John 11:49-52

So who did Jesus die for? The high priest Caiaphas predicted that Jesus was going to die not just for the nation of Israel, but to gather into one people the children of God from all nations. This would include both Jewish and Gentile believers from all nations – NOT unbelievers.

John 11:49-52

49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” 51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

 

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2 Responses

  1. MR. Moore
    This will be the last time I post on your websites. I pray that you are not offended by my comments. They are intended only for you to consider.

    Your above quote from John ties to the long discussed mystery and meaning of “fullness of the gentiles”. The source of my comments are based on the kjv version of the bible.
    The tribes have been scattered throughout the world for scores of generations. During this time, the scattered tribes seed has most certainly been placed in the bloodline of every living gentile by now (even though we don’t know which tribe we descend from). This is God’s promise that the seed would number as the sands of the sea and the stars of the sky. I would simply ask you to read Matt ch 26 vs 26 through 29 concerning the body and blood and the new wine with this in mind. Also, Ezek 47 is a beautiful description of the spreading of the seed. This has brought me to the conclusion that the 144,000 in chapters 7 and14 of the book of revelation are the same group.

    You need to consider that we are them……we are the strangers, the virgins and this was God’s intention all along.

    may God bless

    • You miss the fact that not all Israel is Israel – God calls the Gentiles who beleive His children and does not call the Jews who do not believe His children. It is not those who descend from Abraham ohysically who are the children of God, but those who descend from him spiritually – those who trust God through faith in Christ.

      Paul wrote the letters of Romans and Galatians long before sufficient DNA would hVe mixed from Jews to Gentiles after Christ died. So no, its not that we are physically Israel, but that we are spiritually Israel because we beleive in Christ – which makes us children of God, the people for whom Christ died.
      Romans 9:6-33

      6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel; 7 nor are they all children because they are Abraham’s descendants, but: “through Isaac your descendants will be named.” 8 That is, it is not the children of the flesh who are children of God, but the children of the promise are regarded as descendants. 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only this, but there was Rebekah also, when she had conceived twins by one man, our father Isaac; 11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 Just as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

      14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires.

      19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? 22 What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. 25 As He says also in Hosea,

      “I will call those who were not My people, ‘My people,’
      And her who was not beloved, ‘beloved.’”
      26 “And it shall be that in the place where it was said to them, ‘you are not My people,’
      There they shall be called sons of the living God.”
      27 Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, “Though the number of the sons of Israel be like the sand of the sea, it is the remnant that will be saved; 28 for the Lord will execute His word on the earth, thoroughly and quickly.” 29 And just as Isaiah foretold,

      “Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left to us a posterity,
      We would have become like Sodom, and would have resembled Gomorrah.”
      30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; 31 but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. 32 Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone, 33 just as it is written,

      “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense,
      And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.”

      Romans 4:16

      For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

      Galatians 3:29

      And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

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