Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.
Then Peter stood up with the eleven around him, and raising his voice addressed them. "Men of Judea," he said, "and all you residents of Jerusalem, let me explain this to you, and pay attention to what I say.
you and the people of Israel must all know that it is through the power of Jesus Christ of Nazareth whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that he stands here before you well.
You must understand therefore, my brothers, that through him the forgiveness of your sins is announced to you,
For my eyes have seen your salvation
And all mankind is to see how God can save!"
When they heard this, they made no further objection, but they gave honor to God, and said, "Then God has given even the heathen repentance and the hope of life!"
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.
When they arrived there, they called the church together, and reported how God had worked with them, and how he had opened the way to faith for the heathen.
Symeon has told how God first showed an interest in taking from among the heathen a people to bear his name.
But as they contradicted and abused him, he shook his clothes in protest, and said to them, "Your blood be on your own heads! I am not to blame for it! After this I will go to the heathen."
But he said to me, 'Go! I will send you far away to the heathen.' "
I will save you from your people and from the heathen, to whom I will send you
They said to him, "He will put the wretches to a miserable death, and let the vineyard to other tenants who will give him his share of the vintage when it is due."
Does God belong to the Jews alone? Does he not belong to the heathen too? Of course he belongs to the heathen too;
and he was afterward given the mark of circumcision as the stamp of God's acknowledgment of the uprightness based on faith that was his before he was circumcised, so that he should be the forefather of all who, without being circumcised, have faith and so are credited with uprightness,
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.
I hold that Christ has become an agent of circumcision to show God's truthfulness in carrying out the promises made to our forefathers,