Jew, Gentile, Ekklesia

Now that I have been participating in the Israel Virtual House of Prayer Zoom meetings for over a year, I have been greatly enriched by the insights which other participants have concerning the life of the followers of Jesus and the unfolding restoration of the nation of Israel to the community of nations.

I have been particularly enriched by a book by Faisal Malick entitled "The Destiny of Islam in the Endtimes" in which he gives his view that God will bring vast numbers of people in the Islamic nations to a personal knowledge of Jesus the Anointed, and then believers in Jesus from all the nations will love the Jewish people into Jesus as well.  I see a wonderful poetic justice in the offspring of Ishmael who were dispossessed of their father Abraham and their inheritance from him now being reconciled by our Heavenly Father and obtaining the richest of all inheritances in Jesus!

But there seems to be confusion about the joining of believers from Jewish heritage and from gentile heritage into 'one new man' as the apostle Paul describes 'the ekklesia of God'.  I intentionally use the word 'ekklesia' rather than 'church' for two reasons.  First, because the word 'church' has a lot of traditional meaning which is part truth and part traditions of men.  And second, because the Greek word 'ekklesia' literally means 'a called-out group'.

John 10:1  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that enters not by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

John 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.

Mat 23:8  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are brethren.
Mat 23:9  And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Mat 23:10  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, even the Christ.
Mat 23:11  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Mat 23:12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Mat 23:13  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye enter not in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering in to enter.

Greek NT)  οὓς καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ἡμᾶς οὐ μόνον ἐξ ᾿Ιουδαίων ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐξ ἐθνῶν;

Even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles!

(Greek NT)  ἀπρόσκοποι γίνεσθε καὶ ᾿Ιουδαίοις καὶ ῞Ελλησι καὶ τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ τοῦ Θεοῦ,

1Co_10:32  Give no occasion of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the ekklesia of God:

Thoughts in process.  6/14/22