with his heart and is justified, and declares with his mouth and is saved. The Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will never be ashamed.’
“There is no difference between Jew and Greek, because they all have the same Lord, who gives richly to all who call on him. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can people call on someone they have not believed? And how can they believe in someone they have not heard about? And how can they hear without someone preaching?”
This ‘saving’, salvation, will happen when Jesus appears on the clouds of heaven, the rapture. It will be after the great tribulation, Mat 24:29-, “But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the
powers of the heavens shall be shaken. Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
One is ‘saved’ from the wrath of God, the seven bowls full of the wrath of God
, Rev 16:1-, “And I heard a great voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, Go ye, and pour out the seven bowls of the wrath of God into the earth. And the first went, and poured out his bowl into the earth; and it became a noisome and grievous…” Moreover, 1Th 5:1-, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that aught be written unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child and they shall in no wise escape.
“But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief: for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night: and they that are drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God appointed us not into wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as also ye do.”
The Jews, on the other hand, will have a rude awaking when ‘Antichrist’ reveals himself, Mat 24:15, “When therefore ye see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him that readeth understand)…” Those who do not understand will be caught-up in the greatest tribulation ever, nor ever shall be.
The ‘rapture’ will bring an end to this tribulation, Rev 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they that pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn over him.
Even so, Amen.” Only then will the fortune of the Jews come about, Rom 11:25, “For I would not, brethren, have you ignorant of this mystery, lest ye be wise in your own conceits, that a hardening in part hath befallen Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in.”
The gospel was first brought to the Jews. Some accepted the majority’s hearts were hardened. Concerning this Paul writes, Act 13:-46-, “Then Paul and Barnabas without fear said, ‘It was necessary for the word of God to be given to you first; but because you will have nothing to do with it, and have no desire for eternal life, it will now be offered to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has given us orders, saying, I have given you for a light to the Gentiles so that you may be for salvation to the ends of the earth’.”
“This,” says Paul, is how Israel will get salvation, Rom 11:26-, “it is said in the holy Writings, ‘There will come out of Zion the One who makes free; by him wrongdoing will be taken away from Jacob’. Now, this is my agreement with them, when I will take away their sins. As far as the good news is in question, they are cut off from God on account of you, but as far as the selection is in question, they are loved on account of the fathers. Because God’s selection and his mercies may not be changed.”
‘The taking away of their sins’ will happen after Armageddon, at the start of the 1 000 year of peace the fulfilment of the Feast of Atonement, Heb 8:8-, “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah… For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people… For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”
Who will be this ‘house of Israel’? It will be they who have had faith in the covenant God made with Abraham and who practised circumcision, the sign of the covenant. What will be their reward? Jer 31:-27-, “Behold, the days come saith the LORD that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build and to plant, saith the LORD. Moreover, the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel to the gate of the corner…”
God is not a God for the Jews only. They will be justified by their faith in circumcision, Rom 3:29-, “Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not in the same way the God of Gentiles? Yes, of Gentiles. If God is one; and he will give righteousness because of faith to those who have circumcision, and through faith to those who have not circumcision.”
The uncircumcised’s faith is that the resurrected Jesus was the fulfilment of the covenant God made with Abraham. Their reward is not only that they will govern with Christ during the 1 000 years of peace
but they will live, with Jesus, in God the Father’s ‘many mansions’ Jesus spoke about; the New Jerusalem, the city of God having streets of gold.
There is a third group, who too, will enjoy life on earth; those who have never heard the ‘good news’, Rom 2:14-, “For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law to themselves.
“Who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing testimony, and their thoughts the mean while accusing, or else excusing one another in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.”
That judgement will be at the end of the 1 000 years of peace; the great white throne judgement, Rev 20:11-, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of the things that were written in the books, according to their works.
“And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
The sad part of that judgement will be the ‘Christians’ who not only heard the good news moreover, they did many miracles in the name of Jesus but were not ‘clothed in Christ’, Mat 7:20-, “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not everyone that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out demons? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
One is therefore either a Gentile who has never heard the Gospel. Or, a Jew who has not believed that Jesus was that promised Seed yet remained true to the rite of circumcision. Alternatively, sad to say, a ‘believer’ yet still in Adam, not born again. On the other hand, a born again believer clothed in Christ; a ‘child of God’, Gal 3:26-, “For ye are all 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 Jew 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 are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”