Did you know that Christ told His disciples to take His message only to Israelites?
Jesus Christ, while on earth, dealt exclusively with Israel.
These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, “Go NOT into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel” (Matthew 10:5-6).
The earthly teaching ministry of Jesus Christ was clearly limited to the nation of Israel.
Why this limitation in His earthly ministry? Because, according to Romans chapter one, the Gentiles (or the other nations) had already turned away from God, and God had in turn given them up.
At the time of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry, God was in covenant relationship with Israel only. God’s purpose was to reach Israel first, and then, through Israel’s instrumentality, reach the nations (Gentiles; see Mark 7:27; Isaiah 60:3).
Now, through the letters of Paul, the apostle, the distinction between Jew and Gentile have been removed. His letters alone are the truth for today.
Although Jesus Christ came to be the Savior for all men, He did not provide for salvation during His three and one-half year ministry. Christ’s atoning work was
performed at Calvary. What, then, was the purpose then of the earthly teaching ministry of Christ? What did He minister, and to whom? Moreover, what relationship does this ministry have with the Body of Christ?
The answers to these questions are answered for us by Paul the apostle, in the book of Romans.
Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the Circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers (Romans 15:8)
The first thing that Paul reveals to us concerning the earthly teaching ministry of Jesus Christ is that is was clearly to the Circumcision…
Israel plays a key role in God’s plan of the ages. Though currently she has been set aside “until the times of the nations be fulfilled,” He is by no means done with her.
Today, God is operating His purpose in the ecclesia – the Church, the Body of Christ. The Scriptures provide us with the clear, critical distinction between God’s earthly nation and Christ’s celestial body.
Christendom, however, has diminished Israel’s divine significance in an attempt to advance their artificial homogenization of Scripture’s grand theme, thus obscuring the glorious evangel of our day – “the Good News of the Happy God” committed to the trust of Paul, our Apostle.
This work highlights some of the more prominent distinctions which belong to God’s literal, physical, earthly nation. In so doing, it is our desire to allow the reader to see more clearly God’s dealings with God’s favored nation, so that they may in turn embrace a far greater calling and purpose.