In Proposition 55, George Peters states:
“It was necessary that Jesus and His disciples should at first preach the Kingdom as night to the Jewish nation.”
We covered this proposition to large degree in the previous post. It makes perfect sense and thus it was absolutely necessary for the message of the Kingdom upon which the nation awaited to be preached to the people who were awaiting its arrival. The people of the covenant, by the very definition of the terms of the covenant, were the ones to receive the message that had long been promised to them.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 55 is the following:
“If Jesus came to fulfill the law and the prophets, if He came as the messenger of the covenant, the One through whom the covenants were to be realized, then it follows as a natural sequence that He could not otherwise but offer this Kingdom to the nation, for that nation was composed of the covenanted people, only conditioned – as found stated in the prophets, in the preaching of repentance, and in the future predicted repentance of the nation – by its national repentance and acceptance of the tender made.”
Peters again reiterates this important point, noting the common sense sequence if you will of the covenant promised and the message of the covenant given to those whom the offer was tendered or made. Jesus fulfilled what the prophets had foretold. The covenant people anticipated the coming of the Kingdom that had been promised to them. What remained to be seen was their response to the offer.