Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were illiterate, and of the lower rank of men, they were surpriz'd; but tho' they knew that they had been Jesus's disciples,
but Esaias is more express, and says, "I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest to them that asked not after me.
in particular for me, that I may have leave to speak without any restraint, and make known the mystery of the gospel,
even many of our brethren, encourag'd by my bonds, preach the word with greater freedom and intrepidity.
were proof against the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, show'd their resolution in distress, and their valour in fight, putting to flight the armies of the aliens.
It is to you, my brethren, who are the children of Abraham, and to all who fear God among you, that this salutary news is sent.
it is to you that God first of all sent his son Jesus, having raised him up to bless you, provided you all renounce your iniquities.
and when Silas and Timothy were arriv'd from Macedonia, Paul with great concern remonstrated to the Jews, that Jesus was the Messiah:
first I warn'd the people of Damascus, of Jerusalem, of all Judea, and then the Gentiles, to repent, and turn to God, by acting suitably to their repentance.
but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
and that repentance and remission of sins should be preach'd in his name, among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is from the Jews.
for I am not ashamed of the gospel, since it is divinely effectual to salvation, to everyone that believes, to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile.
but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that acts right, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
who are Israelites; who had the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the law, the form of divine worship, and the promises;
stubborn people, whose hearts and ears like the uncircumcised, are always averse to the holy spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.
if the family be worthy, your benediction shall have its effect; but if it be not worthy, it shall only redound to your own advantage.
wherefore I declare to you, the gospel dispensation shall be taken from you, and given to a nation that shall make a proper use thereof.
others seiz'd his servants, outrageously abused them, and slew them.
upon which Jesus said, a certain man made a great entertainment; where many were invited.
he came unto his own, and his own received him not.
but still I ask, did not Israel know this? first, Moses saith, "I will provoke you to jealousy, by those that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you."
You will say then, "were they suffer'd to stumble meerly for their ruin?" no: but that thro' their fall, salvation might be offer'd to the Gentiles, in order to provoke their emulation.
but as they oppos'd him with invectives, he shook his garment, and said, "you your selves be answerable for your own destruction, I am clear: and for the future I shall address my self to the Gentiles."
take notice therefore, that the offers of divine salvation are sent to the Gentiles, and they will receive them.
then leaving them he went aboard again, and pass'd to the other side.
but they that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.
for the future, if there are five persons in one family, they will be divided; three against two, and two against three.
for I tell you that not one of those, who were invited, shall taste of my supper.