Did Jesus Consider Gentiles To Be His Kinsmen?

Why is this an important question? Because it seems that very few are asking this, and instead have turned a blind eye to this question and its consequences. In one set of circumstances, theologians answer “no”. But, given another set of circumstances, theologians answer “yes”. Yet, the Bible answers this question very clearly, as you will soon see.

If you do a Google search for Jesus our Kinsman-Redeemer, you will find thousands of articles which state that Jesus Christ is the “Kinsman-Redeemer” of all mankind, both Jews and Gentiles. Although the Laws of Kinsman-Purchase in Lev. 25 state that those particular rules were to be carried out strictly among Jewish families, none of that seems to matter anymore. The Church only concerns itself with the laws of Kinsman-Purchase and puts both Jews and Gentiles under that one umbrella to the exclusion of the Gentile-Purchase rules. Because Ruth is a Gentile, they use that as justification for placing ALL Gentiles under Kinsman-Redeemer rules, forgetting that she had already been married into the Jewish family, making Boaz her Kinsman. So, no one pays attention to the laws of Gentile purchase/redemption. Today the Church is ignorant of the Old Testament scriptural basis for Gentile purchase/redemption. We have abandoned a huge portion of our spiritual identity. How is that justified?

After taking several weeks to pour over these many articles, I can sum up the position of most theologians by saying this: “By virtue of His humanity, we were all Jesus’ kinsmen when God sent Him in the flesh to save us”. They believe He became our Kinsman by the mere fact that He joined the human race. That is what most theologians believe. That is how they justify placing ALL of us under Kinsman rules. It sounds wonderful, except for one important question: Did Jesus consider Gentiles to be His Kinsmen?

Upon arrival, Jesus did not consider Gentiles to be “His own” people. He didn’t claim any kinship to Gentiles. When He arrived, they were not “His people”.

He came unto HIS OWN, and HIS OWN received Him not…But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.

Who are the people that Jesus considered to be “His own”? It was his fellow Jews. They were His Kinsmen. They had already qualified as being God’s own possession (Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 7:6; Psalm 135:4). They were the chosen people. From Jesus point of view, the Jews were “His Own”, His Kinsmen. Gentiles could clearly become children of God AFTER receiving redemption, but they didn’t qualify as Kinfolk before. Only the Jews qualified as Kinsman.

Just like Jesus, The Apostle Paul (known as the Apostle to the Gentiles) also makes the clear distinction that his kinsmen are the Jews even though he was sent to the Gentiles.

For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh (NIV: Those of my own race)”.

Greet Herodion, my kinsman (NIV: my fellow Jew). Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord.

Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen (NIV: my fellow Jews).

Jesus came unto “His own”. If we were ALL His Kinsman upon His arrival, as the stubborn theologians say, then why is there a distinction between those who were “His own”, and those who were not? If both Jews and Gentiles are all “His own” Kinsman by virtue of our humanity, then who are the others that are not “His own”? Little green men from Outer Space?

Why does the Bible make this distinction? Because Gentiles were not His Kinsmen or even the first priority of Jesus!!! Jesus defines “His own” by stating to whom He was primarily sent. Jesus told the Gentile woman, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”. Do you think Jesus was lying or playing a trick? The woman insisted that Gentiles could get the leftovers, the bread crumbs. She was right, and Jesus was telling the truth!

Jesus clearly had a preference, an order in which groups of people were approached. He had kinsmen who took precedent. Jesus told the twelve disciples, “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. As you go, proclaim this message”. We sometimes forget that even though “God so loved the world”, that there were distinctions of priority within that world.

Does that mean that Jesus completely excluded Gentiles and Samaritans at all times? No, not at all. Jesus took steps to deliver the message to the Samaritans. But even in doing so, He made it clear that things still originate first with the Jews. Jesus told the Samaritan woman, “Salvation is of the Jews”. He said, “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. Theologians forget that Gentiles are not part of the original plant, but are grafted into the plant (Romans 11).

Jesus came first for the Jews. He came first unto “His own”. He came first for His own Kin, His fellow Jews. He came with a distinction of preference. How was the Gospel preached? “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”–Romans 1:16. It is for the Jew first, Gentiles come second.

In what order will we be judged or rewarded? There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile; 10but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 11For God does not show favoritism. Did you read that? We think that having a preferred order or being part of a chosen race is favoritism…Clearly it isn’t.

At this point you should start asking, “Why did Jesus make this separation?” It’s the difference between being born or married (like Ruth) into the chosen race, and not being born or married into the chosen race. Part of the answer is that Jesus was an adherent of the Law, and the Law had separate rules for dealing with Kinsmen and Foreigners. In Lev. 25, we have Laws for Kinsman-Purchase, and we have Laws for Foreign-Purchase. Jesus bought and saved both Kinsmen (Jews) and Foreigners (Gentiles). The Blood of Christ purchased both His Kinsmen and Foreign Gentiles. Jews were “Kinsman-Purchased”, Gentiles were “Foreign-Purchased” and then grafted into the family (Romans 11). The Blood of Christ fulfilled ALL the laws of purchase and not just one side of them. We have been bought with a real price for a real purchase.

Once we are IN Christ, then we are all members of God’s family. All believers are given power to become the Sons of God. Jesus said, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.” Gentiles become the Lord’s family AFTER redemption, not before. Only Jews were Kinsmen before redemption, and only they can be redeemed under Kinsman Laws.

Theologians want us to believe that we Gentiles were Kinsman before coming to Christ and fall under Kinsman-Purchase laws. That is a lie. Before coming to Christ, Gentiles were not the Lord’s Kinsmen. Scripture is clear that Gentiles were excluded from citizenship in Israel.

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

Foreigners to the covenants of promise; Does that sound like Kinsman of Christ?

Excluded from Citizenship in Israel; Does that sound like Kinsman of Christ?

Separated from Christ; Does that sound like Kinsman of Christ, or being “His own”?

I repeat for those who wish to remain deaf, Gentiles were not the Lord’s Kinsmen. Don’t follow the humanistic trail which says that all Gentiles were Kinsmen. Wake up and return to the trail of biblical clarity and find the basis of Gentile redemption. Shake off the heresy of 2 Peter 2:1 and return to your first love. The day of restoration is still unfolding!

 

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