|during His earthly ministry-|
(cp. Mark 6:7-13; Luk 9:1-6)
|during the Church age- (after His departure)|
Mat 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luk 24:47,48;
Joh 20:21-23; Acts 1:6-8
|Go... only to Israel, |
not to Gentiles, v.5,6
|Go... to all nations, Mat 28:19; Acts 1:8|
The gospel of the Kingdom, v.7 -
(Prepare for the Kingdom...
for the King is at hand.)
The gospel of the Grace of God -
(Be reconciled to God...
for His Son has died for you. 2Cor 5:20,21)
Miraculous signs to Israel, v.1,8
(Contrast those who claim to be 'faith healers', today, but cannot raise the dead.)
|While such external signs did accompany the apostolic era (eg., Acts 3:6-8; 9:40),|
they are not the norm for the Church age.
Rather, the dynamic is the Holy Spirit's internal working to convict unbelievers, and to equip and transform believers. Joh 16:7-15; Acts 4:31; Rom 8:11-14
The messengers were dependent upon the hearers for provision, v.9-15
--Their task was urgent, time did not allow for self-provisioning, due to the brevity of the King's presence.
--As representatives of Israel's King, they could expect support from Israel.
The messengers were self-provisioning (Luk 22:35-37), with support from other believers (2Cor 11:9; 1Thes 2:9; 2Thes 3:8; 1Cor 9:6-15).
--Their task, while urgent, would extend over a long period of time.
--As representatives of the rejected Messiah, they could expect rejection from unbelievers.
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