The premise of this study is to demonstrate that there is adequate evidence in the kingdom parables of Matthew 13 to signify Jesus’ intentional teaching concerning the Gentile mission and their inclusion in the kingdom of heaven. While Matthew is often noted for his “Jewishness” there are ample indications that his intention was to show the development of Gentile inclusion in the early church with its inception deep in the gospel tradition. If the national priority and universal commission present what appears to be an irreconcilable tension when viewed in isolation, this study will show how the global commission is anticipated in the parables of Jesus as presented in Matthew 13.
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