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Besides Paul, who never met Christ, was Jesus' message ever meant to be told to the Gentiles?

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Paul never met Christ?? Have you read Acts 9? Even aside from that, as a leading Pharisee it's pretty unlikely that they never crossed paths before. –  curiousdannii Feb 14 '14 at 6:59

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Jesus told the disciples to preach the Gospel to all nations.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19, ESV)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, ESV)

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.

While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (Acts 10:44-47, ESV)

Peter reported this to the believers in Jerusalem and they all glorified God.

When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.” (Acts 11:18, ESV)

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So while alive Jesus never tried to preach to other besides the lost sheep of the house of Israel? –  josetapadas Feb 6 '14 at 15:30
@josetapadas Not exactly. Jesus was also preaching in Samaria but I'm not sure Samaritans are gentiles or not. –  Mawia Feb 6 '14 at 15:49
@josetapadas Just to add to Mawia's great answer: John 10:16 KJV And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. Jesus wanted to first save the Jews, but later included the Gentiles as Mawia said in the great commission. Matthew 23:37 KJV O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! –  BYE Feb 6 '14 at 16:30
@josetapadas You may be interested in this account in Matthew: biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%208:5-13 –  called2voyage Feb 6 '14 at 20:06
@josetapadas there were a delegation of Greeks who came to see Jesus. John 12:20-22. So it is reasonable to believe that Jesus ministered to Gentiles. –  JSWilson Feb 10 '14 at 19:35

Yes, He talked about it after His resurrection:

Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:19-20 ASV

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