The Gospel of Matthew, Part 3 | Episode 4

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In this podcast episode, the hosts discuss the significance of Acts chapter 10, where Peter brings the gospel to Gentiles, marking a shift in the early Christian Church’s focus from Jews to non-Jews. They mention Paul’s role in spreading the gospel to Gentiles and the challenges of establishing churches with both Jewish and Gentile believers. The hosts emphasize the prophesied inclusion of Gentiles and the differing approaches of Jesus and Paul in their teachings.

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“In this podcast episode, the hosts discuss various aspects of the Bible, focusing on the book of Acts and the role of Peter and Paul in spreading the gospel to both Jews and Gentiles. They begin by summarizing Acts chapter 10, where Peter receives a vision from God instructing him to share the good news with Gentiles, non-Jews. This event marks a significant shift in the early Christian Church, which had previously been primarily focused on reaching out to Jews.

The hosts explain that Jesus had initially instructed his apostles, who were all Jews, to minister to the house of Israel. However, after around 10 years of the Jews having access to the gospel, Peter’s vision leads him to open the door for the good news to be shared with Gentiles. They mention that a Pharisee named Paul, who was trained in the law, is also called by God to take the gospel to the Gentiles. Paul writes letters to churches established in various areas, acting as an apostle to the Gentiles.

The discussion highlights the tension that arises when the gospel reaches both Jews and Gentiles. The hosts mention that there are specific letters in the New Testament that are written to Jews, while many of Paul’s letters are addressed to churches composed of both Jews and Gentiles. These letters focus on promoting harmony and resolving conflicts between the two groups.

The hosts emphasize that the inclusion of Gentiles in the gospel was prophesied in the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament). They also touch on the difference between the message Jesus gave to the Jews and the form of the gospel introduced by Paul to the Gentiles. They explain that while the principles Jesus taught were spiritually applicable to Jews and Gentiles alike, Paul’s emphasis was on faith and belief for the Gentiles, as they did not have the same covenant relationship with God as the Jews.

The discussion delves into the establishment of churches composed of Jews and Gentiles. The hosts suggest that Jewish converts to Christianity may have initially established these churches, possibly replicating the structure of synagogues. They note that some Jewish Believers continued to observe Jewish customs and traditions alongside Gentile Believers.

The hosts also touch on the writing and dissemination of the gospels. They explain that Jesus did not command his followers to write but to preach orally. The belief among Christians is that the Holy Spirit guided the writers of the gospels, enabling them to recall and document the necessary information. The hosts mention that the process of copying the original writings, such as Matthew’s gospel, was challenging and time-consuming until it was eventually centralized and perfected.

Throughout the discussion, the hosts indicate that their interpretation aligns with mainstream Christian beliefs. They clarify that the ideas presented are widely accepted, such as Paul’s mission to the Gentiles and the fulfillment of Jesus’ purpose as part of the Old Testament narrative.

The episode concludes with a lighthearted moment as they wrap up their discussion on the book of Matthew and prepare for the next topic.