- God chose Israel to be His special people through which Jesus would come.
- We do also read of God’s dealings with the Gentiles. They were not under the Law of Moses. God spoke to the Gentiles through the prophets.
- God’s law for Gentiles in the Old Testament
- Numbers 22:13, 18, 20, 28; 23:12, 20; 24:13, 15 – Balaam and Balak. This is an example of God speaking to Gentiles. When Gentiles obeyed God, they were blessed. When they disobeyed, they were punished.
- Daniel 4:1-2, 37 – God spoke to Nebuchadnezzar through the prophet Daniel.
- Daniel 5 – God spoke to Belshazzar through Daniel.
- Jonah 1-4 – Jonah took God’s message to Ninevah.
- Jeremiah 48:1-8 – God pronounces judgment on Moab.
- Amos 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 13; 2:1 – Amos brings God’s pronouncements to various countries.
- Romans 1:22-32 – God did have laws for Gentiles, but many violated those laws. Those who did so were worthy of spiritual death.
- Gentiles have always been under God’s law, both in Old Testament times and New Testament times.
- John 8:21; Isaiah 59:1-2
- Some say that Gentiles were not amenable to God’s marriage law and so draw the conclusion that alien sinners are not amenable to God’s marriage law.
- Genesis 2; Matthew 19:6 – God’s marriage law goes all the way back to the beginning. It was for Adam and his descendants.
- I Corinthians 5:11-13
- I Corinthians 6:9-10 – These people were under God’s marriage law.
- God’s law for Gentiles in the New Testament
- Acts 10; 1:8 – How did God hear Cornelius’ prayer? He was serving God under God’s law for the Gentiles and so was acceptable to God. When Peter came to Cornelius with the gospel, Cornelius could no longer be acceptable to God until he obeyed and was baptized.
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God's law for Gentiles
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