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Christ in His Earthly Ministry to Israel
I am going to examine with the help of the King James Bible 1611-1769 the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the four Gospels,Matthew,Mark,Luke and John,also called the Red Letters.
First,I need to quote what Paul said in the book of Romans concerning Christ ministry in the days of His flesh:
Romans 15:8 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:
Interesting to read what is written in Hebrews :
Hebrews 9:16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
Hebrews 9:17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
We know that Christ DIED,was BURIED and ROSE again at the end of the four Gospels,so His earthly ministry is to His Nation Israel was OLD TESTAMENT Scriptures.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Christ Himself said:
Matthew 15:24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
and forbade His 12 Apostles to go to the Samaritans and the Gentiles:
Matthew 10:5 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: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:11
Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
We can surely affirm that while we can learn from the Red Letters many important things about our Lord Jesus Christ,that we were not in the audience.
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
But we are NOW UNDER GRACE,not UNDER THE LAW.
We are not the replacement of Israel,we could not follow Jesus according to the Red Letters instructions.
That is why Paul tells us to follow him to follow Christ.
1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
1 Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
Philippians 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
WE are GRATEFUL that GOD called Saul of Tarsus,later called PAUL and gave to him the revelation of the Mystery,the Gospel of Grace so anyone can be saved now,without Israel,without the covenants,by grace through faith. Ep.2:8,9
Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,
26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.
ALL THE BIBLE IS FOR US,BUT NOT ALL OF IT IS "TO US" or ABOUT US.