{Fact: Unsaved people are identified as “Gentiles,” and saved people are identified as “Jews” in scripture.            Flip the script}

Thessalonica was located in modern-day Greece.                                                          And Paul’s first epistle to the Thessalonians is generally regarded as being written to (what we would call today) “Gentile” Christians.

Now with that thought in mind, notice how God specifically identifies lost people by the words “the Gentiles” in the following scripture:

1 Thessalonians 4

4 “That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:”

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But that isn’t a novel or unique use of the word “Gentiles” by God to identify unsaved people is it?

Do you remember God’s speaking about the beneficiaries of His everlasting covenant in Ephesians chapter two? In so doing, He used that same word (“Gentiles”) to identify lost people there too.

Look for yourself:

11 “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;”

Which of course bears witness with God’s consistency in His usage of words in Romans 2:28-29 doesn’t it?

(Believe God)

28 “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”

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So what’s the bottom line?

The script is flipped.


Like Jacob and Esau & Ephraim and Manasseh (and Galatians chapter four) … The inheritor of the blessing turns out to be the opposite of the earthly expectation.

In spiritual terms, an unsaved person is a Gentile, while a saved person is a Jew.
(Regardless of outward identity & regardless of religious traditions).

Praise God!!!