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YES, there are! The footnote in my NLT Bible for Acts 11:1 has a list of Old Testament verses that say that salvation is for all people, not just the Jews. Below, I've reproduced the list and for two of them, I've directly quoted them because they're the clearest and most direct with regards to this topic. Genesis 12:3 Psalm 22:27 Isaiah 42:4 Isaiah 49:6 ...


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Jesus is the king of metaphors. This reference was not meant as an insult. To quote from Life Application Study Bible in reference to Matthew 15:24: Jesus' words do not contradict the truth that God's message is for all people. After all, when Jesus said these words, He was in Gentile territory on a mission to Gentile people. He ministered to Gentiles ...


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The term Gentile in the Bible simply means non-Jew or non-Hebrew. In Old Testament times, the Hebrews called the other non-Hebrews as Gentiles and in the New Testament, non-Jews are Gentiles. In the New Testament, Paul was famous for preaching to the Gentiles. Because Paul was a Jew, he was zealous for his own people and preached the gospel mostly to the ...


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If Jesus said He was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, then that is certainly true. If we don't accept Jesus' own words as true, then it would be difficult to imagine what the qualifications for acceptance would be. So, yes, Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. That does not mean, however, that Jesus, the ...


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Most branches of Christianity see Jesus, the Son of God, as the Jewish Messiah in fulfillment of Jewish prophecies and foreshadowing in the Jewish Scriptures. God foretold, though, that the Seed of Abraham would be a blessing to all people--every tribe, tongue and nation. The apostle Paul specifies that the gospel is to the Jew first and also to the ...


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The story of the Syro-Phoenician woman (Matthew 15 & Mark 7) is interesting in that it specifically is addressing the question of whether or not Jesus was sent to the Jews only, or to all mankind. A few backdrops In Genesis 12, God tells Abraham that he will make of Abraham a great nation (obvious assumption = Israel), but more importantly, that all ...


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Let us try to see the whole passage in context. (All scripture quotation in NLT) Acts 15: 20-21 - Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood. 21 For these laws of Moses have been preached in Jewish synagogues in ...


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No. In Christianity, there are two sets of people, but one group is not excluded or held to different standards than the other. There are: God's chosen covenant people. Everybody else. God's people are identified solely by their faith in Jesus Christ as savior/redeemer. By faith we become part of the same family. With those who have faith in His Son, ...


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The laws that were stated here are laws about ones self not pertaining to love. We know from the new testament that the thing we are commanded to do is to love. John 13:34 NIV A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. We also know that it is love which fulfills the law. ...


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The laws which they are saying do not apply to the gentiles were specifically laws which were a part of the old covenant between God and Israel. Since the gentiles are accepted through Jesus' sacrifice and the new covenant, they no longer need the sign of the old covenant. I believe the other laws which were mentioned by Jesus or still practiced by Jewish ...


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Jesus had just finished using sheep as an illustration when talking with his Jewish disciples - an illustration that they would understand. I doubt Jewish people of that day typically kept dogs as pets. Yet when talking with a woman whose culture evidently did keep dogs as pets, he uses it as an illustration, not to drive her away, but to communicate ...


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Jesus definlty knew the Gentiles would be reached. His parables in Matthew 21:33-46, Matthew 8:10-13, Matthew 22:1-13, and Luke 13:22-30 are pretty clear that the majority of Jews will reject Him and that Gentiles will accept Him.


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In the Teachings of Jesus and the writings of the Apostles, there is a common theme of the world that represents an established system that is separate from and foreign to Messiah. John 14:16-18 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another co-minister, that he should abide with you into the ages: the Spirit of Truth, whom the world is not ...


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Hebrew children in the Old Testament were born into God's covenant, both male and female. Circumcision was the sign of this covenant for boys, but the sign was not what saved them. Faith saved them. Rejecting the sign, circumcision, for boys, either by the parents or later as an adult himself, was a sign of a lack of true faith, and therefore the child ...


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I believe Jesus was using this as a "teachable moment." For example, in John 9:6 He made clay to put on a blind man's eyes to heal him. We know He could heal with a touch, or just a word, so why make clay? Verse 14 tells us this was done on the Sabbath, so Jesus obviously did this (in Jerusalem, no less) to make a point. He had already been accused of ...



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