Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
When Jesus heard this he was astonished, and said to his followers, "I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such faith as this.
for they heard them speaking in foreign languages and declaring the greatness of God. Then Peter said,
By the time Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was absorbed in preaching the message, emphatically assuring the Jews that Jesus was the Christ.
"Understand then that this message of God's salvation has been sent to the heathen. They will listen to it!"
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 hold that Christ has become an agent of circumcision to show God's truthfulness in carrying out the promises made to our forefathers,
To me, the very least of all his people, this favor has been given, of preaching to the heathen the inexhaustible wealth of the Christ,
to whom God has chosen to make known among the heathen how glorious this mystery of Christ in you, the promise of glorification, really is.
O Jerusalem! Jerusalem! murdering the prophets, and stoning those who are sent to her, how often I have longed to gather your children around me, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you refused!
Jesus sent these twelve out, after giving them these directions: "Do not go among the heathen, or to any Samaritan town,
You are the descendants of the prophets and the heirs of the agreement that God made with your forefathers when he said to Abraham, 'Through your posterity all the families of the earth will be blessed.'
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.
Then law slipped in, and multiplied the offense. But greatly as sin multiplied, God's mercy has far surpassed it,
and then all Israel will be saved, just as the Scripture says, "The deliverer will come from Zion, He will drive all ungodliness away from Jacob,
so that we might praise the splendid blessing which he has given us through his beloved Son.
So go out where the roads leave the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.'
I have not come to invite the pious but the irreligious to repentance!"
For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so the Son of Man will be a sign to this age.
Does God belong to the Jews alone? Does he not belong to the heathen too? Of course he belongs to the heathen too;
That is not the way you have been taught what Christ means,