There is a traditional teaching in Christianity that says that the church is now separated from and different from the Jews/Israelites. Does the Scripture support this belief? Let’s see.
26 If therefore the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?
27 And will not he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law?
28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.
29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. Romans 2:26-29
In this passage, Paul states that if a Gentile (uncircumcised) keeps the law/torah, that it will be regarded AS CIRCUMCISION, as being part of the people of God. Paul also states that if a Gentile keeps the torah/law, that he will be in a position to judge the Jews who transgress – don’t keep – the torah/lawa.
We know from the gospels and from biblical history, that the Jewish leaders of Paul’s day were corrupt, and that they did NOT obey the torah/law. Paul is simply referring to this common knowledge.
This passage states that a Jew/Israelite is one who inwardly keeps the “requirements of the Law” such as circumcision; one who is obedient to God and that this obedience first comes from the heart and thus, his praise comes from God.
PLEASE NOTE: Paul does NOT say that a Gentile remains a Gentile! He clearly says that a Gentile who obeys God’s ways is considered a Jew/Israelite – one who lives according to the ways (torah/law) of God! Therefore, the goal was being an Israelite, making those who followed God’s instructions the ideal to which all who come to faith in Y’shua could attain.
Therefore, how can there be a distinction between Jews and Gentiles in Messiah? Scripture proves there is not. We are ALL to walk and live as the Messiah did (1 John 2:6) – according to the instructions of God – according to the torah/law.