THE STORY OF THE EARLY CHURCH
Verses preaching the "Gospel of Jesus"
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47.1 PAUL PREACHES TO THE JEWS OF ROME
- Now under house arrest in Rome, c AD61, Paul preaches to the Jews of Rome. His success is limited, and he declares that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to be taken to the Gentiles:
Acts 28:23b-28 - From morning till evening he explained the kingdom of God to them, giving his personal testimony, trying to persuade them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets. As a result several of them were won over by his words, but others would not believe. When they could not reach any agreement among themselves and began to go away, Paul added as a parting shot, "how rightly did the Holy Spirit speak to your forefathers through the prophet Isaiah when he said,
'Go to the people and say, Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you will see, and not perceive; for the heart of this people has grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart and turn, so that I should heal them.' (Isaiah 6:9-10)
"Let it be plainly understood then that this salvation of our God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they at least will listen to it!"
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