All muslims still mistakenly believe that the gospel was meant only for the Jews and Jesus came only for the Jews.
Let’s hear what Jesus Himself said:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the WHOLE WORLD as a testimony to ALL nations, and then the end will come.” (Matt 24:14)
His last command to His disciples was:
“Go therefore and make disciples of ALL nations…” (Matt 28:19)
But didn’t Jesus say He came for the Jews?
Yes He did. In His limited 3 years of ministry His priority was the Jews first. He came as the Jewish Messiah to save the Jews and offer salvation to the whole world.
The Bible is clear. It does not mean the Gentiles have no salvation because Jesus spoke to, healed and ministered to Gentiles too in his brief time on earth. In fact, there are only two times that Jesus praised the faith of individuals. Both were Gentiles! he fed 4000 people That was in Gentile territory. He also heals a demon-possessed Gentile man and tells him to go home to his town and tell everyone about God.
Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too” (Romans 3:29). Jesus was the Jewish Messiah, but He had come to offer salvation to EVERYONE.
The disciples carried out Jesus’ instructions. In Acts 8, an Ethiopian man receives salvation and baptism. In Acts 10, a Roman centurion receives salvation and baptism. According to tradition, Matthew travelled to Egypt, Simon to Syria, Thomas to India and so on.
700 years earlier Isaiah prophesied…The Messiah was to be a “light for the Gentiles” (Isaiah 42:6).
If the Messiah had nothing to do with Gentiles, this verse has no meaning.
You and I are Gentiles. But we have this assurance that we can call on Jesus, because “EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 16:31)