Christ reveals in MMLJ/BC that the Old Testament “gospel” or “good news” preached by John the baptist, Jesus and their disciples -
1.God preached an Old Testament Patriarchal “gospel” to Abraham. “1Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: 2And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” Genesis 12:1-
The apostle Paul confirmed this message to Abraham as a “gospel.” “8And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed” (Galatians 3:8). This was not the New Testament “gospel” of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
2.John and Jesus preached the Old Testament Mosaical “gospel” to only Israel in MMLJ/BC. “1The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 2As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. 3The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. 4John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. 5And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins” (Mark 1:1-
Christ commanded his Old Testament Jewish disciples to preach this same Mosaical “gospel” to only the “lost sheep” of Old Testament Israel. “5These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 10:5-
3.When the New Testament “age” began in Acts 2, Christ commanded that his New Covenant “gospel” be preached to “all nations” -
In Acts 2, the New Testament “gospel” was first revealed to the twelve apostles and they, for the first time, preached this “good news” to the lost world. “37Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? 38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.