Israel’s Great Commission, Part 7


Both Luke chapter 24 and Acts chapter 1 make the geographical procedure of the “Great Commission” known. The twelve apostles were to start at Jerusalem – Israel’s capitol city – it was to the “Jews first.” The Jews were first, over the Gentiles, because they were in covenant relationship with God, and in the Kingdom gospel the Gentiles could be blessed only in Israel’s national rise (c.f. Genesis 22:17- 18; Isaiah 2:4; 60:1-3; 62:1-3). Therefore, under the “Great Commission” Israel must first accept the message before the Gentiles could be blessed.

All is different under the evangel committed to Paul for “the dispensation of the grace of God.” In “the gospel of the Grace of God” the Gentiles were to be blessed, not through Israel’s rise, but through Israel’s fall.

… Through their [Israel’s] fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fullness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify my office (Romans 11:11-13).

How many of us have heard the interpretation “where you are is your ‘Jerusalem?’” What type of interpretation is that? If this is our “Great Commission” and we are to follow it literally, we would have to sell all of our possessions and go to Jerusalem with “the gospel of the Kingdom” (c.f. Acts 3:25-26; 13:46).

(To be continued …)

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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