Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.
They shook off the dust from their feet in protest, and went to Iconium.
And where no one will welcome you, or listen to you, leave that house or town and shake off its very dust from your feet.
And where they will not welcome you, leave that town and shake off the very dust from your feet as a protest against them."
But whenever you come to a town and they do not welcome you, go out into the open streets and say,
Therefore I declare to you today that I am not responsible for the blood of any of you,
1 Timothy 5:22
Never ordain anyone hastily; do not make yourself responsible for the sins of others; keep your life pure.
Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out plainly, and said, "God's message had to be told to you first, but since you thrust it off and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the heathen.
But as some of them were obstinate and refused to believe, finding fault with the Way before the people, he left them, and withdrew the disciples, and held daily discussions in the lecture-room of Tyrannus.
but first to the people of Damascus and Jerusalem and then all over Judea, and even to the heathen I preached that they must repent and turn to God and live as men who have repented should.
"Understand then that this message of God's salvation has been sent to the heathen. They will listen to it!"
And I tell you, many will come from the east and from the west and take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the Kingdom of Heaven,
"That, I tell you, is why the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and given to a people that will produce its proper fruit.
So his slaves went out on the roads, and got together all the people they could find, good or bad, and the hall was filled with guests.
Does God belong to the Jews alone? Does he not belong to the heathen too? Of course he belongs to the heathen too;
Just as he says in Hosea, "I will call a people that was not mine, my people, And her who was not beloved, my beloved,
There is no distinction between Jew and Greek for they all have the same Lord, and he is generous to all who call upon him.
I ask then, has their stumbling led to their absolute ruin? By no means. Through their false step salvation has gone to the heathen, so as to make the Israelites jealous.