Tis no doubt he died for ALL but you miss the point by not identifying what he says and to whom He is saying it. He made no bones about it. He came for the lost sheep of Israel. He told the woman “I did not come for Dogs!”
Jesus did not say this to the woman of Samaria:
And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once. (Matt 15:26-28 )
In Mark’s account we read:
Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. And she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And He was saying to her, “Let the children be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs under the table feed on the children’s crumbs.” And He said to her, “Because of this answer go; the demon has gone out of your daughter.” And going back to her home, she found the child lying on the bed, the demon having left. (Mark 7:26-30)
Everyone just grabs stuff and takes is as thought it were written or said to them and we get all messed up because of it. Yes He gave “The Great Commission” but before he left he told his eleven. “Stay in Jerusalem do not go to Samaria.” In fact they stayed right there till they died. Who did he send to Samaria and thus on The Great Commission?
This was not the Great Commission. When He gave these instructions, it was while He was in the midst of His ministry. After His death and resurrection, He instructed the eleven in Matthew 28:16-20:
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
In Mark 16:15,16:
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.
In Luke 24:44-49:
Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. “You are witnesses of these things. “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
- ….appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
These verses clearly teach that the disciples were to go into ALL the world and preach the Gospel. They obeyed His command as Church History has recorded:
- 42 AD James, brother of John, was beheaded (Acts 12:2)
- 49/50 AD Council of Jerusalem was held (Acts 15) Result – Gentiles were not required to be circumcised.
- 50 AD 2nd missionary journey – In Corinth Paul met Aquila and Priscilla, refugees from Claudius’ expulsion of the Jews from Rome. (Acts 18:2)
- 62 AD James the Just, Bishop of Jerusalem, was killed in the temple by an angry mob, apparently struck in the head with a sledgehammer. Bartholomew was martyred in Kalyana, W. Coast of India. He was skinned alive and crucified.
- 67/68 AD Paul martyred, beheaded on the road from Rome to Ostia, Peter crucified upside down – Rome.
- 69 AD Andrew was crucified in Patrae on the Peloponnesus peninsula. Irenaeus stated that Polycarp, (born in 69, became bishop of Smyrna, died in 157) had known John at Ephesus. “Polycarp also was not only instructed by the Apostles, and conversed with many who had seen Christ, but was also by Apostles in Asia, ordained bishop of Smyrna, whom I also saw in my early youth, having always taught things which he had learned from the Apostle, and which the church has handed down, and which alone are true.” (Irenaeus)
- 72 AD Thomas stabbed to death by Brahman priests in Mylapore, India.
- 79 AD Jude and Simon were torn apart by a Persian mob. Simon had joined forces with Jude, Thaddeus, after a trip to Britain. Jude had been in Armenia
- 90 AD Philip crucified upside down in Hierapolis, Asia Minor.
- 90 AD Matthew died natural death in Hierees, Persia.
- 92 AD John banished to Patmos under Domitian’s persecution. Around 100 AD, John died on Patmos.
The eleven continued to preach the gospel of the Kingdom. Christ did not preach salvation by his shed blood. He could not since he had not died. The eleven stayed around preaching the gospel that more than half of the world takes and runs with this very day and it is not for us, it is totally wrong if not “Another Gospel”. That would be “Repent and be baptized for the remission of sins.” Peter intended every word of that and it means exactly what he said but it “had” and intended audience to whom it applied. It applies to no one today!
So what was Jesus preaching at the Last Supper? Matthew 26:27-29:
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”
knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:18-21).
For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone,” and, “A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God’s OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY. (1 Peter 2:6-10).
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. (1 Peter 2:24).
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you–not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience–through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,(1 Peter 3:18-21).
The Roman catholics and many of their offspring and even some that were never Roman like the Church of Christ take this Gospel of the Kingdom” that was intended only for those Jews that had been under the law in that day. They were to repent believe on his name and be baptized to serve as the priests for His Kingdom only if ALL of the Jews had accepted Him as their King. But they did not. In any event the Gospel of the Kingdom was the one for His people and the Roman catholics erring grabbed it and have been making it up as they go ever since. Also some other Johnny come lately denominations do the same as they now preach that baptism saves one, but it is to miss the point entirely.
Where do you see this in scripture? The Kingdom is for all who will believe. Read through Acts. Again and again it says they spoke about the Kingdom of God to the Gentiles. Throughout the Epistles we are told we have entered into the Kingdom of God through Jesus’ blood.
They miss the point as do we when we say he died to save me from our sins.
Read John’s teaching in his first epistle:
- You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.
- If we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
- If we confess our sins He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
He did not! He rose from the dead to give us life!The only gospel that is applicable today is Paul’s Gospel or “The Gospel That Saves You” I Cor 15 1-4. There is no other!
1 Corinthians 15:3… “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures” is part of Paul’s gospel. The work of the Cross is not divided into parts. It was accomplished “once for all”.