In Acts chapter eight we have a record of the first preaching of the gospel to those who were not fully Jews. Samaritans were a mixed race and held in utter contempt by most Jews (cf. Jn 4:9). The conversion of the Samaritans to Jesus Christ will teach us several great lessons.
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Men, as in members of the human race, yes, but in other ways they were different from other disciples of Jesus Christ. Luke records that Jesus “called His disciples to Him; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles” (Lk 6:12-16). Some three years later He commissioned them to preach the saving gospel of Christ in all the earth (Matt 28:18-20). He empowered them with “the Promise of the Father…the Holy Spirit,” to fulfill that commission (Acts 1:4-8). Did the apostles speak, face to face, to every person on earth? No, but they brought the gospel to strategic locations throughout the world and taught others to carry it to the far reaches of the globe.
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