Q. When the Bible mentions Gentiles, I believe that it is speaking specifically to a certain race of people. For example, in Genesis chapter 10, it talks about the sons of Noah and their offspring. The Bible states that one of Noah’s sons Japheth, is where the Gentiles originated. And when the gentiles are mentioned in the New Testament, I believe that they were referring to the Romans. What’s your thought on this?
A. Gentile comes from the Hebrew word that means “nations.” Before the cross, all the people on Earth who weren’t Jews were called Gentiles. (Japeth was the father of the Caucasian peoples, most of whom are Gentiles. The descendants of his brother Ham settled Africa and they are also Gentiles.) Since the cross members of the Church are no longer Gentiles, so now there are three classifications of human, Jews, Gentiles, and the Church. (1 Cor 10:32, Galatians 3:28)