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Here's a question mostly targeted at the gentiles out there (but all comments welcome). The following verses talk about how gentiles are gentiles no longer and that they shouldn't act like gentiles anymore. I'll ask the question first and then post the verses:
Are gentiles in the New Covenant supposed to retain their identities as gentiles?
Some verses for consideration:
17 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18 They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed.
20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
1 Cor 12:2
2 Ye know that ye WERE Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led .
Here's some literal versions of Eph 2:11
Ephesians 2:11 "Wherefore remember that ye once the gentiles in [the] flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that called circumcision in [the] flesh made by hand" (Interlinear Greek-English New Testament published by Zondervan)
Ephesians 2:11 "Therefore remember that you then the gentiles in the flesh, those being called uncircumcision by those being called circumcision in (the) flesh made by hand" (The Interlinear Bible by Sovereign Grace Publishers)