Besides Paul, who never met Christ, was Jesus' message ever meant to be told to the Gentiles?
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Jesus told the disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations.
Paul wasn't the first one nor the only one who preached the Gospel to the Gentiles. According to Acts, Peter was the first to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. Peter received a vision from the Lord and received a command to preach to the Gentiles in the house of Cornelius the gentile. The Gentiles were filled with the Holy Spirit and were baptized.
Peter reported this to the believers in Jerusalem and they all glorified God.
Yes, He talked about it after His resurrection:
Did Jesus say to preach to Gentiles, or not?
Most of the preaching Jesus did was to Israel announcing that the kingdom of heaven was at hand.
This was because Israel had been promised a king and a kingdom and Jesus came to offer that kingdom to Israel with a new covenant.
Nothing Jesus ever said hinted that he knew Israel would drop the ball and that the kingdom would be delayed for over 2,000 years. In the “Great Commission” Jesus tells the disciples what the expected role for Israel is to be.
As far as the gentiles go, we have a hint that they were to be included.
From this we might conclude that Jesus was saying that there was a harvest to be had among the gentiles, but that it had to wait until his resurrection.
If Jesus meant for his disciples to go to all nations and preach the gospel to Gentiles, why did Peter need a vision in Acts 10 to visit Cornelius, a Gentile (actually a proselyte of the gate)? Why did Peter tell Cornelius it was an unlawful thing for him, a Jew, to be in the house of a Gentile?
Because Jesus in His earthly ministry was strictly preaching to "the lost sheep of the house of Israel". Salvation to the world, apart from the nation of Israel, was not revealed until the ascended Christ shared this "mystery" with the Apostle Paul. The apostle Paul is THE apostle of the Gentiles (ROM 11:8 KJV). The "mystery" revealed is revealed in Ephesians 3. Rightly divided the word of truth (II TIM 2:15) and you will see Paul's unique authority and apostleship.
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