First, Christianity arose as a movement within the Jewish community, not in the lands of the dispersion but in the land of Israel. Its Founder was a Jew, and so were his disciples, who in the years following his departure from them proclaimed only to Jews the good news with which he entrusted them. Yet in little more than a generation after his death Christianity was recognized by the authorities of the Roman Empire as a predominantly Gentile cult… (not as a part of the Jewish religion).
There could be no better proof of the truth of the Bible’s predictive ability as in these two verses; one from the OT and one from the NT.
Israel’s Failure to Hear and See
Isa42.18 Hear, you deaf, and look, you blind, that you may see! 19 Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger whom I send? Who is blind as my dedicated one, or blind as the servant of the Lord? 20 He sees many things, but does not observe them; his ears are open, but he does not hear.
Matt13.14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
 Bruce, F. F. (1977). Paul: Apostle of the free spirit (17). Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster.
Published on Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 4:03 AM CDT