Foundational Principle #3 - There Are Three Groups of People: The Jews, the Gentiles, and the Church

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By Dr. Larry Ollison

Most wrong teaching comes from the lack of knowledge of the Word, and some comes from the confusion that results from listening to the doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1). However, one thing is for sure. Unless you allow the Holy Spirit to give you revelation on three basic foundational principles, your understanding of the Bible will be skewed.

Here are the foundational principles:

1) Man is a three-part being - spirit, soul and body

2) Righteousness and holiness are not the same

3) There are three groups of people - the Jews, the Gentiles, and the church

Let’s look at the third one: There are three groups of people - the Jews, the Gentiles, and the church.

“Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God” (1 Corinthians 10:32).

Without understanding that there are three groups of people on the earth today, it is impossible to understand the prophetic scriptures in the Bible. While all of the Bible is for our understanding and instruction through revelation, every scripture in the Bible is not written to the church. Some scriptures apply to the Jews, some to the church, and some to the Gentiles. Applying a scripture to the church that is written to the Jews or applying a scripture to the Jews that is written to the church, brings confusion and misunderstanding of the prophetic word.

From the time Adam was driven out of the garden until the time of Abraham, only Gentiles were on the earth. Then in Genesis 12, God called Abram to build a nation and to be separated from the rest of the world. Abraham and his descendants – his son, Isaac and his grandson, Jacob (Israel) – became the Hebrew nation later referred to as Jews. At the time Jesus was born, there were only these two groups of people on the earth – the Jews and the Gentiles.

However, when Jesus ascended into Heaven on the day of His resurrection and put His blood on the altar, a third group was created. This new group is the church. Acting as the Son of Man, Jesus became the first man in this new group.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).

Although Jesus is the Son of God, He completed His work on earth as the Son of Man. There are now three groups on the earth – the Jews (Hebrews), the Gentiles (nations), and the church (New Covenant saints). You cannot be in two groups at the same time. Every human being is in one of these three groups. You are either a Jew, a Gentile, or part of the church.

In this current dispensation, everyone is born either a Jew or a Gentile, but when you receive Jesus as your Lord, you are no longer a Jew or a Gentile, but are a part of the church, the body of Christ (Galatians 3:26-28).

To correctly understand the Bible, you must first know which group of people is being spoken to and realize that the words may not necessarily apply to you, especially when addressing future events.

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