v. 4 Paul received a revelation from God which gave him insight and understanding of the mystery of Messiah beyond what others received. (Even Peter and the other apostles acknowledged Paul’s special wisdom).
v. 5 This mystery now revealed to him was something new and different than what had ever been revealed before. It had been a secret with God alone until then, which no one could even think or imagine about; even the clues fall short of the actual revelation of the church.
–Through Paul, the other apostles and prophets (2:20; Acts 15:32) –disciples– understood by faith (Heb. 11:3) the personal revelation given to Paul of the mysteries which distinguish the Christian faith. They are not known or understood by people at large in the world at this present time. Continue reading “THE MYSTERY OF MESSIAH”
Lev. 26: 40-45 – Israel and Jewish people confessing personal and historic collective guilt for breaking YHVH’s covenants
There is a biblical principle whereby God holds the heads of a people accountable for the blessing or punishment of the people. We see this with Pharaoh and the Egyptians with respect to the children of Israel at the time of the Passover and Exodus from Egypt. We see it again with King David and his census of Israel, bringing the LORD’s judgment upon the people and the near destruction of Jerusalem (2Sam. 24).
The rulers of the people — whether kings or priests — represent the people before God, and by their example of faith and obedience — or the contrary — the nation is led. Today, does not a nation of people go to war or make peace based upon the determinations of their leader(s)? Are not nations judged in the eyes of others by their thoughts regarding the heads of government or of the religious authorities? Do not Jews today insist that Germans living today confess their nation’s and their parents’ guilt for the Holocaust — that Germans and Germany are primarily responsible and guilty because of their evil leader who governed and represented them?; or to put it another way, in Hitler, the Germans living today — whether or not they were personally and directly involved — are reckoned as guilty and defiled by the Jewish people, even more than are Austrians and Poles who also bear their own iniquity. Continue reading “The Holocaust and the Salvation of Israel: “Be Reconciled to YHVH GOD””