"Gentile" is a word that is commonly misunderstood by christians. It doesn't mean what you think it means! When you learn what the Bible really is saying with the Greek word ethnos which is commonly translated "Gentile" then your entire concept of what Christianity means will be wonderfully uplifted and changed.
In most English Bibles the Greek word ethnos is translated as either "gentile" or as "nation". A few centuries ago the English word had the same meaning as the Greek word "ethnos", but today the meaning has been perverted to mean the exact opposite of it's original meaning. Unless one understands what Jesus and the N.T. writers meant by the word ethnos one cannot fully understand the message of Jesus. This is critically important for any christian to consider.
Gentile and nation are English words used for the Greek word "ethnos", which is the root word for our English word ethnic. But Gentile is understood by most people whether Christian or not to mean today as non-Jew. Many modern Bible Dictionaries can be found to descibe the word as; "Gentile: All nations of the world other than Jews." But for anybody who has studied linguistics with Bible history knows this to be false and that the word "Gentile" has assumed in modern times a corrupted meaning. A in depth study quickly reveals the truth. According to Skeats Etymological Dictionary of the English Language. (New York : Pedigree Books, 1980, p.210) the word is derived from Old French and Latin. Walter W. Skeatsays: GENTILE. see Genteel. GENTEEL. (F.-L.) XVI cent.; F. gentil. C L> gentilis, belonging to the same clan, a gentile (afterwards applied to mean well-bred, &c. C L. genti-, decl. stem of gens, a clan, tribe. Alied to genus.
The original use of the word for the English language actually refers to those who belong to the same tribe or clan, a meaning nearly opposite its misinterpreted use in Scripture today - all nations other than Jews, the word Gentile from Genteel in no way can be defined as this, it's meaning which was understood as little as hundred to two hundred years ago was - belonging to the same clan, a gentile!
Gentile does not mean all others but really means excluding all others i.e. limited to a certain sthnic group. Websters Unabridged Dictionary defines the word, "gentile" as "of a clan, tribe, people or nation." The Encyclopedia Americana says for the root word, "gens: GENS, among the Romans, denoted that those persons belonged to the same gens who bore the same name; had no slave among their anscestors: and who had not been reduced from a superior to an inferior condition. The gens consisted of many families, supposedly of kindred blood, but was also applied to a whole community, the members of which were to believed to be decended from a common stem." (1956 Americana, XII p. 401)
It is from the Latin root GENS that we have derived such words as; Genteel, Gentleman, Gentry, Gentility, Genus and Genuine. The Universal Dictionary of the English Language, 1897, Vol II, p. 2286, says: gen-tile, gen-til, gen-tyl, a. & s. [Fr. gentil, from Lat. gentilis = one belonging to the same class, agentile, from gens (genit. gentis) = a clan; Sp. & Port. gentil: Ital. Gentile is thus a doublet of genteel and gentile (q.v).] A. As adjective: I. Ordinary Language: 1 Of or pertaining to any nation; national. 2. Of noble or gentle birth; of high rank; noble II. Technically: 1. Gram.: Denoting the clan, race, or country. B. As substantive: I. Ordinary Language: 1. One of the same clan or family. 2. A person of noble birth or gentile birth; one of high rank."
The original Greek word "ethnos" from which the Latin "gens" and then English "gentile" was translated correctly has exactly the same meaning. When Jesus used the word ethnos he did not mean non-Jews as that is simply not the definition of the word, the word can mean a specific ethnic group or clan of high birth but it can NEVER mean all nations of the world other than the Jews!
The ultimate Greek Lexicon, Liddel & Scott, lists many references to Greek classical literature, and Biblical writings, for definition of the word "ethnos". The definitions are: "number of people living together, company, body of men; particular tribe; a nation, a people; a caste, a tribe; a guild; a relation." (p.480) That is the Greek language known to the Greeks of that day. Biblical Koine Greekis the same. Thayer's Greek Lexicon of the New Testament defines "ethnos" as "a multitude associated or living together, a company, troop, or swarm, & a multitude of individuals of the same nature or genus, & race or nation." (p.168) It is ONLY modern and poorly educated Bible translators and Church institutions who have mistranslated whether deliberately or not the Greek word to mean all nations except Jews, and to be honest the situation has now become quite absurd by any standard. The theological implications of this are immense and I know that many in the higher eschalons of the Christian and Catholic Church along with Bible scholars are too afraid to reveal this truth as for the consequences and the difficulties in approaching this critical study.
You may well ask now just who are the Gentiles? and the answer because of all the lies and falsehoods out there now is very difficult to explain and would take a long time and many would simply not be strong enough to adapt to the truth in a short period of time, but the Bible tells us that in the latter days those that were blinded by God to their true identity, it would be revealed to them just who they really are and where they are from "the eyes of those will see will not be blinded, and the ears of those who hear will listen, and the mind of the hasty will discern truth." (Isaish 32:3-4).
There are so many lies and deceptions out there and I urge all Christians to consider what I have told you, it is essential and God wills it to be known and He will bring those who are His back to their true identity as it is written God will not cast off His people, look to the Word of God.
Mat. 12:18 - [referencing a prophecy of Isaiah, Jesus quotes] "Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall show judgement to the Gentiles (ethnesin)."
Mat. 12:21 - "And in his name shall the Gentiles trust"
Romans 2:14-15 - When the Gentiles (ethne) which have not the law, do by their nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written on their hearts,"
Jeremiah 31:33: "This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law into their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people."
Hebrews 8:10 - "Into their understanding I will put My laws, and on their hearts I will write them."
Isaiah 9:8 - "The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it lighted upon Israel."
Isaiah 49:6 - "I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth."
Luke 2:30-32 - "For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the Gentiles, and glory of thy people Israel."
Isaiah (Esaias) 1:2-4 - "Hear, O heaven, and hearken, O earth: for the Lord has spoken, saying 'I have begotten and reared up children, but they have rebelled against Me. The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel does not know Me, and the people has not regarded Me. Ah, sinful nation (ethnos), a people full of sins, an evil seed, lawless children: ye have forsaken the Lord and provoked the Holy One of Israel."
Isaiah (Esaias) 8:8-9 - Know , ye Gentiles (ethne), and be conquered; hearken ye, even unto the extremity of the earth: be conquered..."
Ezekiel 20:34-36 - "And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I will plead with you, saith the Lord God."
Hosea 1:10 - "And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there IT SHALL BE SAID TO THEM, YE ARE THE SONS OF THE LIVING GOD"
Jeremiah 31:2 - "Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword FOUND GRACE IN THE WILDERNESS; EVEN ISRAEL, when I went to CAUSE HIM TO REST"
Deuteronomy 30:6 - "AND the Lord thy GOD WILL CIRCUMCISE THINE HEART, and THE HEART OF THY SEED, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thine soul, that thou mayest live."
Phillipians 3:3 - "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Jesus Christ, and have no confidence in the flesh."
Romans 2:29 - Circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."
Who are the "Gentiles"? They are the House of Israel who were cut off by the Lord and taken into Assyrian captivity, these Gentiles of high noble birth, the great Lost Tribes found grace in the wilderness and became many great nations as they were the seed of Abraham and they fulfilled the promises that God made to Abraham, Israel was released from Assyrian captivity and crossed over the Caucasus Mountains and there they dwelt and became known to history as a 'Great multitude of people" who migrated into Europe. It was to these forsaken children of God that Jesus came for "I was not sent except unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel" Who are the lost sheep? who are the Gentiles? who are the House of Israel that was taken into captivity? Who are God's people Israel who He will never cast off? Who are the people who God sent into the wilderness to find grace and salvation in Jesus Christ The Lord?
Isarel was to become a vast multitude of people! Genesis 22:17
Israel was to form a multitude of nations! Genesis 17:4-6
Israel was to rule over other nations! Deuteronomy 15:6
Israel was to be a blessing to all nations! Genesis 22:18
Israel was to have a new home other than Canaan land! 2 Samuel 7:10
Isarel was to have a land of unwalled villages without walls, bars or gates!Ezekiel 38:11
Israel's land was to be described as a camp of saints! Revelations 20: 7-9
Isarel was to have a NEW RELIGION and BE SAVED BY GOD! Jeremiah 31:7, 31-37
ISRAEL WAS TO CARRY THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD! Isaiah 49:3-6
Israel was to be blind for the most part to her identity! Isaiah 42:16-19
ISRAEL WAS TO BE CALLED A NEW NAME! Isaiah 62:1-2
It is you Christians who are Israel, you Gentiles of high noble birth who carried the gospel of the Lord Jesus to the ends of the earth, you whose ancestors crossed the Caucasus Mountains and came into Europe, those lost sheep who Jesus charged His Apostles to find are the sons of the Living God who are blind to their identity as the House of Israel and their new name became Christ's Sons- Christians!
Let no man decieve you and listen to the Words long written down, many will try to convince you that you are not Israel so that you do not come into your inheritance, but they are liars and usurpers, your inheritence as Christs-Sons is to know that you are Israel and that Jesus and the Apostles are your brothers and share your heritage and Jesus Christ is Almighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace who has called His lost sheep back to Him and He will lose not one for He is the Great Shepard!