The sign nailed to the cross said "King of the Jews" Our Lord and Savior.Of course after that He said... (commanded)
Mark 16:15; And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
Still for the "twelve"... that wasn't really their ministry.. but for Paul and Barnabas.. it was.
Rom 11:13; But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry,
1 Tim 2:7; For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
In fact every book Paul wrote (with the possible exception of Hebrews, which no one knows for sure who wrote) was written to the Gentiles.
Jesus said this to the Jews. It was because the Father was giving certain men, the apostles, to Christ to teach. This is not a universal statement of all mankind.John 6: 44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.
You know you have made a very good point. I never saw that way. Now you gave me something too think about.Jesus said this to the Jews. It was because the Father was giving certain men, the apostles, to Christ to teach. This is not a universal statement of all mankind.