Are Gentiles becoming Jews?

Paul’s letters to the church in Galatia is well known for its theological teaching on Justification/righteousness by faith. This subject is one that extends to gentiles in the new testament. This week I learned about Paul’s private meaning of the word righteousness. Paul in chapter three switches between righteousness and the meaning of justification. Paul writes about the father of all jews Abraham, “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” implying if Abraham's righteousness comes from his faith in God, how can jews believe they are justified by the law. To which he says “for all who rely on works of the law are under a curse referring to those in mainstream Judaism. Paul believes the law is a curse for no one can obediently keep the law perfectly therefore the law is incapable of justifying sinners.

To make sense of this, we merely have to look at the reality of people's morality. No one is perfect, everyone naturally breaks God’s law. God's law is understood to be the legal law given in the old testament for Israel to follow. In order to make an argument for the Gospel on Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ. Paul explained why the law can’t Justify. For those Justified and declared righteous through Jesus Christ, Paul says in verse 28, “There is neither jew nor greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” Pauls obviously is speaking of unity here among those who are born again or regenerated believers in the Jesus movement. Throughout pauls writing, I didn't encounter any statement he made desiring gentiles to become proselytes to Judaism. actually, Paul seems to oppose his previous life in Judaism(Galatian 1:13–17) and rather often made exclusive claims of being bondservant to Christ.


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