The new Jewish sect & what the apostle Paul meant by the Jew FIRST & then gentile?

~ROliverLuce | 04-04-15

During the time after the ascension of Yeshua, Christianity (of which was not yet coined) began as a Jewish sect as far as the Jews were concerned. When Paul was writing the letters to the various churches throughout the region could we ask a serious question? What did the apostle Paul actually meant by “the Jew first” and then the Gentile when writing Romans 1:16: “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 NASB}

I ask this question because, after all, for quite some time tens of thousands of Jews had come to believe and accept Yeshua into their lives and they all lived in and around Jerusalem and Israel. They were practicing the Torah and all the Jewish customs and were considered a Jewish sect at the time, just like that of ALL the other Jewish sects within Israel and Jewish culture (1). The apostles were even considering what the gentiles should obey when and if they accepted the gift of eternal life through Yeshua who made it and makes it possible as if they were still participating Jews in Judaism.

If we were to reconsider Christianity as a Jewish sect once again that believed in the fulfillment of all the prophecies of the Tanakh (O.T.) would that simply complete Christianity and even open the eyes of the Jews in these last days?

(1) “These are but a few of the references in the writings of the early church fathers that indicate a Hebrew original for the gospels. In addition to these, there are many references in the later church fathers (the post-Nicean Fathers, from approximately AD 325). Epiphanius [died AD 420], for instance, writes at length about the Jewish-Christian sect of the Nazarenes:
~”Rediscovering the Hebrew Roots of Our Faith (Lost in Translation Book 1),”
By Klein, John; Spears, Adam; Christopher, Michael (2013-03-28).
(Kindle Locations 373-379), page 21.


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