Jn 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
“AS LONG AS I AM IN THE WORLD” would mean as long as he is present in the world. Indeed he promised his perpetual presence as he said:
Mt 28:20 lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
How is that possible? It is whenever the church gathers. Jesus is always present whenever there is church gathering as it say,
Mt 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Jesus would be in their midst of them through the “Spirit Of Christ”.
1Pt 1:10 . Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you:
1Pt 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
That Spirit of Christ was in the prophets of old, this too would be in the Christians unto the end of the world.
Thus by being always present in the world, he is the light of the world.
But how shall we prove that “these” who have the spirit of Christ were not Jews as Jesus was sent “only” to the lost sheep of Israel?
First of all, when jesus said TEACH ALL NATIONS, Nations there taking it from the greek dictionary speaks of A RACE, A TRIBE. That is doubtful as it did not resolve it as all people ALL RACE bec it could be ALL TRIBES (of Israel).
BUT WHAT IF IT IS “ALL RACE”?
Then it validates Jesus as the light to the world—
Secondly, Jesus said, HE IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. World there in the greek dictionary means “world in the wide or narrow sense” which would put doubt also to the certainty of the term “world”. It could be world in the wide sense which may mean the whole world or it could be world in the narrow sense which may mean partly of the world, pointing to a certain region, Israel.
There is nothing in there that suggests the appropriate meaning. It could be the world in the wide sense i.e the whole world or the world in a narrow sense, which could only be israel.
BUT WHAT IF IT IS WORLD IN THE WIDE SENSE?
Then it validates jesus as the light of the world-
Could it be that Jesus was indeed meant for All mankind?
How shall we prove it?
Mt 26:13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, [there] shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
World there is the same as above. It was not certain.
HOW SHALL WE PROVE THEN THAT JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD INDEED?
There are three instances wherein the gospel writers mentioned Jesus as the light of the world. It was by Luke and Matthew and Peter.
Lk 2:25 . And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Lk 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Lk 2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,
Lk 2:28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,
Lk 2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
Lk 2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Lk 2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
Lk 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Luke in the book of Acts:
Ac 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men [and] brethren, hearken unto me:
Ac 15:14 Simeon (above verses) hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name.
Ac 15:15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,
Ac 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
Ac 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.
Mt 12:15 But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
Mt 12:16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
Mt 12:17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
Mt 12:18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment (krisis: divine law) to the Gentiles.
1Pt 2:9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
It was by Jesus Christ that this holy nation was made a holy priesthood. These holy nation were given, too the right to offer sacrifices to god and that is through Jesus.
1Pt 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones
are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
This holy nation was not a people of God indicating that these were Gentiles. They become a holy nation through Jesus thus Jesus was also meant for the gentiles.
1Pt 2:10 Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Those were purely testimonies from Jesus disciples—which were corroborated by these three things:
- The prophecy that foretold the collection of God’s biblical manuscripts.
Isa 34:16 Seek ye out of the writing of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.
It speaks of the bible manuscripts. Luke and Matthew and Peter being included in the writing of the Lord by it verifies their significant truthfulness. They were indeed approved as reliable witnesses. Matthew, Luke and Peter testifying that jesus is the light to the gentiles, and being credible witnesses as implied by being part of the writing of god is therefore confirming reality-jesus is the light of the world!
- The prophecy of a servant that would be light to the gentiles.
Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant TO RAISE UP THE TRIBES OF JACOB AND TO RESTORE THE PRESERVED OF ISRAEL I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.
That light to the gentiles would raise up the tribes of Jacob.
Am 9:11 In that day WILL I RAISE THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
Am 9:12 That I may inherit the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
How was the tabernacle fallen?
Jer 10:20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they [are] not: [there is] none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
Jer 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
The tabernacle has fallen bec the pastors were astray—they did not seek God thus the people were scattered and become lost sheep.
Jer 50:6 My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting place.
God promised the tabernacle to be raised as in the days of old—it was days of righteousness.
This would be the picture of that “as in the days of old”.
Zch 8:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.
Zch 8:5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
Zch 8:6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.
What is marvelous in that picture is that they do things in righteousness.
Zch 8:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
Zch 8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
How should the tabernacle be raised so that it would be as in the old days of righteousness? It was through the righteous pastor, prophet or shepherd to bring back the lost sheep to righteousness. Jesus fulfilled that mission, he was sent to the lost sheep.
But there is a noticeable part, the one who raise the tabernacle would inherit the Gentiles—Has Jesus ever fulfills that?
Yes if we prefer believing Luke, Matthew and Peter and believing the prophecies.
WHO WAS SENT TO THE LOST SHEEP TO RAISE THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID?
Thus he too was the one meant to inherit the Gentiles.
Ps 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations (gowy: gentile nation).
RAISING THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID IS THE REASON THAT HE MAY INHERIT THE GENTILES.
Am 9:11 In that day WILL I RAISE THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID
Am 9:12 THAT I may inherit the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen,
THAT BEING A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES!
Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant TO RAISE UP THE TRIBES OF JACOB AND TO RESTORE THE PRESERVED OF ISRAEL I WILL ALSO GIVE THEE FOR A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES…
🔺Question #1: Did Muhammad first preached to the lost sheep before preaching to the gentiles?
THE GENTILES WHO WOULD SOON BECOME PART OF THE TABERNACLE WERE CALLED BY GOD’S NAME.
When was Muslims called by the name of God, as “city of YHWH” as Israel was called or “church of god” as Christians are called–by the name of god, as YHWH or GOD?
Am 9:12 That I may inherit the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
🔺Question #2: were the arab muslims ever called in the name of God such as people of God or The church of God?
That light to the gentiles would restore the preserved of Israel. Preserved (natsar: Guarded; refer to Luke 15:3-7) in the sense that they were “sheep” as Jesus said, I am not sent but to the lost sheep of Israel. He converted 500 during his ministry, were they the only lost sheep?
Jn 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, [and] one shepherd.
HOW LONG IS THAT “BRINGING THE OTHER SHEEP TO THE FOLD”?
Mt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations (Israel?) baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
It would be unto the end of the world.
And that includes Gentiles as he is a light to the gentiles.
Jn 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [Israel?] unto me.
If Jesus remains to be a prophet seeking only the lost sheep of Israel as he said: TEACHING ALL NATIONS (Israel?); WILL DRAW ALL (Israel?) UNTO ME unto the end of the world, then he remains to be a prophet to them, unto the end of the world—right?–as jesus would always be with the church to the end?!
🔺Question #1: would there be two existing prophets of Israel now, Jesus and Muhammad? And two “true” religion!?
🔺Question #2: if Jesus is still an existing prophet of Israel, would it not prove the preservation of the Gospel?
- The gospel is to be preached into all the land. The gospel that Jesus preached would be meant for all the land. It was specific which land is that, the terrene part of the globe.
Mt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
world in Greek:
feminine participle present passive of G3611 (as noun, by implication, of G1093);
land, i.e. the (terrene part of the) globe; specially, the Roman empire.
It would only imply that the gospel which was preached by Jesus would be preached into ALL the land, the terrene part of the Globe. If it was meant for the Jews to be present over all the world, for the gospel to be preached to all the world as the proper interpretation of MT24:14 as he said, “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of Israel” then, when would that happen? It did not happened yet. If it happens after muhammad that the gospel would be preached over all the world, exclusive for jews then it falsifies islam as the only true religion, right? Bec it would only means,there would be two true unmerging religion existing in the world today, which is unlikely, as Islam don’t do baptism, as jesus preached, or the Eucharist.
If so, that the gospel is only for jews, it means the prophecy “a light to the gentiles” were not intended for Jesus and Luke and Matthew and Peter were lying—but would that be a reality?
IN FACT, THE GOSPEL IS FOR ALL MANKIND.
REV14:6 HAVING THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL TO PREACH UNTO THEM THAT DWELL ON THE EARTH AND TO “EVERY NATION” AND KINDRED AND TONGUE AND PEOPLE…
Likewise, Jesus rule is over all language, people and race. Thus he was not or ever would be for Jews only!
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
Therefore, by these verses, it verifies the fact that jesus was meant for all race, all language, as Israel and gentiles.
Logically, Jesus is the light of the world. The world being, Israel and gentiles.
What does it mean therefore by saying, Jesus was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel?
Logically, Jesus was sent to the lost sheep only during his incarnation, before his death but after death when he resurrected, his coverage become international through the church.
What do you think?