Jesusians

A Courteous Contrararian

Predestination 5

Written By: Jon Jaroszewski - Jan• 22•15

I’d like to think we’ve built a strong case for two different paths to the same salvation, some were predestined and some came when they heard the word of truth. All come through Jesus, for there is one name under heaven by which someone must be saved.

We’ve considered that we are setting a false parameter when we decree there could only be one path, and how it is a by-product of power. We’ve looked at Paul’s possible slight inferiority complex and his resultant bombastic tendencies when considering his equality with the other apostles. We’ve seen the distinctive pronoun switch in Ephesians 1.

Next. I was going to draw parallels between Ephesians 1 and Romans 8 – to better show Paul’s predilection for separating believers into “us” (the apostles) and “you” (the non-apostles). This proved to be too involved for a blog post. I attempted it offline and it would probably take at least half a dozen posts just to provide the bare minimum correlation.

So instead I’ll move to another passage that shows that same predilection, 1 Corinthians 4. Even a cursory reading shows Paul’s separation in his own mind.

6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.

7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign–and that without us!

How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! 9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.

10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ!

We are weak, but you are strong!

You are honored, we are dishonored!

11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world–right up to this moment. 14 I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children. [1Co 4:6-14 NIV]

Ah, there’s Paul at his sarcastic, and bombastic, best. Or worst. Clearly differentiating between “we” the apostles and “you” followers. The passage is defining. Paul has a mental tendency to divide believers into two categories.

But was this idea only in the fertile mind of Paul? Or is there substantiation elsewhere in scripture?

Let’s look next at the words of Jesus.

 

 

 

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