Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1481
Christ's words to His disciples as He appointed them for their Galilean ministry clearly contain temporal elements that only applied at that time in a Kingdom “sneak preview.” For Christ's Great Commission to the same disciples 18 chapters later in Matthew (minus Judas Iscariot) expands the scope from “the lost sheep of Israel” to “the ends of the earth.” Even Paul said the gospel was “to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16). Other elements of haste in Christ's words clearly indicate their mission is to now remain in the narrow Jewish “stream of salvation history...before eventually overflow[ing] its banks” to water the Gentile world (Howell, 161). However, there are principles in which these temporal commands were based which still apply to us today including, but not limited to:
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