Chapter # 1 Paragraph # 5 Study # 6
January 23, 2011
Dayton, Texas
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<054> Thesis: The necessity for special divine "revelation" within the heart/mind complex of man is created by the reality of a myriad of details, one of which is God's unpredictable behavior. Introduction: In our text this evening we are going to focus upon Paul's summons by God to preach the "Son in me" reality to the nations. For our grasp of the significance of this summons, there are a couple of texts elsewhere that might help us. One of those is Acts 22:22-24. This text tells us of a murderous rage that suddenly erupted, seemingly out of nowhere, that was such a puzzle that the "chief captain" wanted to know "wherefore they cried so against him". But, actually, at least part of the reason is stated for us in the opening of 22:22 ("...they gave him audience unto this word..."). Now, there are three things to keep in mind: 1) Paul was attempting to get his audience to believe his message; 2) explosive rage is not a characteristic of faith in that message; and 3) there has to be a reason that Paul's summons to preach to the nations was so violently opposed in Jerusalem. A second text is Acts 2:39. In this text, on the heels of the "event" of Pentecost, Peter proclaims that "the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call." The "event" of Pentecost indicated that Babel had been reversed, but Peter's sermon was an encouragement that God was not going to leave Israel out in spite of the crucifixion of His Son without cause. Now, the question is this: why did Paul, in Galatians, zero in on the fact that God's "special" activities in regard to him was to make it possible for him to proclaim the Son of God among the nations? We have already seen that his proclamation was not "exclusive" of Israel, but we have also seen that his proclamation was a lighted match to the explosive rage of Israel. Why is that? Why did the Israelites violently refuse "faith" in a message that simply offered the Son of God to the world?